OK, here is my official report from the 2022 UltraMay event. This is our third year, and my third time through the process. I made a big remix, according to the official event rules of UltraMay. Even though it was a little bit unorthodox, I was able to achieve the goal of serious suffering within 48 hours. If you didn’t join us this year, click that link above and join in for next year. Everyone is welcome to suffer!
I just wanted to get this started before the weekend was over. I have a feeling that Tuesday is going to hit me like a ton of bricks, and I’m worried that I won’t even write this report! In case you didn’t know, I decided to modify my UltraMay game and have a brand new gravel bike.
That’s right, after two years of talking about it, I finally pulled the trigger. I have a Cannondale Super Six EVO courtesy of the folks at Belmont, MA Wheelworks and I love love love being outside. Hard to get bored on the trails. Let’s gooooooooooooo!
Day One: All the Ups [6:27 + 0:39 moving time]
Part One was crazy and at the end of the day I had to cut this ride short. Super ambitious to start, but it turns out that some of the smaller sections were real mountain bike style. Super hard to navigate and plenty of smaller than single track if that’s a thing. Let’s just say I am intimately familiar with thorns, roots, and unclipping.
The Element died again, so turned to strava to take me back home…and then Google Maps to get me to a post-ride shake!!
Day Two: Freetown Revenge [3:40 moving time]
The first day got a little out of control. I think I was gone for 8 1/2 hours, that couldn’t happen again! 😱 So this time I went closer to home and made a route that I felt was a little more manageable. It still worked out to be pretty tough with a few big rock sections, but I was able to force my way through it thanks to some surplus pavement at the end.
This left me with 1:15 ish to do. I did kayak for under an hour this afternoon, but no tracking…I am on track to run Tuesday AM to get that time complete, but keep your eyes on me to make sure I don’t fade away!
Update —> Day Three: The Microwave
After a few gorgeous days, the humidity locked in like a laser beam making today’s final session pretty brutal.
Of course, finishing with a run as the last hour of a 12-hour block is less than ideal. I only had an hour to go but it took more out of me than I imagined. https://strava.app.link/A5WrZ2MPtqb
Certainly a little more unconventional than what I have done in the past. That said, subcontractor and adventure levels are off the charts! While an eight-hour day was not exactly in the cards, I’m glad I survived it. Along the way, I learned a great deal about how to plan for rides from supplies, timing, and mapping.
Now it’s time for some rest and recovery to see if I can absorb all of this work! Congratulations again to everyone, hope to see you next year
~ Coach Patrick