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Half Century Ride

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Friends and I traveled to Maryland's Eastern Shore to participate in a 50-mile bike ride to benefit Talbot Special Riders. TSR provides physical and emotional therapy to individuals using horses. It was their first annual ride and they did a terrific job.

The weather was supposed to be in the high 30s in the morning and was to rise to about 50 degrees. The sun was out, but so was the wind, so we layered up not knowing if we'd be stripping down in a matter of hours.

The ride began in St. Michaels, Maryland, and meandered the country roads. We kept waiting for it to warm up so we could peel some layers, but we needed all of them until the finish around 1:30 (we started sometime between 8 & 8:30). The sun was warm, but the wind was frigid and blowing around 8-10 mph. Despite the flat terrain, there were many times when I felt like I was doing a steep climb. I was really dragging the last 5 miles, especially with the headwind. I was expecting a nice tailwind since we had a headwind at the start, but the wind had changed directions. I'd say 75% of the ride was into a head wind.

I was pleasantly surprised to finish the entire 50 miles. I haven't done much distance riding yet, but the weekly spin classes were enough to get me through, averaging about 12 mph. As we came back to the start, the wonderful aroma of grilled burgers and hot dogs met us. The burgers were delicious.

It was a great ride to kick off biking season. But first I have to finish training for The Flying Pig Half Marathon the first weekend in May.

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