When the ambitious goal of riding all five #ChaseTheChaise events hits home in the reality of the rapidly approaching 210-mile Coast To Coast Gravel Grinder.
That moment when you realize your next gravel ride is quite possibly going to be a combination of the two hardest events you’ve ever ridden: DK200 (any year) meets cold, rainy (snowy?) 2017 Land Run 100, “the cold year.” That “oh, bleep” moment. “What did I get myself into?”
When Salsa invited me to attempt all five Chase the Chaise rides this gravel season, I couldn’t very well say “no”; after all, the challenge scratches my competitive itch, and the rides are a perfect excuse to truly maintain my conditioning long enough for (hopefully) my body to get used to this level of wellness and make it stick post the birth of my fourth child, Sebastian.
Snowy Journeyman: 9 degrees in Minnesota on April 5th...
But admittedly, when I agreed to this prior to run-riding the Land Run Double, I hadn’t looked into what exactly that meant. Coast to Coast, so that must be a peninsula of Michigan, right? Wrong.
Just a few sections of the Coast To Coast Gravel Grinder that I look forward to experiencing...
In some ways, I still haven’t really dug into what it means. The sticker shock of this next gravel grinder makes me tempted to look further ahead, but I have a feeling I’ll enjoy each experience (and likely increase my chances of success) if I just take each event one at a time, and focus my positive energies and trainings at what is next at hand despite some cold days atop Journeyman (even in April). So Le Grand du Nord, DK200, and Jay P’s Gravel Pursuit, I look forward to meeting you later. Right now, I’m dancing with the ides of May, 210 miles of Michigan fast gravel, sandy fire roads, and wooded double-track.