And I supported him.
He kept mentioning I'd like the ride. So this year I decided to play also.
I was most definitely not ready for the 100, so I signed up for the 55 mile bike ride and met Aaron 45 miles in to finish the remainder ride with him.
Guys - it was a doozy. The wind was exceptionally fierce and always seems to be going against us.
Here are some notable things that happened during my 55 mile quest to the beach:
- Someone walked in on me in the porta-potty - Guys - I was switching out my undergarments (TMI?) when the door SWINGS open and I quickly scream drawing attention to the ENTIRE line. He slammed the door shut and I started laughing, but couldn't help imagine that he probably got an eye full!! When I exited said-porta-potty I got a nice cheer from the mile-long line that heard my shriek (any may or may not have seen my goodies).
- Ashley vs. Water Bottle - Water Bottle won. A nice guy decided to take lead and break-wind for us. As we were riding in a tight 3-person line he drops his water bottle. Bike-Party-Foul! Aaron was able to avoid it, but I managed to get it stuck under my tire. I thought I'd stick it out, but my shoe wouldn't come unclipped from my bike so I fell. Hard. I'm waiting for the bruise on my hip to shine through.
- Mile 30 breakdown - No - not the flat tire kind of break down. The tears-and-whining kind of break down. I managed to not bring ANY shot blocks or fruit snacks or ANY sweet treats with me. Seriously - and my mom will vouch for me - if there's anything that keeps me going when I'm being active it's a gummy snack. Even though I had just eaten prior to my breakdown, the salt overload must not have been enough. So I bonked. My muscles started to hurt and my energy level crashed. So we pulled over, I had a cry/whine session, I stretched, ate a GU, and moved onward. As soon as that GU kicked in it was amazing how much better I felt! **Note to self: NEVER forget my beloved gummies.
But for the most part everything was great! The weather was cold and windy, BUT not rainy and miserable.