Saturday October 30th I will be riding the Spring Death Valley Double Century. It will mark my 22nd double century in the last eight seasons. In my first couple of years I did a lot more double centuries. But over the years I branched out and starting doing brevets (unsupported events) and eventually I focused on the Furnace Creek 508. I became interested in brevets because they were unsupported. The shorter brevets like the 200km (125 miles) are just a fast century plus rides. But the longer brevets like the 300km (187 miles), 400km (252 miles) and the 600km (375 miles) really test your stamina, nutrition and endurance. I became interested in brevets but I fell in love with the 508. I guess what I’m trying to say is that while I started in Ultras doing double centuries I really enjoyed the difficulty, and solitude of the longer events so my double century count is really low. By contrast, my focus in the Furnace Creek 508 allowed me to finish five consecutive solo races and an invitation to the Furnace Creek 508 Hall of Fame.
Have a great ride, George. I’ll be thinking about you as I ride my simple 60(ish)
Thank you Debbie and thank you for reading my blog.