Off Road Assault on Mt Mitchell. I'm nervous to say the least. And excited. The last time I attempted this race was in 2010 and I DNF'ed. I also DNF'ed in '09 with an ambulance ride and visit to the ER. The last time I completed the entire route was 3 weeks after the race in 2010. I went solo, had to get that monkey off my back.
Fast forward 4 yrs, and here I am. 4 yrs of rides, pain, suffering, success. WN Precision fit, Siren's John Henry set up Single Speed, nutrition and training advice from a lot of people, including Namrita and Eddie O'dea!
To say I'm ready would be overconfident. I didn't follow a training plan this year. My DNF at the P111K definitely encouraged me to "train" but I decided not to follow rigid structure this year. My 250 mile ride from VA to Asheville brought my legs back to life and taught me a little more about nutrition. I'm having fun on the bike and not stressing about how many hours I'm getting. I'm still following my HR and know approximately how hard I can go for how long. My friends tell me I am riding strong and looking ready.
I have my doubts, its natural, but overall, I am ready.
I just hope I can get some sleep between now and race day!