FROM CHRIS EATOUGH: It’s still hard to believe that my last race as a full time professional is right around the corner, but I’m trying to get used to the idea.
I’ve been totally engrossed in mountain bike racing for the last 10 years, obsessing over training, equipment, nutrition and promoting my sponsors. I have the feeling that my mind is going to stay on that path for a little while, even after my last race. It’s not going to go away with the flick of a switch. I might subconsciously continue to prepare for races that don’t exist!
It’s not like my retirement race is a cruise in the park either. The 24 Hours of Moab has become the premier 24 Hour race in the country, and probably the world. The level of competition is higher than ever, and there will be no favors given. I wouldn’t want it any other way!
I think for the most part my natural race/survival instinct will be in tact. My mind and body will fall into it’s familiar rhythms of concentration and efficiency, but I’m sure there will be some moments of reflection during the 24 hour period…
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