I am going to be trying my first enduro next month (Gold Rush Family on Saturday and maybe Sunday too) and I have a couple of questions about timekeeping and some about equipment too. First, let me say yes I have read the stuff online at 4t.com and other places and also the good stuff at posted at ridechec.com so I am pretty well read-up on the Internet stuff about it. My goals: I don't want to do the "just pick someone who looks like they know what they're doing and don't pass them your first time out" thing. I will do that as a "Plan B" if I get into it and my brain just starts hurting but I have a college degree in Math and I am a Math teacher so I think I can figure this thing out for cryin out loud (hopefully I won't end up eating those words. ) But, I am also realistic and know I won't be taking home any trophies, so I just want to enjoy the union of riding and the mental stimulation of the timekeeping and have a fun long 4-day weekend in the desert. Timekeeping questions: I've been studying the route sheet and roll chart from the Jan 15 family enduro posted on ridechec.com. When looking at that route sheet, I am assuming the only known checks are the start and the end, is that correct? So all of the checks will be unknown with the first possible one being at mile 3.0 on minute 14? And then they have to be spread out at least 3 miles apart from each other? What about "resets" and "free time"... do those somehow affect the "3 mile rule" about where unknowns can be placed? Equipment questions: My bike is a dualsport (Suzuki DR350s) so it has a speedo/odo. Now the odo is one of those with the mechanical dial that rotates everything to 111.1 222.2 333.3 etc until it all goes to 000.0. Is this going to work? How would I handle forward milage resets? Would I have to account for these in my head or is there something obvious that I'm missing here? From the route sheet I was studying, all of the resets (other than to 0) were simple ones like "reset from 5.0 to 6.0" which would not be too hard to keep track of mentally but I assume the enduro on Sunday would have trickier forward resets? Oh, and a riding technique question: I was riding down in Spangler last month and any time I hit deep soft sand it was KICKING MY ASS. Any tips would be appreciated! That's enough questions for now... maybe responses will prompt more though. Thanks in advance!