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.