First I will say that a cycle event is NOTHING like a running event. Scott and I arrived about 15 minutes before the event. We talked with a few other cyclist, lined up with about 200 riders, and off we went. For the first few miles we had the luxury of blocked off roads and it was easy to know where the route was. Then it changed. The markings were spayed on the roads and during the next 10 miles it was rather easy to miss a turn if you where not paying full attention. Several riders made this mistake. Scott and I were lucky that we did not.
Let me just say that in a nutshell the hills where killers with little relief of short flats and then back to the climbing. Now I love climbing but after about the 33 mile point I wanted some true flats. As I rode into the finish line area there was no music, no announcements, and no one taking down numbers or times. I found this odd but again this was my first riding event so maybe this is the norm.
Ride: 42.4 miles / Time 2:48 / average 15.1 pace / 31.2 max pace
I loved it and felt great. I had expected to feel trashed but instead I felt good with no soreness the following day. SWEET!!!
This week we begin a membership at a new facility that offers a pool. Yes, Marcy-JavaMom-and Wes I may just be thinking of doing a Tri. I am a trail runner at heart but why not do all that you love. So stay tuned for some ideas I will be tossing around. My training for my big fall 50 mile trail will begin in June some time but I feel that biking and swimming will be included in a quest towards a big goal I am considering for next year. Time will tell.......