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Sunday, July 21, 2013

road dirt? This:



I did not notice the dirt until I was pedaling up the last hill toward the finish area. And then I almost burst out laughing. This was one of those self-guided semi-organized events... they had the turns marked on the pavement, but once you checked in, you just took off to do whichever distance you had picked. There was a bronze distance (the one I did, 27.9 miles), and silver distance (59.1 miles) and a gold distance (94.1 miles). They all just started taking off as soon as they got their names checked off... just like the Volkswalk KALIGIRL and I did two years ago.

Well... this was unfamiliar territory for me, so I looked around for someone else who was doing the bronze distance, in the hope of "not missing the turns". Because in Nebraska, if you miss a turn at a mile road... you're going at least another mile before you figure it out. I found someone who works in the same building as I do... we introduced ourselves, and I asked could I tag along, since she seemed to know where all the turns were.

Only... when we got started... it was obvious I needed to go faster than she and her companion could manage on their equipment. I wasn't planning on taking more than 3 hours. So... after lending her my sunscreen at the start, I soon pulled away and didn't look back until the finish, when I'd loaded the bike in the car and drove the route in reverse to assure myself that these two ladies were in fact doing just fine, and looking strong, a few miles back. Then I came home, showered, and here I am.

As for my future and cycle tours? I might just do another some time ... or maybe this is just a step to a longer distance TRI next year? Olympic distance is still on my bucket list, and this bike ride would have put me in that category... still got to double yesterday's swim, though, to be there.

Dreaming dreams on endorphins, no? Have a great Sparkly day, all... and now I'll head into the final taper week before my sprint TRI.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 7/23/2013 5:54AM

    Dirt is good!

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GABY1948 7/22/2013 9:46AM

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PATRICIAAK 7/22/2013 4:48AM

    super

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SPINNINGJW 7/21/2013 10:25PM

    We will have to go biking some time, but you will probably have to slow down if we are to stay together.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/21/2013 8:18PM

    Impressive bike ride. Evidently, you did find the turns. Good for you!! Dreams of that Olympic tri --- wonderful. I know you can do it with proper training and you've got the discipline to do the training even by yourself. And, hey, and isn't there a full marathon on your bucket list, too?

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KARIDIAN1 7/21/2013 7:18PM

    Sounds like you had a fun time still.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2013 6:03PM

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SUNNYWBL 7/21/2013 5:42PM

    Just another vision of an active body!

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LESLIELENORE 7/21/2013 4:11PM

    emoticon Keep dreaming big!

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LJCANNON 7/21/2013 3:12PM

    emoticon Never thought about the Road Dirt, LOL!! I agree with what the others have said -- If you aren't Dirty at the End you either Didn't Do It Right or You Didn't Have Fun!!

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LINDAKAY228 7/21/2013 2:03PM

    Love the pic LOL! Great job!

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WATERMELLEN 7/21/2013 2:02PM

    When my kids were little, I used to say that if they weren't dirty at the end of the day we hadn't had any fun. Clearly: you had fun!!

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PEZMOM1 7/21/2013 1:10PM

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JUNEAU2010 7/21/2013 12:38PM

    I wish I could ride! I love what looks like such freedom of movement!

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DEBRITA01 7/21/2013 12:35PM

    Despite the road dirt, the legs look great! Getting dirty while having fun? Why not?! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 7/21/2013 12:31PM

    That sounds like so much fun. I'm off now for a solo bike ride on the rail trail. I'm wearing my running shoes. I may add a run. Those dang monkeys in my head won't shut up until I wear them out.

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MSLZZY 7/21/2013 12:10PM

    But that is a good kind of dirty! Your efforts paid off with a fantastic ride!

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