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Hell week at work begins today…

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by  
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“Hell Week”, which almost always winds up being closer to two weeks, officially begins today.

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What’s Hell Week? Without getting into too much boring detail, it’s a twice-yearly event at work that involves a lot of extra hours, plentiful helpings of stress and further greying of my hair. The good news is that I can still get my morning rides in, but once the day starts ramping up I’m going to have my nose to the grindstone almost up until bedtime. Things usually start settling down as the end of August approaches, and that’s about the time I start thinking of retiring taking some vacation time.

Last year I took some time off for the Black Bear Rampage mountain bike race in Tennessee. If you missed those blogs, they can be found here (along with plenty of pictures and video–NSFW language):


This year I’m going to again take some time off in September, but this time I’ll be heading up to the mountains of northern Georgia for Six Gap–a 104 mile course with more than 11,000 feet of climbing.

I’ve got some cool (and tough) training rides planned for this event, and I’ll be putting the call out to the locals soon for the toughest of the bunch: 100 miles in the Florida heat with about 8,500-9,000 feet of vertical. I’m looking to do this ride in early September, but I have not settled on the date yet. Feel free to ping me if you’re interested in joining.

Well, I guess I’d better get my ride in. Hell awaits…

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