Now, fast forward to the afternoon of Thursday, June 10th when four co-workers and I rode 34 miles from Harps Crossing Baptist Church south of Fayetteville, Georgia. It was my first ride in about 2 weeks. The temperature was in the mid-90’s. It was HOT! I had already drunk a bottle of Gatorade during the drive to Fayetteville. I also brought with me 2 large insulated CamelBak Podium water bottles to drink during our ride and a bottle of water for afterwards.
|Three of the conspirators (Chad, Richard, and Chip) as they plot my demise before the ride|
We left the parking lot at 2:30 pm heading south toward Brooks, Georgia. Chad took the lead with Jeff, Chip, Richard and I following behind. This would be the first of many long pulls for Chad before our ride was over. I was saving myself for the second half of our ride. That would be the point where I limped back to Harps church. At around the half way point my heart rate was so high I had to stop to catch my breath.
On the ride back Chip and Richard spent a good bit of time looking over their shoulders to see if I was still behind them. I let Chip know that my wife expected him to recover my body should the need arise. She must have a sixth sense too. I had several excuses for my poor performance which I shared with Chip and Richard. Chad and Jeff were too far ahead to hear my moaning.
It’s clear that I need to improve my cycling and install another bottle cage on my bike ASAP. Richard and I both ran out of water about 5 miles before the end of our ride. The Hospitality Highway Century is only a month away on July 10th. I'd like to finish that ride without a trip to the medical tent.
My 20-week Ironman Florida training officially starts on June 19th. Only a few more days of "relaxation" to go!