Transplant Athlete
Monday, September 28, 2009

Over the past 10 years, I've ridden in extreme weather, in heat so hot it feels like my brain was boiling to winter days so cold my water bottles froze in 15 minutes. In all that time, I've rarely ridden in rain...Unfortunately, that's how the 24 Hours Of Booty started out, with heavy rain. I got my tent up before the rain started. My parents showed up and set up their NY GIANTS tent in front of mine and ABL showed up with the kids around the same time. Jeff Gover from NXSTAGE showed up.

There was a 500 rider limit for the ride, but I bet there were just 100 people at the start line. The course was quick with one long gradual hill and one short hill. I started off on the Softride with my Zipp wheels and felt wicked fast. Every 10 laps, I'd pull into the camping area and take a break. After 30 laps, I changed into dry clothes and took a 3 hour sleep break. The rain was too much for the tents and by 9pm, they were both leaking. Both Q and I were getting dripped on as we slept. ABL had taken the other two kids to a hotel for the night and my parents slept in their car. I then went back out on to the course and did another 10 laps. There might have been a half dozen riders on the course at that time of night. The rain was still coming down hard, the camping area was one big mudpit. I changed into another set of dry clothes and went back to sleep. In the morning, the rain had slowed to a mist. I knocked out another 10 laps and took a break. Then my dad offered to break down our campsite while I rode, so I knocked out another 10 laps. About halfway through these last ten laps, the sun came out and the course started to dry out.

My knee was hurting, but it wasn't a showstopper. I was using Assos Chamois Creme for the first time and it was working great. I ran out of dry clothes though and I wasn't sure how much fluid I had gained, so I decided to call it quits. I was a bit disappointed with the mileage, but I think it's a great start considering it's been 2 years since I've done any serious ultra events and I've only been training for 6 weeks.


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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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