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Breck Epic Blog: Colby Pearce's pre-race thoughts

Colby Pearce racing at the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage race in 2009.

Colby Pearce racing at the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage race in 2009. (Image credit: Jeff Zimmerman Photography / www.jeffzimmermanphotography.com)

Below are eight Haiku poems about my pre-Breck Epic preparation, including racing my first ever "hundered", the Breck 100.

Breck Epic recon
race 100 miles, one day
now legs are stronger

nine hours of cycling
Wheeler trail brings a big smile
on the way downhill

my stomach empty
cram more food in my mouth
a cavernous pit

I race to Como
hot, dry, dusty road, curse cars
where is aid station?

chain dry and noisy
my bike groans under effort
I push it further

my mind goes beyond
the trail becomes only segments
for me to conquer

final singletrack
riding faster than last time
at Firecracker?

my wife she bakes cakes
chocolate cakes with frosting
buttercream frosting yum

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American Colby Pearce has raced for years on the road and track and he's collected many national titles in events like the madison, team pursuit and points race.  In 2004, he raced the points race at the Olympic Games and from 2005-2007, he worked as the US National Endurance Coach.  More recently, the 38-year-old has also been spotted in mountain bike stage races.  Last year, he finished fifth in the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race.  In this blog, he'll chronicle his adventures in the Breck Epic mountain bike stage race.