Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Third Time Really is the Charm

The Racer and His Pony
More details to come (likely in two parts) but the upshot is that I finished the Triple D Winter Race on my third attempt. Sixth place in the bicycle division in 7 hours, 24 minutes for 64+ miles of mostly snowmobile trail. Not bad for a gym class reject.

New bike? Fantastic.
Clothing? Much, much better.
Nutrition? Darn near perfect.
Fitness and training? Check!
Race strategy? Could use a little work.
Weather? Ideal, and the biggest key to most participants' success.

I have a few things that didn't go all that well, but overall I'm calling this one a success. Next year? Please ask again later.

For now, there are a few pictures here.

(See also accounts from 2010 and 2009.)

Update 01-20-2011 Currently writing full account and waiting for official results to be posted...

Update 01-23-2011 Part One is up. Official results here.

Update 01-24-2011 Part 2 is now up.

Update 01-30-2011 Some post-race musing about equipment, etc. here.

12 comments:

Doug said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Congrats. It sure sounds like you were much more prepared for this year. Looks like better conditions as well. Looking forward to the write-up.

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Doug, thanks! Yes, conditions were excellent, and I've updated the post to reflect that...

MrDaveyGie said...

Michael I wait your full write up. This sport we learn tips and tricks forever.

Tarik Saleh said...

Wow! Well done! Looking forward to the report.

coastkid said...

Well done!, love to try a snow race one day...

Toni Lund said...

Congrats to your effort! You have huge and awesome looking pogies, what are they?

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Thanks again to all!

Toni, they're cheapie Quad Gear ATV bar mitts that I got at Farm and Fleet. Identical to the ones you can get from Cabella's but for the label...

geocycle said...

Congrats man!!! Was itching to hear how it went! Looking forward to reading the full writeup!

martinsillo said...

congrats mau!

Tex69 said...

well that's just very very cool. very satisfying. you heart my efforts to be what I've not done previous. look forward to more info.

Tex69 said...

plus you look damn skinny in this pic. you *athlete* you!

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Thanks again to all. And Tex, all I can say is aw, shucks! ;-)