Regarding the DK and training: Stephen and I had a killer ride yesterday. We rode the road bikes, cause the gravel around here isn't gravel as much as soup. Hammered into the wind to Horton and back. I led most of the way there, blew myself apart, and Stephen flew into Hiawatha about 3/4 mile ahead of me hammering hard. I was just breathing hard.
A good start, with about 4 1/2 months to pull get it together.
I made the roster, which filled in under 14 hours.
Training has begun! Loving being back on the bike, after a lengthy hiatus. Guru's Gravel Grinder last week almost killed me, ended up 35 miles on velcro-like clay. I really enjoyed the ride, and it was a nice eye-opener that I have some substantial work to do.
At the same time, I'll be tearing down a house, and starting a brewery!