This blog is inspired by Skinnyinmyhead who posted the most elegant, beautiful, gorgeous, organized ride schedule. She's amazing and one day, if I am lucky, I might learn a few things from her about blogging.
She's inspired me to get off my slightly smaller butt (thank you Sparkpeople!) and register for the 34th Annual Tour of Napa Valley Metric Century! Yay! At 65 miles, it's the mini-me of centuries. But in my book, it still counts.
It sells out every year but not for the reasons you would think. True, it is in Napa Valley one of the most beautiful, sought after, yummiest places on earth. A place where I think the number of good restaurants per capita is so great, they gave up trying to count them a long time ago. And they were probably drinking really good wine while trying so we all know just how that went...
It's also not because of the lovely weather. It is Holy-Moly Hot in Napa in August. This is why I have been told that a)grapes ripen and b)most people don't consider picking grapes fun. Also, drinking too much wine in the hot sun gets you the same results as trying to count the number of restaurants while drinking.
This is why the race sells out...
The truth is that this is the only race that offers homebaked cookies. That's it. They are legendary. I am convinced that there is a kitchen somewhere in Napa that has this secret recipe and we get the opportunity to enjoy it just for this event. Every 20 miles you get some of these yummy, mythical, tastes of goodness. And after 65 miles on a bike, they take on a life of their own. Out here, this ride is known among cyclists literally as "the one with the homemade cookies."
So, I will be training and riding and preparing for August. I'll probably pick out some good restaurants because that's what everyone does while in Napa (ride then eat)!
And of course, this time I will eat dessert first...but I will earn it riding on the road.