15 January 2009

singlespeeds are GO!


Apart from having a shower and the small matter of a 450 mile drive, I'm ready....well really it's we are ready. Jane's support duties begun at the start of the week with flapjack making, list compiling, keeping me calm when I had no working bikes (due to mechanical ineptitude) and most importantly reminding me that the race will have 17 hours of darkness and that I'll need a LOT more batteries.

Despite this being my 4th event of this kind, I'm still amazed by the sheer amount of stuff that we're going to try to fit in the car. This will be the first time I've taken 2 bikes and all of my biking clothing. It's going to be a tight squeeze to say the least.

9 days of work and a several late panicky nights are not the best preparation but how do you really prepare for staying up all night and riding in circles? I don't even know how long the laps are. I guess it doesn't matter really, as long as I keep going, and going, and going....

13 comments:

jumbly said...

Gulp! Good Luck to you both. Look forward to the race report when you're back.

Red Bike said...

Good luck Kate.

How on earth did you get talked into this!

Julbags said...

Good luck!! Take it a lap at a time and try to enjoy yourself (easy for me to say I know). When things get tough for me I have an imaginary "reward on a stick" to motivate me to finish. It varies from my duvet jacket if I'm wet and cold ride to a pint of Stella or huge slab of cake when I'm really fed up. I just imagine the stick getting shorter and shorter.

The Sunday Adventure Club said...

Wish it was me, you'll have a great time! Going round and round in circles is such fun! Just take each hour one at a time and they'll fly in.
Good luck!

kate said...

just finished the car tetris and we're on our way....yay!

thank you so much-full report to follow ;)

trio said...

Not that you need it but good luck! Can't wait for the report and I expect you to get a prize for first SS girl!

ultra collie said...

as the king in alice in wonderland said...'begin at the beginning, keep going til the end, then stop'. if you think like that it'll be over in no time. remember every push of the pedal is progress.

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sarah said...

I'm rooting for you! I can't wait to hear all about it. Best wishes, good luck =)

Groover said...

Good luck. Can't wait to read the race report. I'm sure you'll do well, even with a not ideal preparation. Go hard, girl!

Chris said...

Well Done Kate, A fantastic result!!

:-)

Chris said...

Result here:

http://lappedenduro.sportident.co.uk/home/event/publicresults/overall.html?&eventid=cb7a7b68-8489-485b-bb56-33fcf6bef17f

kate said...

thanks for all the comments-i really mean that. cheers guys :)