A month or so back while tormenting my 15yr old daughter I told her I signed us up for the bike the coast 50 mile ride. To my surprise instead of a flat out hell no she began to ask for details. I showed her the route and she continued to ask questions followed by the beginning of negotiations (she is 15, everything is a negotiation) Since I dont think she has ridden more than 100 miles this year and had not ridden at all since July, I was somewhat cautious and did not want to sign up for the ride to early. Fast forward to last week when shock and awe ensued. She reminded me about our agreement! Whoops! I had missed the signup window. I decided we could do a route similar to bike the coast and set up such that we can self SAG.
Saturday morning came and she woke up and got ready without issue (a rarity for a 15yr old girl) As we got ready to go our first mechanical issue reared its head, one of the cleat screws on her shoes was missing. I fought for half an hour to get one of the screws out of my old shoes but finally won the battle. We left the house at about 7:45 to head to the river trail where we were starting. As luck would have it there was one parking spot still available. We parked and got everything down and ready. Just before taking off Meckena asked me to lower the seat on her bike (she and mom share a road bike). I loosened the bolt and lowered the seat but when I went to tighten it the seat clamp snapped, mechanical two!
It was about 8:05 Saturday morning so no shops were open so we packed back up and tried to figure out what to do. I decided that I could pull the seat clamp from Sebastian's bike so we headed home. Pulled and installed the replacement clamp and headed back over to the river trail. At this point is was about 8:30 so there were no parking spots near the trail head. The soccer games had started so we ended up having to park in never never land (ok, a half mile down the road ) We pulled everything down and got ready to go.
We finally started off at 8:36 (our intended start time was 7:00am). The "my legs and my butt hurt" started at about mile 2! This was going to be fun . She started to get into a groove and was holding a pretty good clip thereafter. About mile 15 we where on the first section where there was no longer a bike lane (coast highway through Leucadia for locals). This was our first run in with a rude driver, I was taking the lane with her in front of me and an impatient ass decided to lay on his horn and shake his finger at me. While I am generally a gentle person, I tend to get overprotective in regards to my spawn. I was excessively close to tearing the driver from his vehicle but when I was sufficiently certain he had shat himself I backed off. We got to 20 miles and made our first stop, 7-11
Gatorade and some cliff bar and we where off again. I got a little grief here and there but overall I was impressed with how she was performing.
Shortly over 2 hrs of ride time and we reached our Half way point in Del Mar at mile 26.5
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We sat for about 15 minutes and were off again. She struggled for the next 8 miles or so but I was able to talk her through it Mr Beanz style! The key I believe was making her believe she was in charge. I reassured her that if she needed to stop we could stop and with that she said no and continued on. 37 miles in the smiles where fading to dirty looks though so I forced a stop. Gave her some cliff bar and force fed her some peanut butter GU (wow that is some nasty stuff!!)
We headed off again and she seemed to have a second wind. We passed a few of the bike the coast 50 mile riders and one told my daughter that seeing us inspired her to keep going (for Meckena this was good, for me I dwelled on the underlying meaning ) Final mechanical #3 occurred at mile 40 when she got a pinch flat hitting a pothole. Change out the tube and we where off again. At mile 42 a look of success came over her as 41 was her previous longest ride! We reached the River Trail shortly thereafter and were back in familiar territory for her.
She was clearly tired so I "assisted" with much of the remainder of the ride. 7 miles down the road and we had made it!
53 Miles and a little over 4 and a half hours of ride time and we had made it. It was an all and all great experience and a wonderful father daughter outing.
She must have expent a ton of energy as after a shower this was her