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Silk Road Mountain Race. Part 2 Lessons Learned

The writer reflects on their mistakes in a recent cycling race, identifying issues with route familiarity, electronic device handling, inadequate device charging, food management and other logistical aspects as factors contributing to their performance. They also express regret over not playing to their strengths like sleeping outdoors in colder conditions. In conclusion, the writer realizes…

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Silk Road Mountain Race, Part 3, What Went Right

This was first and foremost an adventure, and as an adventure, it was a complete success. I challenged myself, physically, and mentally.I pushed my limits, and I stressed my chosen gear. I learned things about myself, about another culture. I saw scenery that left me in awe. I saw people, wildlife and livestock unfamiliar to…

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Silk Road Mountain Race part 1

Spoiler: I scratched at kilometre 1106 and did not complete the Silk Road Mountain Race.  I was under no illusions. I thought it was going to be hard I did think I could complete it though, so when the race started on Saturday, August 12, 2023, I started riding. I immediately settled in at the…

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