It was an absolute bruiser today- 119 miles! We rolled out this morning in the dark and finished in the dark, so we spent close to 12 hours on the road, 8.5 hours of that riding. Again it was rainy and chilly. I didn't buy rain gear before I left so I'm riding wet and cold. However, when I see the challenged athletes eating dirt, mud and exhaust as they ride so low to the ground, I tend not to complain.
The day has been mentally taxing, which I knew it would be from the outset. I'm pushing through like a man on a mission. And for me, the mission is not only to finish, but also to keep a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude is contagious. It is definitely apparent on this trip!
We have a "short" 86 miler tomorrow!
Another difficult day in horrible weather conditions. This is a picture of my group at the lunch break once again covered in mud. 119 miles felt like forever. I flatted three times and at one point was out in the rain for 35 minutes without a tube to repair my flat. Add to the fact that we had to ride on the freeway for 20 miles and nerves were on edge today. My group would normally complete this ride and be in the hotel by 3:00. I did not finish until 5:00. Our friend Tim called me at 7:00 when it was dark to tell me he had just finished. We are hoping the weather is better today but mother nature does not appear to be cooperating. The longest day is behind us and we have much easier day today with just 88 miles.
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