I need to raise my seat, because I’m pretty sure I’m not getting a full extension on my leg when I’m sitting on the saddle and my pedal is at six o’clock. I also need to get a new saddle, because the one I have now is seriously Not Fun to ride with for any length of time.
I should probably also figure out if my tires are tubeless and buy the proper replacement for at least one of them… (Fortunately for me, I know where my manual is!)
I need to either find my bike bag or buy a new one (it’s in a box. Somewhere. Gaaaah.).
I need to find my Topeak bike tool, too. I think I know which box it’s in…
At least I know where both of my water bottles are. That’s one thing I don’t have to worry about.
The Fireweed 400 is an UMCA event. There are 4 lengths to choose from: 50, 100, 200, and 400 mile races. I’m aiming for the half-century because it seems the most accessible of the four.
I can do about ten miles easily right now, but I’m not going to try to delude myself that I can do five times that in my current state. (If nothing else, the course of the race is curving, winding highway that goes up and down good-sized hills. I’d either die or have to abandon, and I’d really rather have “8:59:55.9” after my name than DNF.)
The other major thing I have to do is get myself a better saddle, because the one I have now is not so grate ackshully for plain ol’ in-town/recreational riding—fifty miles on it would mean I couldn’t sit down for a week at least.
I went two years in a row, and it was absolutely awesome. Next time, though, I have to take a GOOD camera (or bribe my brother to be my personal photographer for the three days). And I definitely want to wear a costume one day of the three.