Yet another scheduling dilemma has appeared for the 2011 season. After another one of those evenings of pedaling and not getting anywhere I spent a little time surfing around that inter web that seems to be poplar now. This is what I found. As I scanned the already listed events for this spring I came to the month of May, more so the long weekend. This puts me in a debate on what to do.
Substance Projects is putting on a 100 miler, I want to do a 100 miler, I was going to go to the states in the near future to do a 100 miler. There were multiple reasons for a race in the states but the temptation to race in the backyard is making life tough. The following weekend is the spring 8 hour. It's one or the other. My thoughts on the 8 hour series has not changed but this is like a chocolate covered carrot held on a short pole feet in front of me. MMMM chocolate, not sure about the carrot though.
At first I thought I had the answer for my debate when it appears that the spring 8 hour was held at Albion. A little more key punching and I found out that it's still at Mansfield. Why was the interest in Albion, some nostalgia. I did my first ever 8 hour solo there, the results were far from spectacular but everyone starts near the bottom. It was a learning curve for sure, riding a Rocky Mountain Hammer hard tail. I was sore for a long time after that race, cramped, bonked, etc. That was 8 years ago, I've come along way. As much as I race Albion often I would love to spin around there for an 8 hour again.
So this brings back the what to do question. It's not going to alter my training much, just what day i sleep in a little more. I won't be making any decision for a few months but it does have me getting that craving to ride my bike, even if it's on the vomit machine. It doesn't take much.