Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Ride Not Taken

Papaya (???) D-Lite

1 lb. Papaya
1/2 Mango
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
8 oz. Milk

Liquify all ingredients in a blender and enjoy a drink that tastes more like a Mango Lassi than anything with Papaya. What a delicious and healthy way to celebrate the ride not taken...

Speaking of which, this weekend is/was the Bike MS: Sam's Club MS150. It's a 150 mile (actually 160.4 according to the ride map they gave us) bike ride to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Yesterday's ride, the longer of the two at 86.1 miles, was pretty easy for me. It's amazing how hard you can go when being fed and hydrated every 10-15 miles. The second half- after lunch- was the more challenging part since it got hilly by north Texas standards and we were riding into a headwind. I passed a number of people and groups and felt pretty damn good about myself. On the final 15 mile stretch, a relatively lonely stretch since everyone was falling back and getting tired, I couldn't help but sing Gang Starr's Moment of Truth: "They say it's lonely at the top in whatever you do, you've always got to watch mother f---ers around you..." I rode with Team USPI after being invited by my good friend Kevin who works for the company and was pretty pumped to see that I finished second on the team only to a semi-professional racer who could've finished in half my time had he not stopped to chat with some friends. He still beat me by well over an hour. Whatever, I'm still thrilled to have done as well as I did and with relative ease.

So, you ask, why am I writing this at 9:30 in the morning on Day 2 of the ride? It was canceled due to severe weather. In all honesty, I'm rather happy about this. Ideally the weather would've been nice and I would've rocked this ride, too, but I'm always nervous to ride in the rain and am particularly nervous on a new road bike that I've never handled on wet roads. What I'm not proud to admit is that I decided against today's ride at 4:30, a full 40 minutes before an e-mail notified everyone that the ride had been officially canceled, but I guess it all worked out. Anyway, now I've done the MS86.3. To all my friends and family who contributed to the cause, thank you for your support and hopefully in future years it won't go down like this.

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