"Fred"--is that bad?
Join Date: Apr 2008
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Bikes: Felt f85 (11); Trek 7.3 FX (07); Schwinn Super Sport (86); Specialized Rockhopper (87)
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Well we made it! We were worried about being able to ride in a big pack and getting in other folks way. So, we took the advice of a friend--a twiggy, carbon fiber, hard-charging racing type--who said we should start at the rear of the short course pack. Then if we find ourselves at a faster pace we can work our way up toward the front.
So we started more toward the back and did indeed find ourselves at a faster pace than lots of folks. So, after the thundering herd started to spread out a bit, we started working our way up. We hit the turn where the 16 mile route turned and the 40 & 60+ courses kept going straight and BRIEFLY considered trying for the 40. But we decided to stick with the original plan and made our turn. We hit the rest area and participated in the banana, orange and water feasting. Talked to a few nice folks and then headed back out. Had more uphill sections on the last 7 miles (at least what passes for uphills here in the flatlands of Dallas). We finished in about 1.5 hours counting our rest area stop and another stop to retrieve a water bottle that somehow failed to find its way back into the cage.
All in all it was a very enjoyable experience that will be repeated frequently.
While at the post ride celebration we talked to a group that all had on Lone Star Ride
jerseys. It looks like they may have talked us into riding that this September--100 miles the first day then about 50-75 the second.
I guess we better get on the distances if we want to finish that one!