Monday, May 28, 2007

24 Hour Decision

Road Bike 30 miles
Run 9 miles

Regained my ambition today... although it took me until 2:30 to get out the door even though I had nothing else I needed to do. I'm actually anxious to get back to work tomorrow. When I'm busy all day I don't have any time to sit around feeling lazy. Just wish I could find the perfect balance between being too busy and too idle, because lately it just seems to be one or the other without much in between.

I know that I'm going to be doing a 24 hour mountain bike race on June 23rd but I'm having a hard time deciding which one to do. It would figure that the only two 24 hour races within 2,000 miles of Juneau fall on the same day. There is the 24 Hours of Kincaid in Anchorage and the 24 Hours of Light in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Whitehorse is a lot closer to here but the travel time to Anchorage would be faster because I would be flying to Anchorage and ferrying/driving to Whitehorse. The overall costs would be about the same, maybe $75 cheaper for Whitehorse. I feel like I would rather go to the Whitehorse race but I'm just not too excited about the ferry schedule after the race. The ferry is about a 2.5 hour drive from the race and the last boat heading to Juneau that day leaves at 4:00 pm. If I miss that sailing there isn't another one until over 24 hours later. Am I really going to be able to finish a 24 hour race at noon and drive 2.5 hours to Skagway by 3:00 (the alaska ferry is like flights - they want you to be there one hour ahead of time)? I know the math gives me 30 minutes to spare but who wants to finish a 24 hour race and crawl instantly into a car and drive for 2.5 hours? Will that even be possible? If I don't make it what the hell would I do in Skagway for 25 hours? Not to mention that I'm supposed to work on that Monday. Anyway, these questions aren't really important to anyone but me, but I was hoping maybe some readers who have actually done a 24 hour race could shed some light on whether it would be logical to plan on a race in which I will need to drive 2.5 hours within the first 3 hours after the race?


Chris said...

You can do it but it may really suck. If you do well and you're really pumped you might make it through the whole drive okay but if you're tired...about 30 minutes in the car and you'll be ready for nap time.

I don't push the return leg, espcially when I'm by myself. Heck after the post TI disaster at the airport I don't think I'm going to be booking flights that require timing to go right at all. That one wasn't my fault and I still slept in the airport.

Don't forget a lot of lap races you can go out for another lap prior to noon which means it could be noon + 1 lap for finish time.

In short...I'd recommend the other option.

Dave Harris said...

Ditto what Chris said. You very well could be racing 25 hours in your 24 hour race, and besides that, if you race hard (ie no sleep breaks) you'll be destroyed good and proper.

If it was me I'd do the Whitehorse race and get a room that night. I've been through there and it's nice country! It's been awhile...but how far is Whitehorse from Laird River hot springs? What a place to recover that would be...

FixieDave said...

Goona go with DH and Chris on this one... You well need rest don't push it =)

Geoff said...

thanks for the input. i think i'll just try to get that monday off from work and do the whitehorse race. if i can't get monday off i'll probably take the advice and race in anchorage instead.

you're right though DH, whitehorse is a great area... really a much nicer spot to go than anchorage. i like the thought of soaking in laird river hotsprings after the ride but unfortunately I think it's 8 hours or more from Whitehorse.