Tour de Whatcom

Yesterday, I completed the 50 mile version of the Tour de Whatcom. The ride itself was a bit less than that, especially since we kinda went the wrong way towards the end of the course, but I did a few laps around the parking lot to make sure I went over the 50 mile mark. Yeah, I’m like that. It’s the farthest I’ve ever gone on a bike; having done 45 miles once in high school.

I have to admit that it wasn’t as miserable as I was expecting, even with twice as much elevation gain as promised. My 40 mile training ride last week was a lot worse, but I think that’s because I really pushed myself last week and made a point to pace myself yesterday (to the point of talking to myself out loud). I was really hoping to get in under the three hour mark, although I’d rather finish slow than not be able to finish.

My Life List goal is to bike 100 miles in a day. Melissa talked me out of signing up for the 105 mile version of this ride, which was probably a good idea given how little I’ve ridden recently. I only did four training rides for this event, ranging from 25 to 40 miles, so I feel like I could do 105 with no major problems given a solid level of training. If nothing else, I could stand more saddle time to avoid the swelling… which is a new experience for me. >_< Maybe I’ll do the 105 next year.

As for the ride, I had a really good time. I would have liked to do it with someone I know, but a ride that size means you’re never really alone. I didn’t form any lifelong friendships, however I did chat with a handful of people here and there. Most of my time was spent contemplating life, enjoying the spectacular views and coaching myself through the 16.8k pedal revolutions is took to complete the ride. It was my first proper open road ride and I liked it SO much more than the urban and suburban stuff I’ve historically done. There’s something freeing about cruising down a country road at 20 mph in a line of bikes. I can see how cycling clubs build friendships.

Did I mention I raised $1,150 for the American Cancer Society too?  Yeehaw! A sincere thank you to everyone who contributed.

A gigantic thank you to Melissa for supporting me before, during and after the ride. We made a weekend of it by booking a plush room with a view. As you may have guessed, a review is pending. I think we’re going to get her a proper bike and do some riding together.

What’s next? I’m back to CrossFit after six weeks of training and rehabbing my back. That and three months of strict Paleo. Eek!

 

The winning bib number

The winning bib number

Large back, tiny bib

Large back, tiny bib

Showing off my money calf at the start

Showing off my money calf at the start

First rest stop

First rest stop

The biggest climb, right after the first rest stop

The biggest climb, right after the first rest stop

Back squatting my Trek at the halfway mark - NO SMILING!

Back squatting my Trek at the halfway mark – NO SMILING!

High school cheerleaders to congratulate me!

High school cheerleaders to congratulate me!

Victorious!

VICTORIOUS!

I told you I won

I told you I won

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One Response to “Tour de Whatcom”

  1. Chris.Derecola » Blog » Training for STP 2016 Says:

    […] this is one of those times. The good news is I’ve already proven this works when I did 50 miles nearly three years ago and the bad news is I’m pretty sure that’s the last time I was on my bike […]

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