“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar
Someone said you learn more from failure than from success. That must be why I learned so much at this race. I drove down to Dalton, Georgia on Friday to do this early season test of how close I am to be able to do the Mohican 100k. I failed. I quit at mile 38, right before the hardest parts of the course in the last 10 miles. But, I learned a lot and I did the longest mountain bike ride of my life.
At the end of my race, the temperature suddenly dropped and it froze the water in my hydration pack. My insulin pump started beeping loudly, which I knew meant that it was also frozen and was telling me I needed to change it. I thought of a solution to this pump problem only afterwards, so I was stuck having to quit at mile 38 or risk having bigger problems. At this point in the race I was also managing a muscle cramp that I was dealing with in my right leg. An adductor muscle on the inside of my thigh would spasm and I would have to stop pedaling until it settled down. I was taking anti-cramping pills and drinking as much as I could, but with temperatures that would freeze my water, I wouldn’t be able to drink on the trail. Those things added up, and I didn’t think it was wise to continue.
Next month I will be back in Dalton, GA to do the second time trial. This time I will do the 34 mile option, I will know how to handle the cold situation better, not sure what the weather will be though, and I will be able to see all the parts that I missed the first time.