Saturday, June 09, 2012
Last Saturday was the MS 150 on Virginia's Eastern Shore. I showed up to the start later than I had wanted to. My team mates had left at 7AM and I didn't get on the road until 7:25. The team captain is a very social sort and like to chat people up at the rest stops. I knew if I could get in and out of the rest stops quickly, I could make up the time and catch up to my team. I finally caught them at the third rest stop, which doubles as the lunch area. I grabbed a quick lunch and we were on the road again. I felt great to riding with the team. I used to ride with these guys nearly everyday at my last job. It had been nearly ten months since changing jobs and those lunch time rides. We all took turns pulling and the pace was soon hovering around 19 mph. That's pretty quick for our group. When we got to the finish line, I asked if any of them felt up to heading back out for the century. We had just completed 75 miles and having no takers, I set out myself. Another 25 mile loop and I had my first century for the year. On Sunday, we rode as a team for the full 75 miles. I skipped the century the second day. The mind was willing, but the legs just didn't have it.
177 miles for the weekend, riding fast with my team mates, and raising a lot of money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. I'd say I had a really great weekend.