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Post by Motown Spartan on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 22:43

Thought you guys might get a kick out of what I’m training for, the Marji Gesick 100. It takes place right here in Ishpeming and Marquette, covers 112 miles, and 13,000 of climbing (2019). Jeremiah Bishop has stated its more difficult than Leadville. Tinker Juarez didn’t even finish last year.

Wish me luck! If you have any questions about it or about mountain biking in Marquette County, feel free to ask!

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Post by DWags on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 22:52

Well fuck, you've obviously never raced your in shape teen daughters around Mackinaw Island while one of them secretly let most of the air out of my tire. Sheeeeeet, that race you're in is easy compared to that.

Nonetheless, good luck, wear your Spartan gear, kick as much ass as your old butt will allow, and god speed. Nice going man, I know that aint easy.
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Post by Turtleneck on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 22:54

That's really cool, Motown. Sounds awesome (and way better than that Jobbi Nooner event WBH is training for).
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Post by Motown Spartan on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 22:55

DWags wrote:Well fuck, you've obviously never raced your in shape teen daughters around Mackinaw Island while one of them secretly let most of the air out of my tire. Sheeeeeet, that race you're in is easy compared to that.

Nonetheless, good luck, wear your Spartan gear, kick as much ass as your old butt will allow, and god speed. Nice going man, I know that aint easy.

Thanks man! My daughter is catching up FAST!! She’s almost 11 and we’re doing the Ore 2 Shore this August, which is 28 miles. The goal for her for the O2S is to finish. My goal for the Marji is not to die.
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Post by Motown Spartan on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 22:59

In case you want more info.

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Post by Motown Spartan on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 23:00

And the amazing mountain biking program in our community that also hosts three monster races.

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Post by Motown Spartan on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 23:02

The fatty race we do in February.

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Post by Motown Spartan on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 23:05

225 mile gravel race we do in July.

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Post by Motown Spartan on Wed 24 Jun 2020 - 23:10

Turtleneck wrote:That's really cool, Motown. Sounds awesome (and way better than that Jobbi Nooner event WBH is training for).

It’s a pretty awesome event. This is my first year racing in it. I usually volunteer for 36 hours to work the start and finish lines.
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Post by Floyd Robertson on Thu 25 Jun 2020 - 8:40

Good luck Motown. The hardest single day (bike) race in America... 55953254

I'm too old for that shit. I wish I had gotten into biking 20 years ago instead of when I was pushing 60. On a good day I can do 50 miles on relatively flat trails, maybe even push it to 75. But over 100? Not a chance.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on Thu 25 Jun 2020 - 9:15

Motown Spartan wrote:Thought you guys might get a kick out of what I’m training for, the Marji Gesick 100. It takes place right here in Ishpeming and Marquette, covers 112 miles, and 13,000 of climbing (2019). Jeremiah Bishop has stated its more difficult than Leadville. Tinker Juarez didn’t even finish last year.

Wish me luck! If you have any questions about it or about mountain biking in Marquette County, feel free to ask!

very cool - keep us posted on things.

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Post by Motown Spartan on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 0:23

Awesome tune up ride for training the next two days. 11 miles of single track, 1000 feet of climbing, 1.5 hours. Best I’ve ever felt on a ride.
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Post by Dendrobates on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 8:41

That’s some hardcore shit Motown. Good luck and don’t die!
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Post by Watch Out Pylon! on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 9:48

And here I thought Nordic was the baddest motherfucker on this board. This looks fucking intense dude. Good luck.
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Post by Turtleneck on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 10:10

Nordic is so yesterday, bro.
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Post by Floyd Robertson on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 10:20

Watch Out Pylon! wrote:And here I thought Nordic was the baddest motherfucker on this board. This looks fucking intense dude. Good luck.

Yeah I always pictured Motown as some soft ass MFer. Not anymore. Huge respect.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 10:40

the Motown Spartan maniac.. a melted conglomerate of metabolic miracles and muscle-bound machinery.

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Post by Motown Spartan on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 17:36

22 miles of gnarly singletrack today. 5 hours on the bike. 2100 feet of climbing. Way under hydrated and the temp shot up to 87 this afternoon. And there’s no let up or place to stop other than just stopping and catching you breath. But then you have a punchy climb up rocks and roots followed by a short downhill you might be better off walking. Exhausting day.

Hoping for 40 miles tomorrow.
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Post by Motown Spartan on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 17:44

Floyd Robertson wrote:
Watch Out Pylon! wrote:And here I thought Nordic was the baddest motherfucker on this board. This looks fucking intense dude. Good luck.

Yeah I always pictured Motown as some soft ass MFer. Not anymore. Huge respect.

Thanks for the respect! But I’m still a soft ass MFer. Well, at least I was a soft ass MFer.


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Post by The Pantry on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 18:17

Not sure I could have done 112 miles on flat road back when I was a biker. That ride looks positively brutal.

I like the part in the vid where the guy is showing all the blisters on his hands. Use to wear cushioned gloves and get them on much shorter rides.

Motown's a badass. Whoda thunk?
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Post by Motown Spartan on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 19:01

The Pantry wrote:Not sure I could have done 112 miles on flat road back when I was a biker. That ride looks positively brutal.

I like the part in the vid where the guy is showing all the blisters on his hands. Use to wear cushioned gloves and get them on much shorter rides.

Motown's a badass. Whoda thunk?

I kinda thunk. And those that played in the “other board” basketball tournaments back in the 2000s prolly knew.
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Post by The Pantry on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 19:12

Motown Spartan wrote:
The Pantry wrote:Not sure I could have done 112 miles on flat road back when I was a biker. That ride looks positively brutal.

I like the part in the vid where the guy is showing all the blisters on his hands. Use to wear cushioned gloves and get them on much shorter rides.

Motown's a badass. Whoda thunk?

I kinda thunk. And those that played in the “other board” basketball tournaments back in the 2000s prolly knew.
Please post pics of your bike and equipment. Been outta biking over 10 years and like to know what new stuff looks like.
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Post by Floyd Robertson on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 19:22

Motown Spartan wrote:22 miles of gnarly singletrack today.  5 hours on the bike.  2100 feet of climbing.  Way under hydrated and the temp shot up to 87 this afternoon.  And there’s no let up or place to stop other than just stopping and catching you breath.  But then you have a punchy climb up rocks and roots followed by a short downhill you might be better off walking.  Exhausting day.  

Hoping for 40 miles tomorrow.  

I did 42 miles today on cement, asphalt and crushed limestone. Climbed maybe 200' and I'm The hardest single day (bike) race in America... 3836498553
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Post by Motown Spartan on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 19:32

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This is my Ibis Ripley full suspension.
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Post by Motown Spartan on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 19:35

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Post by Motown Spartan on Fri 26 Jun 2020 - 19:35

Floyd Robertson wrote:
Motown Spartan wrote:22 miles of gnarly singletrack today.  5 hours on the bike.  2100 feet of climbing.  Way under hydrated and the temp shot up to 87 this afternoon.  And there’s no let up or place to stop other than just stopping and catching you breath.  But then you have a punchy climb up rocks and roots followed by a short downhill you might be better off walking.  Exhausting day.  

Hoping for 40 miles tomorrow.  

I did 42 miles today on cement, asphalt and crushed limestone. Climbed maybe 200' and I'm The hardest single day (bike) race in America... 3836498553

Hey man, that’s a great day! Killing it buddy!
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Post by Motown Spartan on Sat 27 Jun 2020 - 19:28

33 miles so far today. 3,000 feet of climbing. 7.5 hours on the trails. Hoping to get 7 more tonight but I’ve had a few beers at this point.
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Post by Nordic on Sat 27 Jun 2020 - 22:04

Fuck yeah. Get after it.
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Post by Motown Spartan on Sun 28 Jun 2020 - 11:04

I’m dead today.
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Post by Floyd Robertson on Sun 28 Jun 2020 - 16:41

Motown Spartan wrote:I’m dead today.

I'm surprised you could lift a finger to post this.
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Post by kingstonlake on Sun 28 Jun 2020 - 17:09

Atta boy Motown.
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Post by Motown Spartan on Sun 28 Jun 2020 - 17:26

Floyd Robertson wrote:
Motown Spartan wrote:I’m dead today.

I'm surprised you could lift a finger to post this.

Very restless morning night sleep after the first few hours. Spent about 4 hours very nauseas and sweaty. Out on the boat now floating in the lake.
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