So in my attempt to fully obliterate my knee (as if 35 years of soccer and baseball didn’t already do the job), and my shoulder (I have no idea why my upper arm is in pain) I’ve entered 3 gravel “races” for this year. To note, I enter these races to complete, not compete.
The 3 races –
Gravelleur’s Raid – just the 50 mile course to get a finish under my belt and warm up the knee.
#DirtyKanza 100 – the main event of the summer. This one will be on the anniversary of my Mom’s passing and will obvious be physically tough, and even more so emotionally taxiing. If I’m able to finish the DK100 I’ll be a blubbering mess. My hope is to build up to be in and complete the Dirty Kanza 200…eventually.
Gravel Worlds – 75 mile course in a new (to me) location should be fun.
My venture into gravel grinding is for fighting the spare tire that is creeping around my belly; is much prefer the spare tire be on my bike. But more importantly I ride in remembrance of my Mom and her fight with Alzheimer’s which ended last June on the day I was riding in my first Dirty Kanza. #milesforMom
As I continue with my training (now that we are above freezing temps…for a little while at least) I’ll try and post on different topics like, why gravel, tips on gravel racing, equipment, “the cave”/2017 Dirty Kanza 100, training (how much bourbon and how many cigars you can consume without bonking 😉), knee pain (my own personal challenge), nutrition etc. Keep in mind I’m not a professional so I’ll post from my own personal experiences – what works for me might not work for you. If you need professional experience I have a number of friends, podcasts and websites I can recommend.