A firecracker of a ride!
Well, it’s been another busy Saturday.
First up on the agenda…a 12 mile run. But before that, our stinking alarm went off at 4:30 this morning. It was only 30 minutes before we planned, but it kind of set the stage for the first part of the day.
We’re using the Galloway training plan for our marathon training. It basically is a run/walk plan, and we’ve been using the GPS function of our phones to measure the run part. Well, this morning Pam’s phone didn’t want to cooperate for the first six miles, which left us in a pretty dis-jointed state until we got it straightened out at the half-way point. The good news is that we carried a 5 hour marathon pace through the pieces we did get recorded. In spite of all the recommendations that first time marathoners just run to finish, we’re targeting a 5 hour finish. We’ll see how that goes.
Afterward, Mike L. joined us for a spin out to Strafford for lunch. Mike’s a new cyclist who we’ve enjoying riding with on Wednesday evenings the past couple of weeks. Today was the first time he’s joined us for a weekend ride. What he lacks in skill and experience, Mike more than makes up for in energy and enthusiasm! We had a good time with him today, and I hope he enjoyed himself.
As we were enjoying lunch in Subway at Strafford, a couple of cyclists came in. They complimented us on our jerseys, but other than that, we didn’t pay much attention to them until we left. On our way out, we noticed their bikes both had a unique “accessory”.
Can you tell what those are? They’re rider tags from RAGBRAI. Lots of them. In fact, one of the bikes still had the little nameplate on it from this year’s ride, and one piece of information listed was the number of times the rider has ridden. This guy had ridden an unbelievable 35 times! It blew me away! Neither one looked old enough to have ridden RAGBRAI that many times.
On the way back, we passed by the site where James River Assembly is getting ready for their big Fourth of July gathering. You can see the stage in the shot below.
When we got home with 28+ miles on the bike, I noticed that Pam had included an extra picture on my camera. I’m assuming she was documenting the fact that we had crossed the 20 mile threshold rather than my butt!
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