Been spending a lot of time the past few weeks on my Mukluk trying to get ready for the Triple-D Adventure Race coming up on January 15th. This has been greatly complicated by the lack of snow and 40 - 50 degree temps we've had throughout most of November and December. I've been making due by riding the Mukluk everywhere I can and on any surface possible. 30 mile pavement rides, sandbar excursions, singletrack, long driveline killing gravel rides, and every empty bean and clover field I can find during my morning commute. With just a couple of weeks left before the race, the chances for snow are still looking fairly slim. I'm still not sure if I'll be on the Mukluk or my Dos Niner for the race. Knowing Lance Andre, the Dos Niner won't be a safe choice, even if there isn't any snow.
The 2012 running of the CIRREM is happening again this February. For the first time, the field was capped at 125 riders. Due to the cap, the race field filled up in just over 24 hours. I know a lot of people that didn't make it in due to the cap and the speed that it filled. I managed to get my registration completed in time to make the field, so late February will be another opportunity to test my fitness before heading into the spring gravel race season.
I'm passing on racing TransIowa V8 for the opportunity to record the event in photographs again. I really enjoyed recording the event last year, and based on the feedback I received, the riders enjoyed the photos of themselves too. Last year was a learning experience and I hope to apply some of those lessons to this year's photos. I can't begin to thank Guitar Ted for allowing me out on the course again this year.
That's the update for now. I'm headed out with some friends tomorrow on a fatbike adventure. Hoping to get some good photos and have a memorable day on the bike.