Sep 30, 2010

Preparing for our first 24 hr race.......

Two years ago I thought that at this time I'd be preparing to head off to Geelong to watch Peta race at World road champs or be worrying about her going to India for the Commonwealth Games. Instead, here I am getting ready to head to Canberra to be her pit crew manager for the 24 hr World Mtb Champs. So how did we get here???? Good I have asked myself many times over the last couple of months.

Peta and I have embarked on many adventures over the years.....athletics, cross-country running, mountain running, triathlon, track cycling, road cycling and now it is the mountain bike. As a mother to active children, I was always in the car racking up the k's going from one event to another. There was always the baking spree in the days leading up to trip away. Pack the car, make sure they had all their gear and off we would go. It was as easy as Peta progressed and made her way into the VIS and the AIS and I no longer had to worry about feeding her and making sure she had everything, that was the job of the coaches and the staff. I rather enjoyed just turning up to watch her race, it was relaxing.

Peta did a couple of stints in Europe with the AIS women's road squad before deciding that she really wasn't keen to be based overseas for a majority of the year. She got herself a job in retail and has worked hard to move up into management. Now pulling a 50-60 hr work week on average, she has found it difficult to put in long hours on the bike. That hasn't dampened her enthusiasm though. When she was offered the chance to compete at this event, she jumped at it...she loves a challenge!

So why then would I offer to be her pit crew manager???? Probably because she is my daughter and I love embarking on new journeys with her. Here I am though, less than 2 weeks from the event and I still have no idea of what I'm doing. I've made out several lists of what I think I'll need, and those lists just keep on growing. I'm excited, but stressed at the same time! I'm dreading it, but wishing it was time to start already!

This will be a whole new adventure for both of us, one that I hope we can both learn from. As it is Peta's first 24 hr there is no expectations on her. We hope that she can ride for most of the 24 hrs and finish with her trademark smile on her face :-)

So if any of you have any last minute tips for us....we'd sure appreciate them!!!


  1. Hi there,

    I Saw your post on twitter and stumbled onto your blog :)

    Hope I won't be telling you to suck eggs here but It might be worth getting Peta to write up a small support guide like below if you've never supported her before. This one is a little old, and mines evolved over time but seems to work a treat. I know many a friend has copied it and I've seen the basic template (and sometimes exact wording!) floating around at many 24hr races

    Also, put everything in labeled plastic tubs (personals, lights, food, warm clothes etc...) keeps it dry and... well organised

    Hope that helps...


  2. Wow...Thanks for that Spoonie. I will send that to Peta and she can work on it. I really appreciate it :-)

  3. Massive *like*!!! All the best for the race. You will both have a ball. Isn't it funny where life takes us....


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