Tuesday, June 22, 2010
They were full of shit.
This elevation profile shows that the latter half of the second day was nothing but hills. Nothing insurmountable, but steep and unforgiving at the end of a long, cold and challenging day.
The hills just kept coming.
Perhaps not so fresh, definitely not clean, but having fulfilled our promise. Johnny and Wendy are looking fresh and clean because they got in about 2 hours before the rest of us, having smoked through the 2nd day course full of hills. The two of them are totally inspiring.
This is Hoto, Johnny, Wendy, Shell, Andy, Don, Diane, Leah and Cathy, with the finish line behind us to the left, and gray cloudy skies letting up from the rain temporarily. As you will see from my later posts, this day was capped with a never-ending set of hills to climb. We made it. Shell and I did it on our mountain bikes. Our friends were so supportive. Johnny and Wendy gave us great advice for training and inspired us with their speed. Andy managed to pace himself so that he could ride beside absolutely everyone during the ride. Don and Diane, Leah and Cathy traded positions as they rode with the fast riders and then at their own pace. We did it. We are pretty happy that we got through it. We learned a lot about ourselves.
At least, I did.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Shell and I rolled by and happened to both see their toddler E at the same time. So we stopped. Larry snapped these pics of us at the beach while we chatted.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Some good friends here, let me tell you.
120km today for a total of 250km. $25,000 raised.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
We arrived at 4:50pm after almost 10 hours on the road. 134km at about 18.9km/h moving average.
Very sore but happy and safe.
Johnny and wendy are far ahead. We Are only luckily in front of Don Diane Andy and Cathy since we blasted through the border with our Nexus passes.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Turns out all you need to do is sacrifice the majority of your free time to do something really difficult, and stop eating all the foods you love.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
About 1,140 km.
Wifey's colleague is doing that distance next weekend.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Franklin outside Nashville - all rolling greenery and slick business
parks mixed in with nice new housing - and they have a door to door
Give them 30 minutes notice and they will pick you up at your door,
take you anywhere you want to go within 20 miles and come get you when
you are done.
Get this: $5 roundtrip.
Shopping, doctor, dentist, friend's house.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Last week and this week have been and will be full of life. I managed a latin gig on Saturday night with four amazing musucians from Guatemala and Cuba who withstood my fumbling cascaras and politely overlooked my playing of 2|3 son claves when I should have been playing 3|2 rhumba claves. (Look it up. Butchery). No excuse other than lack of preparation due to distraction from work and ride preparation.
Speaking of which, wifey has been doing incredible things on her bike, with a butt-numbing 100km ride on Saturday, followed by another 70 on Sunday. She is inspiring to me.
Unfortunately my training has been fitful at best. Between setup/ soundcheck at the Mexican wedding gig on Saturday, and the gig itself, I managed a meagre 73km. On Sunday, I unfortunately slept in (2am to bed the night before after teardown) and dragged my pathetic self on a 62k ride. Monday after work and before prepping for this trip, I did a quick 27k.
Trying to tell myself that I have been doing extra hills to compensate (like a couple of trips up the 4km Cambie hill from SW Marine drive to QE Park), but the reality is that nothing matches long distances and hours in the saddle. It's less training and more enduring.
I look forward to riding my bike for pleasure again. This week I have one more day of training before I am off to AB to spend some time with the parental units. Then four short evenings to train next week.
No more long rides. I will have to pedal on the inspiration of Wifey, and our friends who are joining us on the ride to conquer cancer.