On June 4th, 2011, I decided to see how fast I could ride for 6 hours up in Temecula, CA. The 6 hours of Temecula was awesome. I experienced some awesome self inflicted suffering when my legs’ muscle groups played a tug of war to see which one could cramp at which moment, both seeming to instantly cramp as the other relaxed. My mom, dad, wife, sons, sister in law, mother in law, cousin and his wife all showed up to support me. Big thanks to my dad for being my pit boss under our shade canopy, handing me gels, water bottles, and keeping me on track with what I had planned ahead of time, while being flexible to help me assess and mitigate for the changing conditions that I encountered…especially the condition of my cramping body. Boy, was that a fun race! The Titus Motolite was all rigged up for endurance racing and I got all the gear I regularly carry in my Camelback Mule onto the bike, seatbag, and waterbottle so that my back didn’t have that weighing it down.
While spinning the pedals for nearly 6 hours, I had a great time to think about life and how many parallels there are between enduring physical pain and suffering and enduring this life that is full of spirtual warefare that is unseen, but all too often, more difficult to endure and continue pushing through. I am learning a lot about life, myself, God and enduring…I think I like this endurance racing stuff! 😀