Yesterday's commute made realize that I needed to take a few days off of the bike this week. Even though I rested all day Sunday, my legs were tired and heavy on Monday. So, I'll take two days off, then ride some trails Thursday night, rest on Friday, then ride the Hot Doggett on Saturday.
I pulled up the Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell web-site today and found this:
The course is still not finalized yet this year but will either be the same as last year or as in 2006. There is a $500 bonus offered to the rider that can beat Harlan Price's time of 4:54:49 if raced on last year's course, or Jeremiah Bishop's time of 5:08:05 if raced on the 2006 course. Regardless of which course is used Mill Creek Road will be paved this year, so the record will almost certainly be broken and the bonus awarded!
It says that the long dirt road climb out of the valley to the Kitsuma trailhead will be paved, which will make for faster climbing, but I have seen no sign of any plans to pave that road. I'm not going to hold my breath as I don't think that will be accomplished in the next 3 weeks. If they did manage to pave it though, my training rides up that road would really be worth it. Imagine training on a rough dirt road and then racing on the same road with totally smooth pavement. I could make up some time there. We'll see.
In other news, our yard is put back together, there is grass growing already where they dug the ditch, and the electricians are supposed to come out on Wednesday to finally upgrade and move my electric meter, sweet.
Have a great day.