Twenty-four hours from now I will be deep in the central Florida swamps riding the "pain train." The Huracan 300 is around 330miles of single track, roads and double track navigating through swamps and past gators. The nerves have been building over the past week as I get inside my head a little too much. My strategy is to not take any camping gear and ride through the night with a 90 minute power nap around half way. The biggest challenge, besides peddling 330 miles, is to keep my mind calm and not listening to the thoughts of doubt. I'm fully accepting that at some point I will probably be in the a swamp and trying to control my mind from the fear of all of the unknowns in the darkness. The river crossings are on my mind and I'm hoping not to cross them solo but if I do, I hope to be brave enough to take the first step in. A river with gators in the middle of the night is not what this country boy is use to but this is what makes this race such an epic adventure.
Ill be riding my steel frame Salsa El Mariachi with Revolate bags. The following is what I will be showing up with at the starting line:
14 Laura bars, 5 gels, electrolyte fizz tabs, 16oz Gatorade, 2 L camelback, shammy, jersey, arm sleeves, tights, 2 pairs of socks, hooded puffy jacket, Bear Grylls knife, bear spray, Garmin etrex 30x, iPhone, dynamo USB charger from Sinewave, charging cables, back up battery, 4aa batteries, 2 spare tubes, patch kit, multi tool, lube, space blanket, chain break, 2 quick links, two head lights, head lamp.
The goal is to stop a little as possible but to listen to my body so that I don't push too hard early on. Nutrient timing will be the key factor of my performance. I must make sure to take in adequate water especially since it will be much warmer(high 80F, low 50F) than I'm use to in Asheville(high 40, low 18). I will be grabbing two 16oz Gatorades ever 60ish miles. For food I plan to have a bar or a gel every hour. I'll be packing 2 almond butter and blueberry jam sandwiches on fancy raisin bread from O.W.L Bakery. For meals I plan on snagging something to go from gas startion. Hoping for some hot a pizza or frozen burrito. There will probably be a few honey buns, bags of chips and an occasional brew as well.
Much gratitude for the Beer City CrossFit fam who keep me inspired to go big. Liberty Bikes & Find Your Line for helping keep El Monster(my adventure bike) rolling smooth. Thanks friends and family. Thanks Shona for being awesome(Shona is currently driving while I write this)!
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