Bike 8:47:00  50.76 mi (5.8 mph) +7042ft
ahr:142 max:185 shoes: Niner Air9
first 50 miles of OT100MTB w Dwayne, Goober, and HH.
i feel like i should have more than one sentence about an 11.5hr day. but it was just one of those rides where so much happened, it's impossible to recap one thing without leaving out a hundred more. trail condition reports were dire, so i put Kenda Nevegals on the SegSlayer and they were awesome!
the karkaghne section of the OT is pretty tough. it took us 4hrs to ride the 18mi to Sutton Bluff, then another 3hrs for the 11mi to Hwy J. sure, some of that time was taken up by our careful creek crossings (scouting, building stepping stones, etc), a flat, 2 crashes, some trail clearing, chat/eat stops, and the ridiculously slow velcro snow on the north-facing hillsides, but still...7hrs to cover 29mi!!! and there's no one thing that really stood out to me as "hard"...plenty of hike-a-bikes, some tech stuff, but no stand-out time suck. just unrelenting Ozark ruggedness. and i loved it.
once we got onto middlefork, we were into more familiar territory, but trail conditions got worse, now we had velcro snow AND ice on the north-facing hillsides. i was super careful and walked a lot. gradually got braver as the sun went down. rode the last 45min w lights that i'm really thankful Dwayne brought bc i didn't have any (i fully expected us to ride the 50mi in 7-8hrs).
i knew the OT was hard, but i didn't think it was this hard. a hundred times more respect for those individuals who have finished the OT100 run, and for those who will attempt the inaugural OT100MTB this fall. you've got to have the complete package just to finish - fitness, tech, pacing, nutrition, and an unwavering mental toughness. GO GETCHASUM.