Today was the big ride. Sixty-five miles. That was the plan.
I’m not sure what I was expecting on this course, but that was not it. I knew there would be hills, but I was not expecting the entire ride to be nothing but giant hills. The first 11 miles was one right after another. BAM! And they got progressively difficult. Add in some heavy winds, and it was not a piece of cake.
Before the ride even started, in the registration tent, the tent that seemed about to blow away at any second, Stacy, Stephanie, and I decided that we’d go to the point of the route where the 45-mile and the 65-mile routes split, and we’d see how we felt. 45 is still a good ride.
The first rest stop came at 11 miles. Stephanie didn’t feel safe with her bike blowing everywhere and had to stop. I’m pretty sure we’re going to save our maps and go back later and complete the route on our own. She put up a good fight. Stacy and I made a decision to stick with the 30 miles route. It was hard, but hot damn. It was a brutal ride.
We braved the next 19 miles of hill after hill with some high winds coming straight at us. And after that decision to back down to 30 miles, my ride just got so much easier. Having such a difficult time with that first 11 miles really took its toll on me. The idea of doing that for another 54 miles just really seemed to weigh me down. I think if Stacy had still wanted to go, I would have, but I wouldn’t have enjoyed it. I would have spent the entire ride wishing I was done. Instead I spent my ride looking at the leaves changing color and coasting down the hills that I fought so hard to pedal up. It was hard, it was a lot of work, but it was fun.
So thank you for a great ride, ladies. Stephanie, I will definitely need to come out to Madison to bike with you in the near future! I have your number now. Sucker. :)
Right now, I’m home. Somehow I made it up the stairs. I’m going to go enjoy a nice hot bath while watching season 1 of Caprica.
Next year, I’ll know what to expect on that ride. And I’ll be more prepared for it. My first organized ride may not have gone as planned, but it was still a blast. I’ll definitely need to sign myself up for some more.
Especially when they give me beer at the end.
I have priorities, you know.