At 8 a.m. tomorrow, I’ll start my second 100-mile gravel race of the year, the West Side Dirty Benjamin, which runs around Chaska, Minnesota. I’m looking forward to the race, but I’ve never entered an event with less serious preparation: I didn’t pay any attention to eating good carbs this week, I haven’t done much serious riding since the Almanzo a month ago, I barely cleaned my bike tonight, I have no real plan (except: go fast), and yesterday I learned my helmet is so old it’s probably useless in a crash.
The race is supposed to be “flat and fast,” so perhaps my lack of readiness will be balanced by a course that doesn’t break my legs off. But whatever! Riding bikes is supposed to be fun, so I’m going to have fun.