Monday, April 02, 2007

Whew. Ouachita. That was hard.




The Ouachita Challenge was certainly the most difficult bike race, or perhaps even ride, I've ever done so far. There was excitement, fear, frustration, thrills, mind numbing fatigue, humor, camaraderie, and finally a most welcome finish. Consequently, even though I was thinking time trials were starting to sound fun in comparison (while i was out there), the folks at the Ouachita Challenge can rest assured that I'm going to try and come back next year. It was a great win to have, but more importantly, I met some wonderful new people and got to strengthen ties with some other excellent folks like Dan and Stacey plus Danielle and Bonnie's slingshot crew. Thank you Rob, Dennis, Josh, Squirrel, CVO and Jeff for helping me figure out what I needed carry, prepare my bike and just all your help this weekend. I couldn't have done it without you. I mean, who knew one should carry a tube even tho you were riding tubeless tires? :) I took a few pics, but not many.

20 comments:

Cornbread said...

Congrats Syd. Knobby tires are fun, heh?

Neve_r_est said...

This trip was epic, even without the riding.
Fantastic ride, Sydney. We are all so proud of you we're going to be giddy for days.
This season is going to be so much fun!

DG

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Josh said...

"Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me..."

60 f**king miles of that, thank you.

Neve_r_est said...

Hey, you weren't singing that out loud like you were supposed to be tho.

DG

len said...

be a bull and ride the dirt!

Chris said...

Wow Syd. That is a big race to win. You are really tearing up the mtb sceen. Fantastic job!

Jeff Kerkove said...

Wahoo!!!!

Go mnt bike full time I tell ya. Do it!

3p0 said...

Damnit Josh, now I have that song in my head again...

Congrats again syd,
oh, and we saved some money on the car rental. I owe you 5 bucks back....

oldmanandhisbike said...

Sounds like you have the MTB racing thing down now. So, what's your secret? Pancakes, mojo's, lime green grips? :^)

sydney_b said...

cory, Yep, the knobbies are a lot of fun.

Dennis, thank you so much with the help in getting my bars dialed in.

Josh, you're going to sing that song all season... and you do look pretty hot on that baby blue bike you got. ;)

Secrets? No secrets. I train hard, mind my diet, love the sport, and just hate getting passed. I also heartily recommend Elete Electrolyte water add-in, Stacy's homemade energy/protein bars, pancakes, endurox r4, a Badger bike, ergon grips, and a WHOLE bunch of really cool folks whose encouragement and support make it possible for a newbie to come along and learn, feel welcome, and have a whole lotta fun.

Marc said...

Great race Syd. Your on the right path.

In my opinion, she hasn't met the competition. Not to put down anyone she's raced against. I know her testing numbers, mental attitude, and drive and that's just some of what makes you a winner. She's got it.

This will be her first year racing. If she races smart and stays consistent then it will be a great year. Finding that level of competition and pushing yourself is what a bike racer needs to do. It's what it's all about.

oldmanandhisbike said...

Syd: I'm sorry but I can't get on board with all of the new-age minding your diet and training hard stuff. Oh, the support and encouragement part? Who needs it?
If that's what it takes, then I guess I will just be happy with getting passed and finishing in 59th place! :^)

sydney_b said...

see oldman... you got it made.

marc... I will continue to maintain my beginner's mind and training diligence.

The strength of the competition out there never leaves my mind for an instant - all I need do is recall that UCI cross race and how the women's winner just rode away from the rest of us and most of the men's 3/4 field the day before.

All I want is to do the best I can and I hope that will be enough to hold an elite level wheel for a bit before I get my butt whupped.

allan said...

Dang Syd. 2 for 2. Congrats on a great race and win.

Dad said...

Sydney...winning is one part of the game, but it is only the by-product of a competition. Relish the ectasy of the moment, but remember basics - being at the top of your game each and every competition, mentally and physically, and know that wins are manufactured long before the competition...they're created in the practice pen those days when it's too hot, too cold, you don't feel like training, but you suck it up and mentally force the body to the discipline at hand. Do that properly and regularly and the wins will continue to come. Remember all the cattle you turned out as a kid? That's when you helped prepare your Dad and his ch-horts for the competition...just another day at the office... ;-)

Perfect practice makes perfect performanc...imperfect practice is imperfect performance. May your every race be just another day at the office...

Dad

sydney_b said...

You're absolutely right, Dad, and I think about that when my spin is sloppy. I mean, it shouldn't matter, i'm just going into work, but it does matter b/c I don't want that to slip into bad habits. Good form is made up of doing it right every time i'm on the bike. Thx for all the early training. Wouldn't have the grit for this stuff w/o it.

VeloCC said...

Syd. I wanted to look up those homemade energy bars, but the link brought me to motor cycle page??

Jason said...

Congrats on the win! What's up next?
j

gravy said...

What? Only 1st place.

Come on Syd, you can do better than that!

;)

You're getting to the point where you win before the race starts.