I recently decided not to go for doubles anymore. I just think the logistics of it is too difficult, and I just haven’t had any luck with them lately. Last year, I DNF’d Davis Double at about mile 136. This is a very significant event, as ever since then, every double I have attempted has either failed, or for whatever reason, could not participate in. I think this is a sign … a telling sign, and therefore, just not entertaining ideas of doing it. I think the DNF at Davis has actually had a mental affect on me. I think it is having a psychological effect on me. So when I hear about everyone’s escapades in the double, I can’t help but reflect back. I think my body can do it, but my mind just doesn’t want to go through it all.
The other factor in all of this is I typically have to reserve two weekends outside of riding … one weekend to visit my dad, and another weekend for on-call duties. Two weekends of non-training just has too much of an impact when training for a double century.
So call me a wimp … call me a quitter … but I just cannot handle doubles anymore. I was surprised that I even did 3 … but as long as I have the triple crown jersey, that is something they cannot take away from me.
So today, I did my own ride … started from my house, up Page Mill, climb Haskins Hill, down to Pescadero. I think Page Mill took a lot out of me, as I was really hurting. A turkey sandwich in Pescadero was just what I needed, but I was still lacking energy. At this point, I started thinking about Davis, and thought to myself “There’s no way I could have done Davis today”.
I still think physically, I am a doubles rider, but my mind just isn’t into it these days.