I chose not to do another pre-ride on Friday. I knew the course well enough from Thursday's ride. Friday was a hang out day. And a lookout day. I was on the lookout for Dejay Birtch and Jake Kirkpatrick and Endurosnob and Paddy and Dallas Sigurdur and Joe and Travis.. No sign of anyone, yet. 5:30 rolls around, its time to register. Dar went ahead to save a spot in line. Thanks. I hit the line and guess who I run into. Paddy n Dallas! Right then and there, I knew it was going to be really tough. Paddy is for sure one of the top 5 endurance singlespeeders in the WORLD. Wait. Stop worrying about who's here and who's not. Just worry about what you gotta do. Drink. Fazolli's for some carbo loading. Then back to camp/"the pits" to put on the number plates before bed. My plan was to be in bed by 9:00pm. It ended up being 9:30 which is still OK. As you can imagine, it is really tough to fall asleep with such a big race in front of you.
9:45ish - My crew(Dad, Aris, Theo and Dar) decided to shoot the sh*t with Paddy n Dallas's pit crew right outside my tent. The same people who told me to forget about the Big Dogs, are keeping me up talking about the same Big Dogs I was supposed to forget about. I did not fall asleep till after 11pm. I was way off schedule due to some extremely interesting chit chat. Paddy, its not just you. All Canadians are cool!
7:00am - I'm up. Before everyone else.
8:00am - Prep.
9:45am - I receive the pep talk.
Cody, Shelley, B, J, Patrick, Erin, Deanna, Jeff, Carlos, Holly, Dar, Theo, Dad - Thank you!