because I'm pretty tired and Parks & Recreation is on...and well, priorities people.
Day 1 is DONE, D O N E. My GPS said I did 97 miles, but the cue sheet said 93. Either way, it's the longest I've ever ridden in one day. And tomorrow, I get to do it again, but with more hills. (actually "only" 85 miles).
1. The wind was killer today. A few times I felt like I was being pushed off the bike. It definitely made the ride today a bit more difficult.
2. I really need to invest in a good bike fitting. The mechanics on this ride are SUPER good, but I need more time with them than is available on this ride (the lead mechanic has a shop off the W&OD trail but I can't recall the name of it). My lower back was screaming at me by the end. Advil wasn't touching it.
3. I need to bring the chamois cream with me and reapply it after 60 miles. Ouchie.
4. Nutrition was okay today, but my stomach was a bit uneasy at times. Still not sure how to avoid this.
5. The horses & cows & goats & rolling fields were beautiful. Until the last 17 miles when I wanted to set fire to them all. And also to the sound of ball-bearings in a rear hub. God help me.
6. The high point was the schools that came out and cheered us on, with Pom poms & mascot. Also all of the folks along the way that honked and waved.
7. Riding in a large group with cyclists of different abilities can be challenging and aggravating. Patience and emergency braking skills are necessary.
8. The dude doing this ride on a fixed gear bike is insane, and a bad-ass.
9. I am so proud to be part of this group.
Motivation cards from school-kids:
Me and Mir getting ready to set off:
Gathering together at the setting off ceremony:
Here we are again:
Can't tell whether this is real or temporary:
Folks from all over rode with us:
Down to my toes:
The most delicious beer ever. Just kidding. Even 95 miles can't make Bud Lite tasty.
Onward to tomorrow!