This year is the year that I plan to focus on endurance races. I have found that is more of my comfort zone (as comfortable as you can be sitting on a bike saddle for 6 hours or more) vs. the shorter cross country races. Nothing against the cross country races, I just would rather suffer for 6 hrs + instead of 1 1/2 hrs. Not saying I will not go and suffer for the 18 miles of cross country racing to support my local mountain bike club and trails. This year I have already hit HTFU endurance rides once and put in some other roughly 20 mile days along with time at the gym. The weather has gotten in the way somewhat as much as work has. Excuses...I know suck it up and HTFU, either way the more rides I get now the less suffering to happen on race day.
For the second year I will be racing on the TWIN SIX METAL TEAM!! If you are not wearing Twin Six then you are missing out. The quality of their jerseys, bibs and the t-shirts are superb. Getting some of my fuel for the year from Honey Stinger again, and the waffles are freaking awesome and their gels seem to be very easy on my stomach.
As for the race schedule:
2/12/2012 - Buckwhack Mountain Bike Challenge
2/25/2012 - 6hr Curse at the Crab
3/24/2012 - 6hr Meltdown at Harris Lake
4/7/2012 - 6 hrs of Warrior Creek
9/8/2012 - Fool's Gold 100
There is a 5 month gap there that is up in the air on what races I want to compete in. It will be my first 100 miler and really looking forward to the suffering.