Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Canadian dream

Later this month - well, in 12 days - Geoff is registered to ride his first 24-hour hamster race in Whitehorse, Yukon: The 24 Hours of Light. For a while, I was not planning to go at all. And then I thought - hey, road trip to Canada (and a ferry ride ... I do love those salt-encrusted snack bar pretzels.) But the reality is, Geoff does not need me as a one-woman pit crew. No matter where I exist in his Solo Spectrum, he will most likely do his own wrenching, make his own sushi, mix up his own Perpetuem and generally glower at my 4 a.m. cheerleader chants (believe me, I know how it feels.) So what am I to do? Might as well enter the race.

Now, don't freak out. I am not looking to break any personal records. I am not looking for anything beyond a fun mountain bike ride in a place where it's warm and LIGHT (I used the capital letters because Whitehorse has nearly 24 hours of it.) Why not plunk down the $60 Canadian (that's like, what, only $700 U.S.?) and be part of the event?

There is a chance I might be able to land a spot on an eight-person team. There will be cowboy hats. And debauchery. And no nudity (I don't know whether I'm relieved or disappointed.) If that does not work out, I might just 24-Solo it. Ride whenever I want. Take lots of breaks. Relish in the midnight sun lap. Stop if it hurts. Eat lots of Geoff's specialty sushi. In short, a Canadian dream (similar to the one I have planned for later this summer, without the crushing mileage.)

I have until June 19 to commit. But look at me ... I'm already giddy.

Also, I wanted to thank everyone who e-mailed me today about a photo CD. I have already set aside my Iditarod trail fund, and mailed the CDs out this afternoon. The Ultrasport is an entirely different beast at the end of the tunnel. But even after four months of struggling with injury, I still feel the same way about it that I did in February - I got on this train, and no matter what happens at this point, I'm going to have to confront the beast head-on.

Might as well start out in the Light.


  1. Hmmmm...I'm torn between being supportive and being a nag. Just be careful and don't let the competitive spirit make you get carried away. Cellarat said it...just have fun and be good to that knee.

  2. Uh, somebody let the cows outta the barn. I sure can relate to how it feels to come back from injury as I've been screaming wahoo ever since that collarbone knitted up. That you are even considering a race so soon speaks volumes about the condition of your knee - that's great news!

    Enduro crackheads aren't well known for patience, but do have fun. I'd love to do that event too, sounds awesome.

  3. I love your thought process. sounds like your plan is a good one. enjoy the light. go team fatty.

  4. The 24 Hours of Light! Sick! The coolest event in the land. I have a couple write-ups for this event on my blog:

    2002 24HOL: http://offcamber.com/AKSlideshow/index.htm

    2004 24HOL: http://offcamber.com/june_04.html (It's the Tuesday, June 29 entry) and http://offcamber.com/july_04_blog.html (check the July 1 & 2 entry)

    Have a blast and say hi to the crew from Dan and Whit in Colorado.

  5. Tell us more about this specialty sushi? If it's powerful enough to get him through a 24 and tasty enough to get you to do it injured, I might just have to make some (you are doing it for the sushi aren't you?)

  6. Rock on Jill! That sounds like an excellent plan to me. Show up, ride a bit, and take it from there. I like, I like everything about it. :)

  7. we just finished a 24 hour race, 4 person co-ed mom and dad team. we let our kids run wild while we were racing around.

    i think you're going at it the right way.

    and the midnight sun lap sounds pretty dang cool!

  8. Eating Sushi and wearing cowboy hats!!?? I want to do that race.

    Have fun...and take care of your knee.

  9. If you go with Geoff, you might as well race. You wouldn't be able to sit there and just watch anyways...
    Love the term "hamster race" but that is perfect for you to test out your knee.
    Sushi eating hamsters, riding their bikes while wearing cowboy hats. Now that's a nice picture....

  10. There's a Goethe quotation that should be said here.

    I just want to add that I hope you realize that you're fucking nuts.

    Know when to say when. That goes for yes and no.

  11. Go Jill! Go Jill! Go Jill!

    Sounds like a damn good ride. Enjoy.

    (don't bust your self again though)


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