Often described as one of the toughest bike races in the lower 48 states, the Arrowhead 135 challenges even the most prepared riders. This is a journal by a non-athlete's participation in an event where starting is often just as much a challenge as finishing.

not a real athlete...
September 16, 2010
My training schedule has been blown to hell. I had a work project that required that I work all weekend, and combined with various other committments means I've not done is much in the last 10 days as I need to. I did intervals on tuesday, and that is as much as I've done since a week ago. So i need to change something up. I'd planned to do strength training tonight with some weights, but my mom decided she needed to go to the high school football game that my daughter is cheering for, and because she's going I have to. (And I'm not sure when the football team started playing on thursday and not friday, so WTF is up with that? And my daughter doesn't even WANT us to go because we're going to lose badly. This all makes me extra-grumbly...)

This is probably a fundamental difference between being a real athlete and a pretend one like me. A real athlete would not pass up training for anything. Eric would probably tell me that there will be a lot more and a lot bigger sacrifices necessary, and if you can't find time to train now... Excuses are just bits of chain...

I was thinking I might run over to the field. I could maybe do that. I donno - how f-ing hard can it be to find a nice 30-45 minute block of time? Sheesh.

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