This picture is what you do not want to see on the Sunday before the bike race.
The picture was taken in my garage yesterday (the Sunday before the bike race).
It is what happens when you ignore that cardinal rule of race preparation to NOT DORK AROUND WITH YOUR BIKE before a race. "Dialing in" type of stuff is (borderline) ok, but what you see here is definitely not. This was an aborted attempt to swap forks to create a more nimble full suspension bike for next week. You can imagine how thrilled I was with myself when halfway through the nightmare project, I realized I was going to have to abort and reassemble the bikes in their original configuration. That's about all I have to say on this particular debacle, except to remind you (and me) that when that little voice whispers that "I don't think this is a very good idea," you should listen to it.
I did manage to turn in a race lap yesterday with a couple of other riders. We were only able to fit in one lap due to the early nightfall but were encouraged by the result. Race day will tell.
The coming week is all about one more hard ride, a milk run late in the week, and lots of clean living (maybe put that off until Wed or Thr).
"Those who love you are watching, and they expect greatness"