Preparation by Danielle Musto

Today's post comes from Salsa sponsored rider Danielle Musto. -Kid

Preparing for the 2010 race season has kept me very busy during these Winter months. I've been talking to sponsors, working on my race calendar, and most importantly, training for the upcoming season.

Training during Wintertime while living in Michigan can be challenging. The sun rarely makes an appearance through the perpetually cloudy gray sky, and the weather varies between cold, colder and coldest. Throw in a few ice and snowstorms, and it gets hard to find the motivation needed to go outside. Ironically, my coach (Lynda Wallenfels) lives in the desert, but she is very creative at scheduling my workouts around the winter weather. I'm also lucky to have a lot of local biking buddies who are willing to ride in cold temps. It's much harder for me to bail when I actually have a 'ride date' with someone. When I do get out I end up wearing so many layers of cold weather riding gear that it's hard to move, but I like to think that it counts as extra strength training.

Even though I get outside when I can, there are still many days where I end up riding inside on the dreaded trainer. I can't believe that I'm saying this, but sometimes it's actually nice to be all toasty and warm while watching a movie. Usually I find myself daydreaming about all of the races and trips I have planned for summer.

And speaking of races, I finally have the main races in my 2010 schedule nailed down. This year choosing my 'A' races was even harder then usual, mostly because there's SO MANY cool events that I want to do. Trust me, if I had my way I would race every weekend, but that's physically and financially not possible.

This year, my biggest focus of the season will be the 24 Hour National Championships at Big Bear, West Virginia on June 12th and 13th. Since the race is early in the season, I have the opportunity to compete in a few races later in the summer that I've wanted to do for a long time, such as the Cascade Creampuff 100, Salsa 2-4, and the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. I'm very excited, as this is the first year where I can actually compete in the entire Triple Crown Series.

While Spring in Michigan is still many weeks away, a visit to Phoenix, Arizona is right around the corner! In a little over a week I am traveling west for a Winter training camp with a few friends. I absolutely can't wait. This will be my first time riding on one of my new race bikes. Right now my Dos Niner has been built up by Velo City Cycles, is in transit heading west, and I am counting down the days until I can ride it on singletrack.

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Dean | March 10th, 2010

Hi Danielle,
I’m Dean, I too ride a Salsa Mamasita & a Big Mama,I was going to race
the 24 hour Nationals, but I just heard that it’s a no go, read this
Sorry for the bad news, I’m so bumed about this I wanted to do all three races now we have to find some other races.  I am up in Ely Mn.
I am thinking about 5/23/2010 Boyne,MI. have you ever done it before.

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Danielle Musto | March 11th, 2010

Hey Dean!

The 24 hours of Boyne was my first 24 hour race! Boyne is one of my favorite courses in Michigan. The singletrack is fun and the majority of the course flows really well. When I did the race there was a long road climb, but it was a good spot to eat and drink. Overall the course is pretty hilly, and some of those climbs and descents will turn really tricky if it rains.

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions. I’m also bummed about Nationals being cancelled. I plan on going to the Salsa 2-4 race at the end of August though. It will be my first time racing there :-)

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Dean | March 22nd, 2010

Hi Danielle,
Here is another 24 hour race in WI for July 31st & Aug 1st.
Hot off the press!
PRESS RELEASE FOR March 20, 2010

March 20, 2010

Wausau24 will be held on July 31- August 1st, 2010 at Nine Mile Forest in Wausau Wisconsin.
Muddy Paws Racing is working directly with the Marathon County Park department to use the Nine Mile Forest trails including lodge rental and all logistical support from the county for this race weekend.
MPR is a Wisconsin event promotion group focused on ?promoting dirt in the Midwest.?
Full details including registration and event schedule will be available at April 2nd, 2010. Updates are currently being posted to the facebook group ?Wausau24 hour MTB race?. We invite the racing community to provide us with feedback to make this a fun and professional event. The goal in 2010 is to provide an excellent racing experience to all participants, make the entry structure competitive, and have everyone heading home with a smile and marking their calendars for the event in 2011.
MPR is working with an excellent team of professionals to make this happen.
Peak Timing, owned by Greg Blasko, is a well-known and respected timing company that has the contracts for such events as the Lifetime Tri, the Birkie, and the MNMBS series. We will use ?chip timing? for all participants, the best for error free and accurate results throughout the event.
Matt Block will be our course manager. Matt has worked with the Marathon County parks for years and has a great working relationship with county park management. He has set the course for the Trek Classic the past two years and again for the event to be held on Memorial weekend this year.
TST Media will host and develop our race website, as well as handle all online registration. There will be no additional charges for processing online registration. Discounted rates will be available for early registration as well as a free chance to win a Trek Travel trip to anywhere in the lower 48 states for each entry prior to May 20th, 2010.
Muddy Paws Racing will host the event and serve as race promoter for the Wausau24. MPR is owned by Adam Schmidt, a race promoter for over 15 years and based in Wisconsin. MPR is the promoter for the WORS Trek Classic held at Nine Mile Forest over Memorial weekend this year. MPR also hosts the WORS/MNMBS Border Battle, MNMBS Lifetime Avalanche, and MNMBS Wheelhouse Classic event.

The clock it ticking and MPR is up to the challenge. We are asking the racing community to speak up early and let us know what you want. After all, the event is here for the racers, so let?s make 2010 a great one.

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