I’ve done some hard things in my day-cycling stage races, running mountains and then some, countless long distance triathlons, duathlons, and a whole slew of just plain silly adventures that have lead into some ultra endurance events of their own.
BUT…. nothing, I mean nothing can compare to the Crusher in the Tusher.
The hardest single day “thing” I have ever done. I knew it would be challenging, and really at no point did I think I couldn’t complete it, but it took serious grit and will power. Hats off simply to anyone who can complete it.
And they did.
And I did.
And I’m ready for next year.
Giving a “race report” or analysis seems out of place here, since so much of that pacing and racing efforting gets simply thrown out the window. I think it would be nearly impossible for a first-timer to be competitive. This course at best, lends itself to the veteran racer. Each mistake made, pays its price later in the race. Be assured of that. Each match that is burnt early WILL come back and burn you…and yet it’s a delicate balance. All in all, I was conservative. I had to be. I just didn’t know what was ahead. A few lessons were learned-but again; I say this race CANNOT be compared to anything else.
First lesson: Aluminum sucks! Don’t do it. The pain of the downhill can be minimized with steal or carbon.
Second lesson: Hard tires are the enemy. 60 psi is great for pavement, but terrible for this race. 50 psi or below!
Third lesson: Go hard on the first climb, because THAT is where the race is. The Col’ de Crush is not race-able. It’s too hard.
Fourth lesson: Eat E-caps like you’re a junkie. I cramped bad and I swore up and down “I’m not a cramper”
Fifth lesson: Train, train, train, and then SURRENDER! Data will do squat (crap) for you!
Last lesson: One that I was able to keep-be nice, suffer well and make friends along the way!