...and the bikes coming with me are the Fuji CF2 and the Curtlo Cross bike. The Fuji has a new set up for triathlons that I am going to try out. If it works I will have my old Vision base bars and Profile Carbon Stryke Aerobars up for sale (both used just once in a race and a few practice rides before). More on that later when I get back.
The Curtlo SS with the Ebb that hates me is staying home. That EBB creaks so bad it would simply drive me nuts on any length of ride. I have not yet been able to devote sufficient time to exercise its demons. But I will. I spent about 3 hours this week narrowing it down to where I am sure that it is the EBB. So now I just have to fix it. But not now, I just don't have the time before we leave.
Also, I have an illogical desire to do a long distance mtb event next year. I have thought about the Cascade Creampuff 100 and the Leadville 100. I think Leadville might be easier but there is that whole elevation thing. 12000'+ is probably a lot to swallow when you live at 500. The Creampuff has about 1/3 more climbing total. I think it has around 16000 feet of climbing total over the 100 miles. Ouch. Still, as I was relating to Fish, I think I would rather do that than do a full Ironman distance triathlon. I just don't have much desire at all to do one of those. One Half-Ironman per year is enough for me.
Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions about similar events to the Creampuff and Leadville I would be interested. They need to be west of the Continental Divide.