Sunday, August 12, 2012

I get a really BIG "X"

Having my training partners peeved with me wasn't my intention, but where I ended up on Sat - MY BAD!

It goes like this.... someone puts up a possible route, then we discuss, agree or make a different suggestion.  I obviously don't know all the intricacies of this format.  I suggested an earlier start time, didn't hear back from the others, talked to one of the group in person and he was undecided about an hour earlier start. Then I forgot to set my alarm, but when I woke up at 8:01 I thought, no worries, I'll just meet everyone at 9:00, b/c I didn't hear back from anyone about the 8:00 start anyway.
I was surprised at the phone call at 8:10 saying "where are you"?  Well, I've just washed my face and I'll see you at 9:00.  No, they are all there, except me, who requested the earlier time - oh crap!! Sorry...

I've been reading up on the info about the Banff Gran Fondo; they advise if you can't maintain >20 km/hr you may not be fully supported for the ride as they have allowed 7 hours total.  I was a bit concerned with this, getting myself all worked up, as I did in Victoria.

I was now on my own and I decided this was my last opportunity for a really long ride as Banff is in 2 weeks.  Off I went from my place, out passed Bragg Creek, to the Texas gate on Hwy 66 and back.  Saw the bird jersey 3 times on my ride (plus mine was 4!).  Quite fun, as you recognize the jersey first, look closer to recognize the rider and give a big wave b/c you inevitably know them.  Stopped to have some nutrition every half hour, and kept plugging along.

Stopped for chai in Bragg Creek and ran into Heather and Ian, who're just back from the Olympics!!  Had a quick chat about the events they saw. Then off to get more Gatorade for the trip back when my bike is standing against the wall, a lady stops to chat about my bike and her great dane. The dog is as tall as my bike!!

Stupid bike computer wouldn't restart after Bragg Creek.  Why is it every sentence I write with computer in it, also has stupid in it.  If I wasn't so confident it was the computer and not the operator, I'm sure I'd have a huge chip on my shoulder by now....  I persevered and I'm happy to report that my total ride time was 5:30:00 for 140 km.   I was concerned at my time and average speed at the half way point, but was an hour faster coming back in a tail wind, so it was all good.  At least I can work my watch.

Olympic watching almost done too.  I admire and I'm in awe of all our athletes and their preparation, but feel for them too.  Canada has had so many heart breaks in 2012.

Happy training....

Ciao, Cindy

1 comment:

  1. ya 5 bird jerseys! stoked on that! you're going to ace that fondo