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Staying Hungry

October 13, 2009

IMG_1174bw2Hello friends.  Been MIA since getting back to Austin. Been taking care of some business. Cleaning house, selling stuff, fixing bikes, playing on the internet at coffee shops, and staying hungry. Yes, hungry. Not only for Tex Mex and copious amounts of caveman fare (since I’ve been training a lot), but also for what I’ve been training for: 24 hours of Rocky Hill. I had already committed the cardinal sin of assuming i’d be the favorite for this race and things would go my way. I was looking forward to it, but my head wasn’t where it needed to be. Luckily, I ran into a good friend and fellow athlete at the therapist’s office yesterday while getting a tune up. A strong 24 hour racer himself and likely threat should he attend (he’s doing Xterra worlds in Kona instead), he told me of another racer that will be in attendance that should give me a run for the money. I fully trust that he will, and I hope he does. I hope he’s not the only racer that puts up a fight either. The world champ could show up for all I care. That would be awesome. I’m never one to back down from a challenge. In the end, if I fall short, then I fall short. As long as i left it all out there and made minimal mistakes, I’ll be satisfied. After all, it’s not where you’re going, it’s how you get there. You know, Rocky didn’t win his first match with Apollo Creed. But he sure made one hell of a statement. In the meantime, I’m waking up to “Eye of the Tiger” downing 4 raw eggs for breakfast, doing my workouts, and getting plenty of rest. The moment of truth approaches… The man who does the most laps in 24 hours will be given a 1st place trophy come 1pm this Sunday, but everyone who even attempts the race is a winner in my book. Stay hungry, fight the good fight.

P.S. If you are in the Austin/Bastrop area this weekend and have nothing to do, drive on out to Rocky Hill ranch near Smithville and watch the race. Bring some beer, firewood, and a tent to enjoy the overnight festivities and see what this 24 hour racing stuff is all about. We’re not crazy, just different…ok ,maybe we’re a little crazy…

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