Eat, Sleep, Ride
By Capt. Don Gabrielson, Staff Officer for Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
I’m in the final hours of my race preps for the biggest/hardest event I’ve ever done in over 25 years of serious bike racing, the Tour Divide Mountain Bike Race. I will find my limits and expand them. The race begins on 14 June and will be a total of 2,745 miles on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff (Alberta, Canada) to Antelope Wells, N.M.
I’m doing this because I believe in the power of pushing beyond your comfort zone in ways that draw together experience and knowledge—being safe, but not being too comfortable. I will overcome unexpected challenges, and feel the satisfaction that comes from doing something really hard. I’m probably more than a little nuts, too.
I’ve been riding 300-400+ miles a week for the past few weeks. My race goal is roughly double that, but at an easier pace. Eat. Sleep. Ride.
My race goal is higher mileage at a slower pace, way over 100 miles a day, but I don’t want to jinx myself by saying too much. I will do the most I can every day until I finish.
I look forward to showing the Navy colors and raising awareness for our Wounded Warriors support.