Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Hard COEre 100 — They Did it!!! (Skeggs was perfect today.)

Last time I wrote about their heroic attempt, a gigantic ride in itself. I guess they learned from their experience, and November 13, 2010 went down as the day when Henry Coe first saw any human being (or, superman?) measured 100 miles of its trails in one day on a two wheel vehicle that is non-motorized (if you can avoid staring at their big quads). They are my friends (can you tell I’m proud?): Dirk (ElHombre), Patrick (ratpick), and Roy (plymmer).

Read their accounts here: !!!

I had been off my bike for a while because I was completely absorbed in my new job. When I was not thinking about work, I was obsessed with the kitchen remodeling idea that came up a little while ago and had been having fun doing researches on that. But today, after I saw their reports on MTBR, I rushed out the door. Erik and I did a quick ride at Skeggs — still had chores to do before dark to get ready for another busy work week. The condition of the trails we got on (Manzanita, Lower Steam Donkey, Giant Salamander, Lower Fir *gulp*, Resolution, ECdM, etc) was just perfect — tacky and mud free! I wish it could stay like this forever!

So, here… here is the ride:

Oops, wrong link. It was THEIR Hard COEre 100! (I accidentally stole it from Patrick’s Garmin Connect.)

And here… here is MY ride:

11 Responses

  1. Dirk dBon 15 Nov 2010 at 4:31 pm

    An honor to make you proud Mei! Next year, you’re up ;-).

    9200 consumed calories… that explains why I felt like I could eat a horse yesterday (actually, Belgians are known to rather enjoy the latter).

  2. mudwormon 16 Nov 2010 at 10:53 am

    I remember how hungry I was all the time after the Boggs 8.5 hour race. I can’t imagine how my eating can keep up after a ride like this! Hmm… next year…me? Will it happen?

  3. Dirk dBon 17 Nov 2010 at 8:18 am

    Of course! You can become the first female finisher of the Hard COEre 100, history is waiting to be written there ;-). Either way, male or female, if we can do it, so can you, I am pretty sure of that. It’s all about determination, stamina and of course getting the details right (such as: nutrition, not crashing, no mechanicals, enough battery life etc).

  4. Patrick Herlihyon 20 Nov 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I’m with Dirk – you can do this Mei. You did the 85 mile Tour de Peninsula MTB ride twice after all!

    Thanks for the writeup!

  5. mudwormon 20 Nov 2010 at 10:50 pm

    You guys have more confidence in me than myself does. Thanks! I sure hope one day I will seriously consider attempting it…

  6. Alison Chaikenon 25 Nov 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Hey Mei, I know the post is about cycling, not about work, but I’m curious about your new job. I’m starting a new job on Monday myself.

    Today was the end of another great Low-Key Hill Climb season. I believe every single race was sold out this year, meaning 150 participants.

    Ride strong,

  7. mudwormon 27 Nov 2010 at 11:43 am

    Hi Alison, Congratulations on your new job! You made a big step out. Well, with me, it was merely a internal transfer. However, I now get to work on projects that interest me, so even though that means I sometimes get so obsessed with solving a problem for work that I work past midnight from time to time, I quite enjoy it. I just need to do better at tearing myself away from my computer from time to time.

    Oh wow, time flies and Low-Key is already over! A sold out event — big success! Glad that you got to be part of it!

  8. Patrick Herlihyon 18 Oct 2011 at 11:52 am

    Hey Mei, guess what – we did it again! A change in start time and Tarantulafest festivities at HQ slowed us down and it took 24 hours this time.

    Still your turn… 🙂

  9. mudwormon 18 Oct 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Oh, I feel guilty. I haven’t touched my FTM for ages. 😥 Can’t say I’m not enjoying my house remodeling process though. Just spent all day crawling up in the attic and down in the crawl space to add and retrofit a dedicated 20amp circuit to the bathroom — the beginning of my wiring project. My friend Jeanne says I’m focused. Yeah, that’s right!
    Congrats on another incredible endeavor and achievement! Now you can go for 24 Hours of Adrenaline!

  10. Patrick Herlihyon 19 Oct 2011 at 2:16 pm

    There’s no question you are focused and obsessive, Mei :mrgreen:

    If I ever mention you on MTBR I get a few DMs asking if I know where you are! We will need to organize a big welcome back ride when you finally have time to wear your helmet again (other than on stage, of course!)

    BTW, I’m planning to rerun the Skeggs Everything ride and see if I can’t get a group together in a couple of weeks. Using your writeup as prep!

  11. mudwormon 20 Oct 2011 at 11:58 am

    I do miss you guys… a lot! Mark my words. I’ll get back on my bike next year. There I said it, so it’s a commitment (I need it). I’m sure I’ll have to re-learn how to ride because it does not come natural to me, but there are always C rides out there… right? 😉

    Oh yeah… Skeggs Everything… Ride to a gate post, touch it or slap it before turning around. Nobody is watching, but you know you’ve gotta do it. Ride up a fireroad wall to a busy junction and sheepishly nod at everyone before turning around and disappearing down the wall again. How fun!!! :mrgreen: