I guess it's time for me to write a report.
First let me say that the description of this ride being "mostly flat" was a little incorrect. I'll have to connect the organizers with the Illinois Board of Weights and Measures so that the real definition of flat can be learned.
Following nvr's lead I ust start with how out of shape I am in. Since I t-boned the dog on the trail the first week of August I have been on 4 rides. 1 trainer session, 1 25 mile group ride, and 2 centuries. Blah-blah-blah.
CyLowe and I carpooled up to he start. Hung around waiting for others to show. I was about to suggest heading out because no one was there yet, but then everyone rolled in. It was kind of strange to be riding with a totally new crew for the first time in over a year....well not totally new, but it felt like it.
We rolled out. I saw a pretty decently sized hill on the way in that I knew we'd be climbing on the way out. Did I mention I don't like hills. So I'm just rolling out trying to warm up. I guess that was too slow.
My HR was pinned from the beginning, but I actually didn't feel too bad. I could just feel I didn't have a lot in the tank. Another gap opened between the front and the back. I figured it was time to say goodbye to the front. I rode with SJCzar through to the first stop.
During the first loop JT1 asked a female rider that we were passing a question that seemed pretty off-color. CyLowe was pretty offended and was about to let JT1 know that...until he found out that it was actually his wife.
At the first stop we decided to try to get the "hilly" route out of the way. I rode a lot of that leg with JT1. It seemed like it would never end.
I was looking forward to the next leg. It was the "flat" one. Honestly it seemed like it would never end. nvr and I hung together. At one point I could hear a bunch of riders yelling non-stop. As they got closer it got funnier.
"Keep it tight!"
"Who's next? Pull up!"
"The more we work together the less we work!"
Every command was echoed by the rest of the group as though it were gospel. They came creeping past at pretty low speed (we were admitedly sucking wind). I had to look at nvr...trying not to laugh. We both kind of cracked up when they passed us.
I actually ran out of water during this "flat" leg. I had 2 large bottles with me. I never drink more than 2 bottles in 25 miles. Crazy.
The last leg was downhill. It rocked. Nice speed. We crept into the large group for the last 8 miles or so. When we got back CyLowe and I went in and ordered a brat from the local high school girls volleyball team.
All in all a great - scenic ride. I enjoyed it even if it was hillier than expected. This one is a definite must do next year as well.
Like always nvr took the pictures, and I can't wait to see them.