Sister of the Century
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Regular readers know my sister. She gave me my Garmin, she was the official support squad for last year's triathlons and she continues to be one of my biggest "roosters" (they crow, so you dont have to). Example, we went biking on a local rail trail a few weeks ago and the last 2 miles of the return I decided we needed to really *pound it.* The goal was to get speed up to 15mph. I ended up passing a guy who we were chatting with at the other end of the trail. Apparently, he looked on in wonderment at the crazy lady (me), my sister told him not to worry, he had been passed by a genuine triathlete.
She's proud of me.
Earlier this summer, she had a "crazy" idea. She wants to do a Century Ride. Since nobody else in the family would even consider this, it behooves me to support her in this dream. I had filed Century Ride in the "Someday" file. "Yeah, I'd like to do that someday, but not this year." Well, opportunity knocks. We did a little research. The first opportunity to do an extended group ride is the Tour Du Goshen - the day before the West Point Triathlon. Nah, I'll do the 11 mile family ride with her if she wants, but that race is too important to me to do another extended endurance event the exact same weekend. Its a sure way to pain and injury. There are other events in Sept and Oct that we are looking at including The NYC Century Ride and Fall Foliage Tour "Ride with the Camels" (The route goes past a farm with some rescued camels. Part of the proceed of the ride go to their maintenance.)
In addition, yesterday's family adventure took us through the Delaware Water Gap Recreation area. According to the map there is a 30 mile bike trail. We could always do our own Metric Century (62 miles) which is still certainly challenging enough that I'm willing to put that sticker on my car.
Finally, because we're card carrying residents of CrazyTown around here, I'm also still hoping and dreaming of that Half Marathon on Sept 15th. I talked with a friend of mine about it who has done these things in the past. Apparently there are some monster hills in the course. EEK! And my running has been really difficult lately.
So, yeah. Apparently Crazy is infectious. Beware who you give it to. Just like the cold that gives one person snotty sneezes, but another horrible body ache, when YOU start to exercise, you may inspire someone else to start Doing Something too. And next thing you know, you find yourself pouring over bike maps and thinking "What the heck have I gotten myself into??"