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A Little Bit Of Surface Rust
After many years of procrastinating I decided it was time to finally get on with returning to my old passion of cycling absurdly long distances.
The inspiration to return was ignited when I saw: Marinoni The Fire In The Frame.
After months of training I deemed myself ready but felt a little unsure about rejoining the group just yet. Do I still have the legs for this? This is when I discovered the 'Permanent rides'. Problem solved! I could test myself out first to see how I am. After scanning through the list of permanents rides on the website I chose the Sasquatch 200 km. I'm a fan of the big hairy guy anyway.
Sunday morning, July 16th started out a bit damp and cool, thank goodness!
The plan was simple, eat and drink often, hold a steady pace, FOCUS!
Once I 'found my legs' I soon got into a near meditative state and started enjoying the sights and the sounds around me while still being mindful of any crazy people that might be around. There were no incidence of any kind though and I soon found the Sasquatch Inn at a time of 4 h, 2 min, plus five minutes to get the card signed. It was a welcome sight to see a fruit stand set up next to the Sasquatch so I bought three nectarines. One I consumed right away and the other two stuffed down my T-shirt due to no other place to put them. Yep, I road 102 km with two nectarines stuffed down my T-shirt!
What I did see were lots and lots of motorcycles going to and from, but no Hells Angles.
Things went well and once I got clear west of Mission coming back I picked up the pace a little. The wind was at my back and I was able to big chainring it much of the way.
My plan to eat and drink often, and focus worked like a charm. It wasn't until nearing Boundary Road again that I started to 'feel it a little'. The Cliff Bars / mineral water/ OJ formula along with seven glucose candies did the trick. Eventually I arrived back at the Blenz in a time of 8 h, 32 m, plus four minutes to get the card signed for a time of 8:36.
I had predicted a time of 9 h, 20 m so was glad to do better than I expected.
It's great to be back in the saddle again!
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July 22, 2017