Well, I’d lie if I said it was easy. It wasn’t bad, but back-to-back 75 mile (well, 75 and 78) mile days is a good test. Started off Day 2 in Whitewater and found a co-worker and his team. Rode with them to mile 41, then hauled as best I could so Sara wouldn’t be stuck at the finish line too long. The group riding with stops was a bit slower pace than I rode the day before. But anyways, had a good time and finished the ride with plenty left in the tank. Finish line stuff was amazing. Never would you think that you could get a cheering crowd like that for a charity ride. The coolest bit at the end was the chance to get your rider number autographed by a group of ladies suffering with MS. It made the ride way more personal, and to really feel the good that myself and all my donors added to theirs, and the lives of others. I ended up with $1241 in donations, which was way more than I imagined I could gather. Humbling happiness is a good way to describe it. So, thanks to all those who helped out. What a great event, and I can’t wait until next year.
As usual, some pics :)
Some beautiful new asphalt. It was a welcome relief after a section of Wisconsin's 'finest' pavement :)
Snapping while rolling along...
Jesse, son of my coworker and a great riding partner!
Who's that fool?
Me at the finish...sporting my awesome thank you jersey for raising over $1000.
The wonderful ladies offering up their invaluable autographs.
The ladies' handiwork!
The day's mileage.
Enjoying a post-ride Pepsi...and my helmet hair is teh sexy :)
Day 1 and the first 75 miles are out of the way. It was chilly, got soaked by some nice rain, and the wind was in my face for almost all of the ride. Just a little bit of tailwind on the last 8 miles. Had fun, met some nice people and enjoyed the ride. Rolled out in wave 3, was one of the first 10 or so people in to the finish. I got to the finish before Sara so she made me go back through so she could get some photos. Time to rest, eat and see what tomorrow brings. Hopefully some sun and warmer weather; it is August after all!!
Ok…some pics, all taken by Sara (she does good work).
Me waiting to get going.
Still waiting...oh look, this time I have a bike :)
Some of the rougly 1500 cyclists ready to get going.
One of the first 2 waves taking off.
I'm ready to go...
And wave 3 departs with me in it.
Me, refinishing for Sara :)