My first Jesse James ride was in 2003 when I managed the 30 mile ride. I've since done a 60 and three century rides. I can't remember why, but I missed the 2009 event. This year, I'm planning on doing another 60 since I really haven't gotten enough miles in the saddle so far to do a century. My daughter and I did the MS 150 in June from Duluth to White Bear Lake, but that was almost three months ago and I haven't kept up the pace.
Actually, the more pressing personal need is to be ready for the Chequamegon 40 in two weeks. This is a fat tire race that's half on the Birkebeiner Ski Trail and half on the gravel roads of Wisconsin. It's a serious challenge and I'm hoping to make up time on my PB of 4:30:03. That's really not very fast, but you have to have something to shoot for.
|Paul, Nick and Dan get ready for the 2009 Chequamegon 40|