Saturday morning was an early one. Luckily, I am a Nevada native, so unlike some characters, I can handle my Vegas. Plus, "the man" has me on a pretty limiting budget these days and sponsoring an all-nighter was out of the question. Other than my pride being a little sore, I felt ready to rip. Being an absolute newbie to the EnduroCross meant daytime qualifiers. There were two practice sessions, one heat and one LCQ that lay between the night show and me.Did I make it? As in make it to the night show? Yeah, right! It's not that the concept of EX was impossible. It is, in fact, quite possible. EnduroCross is just really, really, really, really hard, and hard as in difficult, on many different levels. And apparently it was only difficult for me, because some people were shredding the daytime quallies. I never knew that many log-slithering Jedis existed. This is the part where I could claim the bike, but EX would be hard on any bike. I'm sure there are a few setup tips that would help. Like the day you put a slipper clutch (aka training wheels) on your supermoto bike. No matter what, the course is intense, or at least it was in Las Vegas for the finals. My only exposure to EX prior to Las Vegas was drinking a cold one in Indianapolis and watching a live event. The course at Indy looked like it had more speed and the obstacles were pretty straight on with some wacky tire jumps. Vegas looked tight and torturous, no pun intended. But eyes and beer in hand from the seats gives a completely different perspective when compared to eyes behind the Oakleys on the ground. And speaking of Oakleys on the ground, I couldn't remember another day that I picked myself up off the ground an equal amount of times as the day I learned how to snowboard, until now. Except for every time I had to get up, there was a motorcycle pinning some part of me to the ground.Why do this? In a sadistic way, it is fun. EX seemed sadistic because it was rather grueling. I'm going to be honest and say I was never an FMX dude with racer envy, wanting to spend half of my life in the gym. Being fit doesn't make you good at riding bikes. Riding bikes makes you good at riding bikes. I sure would like to have been fit on this particular Saturday, however. I literally got arm-pump in three-quarters of a lap, or my thumb went on strike and threw a wrench in my clutch pull program. And you're not jumping up and over a tractor tire lying flat, on a 125cc machine, without that precious clutch.I yanked the holeshot in the LCQ moto. This glorious moment was followed up by the lamest lap I put in at the EX. I was so tired I would have been sucking wind in the night show. Chris had mentioned something about holding your breath while running sprints on a treadmill and comparing the similarities to riding EX. He hit the nail on the head. If I were to train for EnduroCross I might have to meditate and find my inner attack monk. Part of the battle is not getting frustrated because you put your foot down and it is three feet from the ground. Again! The name of the game was smooth consistency. Which is what the pros like Geoff Aaron and Taddy Blazusiak rub in your face while you watch them tear it up lap after lap. And Neo was the one who taught us to show no fear when you are about to face "The Matrix." You have to be in full attack mode for every part of the track. Another effective training exercise might be blitzing a set of supercross whoops without your feet on the pegs. This will condition your body and strengthen your "when in doubt" skills.