My husband and I are training for the MS150 bike ride which takes place on May 3/4. We are part of the Office Depot Foundation Team (ODFT) which is up to 72 members so far - cool!! The ODFT captain Alan, AKA Capt'n Sprocket, decided a few years ago to ride 1 mile for every year of his life on his birthday. His actual birthday was Super Bowl Sunday so his birthday ride was rescheduled for today.50 for 50
We road from Spanish River Blvd to Tesa's on Royal Poinciana in West Palm Beach (Florida) and back. Not quite 50 miles, the ride turned out to be 48.74 miles. We had a killer head wind going north. But coming back south was pretty easy until the last few miles. My husband and I got our butts kicked trying to keep up. We hung with the fast group the whole way (well, there might have been a bit of a gap between us the last mile or two, but we could see their butts the whole time. )
Even with the killer wind we managed to average 19 MPH with a top speed of 27.9 MPH, it took us 2 hours and 34 mintues to complete the ride - AWESOME!!! - that's almost half a century ride. My Garmin GPS said I burned 2979 calories during the ride so I had a breakfast sammie and half a muffin from Dunkin' Donuts after the ride.
It was so cool not to be in the slowest group. When Alan was trying to figure out how fast everyone wanted to ride he said the team should break out into 3 groups. I raised my hand and said I wanted to be in the 18-20 MPH range group figuring that would be the middle of the pack group. But they decided the slowest group would be in the 14-16 MPH range, the middle group would be in the 16-18 MPH range and the last/fast group would ride in the 18-20+ MPH range.
I know all you roadies out there proably ride WAY faster than this but for me to do almost 50 miles at that speed - that was a major BIG freakin' deal for my fat a*s! Man, I wonder how fast we could have done the ride if there wasn't any wind!?! Yesterday we did 30 miles and there wasn't any wind at all - kind of a miracle for this time of year in south Florida. When's my new bike going to be here?
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva