Dakar Dazed - countdown to bankruptcy!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by JMo (& piglet), Sep 1, 2010.

  1. K2vodka

    K2vodka Been here awhile

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    Best of luck!

    This is of no surprise. It seemed like you were doing all these rallies in preparation for this main event.

    May it be the most wonderful experience that you dreamed it would be. The sweat, the tears, questioning one's self, followed by the satisfaction of knowing you pushed yourself to levels few others could to reach that finish line.

    Hats off for your dedication to this dream, no matter the cost.

    Cheers!
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  2. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hey guys - just checking in having got an internet connection up and running...

    Thank you all for your kind words of support! - as for 'serious' competition for Annie, erm, well not quite sure about that...?! and I know Tina (Meier) is entered again too... but hey, I'll do what I can... as I've said before, my goal is to finish as the highest placed British Woman on the event so far...

    I've just got back from a week in Moab - I'd like to say I was 'Dakar Training', but really it was just arsing about on some of the more extreme trails!

    Still, I suppose I can include 'altitude' (typically between 5000 & 7000+ft - significantly higher than you get in the UK!), 'temperature' (90+°F days), 'navigation' (no GPS on the bike, just a map and gut feeling!) and 'endurance' (8+hours a day riding, plus helping my buddy on a few of the more technical sections) to my repertoire... it all helps!

    While I've been in the US I have also appointed a couple of personal trainers - Ben & Jerry - who were particularly involved during the trip to Utah...

    However, now I've got back from Moab (and certainly once I get back to the UK) I will endeavor to shun my usual 'See-food' diet, and try and eat a little more healthily over the coming months... x

    I'm already confident with my bike handling skills (and navigation) at speed of course, and this past week in Moab certainly helped with mental and physical conditioning which is no less important - it certainly highlighted areas in which I can improve...

    Once I get back home, the rally bike should be ready to start testing, and depending on the handling with the new fuel and water tanks in place, I may enlist the help of a suspension tuner - although I like the plushness of the stock set-up, on return from Tunisia, the rear end is now noticeably softer, and that was just one event of 2000kms...

    I will then undertake the final few modifications and preparations prior to shipping in mid November - I've just been reading the 94 page!!! document regarding the technical regs etc for the bikes... it is my intention to enter in Marathon class, as keeping it simple seems to be the most proven way of gaining a finish...

    As for sponsorship, I have already approached a number of suppliers/companies, and also hope to have a really attractive package together for the 'grass-roots' supporters of my campaign...

    Details to follow the moment I have them!

    Toot toot for now!

    Jenny xx
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  3. fancyindigo

    fancyindigo schmancy...fancy

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    Nice! Thanks for the update Jenny! :clap Sounds like you are doing well - Ben and Jerry can be fabulous trainers, therapists, friends, confidants...always there when you need them! :smile6
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  4. Hustler

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    Ice creams all round then.

    And fingers crossed, good luck with it all.
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  5. Bluebull2007

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    Great stuff Jenny. Real Rally pilots only enter in Marathon class! :deal :evil :clap
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  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Congratulations, Jen!:clap Holly and I are in for grass-roots support whenever you get it set up.
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  7. nagykovi

    nagykovi Been here awhile

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    Congrat Jen!

    Where can I find the regs. for bike?

    Thanks

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  8. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hi Nagykovi!

    If you go to the Dakar.com website, there is a link (it's actually on the main page at the moment) to download the regulations...

    Happy reading!

    J xx
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  9. SonHomme

    SonHomme Team F5,⌘R FYCYFF

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  10. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Hmmmm... it's not good news.

    You know how I said my personal trainers Ben & Jerry were helping me out in Moab? Well I fear they may be required in an even greater capacity over the next 6-8 weeks...

    Yep, I've broken my foot (Team Manager Piglet is not amused, even though he always looks cheery):
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    It's a long story, which is probably worth a ride report thread of it's own... hell, I'm going to have plenty of time to put that together the next few weeks eh?

    Still, looking on the bright side, using crutches these next few weeks will be great for upper body strength and respiratory fitness, right? And I'm going to have a huge right leg calf muscle which will be great for kickstarting the WR if the battery goes flat... oh, and sleeping out on the Rubicon trail at 7000ft with only a space blanket for warmth is great for , well, I dunno - but it will sure make the Dakar feel like a walk in the park now!

    The downside, is that when I get back to the UK next week, not only will I not be able to drive (and my bike is currently 300 miles from my home), but I won't have any time to test it before it needs to ship to South America, in erm, approximately 8 weeks time - about the same time I get out of plaster.

    Noone said it would be easy, but I didn't think it would be quite so hard to even get to the start! In fact the only thing worse than this, is for it to have happened in another few weeks time... at least I should be out of plaster and physically fit again for January 1st...

    At least the bike is essentially ready to go now, but it would have been nice to have undertake some proper testing with the new mods prior to shipping, and perhaps play with the suspension etc too. Hey ho.

    Seems like "lastminuteracing.com" was appropriate after all!

    More info, when I get off these pain meds!

    Toot toot!

    Jenny xx
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  11. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Nothing like a challenge :D
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  12. SonHomme

    SonHomme Team F5,⌘R FYCYFF

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    WHAT?!? :eek1:eek1:eek1

    Booooo

    Sucks!!!!

    Get well soooooooooooonnnn
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  13. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Oh crap.

    Good luck with the recovery; may it be quick and almost painless.
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  14. johnBOYhenson

    johnBOYhenson rallye intern

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    JMo, you're truly an inspiration! soldier on :thumb
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  15. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    Dang it! :huh I hope for a Speedy Recovery!!
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  16. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Thanks guys - it's not so much the leg I'm worried about, rather the incapacity over the next few weeks when I should be rushing around getting the final bike prep done... never mind the logistics of actually moving it around, but even standing in the workshop doing the wiring is going to be a problem, let alone stripping to the chassis the new WR I've just bought for spares... I mean, how the hell am I going to lift an engine out of a frame with only one leg?!

    Still, it could be worse... only not much.

    J x
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  17. Cummo

    Cummo Been here awhile

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    Get some Comfrey, it will reduce healing time, pain, inflammation and just amaze you on how quickly the bone will knit. I have used it for all 5 broken collarbones, it's amazing.
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  18. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    How many collarbones do you have?

    No wonder you have had problems.
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  19. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Yeah, you should see his body armour - it's like a fairground ride!

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  20. redbikejohn

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    Not good. Sounds interesting the sleeping rough! Ref the bike - I'm sure there will be people to help with the stripdown if you ask for help. Where you based? Got the support package sorted?