Monday, August 11, 2014

ONE WEEK until Epic Camp Canada

In less than seven days, I will be on a plane headed for Vancouver.  Yep, Epic Camp is less than a week away.  At the moment I have a mix of emotions: Scared (terrified,) nervous, anxious... just to name a few.  I think I'm ready, but in the wise words of Mark (fellow camper): "I am pretty sure you can never be ready for EPIC camp."  As someone who's going into their fifth camp, that worries me.  I have the gps files of the route, so I know what's coming.  A rough estimate puts us close to 850 miles in 12 days (10 days of riding it seems.)  At a high level, that doesn't seem bad, but intensity makes all of the difference.  850 miles of casual riding is MUCH different than 850 miles of hammering (plus swimming and running.)

My goals have changed for the camp.
1.) Camp completion.  I think I can handle this.  I've put in enough time over the past 8-10 weeks to know that my body can at least cover the distance.
2.) Polka dot jersey.  The climbers jersey.  I'm not an ultra light guy, but I'm lighter than most.  I don't want to be a one-trick pony, but the majority of my time training has been spent climbing on the bike.  The body has adapted, so I'm curious to see how I stack up.  My foot started bothering me a month ago, so today was my first run back after that.  The foot felt good, but the severe lack of run training means that I'm unlikely to be a contender for the yellow jersey.
3.) Avoid the deep, dark depression of day 5.  I want to wake up every day with a smile on my face ready to tackle the challenges of the day.  Whenever I travel, I have a strict no-complaining policy.  As lame as it sounds, staying positive is going to make or break this trip.
4.) Blog daily with pictures and video.  This is going to be the experience of a lifetime, and I want to remember it as vividly as possible.  I've put a lot of time into making sure I can document the journey as best I can: tablet + keyboard, gopro for pictures and video, instagram for strava pictures, bike computer for GPS, etc.

In light of that, I've done some testing with the gopro.  Her's a quick video of me swimming over the weekend:

We'll be doing a lot of swimming in lakes, so I still need to buy a few things such as a lanyard to avoid losing it.

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