Well, congratulations to me, because all of that happened exactly as I predicted. It’s like I’m freaking Cassandra and I’m cursed not to listen to my own prophecies. Seriously, I have ridden my bike all of twice in the past six weeks, which is hardly what you’d expect from someone training for a century ride. I’ve been working crazy hours at the firm, to the point where I haven’t been able to clean or go grocery shopping or do any of my design class homework for several weeks now. And by the time I got home from the opera, went shopping for food to eat on the bike, and prepared all of my gear, it was 1am — which meant that I got exactly 3.5 hours of sleep before my alarm went off at 4:30am and I had to get up and drive to the starting line in southern Maryland.
Ridiculous, right? Right.
Only here’s the thing: Everything went absolutely perfectly. Like clockwork. In fact, it was one of the best rides of the entire summer. I felt fantastic and was able to ride hard and long through the gorgeous, lush farmland of southern Maryland — and with a finish time of 6 hours and 11 minutes, I was right on target with what I’d hoped for.
|On a ride this long, you need to have a good stock of fuel. I figured this would get
me through the day. Fortunately, thre were way-stations with additional food along the way.
|7:30am in the parking lot at the starting area (my car on the right)|
|The view from one of the more scenic way-stations. The weather was chilly and cloudy most of the day, with spells of bright sunshine.|
|Around the 90-mile marker. I had just finished leading the group and had fallen
to the back to draft and take a break from the headwind.
|Selfies on a bike are way easier than selfies on a camel.|
|Just over the finish line.
(Also, seriously? why does every single stranger need a lesson in how to frame a photo?)
|When you burn 5,000+ calories in a morning, you can eat pretty much whatever you want for lunch.|
Now, of course, I need to jump back into real life and figure out the rest of the work train wreck that is brewing. Hopefully I’ll be able to repeating these quasi-all-nighters…