This is Kermit, a Neon Green Giant Anyroad Advanced 1. Kermit and I have been together for almost three years. We have travelled more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles) together.
I have done two unsupported bike races with Kermit. The first was in Denmark and the second in the Netherlands.
Round Denmark Bike Race
This route is about 1,965 km (1,220) miles. I got lost a few times so my version of it was more like 2,100 km (1304 miles). Denmark is a country made up of several islands. The route includes several ferry rides. Although primarily on outstanding paved bike paths, there is mix of road surfaces – asphalt, gravel, dirt, cobblestone and sand.
This was an important life-time milestone for me. I made many notes while on the route and prepared a Google Doc. You can view that as a PDF with the link at the end of this sentence or use the Google Doc link to the left. As a finisher, I even made the Hall of Fame which is a source of great pride for me.
Race Around the Netherlands
The Race Around the Netherlands is a self-supported bike-packing event following a route rich with history and scenic vistas. Race around the Netherlands is a fully self-supported bike-packing race. The RatN is a do-it-yourself challenge. You are your own ride organizer. It is 1890k in distance with 6,800m of elevation.
Unlike the previous year in Denmark, RATN2019 had a tight timeline. I failed to finish but in my heart know I could have and should have finished. I wasn’t tough enough at the start of the race. This is not a mistake I’ll repeat. You can click on the Google Doc icon on the left to view my story or open a PDF version with the icon at the end of this sentence.
Hitting Rock Bottom
I was asked the question, “What do I do if I bottom out?” Veteran riders can’t answer this question because they never do; experience has taught them to detect the symptoms and take corrective action in advance of a crisis. The Rookies, like myself, hit rock bottom all the time.
I welcome your thoughts on a draft article I just finished where I’ve collected my thoughts for rookie riders based on my personal experience. You can send any comments, suggestions or corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.