Yeah, that's right, cue the James Brown music, I feel awesome! Great ride this morning at the 30 mile CARTI Tour de Rock. Got to meet fellow blogger Annette and other great people from the Cabot Cruisers (Curtis, Jane, Joan, and a few others that senile me can't remember the names of). Awesome people all the way around.
Petra had a busy week so she didn't make it to the ride this morning, but met up with Gary and talked with him and his wife before the start. I really wanted to be able to ride to the first rest stop with Gary to catch up on things but they had the ride start segregated out, 62 milers in front, 50 milers next, and then the 30 milers. Just too many people in between us, I couldn't ever catch up to him before the ride split up. He did tell me beforehand that as a doctor he would recommend that I not do the ride but as a friend he knew how it was about wanting to do it. Even James had that worried frown going and kept warning me to be careful. You would think I was accident-prone or something ;-). It is nice knowing they care though.
It was a WET start, had been storming most of the night and driving down we were getting a lightning display. Ride start was delayed 30 minutes to let the rain move out but we still hit some showers within the first few miles. The trainer has helped me immensely on my pedal stroke and cadence rate while I was off the road, couldn't believe how great my legs felt. I was booking it on the first 1/3 trying to catch Gary at the stop but saw him leaving out while I was waiting in line at the porta-potty. All that rain, coffee, and hydrating really caught up with me, lol. I'm not sure if my computer is correct but I showed 13 miles in 48 minutes at that point (I reset the computer just after we got it out of the pickup so there was some mileage before the actual ride start). I also have experienced my first case of chafing thanks to getting soaked and a tick bite in a very sensitive place from last weekend's disc golf.
After just missing Gary I decided to wait on Annette and am I glad that I did. As I said before that's an awesome group of people and time just flew by. Oh, and the rest stops were fantastic, lots of fruit, 2 kinds of granola bars, pickles, gatorade, water, and energy drinks all handed out by very nice people that were having to work in the rain. Had a nice conversation with a guy on a Specialized mountain bike that was also doing the 30 miler. He is trying to get in shape for his son who is a runner and just graduated from high school. Very inspiring!! Oh, and did I mention that Annette has only been riding just over a month? There's no way I could've done a 30 miler in that amount of time, shoot it was kicking my butt doing a 12 mile ride at that point. Susan you're right, she is great to hang out with. I think we finished in 2 hours, 24 minutes (my computer was showing an average speed of 14.58 mph with 35 miles, includes the pre-ride and after-ride miles). Not bad at all considering that 6 weeks ago today I broke my right collarbone.
James did the 18 mile family ride, or at least he attempted to. The turn-off for the 18 mile route was blocked by a table and he missed it so ended up on the 8 mile route and going beyond it and taking a scenic ride up a bluff. He made it 80% of the way before having to walk it up to the crest. That is a steep incline he ended up on and he said he had his bike up to 40 mph before deciding to slow down on the way back. He said he wished he'd done the 30 miles afterwards but was afraid he'd slow me down too much. I wish he would've done the 30 miler too :-(
The rain and wet roads weren't so nice at times but boy did it make for a much pleasanter temperature this morning. After the cloud cover burnt off, it started heating up fast! And my shoulder, no problems at all until I tried to tried to change out of my wet clothes. I still have some problems when crossing my arms over my head when undressing, esp. jog bras