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some of you know, the boyfriend and roommate are into mountain biking.<br><br>
last weekend we were all at a 24 hour endurance race in which a friend of ours was racing solo (not on a team relay-style but doing the whole 24 hours himself). the guys weren't racing we were just all there to support our friend. it's important to have a good support "staff", every time he came in from a lap, the guys cleaned and checked out his bike, while his wife and i and a couple others who were there, made sure he ate, got lots of fluids, got everything ready for the next lap, etc.<br><br>
he did awesome, finished in 8th place and qualified for the world championship or whatever it is in Whistler this september.<br><br><br><br>
so then this weekend just past, there was another 24 hour race. the same friend raced but on a relay team, but also the bf and roommate and the friend's wife all raced as well, on other teams.<br><br>
so again i was there for support but had a lot more people to keep an eye on this time. the relay is harder because you have to record what time each rider finishes his/her lap and the next begins, so we can figure out what time the next rider needs to get down to the start line. the laps are about an hour long but i had 3 teams to keep track of. after a couple hours you lose track of time as we know it and count time only in lap times. every couple of minutes you hear this:<br><br>
"what's our time?"<br><br>
"10 minutes! 10 minutes!"<br><br><br><br>
it's all very exciting and very exhausting. i stayed up the whole 24 hours both times, but in reality i was up for closer to 40 between time i got out of bed and time i passed out at home after the race.<br><br>
i slept for 16 hours last night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> we got home around 4, unloaded the truck, ordered pizza, and then everyone went to bed at about 6pm and got up at 10 this morning.<br><br><br><br>
the guy who did solo last weekend, his team did well, they finished in 5th place. we were expecting them to make the podium, they usually do, but they just weren't that focused this time around. the bf and roommate and friend's wife were on less competitive teams, they race for fun not to win. one was in 23rd place i think and the others i'm not sure. but they were just glad to finish and not get hurt and stuff.<br><br><br><br>
my bf did hurt himself mildly, he did a nosedive off a bridge and came in from the last lap with a bloody nose and lip. he's a bit scraped and swollen but nothing's broken and he feels fine. looks funny though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
only bad parts about the whole weekend were that friday morning i woke up with "something". i think it might be a sinus infection or something but i don't know for sure. it got progressively worse over the weekend, i'm not sure how i managed to make it through. the other bad part was that the roommate's ummm "ex" who i dislike for several reasons, decided to come along for "support" as well.<br><br>
she's the worst support person i've ever seen. she wasn't too bad at the beginning cause we'd delegate jobs to her right away and she'd do them, but she couldn't figure out the concept of telling us the lap times when she was the one to go find out, and every time we cooked food for the riders she would grab a plate, serve herself and be the first to start eating. the food was paid for by the riders and was there for them, and we were there to cook and serve it to them. i was told to bring my own food and i did, and i ate when the riders were taken care of. that's how it is, you look after them before yourself unless you want to get on a bike and do their next lap for them when they collapse with no energy.<br><br><br><br>
she even went to bed for almost 7 hours in the middle of the night even though we told her the nighttime was the most crucial part of our jobs because the guys are tired and they have to worry about having their light systems set up before they ride so it's a matter of having food shoved under their noses as they work on the bikes. plus there still has to always be one person to walk to the start line as each rider comes in. well, 3 riders were out on a lap at the same time, the others were getting a quick nap in before their next laps, one support person had her 4 year old niece with her so she went to bed with her for a couple hours to make sure she'd fall asleep and another person left to pick up something in the nearest town. and the only two people left were me and the "ex". she went to bed. i almost wanted to go shake her out of her tent. she'd even taken a nap earlier on in the evening. complained about a stomach ache or something meanwhile i felt like i was dying and i worked my butt off and didn't sleep a wink. we didn't go there to camp out we went to work<br><br><br><br>
argh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"><br><br><br><br>
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but yeah it was fun, we have another one coming up in august. oh and right now i'm also nursing a sunburn overtop of a sunburn. i burned my shoulders and back of the neck really bad last week, they were all blistered and peeling. the burned part is all peeled off now and the skin underneath is now also burned. it looks awful and feels worse. and i think i have permanent sandle tan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Yay to mountain biking... love it, love, it love it, now I must read your full post. (I do things backward sometimes just to be first in, so there). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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that sounds like a great time indeed LF <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> so when are you going to join them??
 

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My sister used to do that for one of her ex-boyfriends, she loved it even with the sleep deprivation. They were probably the same ones you go to, she lived in Barrie at the time.<br><br><br><br>
Stonecrest has a good question. When are you going to join them? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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hhhhhhhaaaaaaaahahaha<br><br>
no no.<br><br>
i went on one "fun run" on a very easy trail. i didn't have the proper gear (ie: padded bike shorts, lack of which resulted in a very sore bottom full of welts!) and didn't have a proper bike (no suspension, adding to the soreness of the bottom)<br><br>
and hadn't been on a bike since like age 12.<br><br><br><br>
i thought i was gonna die!! no i did really well for my first time out, i couldn't keep up with the others but i didn't fall. the guy riding behind me (who's job is to stay at the back and keep an eye on the slowpoke rookies) said i have good fall reflexes, i can jump off the bike when it goes down instead of going down with it.<br><br><br><br>
but i have poor lung capacity and at one point had to stop and rest at a point where the trail did a loop so that the others could go ahead and pick me up on the way by again, because i couldn't catch my breathe. sweat was just pouring off me and i thought i'd pass out. it was scary.<br><br><br><br>
anyway i'd go again but not with the club (this was a weekly ride with the cycling club my bf belongs to). i said i'd go again sometime after i can afford to buy the right stuff and use a better bike (or buy one). i doubt i'd ever race though, i'd just go for fun and to ride at my own pace. trying to keep pace with the others is what got to me
 
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