Being off the bike is probably a good thing in a way. I love riding, but probably needed to take a step back after all the riding I did to prepare for the AZTR. My family is important to me, and they made a big sacrifice while I spent a lot of time on the bike. I hope to make some of that up to them - but I also hope that they see what I did and apply it to whatever the want to tackle in the future.
Anyways, just a bullet point list here of things that have stuck with me or I thought were interesting.
- I'm just now feeling like I don't need naps at random times of day. Granted my sleep schedule has left some to be desired... but still...
- The post race weight gain (water retention) was cray cray
- Such an amazing race!
- Every day brought a low point of some sort. Not necessarily always "I want to quit" - more like "what the hell am I doing out here - and I have to do it again tomorrow"
- Never thought I would be so comfortable sleeping without a tent/bivy.
- The worst times comfort-wise were the first 10-15 minutes of being on the saddle after being off for a bit. Once that time passed, it was all good again.
- There are so many ways to improve on my time
- Why am I thinking about improving my time? Side note: Improving time adds additional challenges beyond just moving faster.
- Sometimes tougher resupplies
- Being on Lemmon at night (cold, harder re-supply)
- I like to sleep haha! Could have pushed this envelope pretty easily though.
- But what are consequences... haven't experienced this yet
- I would consider the pace I had to be "fast touring"
- That said, I regret not interacting with other riders more when stopped. Introvert problems!
- If you would have asked me 15 minutes post race if I would ever do this again, I would have said no - HELL NO. 1 day after, it was a "meh" ... 2 days, "maybe" ... I think you see where this is going.
- Jeff Z had to go and do the freaking 750. Following in Schilling's footsteps. These guys are stronger riders than me - and with much more experience. Still... the wheels are turning. Family time is the big constraint here... Oh and fear of the ditch...