Turning 30 feels kinda weird. I guess I'm trying to do something to deflect or minimize the weird. I turn 30 on April 3rd 2010 and instead of going on a bender and wonder what happened to my 20's I'm going to get on my bike and wonder what happened to my 20's. To ring in the 3rd decade of life I plan on biking for 30 hours straight. Stupid? Possibly. Possible? I don't know. I won't know until I get on my bike. Right now I know the hardest thing will be dealing with the saddle, it's going to be a battle with my brain and the spot that connects me with the bike. I've done long, challenging rides before, in the summer of 2007 I biked with my college roommate Brent Maddog Thomas across the country from the Outer Banks in my birth state of North Carolina to San Francisco where I currently live, overall we biked 68 days and almost 4,000 miles, raising $11,500 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in the process. That said, the longest day while riding across the country was probably 14-15 hours and those were some monster days, one of them was in Kansas, ahh Kansas... Add 15-16 more hours to that and biking through the night and now we're talking serious challenge. I don't really know exactly "why" I'm doing it, I guess the best answer is because I want to. I know I'll learn something that's for sure and I figure that's the most important thing anyone can take from anything, is learning something you didn't know before. I have no idea what to expect, how I'll feel, what I'll hallucinate, but I think I can do it, so I'm gonna try.
My buddies Brent and Micah ran 30 miles together on their 30th's this past October, which is pretty awesome. Brent is going to accompany me through the night which will be super helpful because that's when I'll be digging deep.I'm excited, nervous and really ready for the rainy season to be over...I plan to raise a bit of money for charity leading up to the ride, I'll have more details on that soon.
Check in here to see what's going on, I'll be posting stories, gear, thoughts and insight as I prep for this gnarly adventure. 6 weeks to go. I can't wait.
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