Yesterday I did a 40 mile ride. There was also a metric & century ride too but let’s face it. I’m just not that brave.
I’m so happy I decided to sign up at the last minute because it was an awesome confidence building tool for me.
The weather was perfect. Mid 50’s & cloudy at the start & mid 60’s & sunny at the end.
This was my first cycling ride ever & I learned really quickly how much fun it is to have a riding buddy. I was so happy to meet Britney (left of me) at the start.
While chatting with her & dodging dead snakes, the miles flew by.
“Honey, I saw 4 dead snakes. 4!”
The course was described as “mostly flat.” Maybe it was but this girl is used to super flat country roads. I would call it rolling hills but then again what do I know. I’m a big sissy lala.
I got sprayed with pesticides by a farmer spraying his orange trees. I lived.
I think we did the first 15ish miles together and then I pulled away for a bit. I should have been a bit more conservative because the last few miles were tough. Lesson learned.
Before I knew it I was almost to the rest stop. Schweet!
I was feeling pretty good, averaging 14.5 MPH but a bit dehydrated. So I chugged a lot of Gatorade, water, Jelly Belly sport beans & my new favorite margarita & salt Cliff shot bloks.
Everyone was so friendly & relaxed. It definitely was not a race which was really nice to just ride at my own pace and chill out.
I think there were more “rolling hills” the last half but I survived. It was the most challenging part for me, but the most beautiful.
There was one small but steep hill & I told Britney something like oh no look at that hill, that’s gonna suck. She said something like ahh it’s nothing more than an ant hill. We got this! It was a piece of cake. I got to the top & declared it wasn’t as hard as I thought. I felt so strong!
By mile 34 I was ready to be done. My left shoulder & butt were aching but my legs & hands felt fine despite the rough roads. I was tired of getting beat up by those.
Finally at the last .50 mile!
Overall I had a wonderful time & would do it again. This event was very organized, friendly & easy to find. The aid/refueling station was well stocked with a variety of food, water & Gatorade. They also had a BBQ lunch after, but I had a wedding to attend so I didn’t have the time to stay.
According to my Garmin I finished 39.43 miles in 2:50 with an average speed of 13.9 mph.