well, here we are in 2008 and it's time to go racing again. You can read all about what happened when a 42 year old noob did it in 2007 (and cure your insomnia) here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=201148 When your Hero () last left you the plan was: I plan to do a lot of riding and conditioning training this winter. What I really need is some seat time chasing better riders. Didn't happen. Some Scottish fellow said something about the best laid plans of mice and men getting plowed under after too much Scotch (or something like that). I wish I could say Scotch was the problem, but it was really wasn't. Work, cold weather, lot's of rain, funerals, work, Pinewood Derby, illness, snow, and work all got in the way. I missed 3 days of work in a row 3 times in February with first the flu, then salmonella, and then two ear infections and a sinus infection. I missed the first hare scrambles of the year, being in bed with a 102 degree fever. I've lost 10 pounds, which is a lot when you weigh 162 to begin with, and get out of breath walking across the parking lot. Not Good. So what better to do than sign up for my first enduro, to be run on 30 March? Seth from over in Arkansas invited me to ride with his crew and I took him up on the offer. They did it last year, finished, and had fun. Besides, it's only 45 miles and 3 hours so I should be able to handle that with not too much problem, right? Then the organizers tell us it's 56 miles and close to 5 hours. Not Good. Now ordinarily I would relish it being longer. I did better at the hardest two Hare Scrambles last year (2nd and 3rd in beginner class) than I did at the easy ones. But I was in shape to be proud of, at least compared to most everyone else. It's quite satisfying to pass tired twentysomethings near the end of a race. 3 weeks from the White Rock Enduro I decided I had to get busy no matter how I felt. Might as well work on the bike first.