First so sorry I have missed some of your races however I have been following your results and I want to add my congrats for everyone's accomplishments.
Missing you all and looking forward to being back and running with you all
So we arrived in Israel on November 19th where we proceeded to tour most of the archeological and religious sites in Jerusalem. Certainly interesting and very telling about the conflict in the area (which in my opinion will never be resolved)
On the 26th of October we traveled to Tel Aviv where the Ladies did more tours of the area and my three friends and myself go ready to do a 1200 KM bicycle ride.
In this post, I am going to tell you a little about the bicycle ride however first I want to explain about how things can go wrong very very quickly with any adventure.
Three (3) days before leaving for Israel, my long distance bike (the one I do the 1200 rides on) had a problem. I tried to move the seat up to accommodate for new shoes and I found that the seat post would not more - SO - decision - do I try to free the seat of go as is. I stopped in at The Bike Shop and they told me = No Problem - they have freed up many seat posts. WELL, although that might be true, it was not the best decision for me to try to do this one. The seat post was (is) permanently inside the bike, however after the screwing around the seat tube and top tube are both either banged up or split to end all - the bike could not be used!! So faced with a decision of buying a new bike (too much money and buying a bike takes longer that just doing it in two days) or using something I already have, I decided to take my fixed gear bike (the one with the orange wheels). After two (2) frantic days of putting on handle bars, lights, generator wheel and back brakes, I packed the bike ready to go. When I arrived in Israel, I also decided that the gearing I had was going to be too hard for me to ride in the mountains where the route was. Though the organizer of the 1200, I reached some riders coming to Israel and they brought me some gearing I found on line in England. The day before the race, I went to a single speed bike shop and had them help me install the gearing - OH by the way my chain also broke on way to the bike shop - so a new chain too. I left the bike shop pedaling back to the place where we were staying and the back axle nuts cracked from him over tightening the gears (Just about ready to give up at this point - for sure)
All this BTW and I am not even sure I can do this on a single speed bike which means that I only have one gear on the back = 18 teeth with one gear on the front 44 teeth, with the option to go to a 22 tooth on the back by flipping the hub around. Unlike a fixed gear, with the single speed set up I can at least, stop pedaling when coming down a hill
At 10PM on Tuesday October 28th we started our ride
Day 1 was 368 KM over 22 hours - I burned 12000 calories and ascent was 2685 meters
Day 2 was (after 1 hour 30 minutes sleep) 229 KM over 16 hrs 22 min - 7800 calories - ascent = 2776 m
Day 3 was (after 1 hour 13 minutes sleep) 370 KM over 27 hrs 51 min - 12829 calories - ascent = 4174 m
Day 4 was (after 37 minutes sleep) 206 KM over 12 hrs 55 min - 5140 calories - ascent = 990 m
Time limit on the ride was 90 hours and I finished in 89:35 and was the Lantern Rouge (last one). No one else got wet except me at the finish line (see pictures below) because I was so late however just to make a couple of points:
I never had one mechanical on the ride - all my buddies had flats and bike problems
I changed to the 22 gear once for heavy climbs but did most with the 18 tooth - something I thought I could never do (actually not a lot of people will even attempt to ride a single or fixie for this type of ride)
I was at the back the whole race and you can well imagine that is why I had so little sleep - I also walked a number of hills that were just to steep for me to climb with the gearing I had.
I saw wild camels in the desert, was chased by wild dogs, hallucinated a couple of times because of lack of sleep, but enjoyed every minute of the ride.
The moral of this story is not about Dick. It is about not giving up. "IF" you have a goal = Running a half marathon, running a marathon, qualifying for Boston, losing weight, getting faster or whatever. DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT - OR - IF SOMETHINGS GO WRONG - JUST KEEP TRYING!!
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