I aim to:
1. Finish before sunset.
2. Enjoy it!
3. Finish in under 14 hours.
In an effort to accomplish these three goals I have decided to utilize all the tools at my disposal. I will travel lighter than in past years, opting for no frame bag on my Warbird Ti other than the Revelate Designs Gas Tank. I plan to take advantage of the support offered by Chamois Butt'r by shipping drop bags ahead to the checkpoints, as well as to accept any assistance they may offer in the way of nutrition and/or bike maintenance. In an attempt to stay on pace I will look to use my GPS in order to closely monitor my average speed relative to my goal of a sub 14-hour finish. Finally, a race wouldn't be complete if I didn't include a low-tech mechanism designed to assist me in the meeting of my goals; I will tape a strip of athletic tape to my toptube that includes the time of day I need to be at each checkpoint in order to meet my goal.
I plan to keep my head up and take in the beauty of Kansas while remembering to enjoy the journey, with one eye to the sky as I “Race The Sun” once again.
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Tim (Eki) Ek
Tim Ek was born and raised in Duluth, Minn., and still calls it home. He’s always had a passion for competition and seeking his own extremes. Tim's true love is the woods: Out in the wild is where he clears his head and finds his peace, and he prefers getting there by bike. Tim Ek: The Eki Chronicles, ekichronicles2.kinetic-fitness.com