The race in Joe’s words

Where do I even start with this race? To say that it did not go to plan would be an understatement. 

A few days before the start line the race director announced a course change. The finishing 3.7-mile loop of the 24-hr circuit was no longer on the iconic Sebring racetrack. Instead it would be on a 3.5-mile road loop adjacent to the racetrack. This changed the possibility of reaching 500-miles in 24-hours as the racetrack is much faster, plus it flows to enhance speed. The road loop had significant turns and the surface left much to be desired. The consensus among the riders, no one would reach 500-miles in 2020.

I had to begin a mind-set change immediately, which is a difficult thing to do when you’ve spent months and months preparing for and visualizing a totally different race. Obstacle #1.