Tomorrow I'm racing Bike Monkey's 8 Hour event in Boggs Mountain State Forest. I'm going solo, while most of my friends are in teams. It should be fun, and extremely challenging. The only other event I've done that comes close is Leadville, and I finished the 100 mile course in 8 hours and 20 some minutes. My training has led me up to these long endurance races.
I had planned on racing the entire weekend, starting with the hill climb, XC and Enduro, but because of the move and new job I decided to scale back a bit. 8 hour XC race is more than enough for me.
My friend David gave me a wealth of advice, nudging me to put this bell on my bars. It can get backed up at times, especially with 500+ riders on course, from beginners to pros. I'm hoping to line up at the very front as to avoid the chaos of the mass start. Wish me luck!