Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Rubber that will Meet the Long Road

The package arrived yesterday! I know I’m supposed to shop local, and sometimes I do, but I'm also a tightwad and this was one of those purchases that would have easily been at least $20 more to find here. One thing I really enjoy about purchasing things online is being able to track the package as it makes its way across the country. I watched as it slowly made its way from Colorado to Missouri stopping at numerous cities inbetween.

I put more thought into this selection than I ever have. I compared the weights, tread patterns, customer reviews, pricing and threads per inch of too many to count. I devoured blogs and forum posts of other riders who have completed the race before. As with anything, I found people who loved one brand and hated another. The next day I would read someone who felt the exact opposite. After months of deliberation, I finally confirmed the order and will now let the chips fall where they may. As I pulled the brand new tires out of the box I stared at them and contemplated the rugged 200 mile test I would be putting them to in a little over 3 weeks. This is the rubber that will meet the long road ahead.

It is also that time again. The time where I look back over the year and total all the miles I have pushed myself down the road.

5973 miles on the bike
1095 miles on the run

I don't have as much to say this year about my annual mileage as I did last year. There was a not so surprising shift towards riding distance. My running mileage took a big hit due to the amount of time on the bike in the last 6 months getting ready for the race next month. I still don't clock the exact amount of time I spend out there, but if I use a conservative average speed and break it down, it comes down to about 500 hours of cardio. Not a bad year indeed.

April 22 - Bike 270, Run 0

April 29 - Bike 275, Run 2


  1. Jim, I am looking forward to your report on DK200. Best of luck!

  2. Thanks, Ron! I'm quite sure it will be an epic day.

  3. Don't let him fool you Jim. Ron hopes you fall down. He's just like that. ;)