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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Z View Post

    I'm biting my nails ova hea.
    funny, I always thought of you as more of a pillow biter....

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    Pipleline feedzone was at mile 27 and it was 13 more miles to get to the TwinLakes feedzone where Jen & Jen were stationed. Including the brief pit stop with Sandy & George I rode from Pipeline to TwinLakes in 58 minutes arriving at 3 hours and 43 minutes into the race. I had made the first cutoff with 17 minutes to spare. I lost some time with the crash, even without accounting for whatever time I might have lost I was very pleased with this effort. Aside from the pain I had in my left knee & middle finger, I felt just as strong when I crossed the checkpoint at TwinLakes as I did when the starting shotgun fired at 6:30AM that morning.

    Between Pipeline & TwinLakes, my knee was getting more and more sore. The last few climbs on that section of the race course the pain was such that I unclipped my left leg and just used my right leg to keep moving forward. I started thinking about the potential damage I might be doing to my knee and if I were to keep riding… would I be doing any sort of long-term damage to ligaments/tendons/connective tissue? Was that damage worth pushing myself? Would the pain get to the point where I couldn’t even use that leg on the flat sections, or walk on the hills with it? I spent a good bit of time arguing with myself, and once I finally came to terms with what I should do for the good of my long-term health (and riding) I felt absolutely devastated. Preparing for this event, I visualized race day in my mind dozens of times and not one of those times did I visualize a crash and eventually pulling out of the race because of it. I had always visualized a happy ending, one that included riding across the finish line in less than 12 hours. I fought very hard for 9 months to try and make that dream come true. I had my wife and 3 incredible friends come all the way to Colorado to support me at this event, I have a very long list of friends that have supported me on rides, giving encouragement, and wisdom and I felt that I had let them all down and that really sucked. Emotionally speaking, I was at rock bottom.

    I pulled into the pitstop at TwinLakes where Jen & Jen were stationed and told them about what happened. I looked up at the first part of the Columbine climb (next section of the race course) and began arguing with myself again. Jen & Jen both began to (talk sense into me) help me understand that it is really not worth doing more damage to my knee.

    The race organizers had told us that if we DNF to ensure we turn our timing chips into the nearest checkpoint. I reached down to my left leg and began to pull the velcro strap that held the timing chip on my leg and as I heard the crunching rip of the velcro coming apart my heart dropped into my stomach. It was such a gut wrenching sound. I handed the chip to my wife to go and turn in to the folks at the checkpoint and let them know I was out.

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    WWDBD?

    Tobin heal up and I suggest you start the preparation for 2012 Leadville.

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    We interrupt this story to bring you video footage of the race start from that weekend.
    -George


    "...Despues me dijo un arriero
    que no hay que llegar primero,
    pero hay que saber llegar."

    El Rey - Jose Alfredo Jimenez

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    Oh, you mean you want to see the Leadville Trail 100 race start!

    My bad!
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    "...Despues me dijo un arriero
    que no hay que llegar primero,
    pero hay que saber llegar."

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    Jen & Jen & I loaded up and drove from Twin Lakes feedzone/checkpoint back to the finishline to see who would end up winning.
    They dropped me off at the car I had driven to Leadville earlier that morning and I changed into my non-bicycling clothing and then George & Sandy pulled up. I was bummed that those two were not able to stay at the Pipeline Feedzone/checkpoint to keep the party vibe going there. George said he was just about to start up his charcoal grill and begin cooking sausages when they got the news that I was done and made a decision to come back to the finishline.

    We weren't back at the finsh area long before the winner of the Men's race came across the line. The night before, George Sandy and I went to Quincy's (Buena Vista location) for dinner. We all ordered prime rib a) because that is all we could order and b) we knew it would make Mr. Z so very proud. During dinner George asked me who I thought would win the mens race and I told him Todd Wells. I predicted Todd because a) Mr. Bill had predicted him winning while we were in Durango the week prior b) Todd had spent the previous two weeks up in Silverton, Co which is 50 miles North of his home in Durnago in order to get more altitude training in. He was riding from Silverton up to Cinnamon & Engineer passes via Animas Forks. c) Todd had a mis-hap during Leadville the year prior which set him back and I knew he was coming back to this race with a score to settle. d) Go back a few pages on this thread and you'll see me talking to Todd. I was telling him to win LV100.

    2011 LV100 Men's winner, Todd Wells.
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    The biggest blessing I could have possibly had through this entire adventure was my wife & these three friends by my side during this race. I am incredibly lucky to have had them there.

    I still feel like I let them down. That said, I know I will have let them down if I don't fight hard for LV100 2012, so that's what I'm going to do.

    When I tore the timing chip off my leg and handed it to Jen to go turn in for me she looked me square in the eye and said: "we're coming back next year and if by chance you don't get in, we're coming back anyway on an off weekend and I'm bringing my stop watch to time you". I'm not sure why she puts of with me or this silly sport that I'm involved in, I am truly blessed.

    The greatest support team in the entire world wrapping up the day with me at Eddieline brewpub in Buena Vista.

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    Any damage to that awesome VANILLA?



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    I never finished this thread up.

    I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to participate in the LV100 in 2011. It was a fantastic journey getting prepared and experiencing the event. I took the opportunity seriously and did my very best to ensure I was going into it prepared.

    Things I learned:

    1) Preparation is key. I setup a very rough outline of a riding plan, that didn’t have a ton of specifics other than to have fun while riding and stuck to it. I ended up riding more miles between April – August than I ever have in that short of time span in my life. I usually go through 2 sets of road tires per year and I went through 2.5 sets in that 5 month period. 8 century rides. 8 metric century or greater rides and tons of weekday riding with 25-40 miles on those days. Take whatever riding you can get, it all adds up over time.

    2) The work Dr. Zinkgraf did with me on lactic testing was key. The final two months of training and the race itself, I rode and raced with the lactic threshold and steady state HR numbers that he gave me and it made a world of difference. He knows his stuff and is passionate about sharing his knowledge to help you do your very best.

    3) A good support crew is key. Mine was the best! I cannot thank them enough for the help they gave me.

    4) Nutrition is key. SuperDave was right, learn how to eat on the bike, learn what works best for you (food and liquids) and practice with it as much as possible.

    Over the course of the LV100 preparation, I lost 45lbs. I can’t imagine putting this plate in a backpack and riding again. Perspective… if you think you weight more than you should right now, go to a gym and pick up a plate(s) that add up the amount of extra weight that you think you might be lugging around.



    I’m ashamed to say that I’m up a couple of pounds since Leadville and now working to get that weight back off again. Jen and I are running another ˝ marathon in a few weeks so that has and will help get it back off.

    One more memory that just popped into my head was at mile 4-5 when the course transitions from pavement to dirt road, the lead out vehicles had pulled to the left side of the road and Ken Chlouber was standing there talking to one of the law enforcement folks, watching the racers go by. I stuck out my hand for a “high five” and he returned it, solidly and looked me in the eyes and said “go get em”. That was great encouragement that helped get me up St. Keevins climb that was just ahead of me.

    5) Encouragement is key. Huge thanks to all that rode with me, helped and encouraged me.

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    Great experience for you. Congrats.

    If you did all this riding chances are not likely to ride that much for the rest of the year. Since you didn't land up rail thin, it's time to look at the calories you are eating, and cut back where you can.

    I have a fat friend in denial who was complaining about how difficult it was for her to carry some stuff to her campsite. I wanted to ask her if she thought I could throw an 80 lb. sack of cement on my back, then pick up the tents and sleeping bags, and not be tired. Not much difference between a sack of cement and a load of fat. I always pick up a couple of packages of meat when I want to think in terms of how much I need to lose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toobin' Tobin View Post
    Over the course of the LV100 preparation, I lost 45lbs. I can’t imagine putting this plate in a backpack and riding again. Perspective… if you think you weight more than you should right now, go to a gym and pick up a plate(s) that add up the amount of extra weight that you think you might be lugging around.

    I used to tell people that all the time, except I used 'put a dumbbell in your camelbak and do a long, hard ride' analogy.


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