Morning Meanderings (the story of a bike ride…)
Good Morning friends of books! I hope everyone’s weekend was super fabulous! If you follow whats happening over here between many cups of coffee than you know I had my first bike ride of the season this past Sunday at the Ironman in Lakeville, MN. The Ironman is a 30, 65, or 100 mile bike ride. It is called the Ironman because at the end of April in Minnesota the weather could be anything from freezing cold, rain, and even snow.
This year I went with my friend Amy who was experiencing her first long distance ride. Our goal: The 65 mile route. We had completed a few short rides here in town. Last week she and I completed a 32 together, and I ran that route twice during the week as well as a ride into work so before we left for Lakeville I had 70 miles on my bike from last week.
The morning of the ride was miserable. After a beautiful week of sun and seventies, we woke to rain, wind and 40 degrees. We put on our bike wear and rain gear and headed out the door.
My complaint about the Ironman ride is that within two miles of the start, you have to choose which route you are taking. You turn right for the 30 mile, and go straight for the 65. As awful as the weather was we made the decision together to turn right and do the 30.
In some ways I kicked myself for not pressing on to the 65 but as we rode and fought hills and wind, I think we made the right choice. Amy agreed that she will do other rides with me this year and I know we will get in longer rides. I have one coming up in June that is 150. 150 period. There is no option of a shorter route.
When we were done we packed up the bikes, received our participant t shirts, and drove back towards St Cloud where we enjoyed lunch at Mongos Grill.
While it wasn’t everything I had hoped for, I had a blast hanging out with my friend and I am excited to do more rides with her.
My next ride is May 8th, it is a ride for MS also in the cities and it is a 65.
So that’s my weekend. Came home feeling good but tired. Rollerbladed with my friend Wendy yesterday for 18 miles…. legs are feeling that a bit this morning. I am hoping to go riding with her later today. Of course now that the Ironman is over, the weather looks like it is going to be nice all week.