Wednesday, May 27, 2009

300k

My, but the Midwest has had trouble finding spring! The Great Lake Randonneurs, those of us who like to ride long distance, unsupported rides of 200k [125 miles] or greater, had hoped the weather gods would smile on us with favor for the 300k (187 miles) on May 16th. (You may remember the 200k April 25th was challenged with steady rain, 40 degree temps, and enough wind to make it even more miserable.)

Well, 3 weeks after the 200k there was some improvement, but not a lot. There was no rain and the temp was 10 degrees warmer (low 50's), ah, but the wind--25-30 miles per hour and a head wind to boot for the first 95 miles.

When it was clear I was not going to be able to finish the ride in 14 hours or less, I turned around and headed back to the start. I did end with 200k, a decent night's rest, and the ability to be fully available for the the family activities of the next day.

Some hardy souls pressed on and finished the 300, but even the speed demons came home with slower times than they had seen in years. Hard day on the bike. :)

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