dirty kanza 200 training for newbies

The Road to Dirty Kanza 200 2020 – Part Six – Training in the Time of COVID-19: by Gravel Newbie, Caroline Worrall

I had planned to get this episode out last weekend (March 14th). I rode the Hell of the NorFla ride (although I skipped out while still in purgatory), so I thought that would be a nice lead-in. However, with the kids and my husband home and the 24-hour news about COVID-19, I just wasn’t motivated […]

dirty kanza 200 training for newbies

The Road to Dirty Kanza 200 2020 – Part Five – Fueling, Hydration & Nutrition: by Gravel Newbie, Caroline Worrall

I just returned from beautiful Monticello, Florida after the Dirty Pecan 100-mile ride. Given this was my first century on new terrain, I rode this as a hard ride rather than a race. The weather was great this year (albeit cold at the start) and the roads were so much fun. It had rained heavily […]

dirty kanza 200 training for newbies

The Road to Dirty Kanza 200 2020 – Part Four – The Equipment: by Gravel Newbie, Caroline Worrall

It’s time for everyone’s favorite part. I will list my equipment and the changes I am considering, and everyone will let me know what solution is absolutely the best and why what I am considering is wrong. I’m not solidly wed to any plan at the moment and I get overwhelmed easily by lots of […]

dirty kanza 200 training for newbies

The Road to Dirty Kanza 200 2020 – Part Three: by Gravel Newbie, Caroline Worrall

I began my official Dirty Kanza training on February 17th, and while you might think that fourteen weeks isn’t nearly enough time to train for a 200-mile gravel race (and you would be right), I’m coming off a pretty good base. Living in Florida means year-round outdoor riding, even if we do complain that it’s […]

dirty kanza 200 training for newbies

The Road to Dirty Kanza 200 2020 – Part Two (Logistics): by Gravel Newbie, Caroline Worrall

Having received my invite to the preeminent gravel event, Dirty Kanza, I am swiftly moving through the next steps. If you have read any Facebook discussion, you think I am spending 24 hours a day worrying about what tires I will be running during the race. (Seriously, this is 95% of the Dirty Kanza posts.) […]

dirty kanza 200 training for newbies

The Road to Dirty Kanza 200 2020 – Part One: by Gravel Newbie, Caroline Worrall

They have finally taken my money, so I guess I really am going to Emporia. Seven years ago, I rolled an outdated, oversized Motobecane from parents’ garage into my senior prom date’s bike shop and asked if he could make it rideable for me. After recovering from the surprise of not seeing me in over […]