Our team ride on Saturday was a standard 70 mile route with plenty of rolling hills. Not sure, but I would imagine around or more than 100 cyclist showed and made a donation to the Challenge to Conquer Cancer on our behalf. Great Escape put on such an amazing event and with the promise of a huge spread of food upon our return. I felt fantastic on Saturday. Even energy the entire way. I would note that Scott also rode and completed the same distance. His longest distance to date. Super proud of his accomplishment!
Monday offered our second ride. An email titled “And They Climbed” would provide you with a sneak peek into what would be an amazing route. Since we needed some additional night ride training we headed out just before 6am. Can you guess what time a person has to get up to make this happen?…lol. Nine of us rolled out and enjoyed the cool dark morning air before the sun made an appearance an hour later. The sections of climbing were sometimes long and lasted for miles while other times we had steep short sections. In the end we rode just under 80 miles with over 6200 feet of climbing and took in some of the most beautiful mountain views around.
We rolled in the dark while normal people SLEEP :)
Had to stop and take in the views as the sun came up.
And we climbed some more.....
Another ride in the books. What a sweet finish!
Since becoming a part of this event I had not realized how close I had become to all of these individuals. I hate Cancer and I hate when those around us are affected by it. I have always kept this blog fitness related and steered clear of very personal issues but I will say that my emotions took the best of me when a dear sweet friend learned that her cancer was back. She is a fighter and I will do all that I can to be a part of fighting cancer even beyond this event.
At 8:30pm last night I gave into the effects of all the riding and slept for close to 10 hours. Thankful for the ability to ride and share the road with some amazing people. Even more thankful for a REST DAY today.
I stuck to the ride plan last week and as a result all of my rides were dead on target. SUCCESS :)
Relentless Forward Motion.