Guest writer Dustin Mealor is here again and this time he's not so jovial. In fact he sounds more thankful to God that he made it to the finish with all his appendages. From my own experience I can confirm for you guys that the telling of the story never really reflects the burden of the ride on your body and your mind. So I leave you with that thought as you read Dustin's account of the second race in Dalton, Georgia. We'll call it...
Frost Bite at the Snake
by Dustin Mealor
We arrived Friday evening in Dalton to check into the hotel before eating dinner. We ate at a Mexican restaurant called “Garcias” in Dalton. It was funny walking into the restaurant because it had the name of the previous Italian restaurant etched in the concrete. This place even served pasta, which was another thing I felt was fairly odd for a Mexican restaurant. The food was good, though, and it didn’t hurt in helping me sleep that night after my belly was full.
Once we got onto the single track, the snow started. It snowed heavy for about 30 minutes and got to the point of actually covering the trail itself. This, believe it or not, made navigating the technical slow stuff easier. I just rolled over stuff I normally would avoid. It snowed for probably an hour total until it switched to sleet and freezing rain. Keep in mind that the temperature never departed from 22.
Once I took care of all that, I proceeded with my race.
The day was over, and it truly was EPIC!
My own weekend while less "epic" was really fun. After my parents blessed Lisa and I with a night to ourselves we slept in and then attended my youngest daughters Karate sparing practice. She attends the DOJO in Braselton Georgia where they don't just teach Karate... they teach Self-Confidence. I continue to be very impressed with the way they run things and the lessons my daughter learns. One such lesson will occur next week when she competes for the first time.
Then I took Molly, my 13 year old, to Fort Yargo to train for the Dirty Spokes Duathlon she says she wants to do there. She'll be racing as a solo while I compete in the 2 Man Team division with my good friend Kelly Edwards.
We rode the outer loop and stopped in key places so she could practice on some of the harder areas. I have no doubt she can make it. I'm just nervous about her being out there without me. For that reason she will have her cell phone with tracking on. I love technology!
We saw a ton of folks we knew out there including the Lester's (our Coed Team nemesis) and even a new friend I made just last week named Mark.
Crazy people like us were everywhere! Evidently there are a lot of families who ride bikes! What are they thinking?? Don't they know there's more costly, less physically demanding fun out there? Why weren't they at the Mall with everyone else?
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The next day was Super Bowl Sunday! And as is our custom we joined the annual JCCHS Alumni Super Bowl game of "Two Hand Tackle". Or as it is most commonly known "Two Hand Shove".
Since I was a freshman in high school we have played this game. Every year.
But a few years ago we all started getting old and it dawned on us that so were our kids. So we decided to let the kids play and we referee. Oh yeah! We got smart.
As you can see we had a ton of fun. These kids have so much energy. And they really can take a hit!
I'm really getting excited about the season of riding and racing that's coming up! I'll be kicking off my season with a lung burning relay race on mountain bikes with the likes of Trace Nabors and David Shabat. In two weeks it's the Chainbuster 6 Hour MTB Series at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville, GA!
Then it's the Southeast Bike Expo! Then it's the Hincapie Training Series! Then a Duathlon at Fort Yargo! Then another Chainbuster race! Then the Trillium Trek!
Weekend after weekend of RACING!!!
So stay tuned for the latest crazy stories from whom ever I can talk into writing them. It's going to be a great season!
Thanks for reading!