Mountain Mayhem 2015

Second ever race of any kind, first ever solo 24 hour mountain bike race.
Second ever race of any kind, first ever solo 24 hour mountain bike race.
The bike was more ready than I was
The bike, a Kinesis FF29, was more ready than I was. Tyres converted to tubeless just a few days before.
Whenever seen standing was ordered to sit down and put my feet up.
Whenever seen standing was ordered to sit down and put my feet up. Two hours to go.
Almost time
Almost time
Three hours and three laps in.
Three hours and three laps in.
Lap 5, maybe.
Lap 5, maybe.
Six lap tan.
Six lap tan.
Nutritionally useless comfort food
Nutritionally useless comfort food
Lap 7, or maybe 8
Lap 7, or maybe 8
midnight(ish), after lap 9. on target for 18 laps.
midnight(ish), after lap 9. on target for 18 laps. [photo: Jo Burt]
Sock change and cup of tea before the proper night laps.
Sock change and cup of tea before the proper night laps.
stupid o'clock. not feeling great.
stupid o’clock. not feeling great. [photo: Jo Burt]
6am. Lap 12 was horrible, legs working fine but emotionally shattered and mentally broken. Considered jacking it in. The 18 lap schedule went out the window sometime around 4am.
6am. Lap 12 was horrible, legs working fine but emotionally shattered and mentally broken. Considered jacking it in. The 18 lap schedule went out the window sometime around 4am.
Stern word with myself and a change of kit and I'm ready to go back out. Well, in search of a bacon sandwich first. Then maybe a couple more laps.
Stern word with myself and a change of kit and I’m ready to go back out. Well, in search of a bacon sandwich first. Then maybe a couple more laps.
12.01 Sunday. 15 laps completed. Even had a bit of a sprint at the end of the last lap. Not sure why, I certainly wasn't going to go out for another lap had I crossed the line within 24 hours.
12.01 Sunday. 15 laps completed. Even had a bit of a sprint at the end of the last lap. Not sure why, I certainly wasn’t going to go out for another lap had I crossed the line within 24 hours.
All over for another year. And yes, I'll be back again next year, and now I know what is involved I'll do some actual preperation and training.
All over for another year. And yes, I’ll be back again next year, and now I know what is involved I’ll do some actual preparation and training.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s