There is a little less than one month until the Dirty Kanza race. I have been saving my story thinking I would write about it after the event. I will do that too, but decided that it would be interesting to write about the journey so far.
Every Dirty Kanza journey starts on January 17 when you get up early, log on to your computer and get signed up. This year the 100 and 200 sold out in 8 minutes. My friend Tara texted me and some others and was asking if anyone was signing up. I happened to have my computer by my bed, so I opened it up and logged on to see the action. She texted that she signed up for the 50. That was the one I had been considering since last year when I watched the race in Emporia. So I thought, “that would be fun to ride with her,” and I signed up. I guess I was one of the last people to get in, because not a few minutes later I saw on facebook that the 50 was sold out too.
Then I said to myself, “Oh no, what did I do?” I wasn’t for sure if I even had a bike that could ride this course. If I could find one, I had to get in shape. Wow I had my work cut out for me.
My first thought was to ride my single speed on the course. I have an old steel mountain bike that I had put drop bars on it and it is a fun bike to ride. That might work, I thought. There was a gravel ride near here called the mullet ride so I tried it out on that ride. It did really good until we got to a pretty good sized hill. Then I really struggled. My knee from an old injury was very sore too. I decided maybe a geared bike would be better. I started looking and found a cyclocross bike that fit me and was the right price.
The bike has done the DK twice, so the next step was to figure out what I needed to do and build a plan for training and get my body in shape for this ride.
In February there was a training clinic at Family Bicycles in Waldo. Jim Cummins, director of the Dirty Kanza was there and gave information for those of us doing the shorter routes. He did a lot to describe what the route would be like and how important it is to read the Riders Bible.
Riding my bike and riding my bike has become my training plan. I tried out Black River app, Strava and my old stand by Map My Ride to discover routes. Last weekend I rode 33.8 miles on pavement and gravel. It had 1400 ft. of climbing. My legs hurt. But I’m going to try to do it again this weekend. Maybe it will be easier. Its 3/4 of the way to 50 miles. So I should be trained enough as I’m going to be for it.
Tonight I got the information on the camping location at the fairgrounds. If we get there early enough, we can hopefully get a spot in the cow barn. That would be fun. 🙂
Watch here for the post ride account.