the end... such a sweet thing...
what a great day, one of the biggest days ever. Family stuff excluded. Maybe the biggest day ever. They are thinking of not having the Asheville ride anymore, turnout was kind of low, I hope they think that through for a while. I would like to do that ride again, I would maybe like it a little better a little later in the year, but I like to ride in cool temps. I hope maybe some of you guys will think of doing one of these rides, I know you would enjoy it. Most of the riders from Lincoln did the ride in Montanna, I missed that one, because registration was closed by the time I decided to ride. I hope you will check it out, right now it is still all about the 2006 rides, because people can continue to contribute until the end of the year, so they leave the site alone until then. But you can find out about JDRF
and the rides, and I do suggest making an earlier decision than I did, though I had a grand time and would do it again in a heart beat. I like to climb because I like to fly, and I willing to pay for it, I do not have to be fast, just willing. I actually have some more pictures on can you believe it, film! I will get those transferred to digital really soon.
I met a lot great folks, Barry and Michelle who rode along with me. And I got to wear my cool new monkey girl cape.
my room-mate Sue,
who was too much fun. Sue took a turn wearing the cape.
and so did Maggie.
I love to ride bikes... and I love to stop...
wow sometimes even when you had a pretty good time, the best part is stopping. I had never finished a ride before where people cheered for me, and some people had bells, though every time you rode into a checkpoint people cheered and rang little blue JDRF cow bells, it was awesome, I felt ten feet tall.
the road to glory...
me on the way to glory, check point two, that is Maggie from the local chapter, she went out there to do adminstrative stuff, and it was great to have her along.
and this is check point two on the way back, I think this picture really reflects that I am an optimistic person.
I like oreos, I am pretty sure they have electrolytes in them, at least that is what I choose to believe.
there is a monkey on my bike, ok maybe there are two...
someone put a monkey on my bike!
His little banner says go regina go!
He has velcro stuck to his butt.
wonder which -itis I have...
I am sure I caught this from Adrian, I just feel bonked out. My bike got home on friday and the lovely spouse put it together for me while I was volunteering at swanson on saturday and It is still on the bike stand. Just no energy to get her down and work out the kinks. Trying to snap out of it, I will get some pics from Asheville up this evening, I was going to last night, but whatever-itis and sinus headache kept me on the couch. So ends the confession(whine), so begins the penitence.(wine, should fix it;))
I am still really worn out. But... I cannot go against the public outcry for more information, I must tell it. Asheville will go down as one of my all time Wylie Coyote off the cliff moments, but when the dust cleared at the bottom there were all these really great people, and I was so glad to be there. There are tons of stories to tell, but I know what you want to hear about, the hills, so here is the first story of Asheville, the course, out and back style.
I have not really been able to determine exactly how far I went, the sign up info said the course was 105, but then when we got there, you had to ride 2 miles past the last check point and ride to where the road ends and touch gravel to have 100 miles, plus Barry who rode most of the second half of the course with me, had over 100, but on the steep inclines he would weave to cut into the incline, I did not do that.
I know I went at least 100, because I hope you know I was there to ride to glory, and that meant touching gravel, and darn right I did. Still gathering the photo evidence I will get that posted. I think I should mention here that they have an entirely different set of definitions when it comes to hills out there, the stuff they called rolling, still felt like plain ole hills to me, nothing rolling about them. And we have nothing that even faintly resembles hills in Nebraska based on their scale. The hills in Asheville just go on forever, you climb for miles and miles. Riding out had 22.53 miles of climb with elevation of 5625.2 ft. and riding back had 21.65 miles of climb with elevation of 5415.7 ft. So the total elevation of the ride because elevation is cumulative, even though that seems odd is 11040.9 ft. Hey did I mention I was from the land of big and flat. Happily never went backwards. Never even thought of bailing out, even at the metric century turn around where tons of folks I had been riding with turned back. I figured just keep going till you can't and see what happens. I will say it was a ride that did not see very much of the big ring, even when you were pointing down hill and you needed to keep peddling to keep you heart rate up, it was just too difficult to push the big ring very much, I had to keep it kind of spinny, and that worked out fine. Out of checkpoint two was one of the most challenging points in the course, it was up up up for about 8 miles. The coaches on the course said that was as bad as it would get, and that was true, though the road to glory(past checkpoint 4 to the gravel) was up too and at that point you were really ready for a little break, I went past the checkpoint and stopped on the way back, I know myself well enough to do it that way. I will say a huge thanks to my darling husband who back in June sort of pushed me into the road bike I have now, I could not have done it without Celeste, she may not be the fastest climber with me, but she climbs just the same with a never give up never surrender spirit. And on an 8 mile downhill she flies on wings unseen. It was dreamy boys and girls just dreamy, all the way down I thought to myself how the heck did I get up this hill? But I knew she is a great bike, high stepping and full of flight. And Celeste can take a turn so solid and full of grace it gives you courage to go at amazing speeds. No computer for Celeste, no actual time averages, or exact distance, that is just not her game, she works when it is time and goes fast when she can. Man I love that bike.
Other than that...well the coaches kept it moving and were a really great group of guys, when Tim told me I would not fail in my quest to complete the event, I for some odd reason just believed him. The sag was all volunteer and was superior. They even had a Dr. roaming the course, of course there were diabetic riders too, and everyone kept their eyes out for any trouble they may have been having. Also Maggie P. from the local chapter, was at the second checkpoint, and it was great to see her on both the way out and the way home, she really made me feel better both times, thx Maggie. So that is all there is about the course.
I will write a full detail tomorrow, tonight so tired, so sore, dang we live in the flat trust me, we have nothing that even faintly resembles a hill. Just an fyi.
departure is imminent...
leaving the house at 4am tomorrow to fly out of omaha at 6:03am for my JDRF ride in Ashville. I am really excited. I was kind of ill earlier in the week so I was really scared that my head would explode on the plane, a very monty python black knight kind of moment. My dr. assures me that is not really very likely. I have decided to trust him. I feel better now though, plus it is a risk I have to take. Too late to bail out. Full speed ahead, well controlled metered speed so I do not exhaust myself too early, and at least average 11 mph, which is the speed you have to average to complete the course in the allotted time. But thanks to heatstroke ride I am ready. See everyone next week, I hope a bunch of people head to murdock this saturday to watch the race. My boy Emory is riding there in his first race and I will be thinking of him while I am on my ride.
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