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ok, here's the 508 story(17 posts)

ok, here's the 508 storyDougSloan
Oct 17, 2002 1:15 PM
Here's my story; not nearly as dramatic as doing it solo.


Doug (Dog/Poodle)
Thanks DougPureClimber
Oct 17, 2002 1:46 PM
Wow! I am intrigued by your final comment.....4 man team race too hard, next time solo(!!??)....What kind of man are you?

Anyway, my mind boggles at a race like the 508 and your stories from this year and last are certainly entertaining....thanks.
A ride through Baker and no mention of the Temperature?chopper
Oct 17, 2002 1:50 PM
it was cool, and didn't even think to look at the tower nmDougSloan
Oct 17, 2002 3:02 PM
re: kewl beanz...Akirasho
Oct 17, 2002 1:59 PM
Nice documentation of the event!

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Excellent coverageTig
Oct 17, 2002 2:05 PM
A different kind of pain from last year's solo race, eh? I think my legs would have ripped themselves free from my body to escape!

You have my deepest respect for surviving and riding so well. Nice job!
A story to make Poodle lovers proud --
Oct 17, 2002 2:07 PM
Did you jump the Devils Golf Course? nmMB1
Oct 17, 2002 2:51 PM
missed it at night nmDougSloan
Oct 17, 2002 3:02 PM
Thanks Doug, nice write up..nmrwbadley
Oct 17, 2002 2:59 PM
Made me tired just reading it ...Humma Hah
Oct 17, 2002 3:09 PM
... durn, Doug, you have the STRANGEST idea of what's fun.

You said you had a lot of bikes and were prepared for anything, but I failed to notice the Milano listed as carried in any van. Not prepared to have fun?
Doug...Jon Billheimer
Oct 17, 2002 7:53 PM
You are one of a kind---almost. My hat's off to you!!!
Oct 18, 2002 5:44 AM
This is a race, and almost by definition races are not fun. If you are having fun, you are probably not going hard enough.

Of course, some of us really do have a warped sense of "fun," like going around in circles on a 40 pound single speed for 12 hours (didn't someone here do that a few years ago?) :-)

good report! congrats on a good ride. nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 18, 2002 6:43 AM
here's Seana Hogan's storyDougSloan
Oct 18, 2002 7:56 AM
(fyi: Seana is a multiple RAAM and 508 winner and record holder -- likely the fastest and winningest women's ultra rider in history)

It was fun to be back at the 508, this year being healthy and ready to go
(last year I was still nursing my baby and he was along in the pace van).
This year I brought two vans; The pace van had the crew: Pat Enright, Lee
Mitchell and Andrew Bohannon. The other van had the rest of my family: my
sons Alex and Austin; my brother, Pat, my nephew, Hunter and our nanny,
Theresa. The 'kid' van wasn't around us much once the race started, they
went out on excursions in the desert and met us at the end.

I have been at the 508 every year but one since 1991 as either rider, crew
or official. This year the overall weather conditions were the worst I
have ever seen (this is the part I want the rookies to read). I have seen
heat, I have seen extreme wind and sand storms, I have seen almost freezing
temperatures, but I have never seen the continuous headwinds that we
experienced this year. Usually there is a break somewhere, but not his
time; it was work against the wind all the way around the course except the
last 25 miles. Anyone who finished this year achieved a major
accomplishment. So rookies, please do not be discouraged, the conditions
this year were not usual and you will be doing yourself a disservice by not
giving it another go.

When the race began on San Francisquito Cyn road, the riders began being
separated by the many undulations on the road. This is a place were you
want to hang around the upper middle of the pack; just enough so that you
do not lose contact with the lead riders if you can help it (this year
Ostrich, pretty much took off and I never saw him again). As I rode along
I could see two riders ahead that didn't seem to be separating. the back
guy was in full-on drafting position and it made me mad, I caught up with
them and I yelled an the back guy, "Hey, no drafting!". He looked at me
like I was nuts and reluctantly disengaged from the front bike. He tried
to tell me he didn't understand English and he pointed ahead to two other
riders that were close and claimed that they were drafting. We exchanged
more words. He asked, "Who are you?"; I said, "Seana Hogan"; he replied.
"OOOOOO!"; I interrupted, "and I'm going to kick your a__". I have very
little patience for cheating. This guy was close to me for over three
hundred miles; each time I would pass him I would glance over at him and
say, "I told you I was going to kick your a__, and I am doing it". He
looked at me like I was a deranged psycho but I was having fun messing with
his head. He eventually was DQed.

All the way to Trona, I exchanged positions with Octopus and Gorilla, they
would pass me on the climbs and I would pass them on the descents. At one
point I said to one of Andrew's crew, "if Andrew is in front, then it must
be a hill". The climb after Trona was the first one where I wasn't caught
by Andrew and the Gorilla. I was making progress. Before Towne Pass, I
passed Grouse which put me into second place behind Ostrich. Of course I
was passed on the climb but I was able to regain my position by Furnace
Creek. I do not remember where Blue Fox passed me but it was somewhere
before Shoshone, he was looking strong and he took the second position. I
felt pretty good up until a few miles past Shoshone.

I actually experience an epiphany in this race. It seemed the race was
like a compressed RAAM. I was in front for the first half and then began
losing ground in t he second half. Unlike RAAM though, I was coherent
enough to see the cause and its effects. I began retaining fluid (in fact,
I gained 10 lbs by the end of the race), my muscles had no power with all
of this fluid. I had to helplessly watch as Panther, Gorilla, Octopus ,
and Flamingo all passed. I could not challenge any of them and it wasn't
rest of itDougSloan
Oct 18, 2002 7:58 AM
... I could not challenge any of them and it wasn't
because my legs were too tired, it was because they were full of fluid.
With this fluid came extreme pain and ache. This is exactly what happens
to me on RAAM (it has always bothered my that this has been interpreted as
me going out too hard and blowing-up; I have a fluid balance problem that I
am not sure is solvable). I had the usual asthma caused by the desert (but
practically everyone suffers that) and I had a sore bottom which only added
to the agony. I also realized that my plans for racing in RAAM next year
will need to go on hold.

Fifty miles from the end, I took some ibuprofen (we figured at that point,
if it caused any ill effects, I could still limp to the finish). It did
not, in fact, I felt a lot better and I was able to sit without pain and
the ache in my muscles was reduced. The last twenty- five miles of this
race are usually long and into a head wind. Not this year. We had a
crossing- tailwind; my crew gave me a 'Seana snack', a quarter of a cheese
sandwich, every 5 miles to make the last stretch pass more pleasantly. I
won the women's race and was seventh overall. Not my best race, but I
finished and that was a triumph in itself. Had it not been for my
fantastic crew, I probably would have DNFed somewhere around Kelso. They
were great and the van, at the end of the race, was neat and it did not
stink. They were incredible! We had a great time! Congratulations to
Ostrich for a great win! And congratulations to all who finished..It was a
difficult race!

Thanks to my crew and my family for a fun and fulfilling race!

(I am looking forward to a race report from Steve Born from his
inspirational FC508 double! Congratulations Steve!)

Seana Hogan
re: ok, here's the 508 storyCHRoadie
Oct 18, 2002 8:04 AM
Great tale, as always. A group of guys from my cycling club decided a couple of months before the ride to do a four man and became team Polar Bear, which finished about 17 minutes behind you.