STP Training Day. Wow - that was an adventure!
|A little rain never hurt anyone - right ...!?|
204 miles in one day? Are we nuts? Has sanity left the building?
The answer is a resounding "Yes"!
The day started relatively warm (low 60's) and with high humidity. We don't really get a lot of muggy days, but this was one of them. A 50% chance of rain was forecast - which for Seattle meant that rain was inevitable - you'd just be rained on for 50% of the time. It was relatively dry outside when we started around 8:30 am, and we happily started our trek, with rain jackets tucked neatly in the back pockets of our jerseys. The idea was to ride a relatively easy ride - twice around Lake Washington / Lake Sammamish - to simply get some 'saddle time' in (that's the part of you that really tends to 'wear' on long distance rides - I won't go into heavy detail here) and get our bodies used to pedaling for a good part of the day.
To make a long story short, we had a great, most-of-the-day cycling adventure, but what an adventure it was! Here's how the day went, in a nutshell:
- Miles ridden: 120;
- Rain: 50% of the time, as promised;
- Mid-way lunch stop: 1. (Thanks to my wife for meeting us - kids included - with PB&J sandwiches, bananas, and water! Oh - and extra tires, see next point);
- Flat tires: 4, between the two of us. (Mike: 2 front flats. Patrick: 2 back flats. Remember to bring extra tubes and air cartridges!);
- Bloody knuckles (see flat tires): 1. (I will blame this on a relatively new back tire, slippery conditions, and overall poor form on my part. I must admit, though, that in the rain a good skinned knuckle really looks like a gusher);
- Tinkerbell bandaids: 1. (Thanks to my 3-1/2 year old daughter during the lunch stop);
- Broken spokes: 1. (At mile 95, middle of a good stretch of cycling, Mike yelled out "your rear wheel is WOBBLING!" And so it was. Holy crap. Taking off a fender, loosening off the brake, I was able to limp to the nearest bike store, hoping to get my wheel fixed. Mike rode steadfast behind me, watching to see if my wheel would self-destruct in the meantime ...);
|The broken spoke ... amazing how one small part can derail you ...|
Team Captain, Ride for LIVESTRONG Seattle
Senior LIVESTRONG Leader