Friday, August 24, 2007

Cafe Racer

I’ve been reading a lot about the Iron Butt Rally this year. I think it’s more interesting now that I know a handful of the participants. It’s fun to read the blogs of people who are actually participating. The historic reports are great reading too.
There are lots of appealing aspects to this rally: goal setting, planning, execution, trumping the techno geek next to you, overcoming adversity, making things happen…all good stuff. But all the best plans can come to not if you don’t have luck on your side. And what good is luck, if you are not prepared? It seems some entrants may have skipped reading the historic accounts of the Rally. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it!

But I’ll never be a contender. I am just not into self sacrifice. Give me a contest that involves a required 10 hour over night at the Marriott, and I’ll be there! I’ll endure long hours in the saddle. I’ll ride through the rain, dirt roads and construction. But sleep deprivation? Not gonna happen.
Good luck to all my riding friends who are up to the challenge. Tomorrow morning, I’ll catch an extra 10 minutes in the sack for you!

1 comment:

rich said...

Read your trip account on ADVRider and loved it so I linked to your blog.
I think I am going to do my mini Iron Butt in the next few days. A 1,000 mile day. But no I also need my sleep too much to enjoy all that sleep deprivation of a rally.