So we did it! 60 miles of gloriousness. Although I wanted to do a full 100k originally, I was ready to be done. Once my cateye hit 60 I stopped and yelled, "YES, WE DID IT!" pumped my arms into the air and then immediately said, "Ow, that hurt my arms."
The ride started off so crappy. The first 6 miles it was pouring rain. Both Rebecca and I were thinking thoughts like, "this is so dumb" and "if it starts to thunder and lightening, then we have to go home..." Somehow, after getting completely soaked, we pulled through and the skies cleared up. Luckily, it didn't rain for the rest of the ride. There were even times the sun came out just enough to show our shaddow.
We rode out, and out, and out until the cateye hit 30 which put us all the way in Blaine at Semiahmoo. Again, I hit my cateye to reset the time on accident, but I think it took us about 2 hours to get out there. We were riding at a leisure pace the whole way because we knew the distance we needed to cover and if we tried to go at our regular pace, we'd be toast.
Both Rebecca and I were feeling good at that point, had a little break and ate some chewy jelly snacks similar to shot blocks and drank some H2O and cytomax. Then we turned around...half way there!
Then Rebecca got a flat! Boo. This was my first time changing a flat on the side of the road and I'm SO glad we were well equipted. Between the two of us, we managed to change it...it just took us like 20 minutes. : ) I don't care how long it took, we did it, that's all that matters. : )
We stopped for a coffee, a snack (luna bar) and to warm up a little at mile 37 or so. We had dried out since the rain stopped except our shoes and socks, so they were pretty numb the whole time. After a good 30 minute stop and we could feel our toes, we were on our way home.
I could definitely feel my leggies starting to get tired on the way home and was very happy when we had all the major uphills out of the way. Even the small rolling hills were making my legs ache. It took us 2:15 to get home not including time to change the flat and get coffee. So you can tell we were a lot slower on the way back due to tiredness and wind.
Wow, can I focus on everything BUT the cateye?! Great iphone picture taker here!
This ride was a major accomplishment! I feel GREAT (besides some tightness in my quads) and am beginning to believe that we can actually do the STP in 1 day and feel good while doing it. Rebecca and I both signed up for the Skagit Spring Classic century ride on May 8th to get in a good LONG ride in preparation for STP. Two weeks away...40 miles more than today...oh boy. I think an 80 mile ride next Saturday is a good idea to get me in better shape for the century.
Tonight is gonna be chill... we might to go April Brews Day, which is a fundraiser for the Max Higbee Center. Basically, you pay $20 for 5 tastings of beer. You can choose between close to 30 different breweries who have all traveled to Bellingham to participate. We went last year and it was fun. Although it is kind of a rip off for how much you pay vs. how much beer you get...I have to remember that it is for a good cause.
What are you up to this weekend? I hope you're gettin' active!