Paul's Dirty Enduro 2014

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  • 09-16-2014
    Enduramil
    Paul's Dirty Enduro 2014
    4 sleeps left. Who's in?
  • 09-16-2014
    Mikhs
    I'm in for the 100. So far the weather looks like it will be better than last year. So far.
  • 09-16-2014
    Enduramil
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mikhs View Post
    . So far the weather looks like it will be better than last year. So far.

    SHhhh......
  • 09-17-2014
    Enduramil
    Install different shifter...what could go wrong?

  • 09-18-2014
    Unglued
    Just 30k for me this year. I must rest myself for the MTBR solo singlespeed 8-hour smackdown next weekend (see separate thread)
  • 09-18-2014
    Enduramil
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Just 30k for me this year. I must rest myself for the MTBR solo singlespeed 8-hour smackdown next weekend (see separate thread)

    On something fully rigid?
  • 09-18-2014
    Unglued
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    On something fully rigid?

    Nope. Bringing the fast bike....
  • 09-18-2014
    Enduramil
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Nope. Bringing the fast bike....

    Oh..so you are making sure to have the energy to stay clear of 14 Stone in a week.
  • 09-20-2014
    Unglued
    Let's end the suspense. Enduramil didn't quit. Not even a little bit. Rolled over the finish line with his head held high and with the respect of the entire field.
  • 09-20-2014
    Enduramil
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Let's end the suspense. Enduramil didn't quit. Not even a little bit. Rolled over the finish line with his head held high and with the respect of the entire field.

    Rule # 5 was fully observed.
  • 09-22-2014
    Enduramil
    Brief analysis till can put more together not involving cats and word animal photos.

    Mission was accomplished...the DNF bad taste at Paul's taken care of. Took way more effort then expected and after analyses.....

    -avoided knee issues I had on the first 60k in 2009.

    -Sadly it seems that doing 60k at Paul's seems to be causing issues. This time cramping despite the pre event efforts.

    -Until I figure out if it is the course or something else will only be doing the 30k next year. Instead will do a couple of Substance Projects 60k instead to figure out solutions and experiment.

    Still a good day out in the end.
  • 09-22-2014
    Unglued
    I did the 30k this year as I don't want to do two long races back to back weekends. Was surprised how tough it was...it's like doing an ocup pace for 25% longer than an OCUP, with all singletrack. I feel like a really nailed this one - completely pinned it all race long, was passed by 6 people during the whole race, and passed 4 of them back, Had one guy riding my back wheel all the way through Len's trail and managed to eventually crack him and shake him loose. Was an absolute blast!

    But next year I'm doing the 100k again.
  • 09-22-2014
    Enduramil
    After some rest, beer, a ride in the woods, and feeling less like trail kill. A more detailed report on Paul's.

    TeamNFI: 2014 Paul's Dirty Enduro

    Quote:

    After last years first ever endurance DNF at the 2013 Paul's Mud Bog and when I say that in 20 years of endurance sport have never done that. As you read in the link it left a bad taste and as shown this year doubts for that distance. The 2015 Plan for Paul's created in the lead up to the 2014 edition.

    Add in that this year has not been great for coming up with a plan...getting side tracked by Joely's contract not being renewed. Hard to have a plan when you have no idea where your family will live or what will happen. Thank fully RMC reached out and it seemed that some planning might take place. But alas not to be that easy as Joely was diagnosed with a DVT and again was not able to do much but ride.

    So by race morning the goal was to simply get the distance and get a result. And with that in mind was aware that in my first Paul's in 2009 my knees started to seize about 10k out from the finish. So made sure to drop the gearing to easier as I tend to muscle it to much on the climbs. And in the week prior to the Saturday had been trying to get as much of my electrolyte drink in as possible. Trying to get my muscle cells to absorb as much water as they could. As through previous trials doing that has decreased cramps.

    On race morning went to the line for the 60k with the goal as I said of getting the result. As I wanted to have a positive result at Paul's. The weather was good and not as hot as the 2009 60k.

    The first 30k was good and enjoyed the log overs. I would say no issues but I would be lying as did have one minor issue on a wide double track after some tight twisty fun stuff. A gentleman with a great engine but was having a hard time on the tech seemed to take offense of being passed. As he actually tried to pass by riding right into me on the double track. Full bar contact and only made a direction change after getting a good left elbow. Wonder if he got a time deduction on his Strava KOM for that section?

    Other then that it was a good first 30k. Was smooth and trying to flow as much as possible. Some where between there and the 35k point aid station bounced of a tree on my left side while doing a pass of a stopped rider on a tech section. Thought nothing of it till about 20 minutes later when I noticed some cramping in my tricep. No big deal at the time but looking back now it was the beginning of the fight.

    After the 35k aid station had noticed my legs where tight and guessing about 3-4k past the aid station legs started cramping. No big deal I thought as have dealt with this before. Well, that didn't last for long. As this became pretty much a 25k fight with cramping inner quads which brought any sort of pace to a steadily getting slower ride. Couldn't pedal up hills as the inner quads would cramp. Sometimes simply had to walk pushing the bike till they past. And the closer I got to the finish the worst it got. At least I knew the old school lifters trick....punch the area in question. Which works to a point but after a while it loses it's effectiveness. And once or twice while fighting to get the cramps to stop I did think of pulling the plug prior to the aid station at the 10k point. However I keep a small photo of Joely and I from our wedding in my Feedbag to remind why I am there.



    So by the last 5-7k was in Lantern Rouge position with my body fighting back harder. And to be honest the last time I had gone this deep was July 2003 during the last weeks of my infantry course at Wainwright Alberta. And believe me that really hurt a wee bit more than this day. But only a little. After a bit more time finally was on the last bit to the finish. Poor KT Misner trying to congratulate me on finishing while I was trying not to grind my teeth. Sorry KT...wanted to say more but wasn't capable at the time. At least that was G Rated.

    So got the result and had the positive of it being a non DNF. It wasn't pretty but as a BBC announcer once said back in 2001...."It doesn't have to look pretty it just has to get it done.." Well...this definitely qualified as that. The other positive being that no knee or back issues like 2009. So the gearing was good though maybe drop to a 32T in the future.

    At this point there was no one there I knew and so after a lot more water and such left as it began to rain. If it hadn't rained and had known Gnarley Spoke was there would have stayed longer. And of course this led to the eventful drive home. Driving any vehicle with leg cramps especially when both legs decide to do that sucks.

    With solving the knee issues there is a new one to replace it. Which not knowing the cause or causes of the cramping...rough course, needed longer pre event as they call it muscular hydration being the first 2 to come to mind. So will focus the 60k efforts on a couple of Substance Projects events to see if on a different course will have the same issues. And will do the 30k at Paul's instead. Since I have endurance it will be the speed part of the equation next.


  • 09-23-2014
    Nerdgirl
    Nice work, Chris. Have you ever tried Endurolyte capsules? I don't get cramps often, but they've been really helpful to me when I have. I know others who swear by mustard.
  • 09-23-2014
    Enduramil
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Nice work, Chris. Have you ever tried Endurolyte capsules? I don't get cramps often, but they've been really helpful to me when I have. I know others who swear by mustard.

    Thanks Nerdgirl.

    Not Enduralytes but used LavaSalts while racing Tri and at the Peterborough Half IM. To date never cramped like this in a event. 50k trail races, Half IM Duathlon, and all the training to go with it. While the Cheakamus Challenge which Circlip will know of is longer and had more climbing...70-80k course. It wasn't as much singletrack.

    Next year will do a couple of Dan's marathons on different courses to tinker with everything. Northumberland is not nearly as rough as Paul's course and what to figure out if it was the distance or the trail that caused the issue.
  • 09-24-2014
    ray.vermette
    Did the 100k this year on a fully rigid SS. Only my second event on a SS (the first was the 30k at Paul's in 2013 after I chickened out due to all the rain and traded in my 100k entry for the shorter distance :) ).

    Having complete it, I have a much greater respect for the people who ride fully rigid SS in event after event (or stage after stage, as I've seen people do at the Transylvania Epic & CTS). It's a full body workout/beating that you can't fully appreciate until you've tried it.

    Paul's is such a great event. I'll be at the start line again next year, but perhaps with something with a little more cushion to it.

    Cheers! :)
  • 09-24-2014
    Enduramil
    Forgot to add in the extra race factor in some sections of all the prince cones and small branches coming from on high. Thanks to the wind. Heard a couple of good cracks as larger branches decided to come down as well.