So I did it. I signed up for the MS 150 with my mom. I will be biking across Missouri September 10-12. 150 miles. 2 days. 1 bike.
When i first started riding and convinced my mom to do this with me, I thought "No sweat! I'm not going to be one of those crazy bike people with all the gear and wondering if i could take Lance Armstrong's place as the lead of the Discovery Team....
I thought it would be easy, fun, and laid back! I mean, people ride cruisers, mountain bikes, track bikes, double bikes - ANY bikes, and ANY ages! When my mom made protests about how she wasn't ready to ride this ride, I told her not to worry! I said even if we only did 30 miles per day, i would be happy about that!
But now i'm not so sure. I REALLY want to finish the ride, and get a metal! I REALLY want to get into some hard core biking shape like my friend, Rhiannon! I want to do at least 50 miles per day!!!
But what I want and what is my ablitiy are 2 different things.
So the ride breaks down like this:
In the morning you start out and ride your bike.
there are rest stations every 5 miles where you can take a drink and eat a schnack provided for you
you ride until you either get to the camp, or until the wagon picks you up to TAKE you to camp!
then you camp overnight.
the next morning you repeat the same thing.
but you can only get a medal if you finish on the second day.
So I've been nervous lately that i won't be able to even RIDE 30 miles a day! My plan is to be able to ride and take breaks every 3 stops, which is about 15 mile intervals. My mom said this is what she did when she first did the ride at age 36!!! We'll see if i can actually do it at age 28. Although i'm doubtful.....
Right now I get pooped at 10 miles! GEEZ!!!
But i've got to keep truckin' - even if i've made a grave mistake! And who knew that biking was such a costly sport?! you can't just buy a bike and start riding! GOD FORBID!!! But you have to invest in tons of little gadgets that are actually necessary!
Well, i'm not going to submit to the dominant bikadigm! I'm going to ride my bike MY way! I will probably be the most ghetto rider out there! Amazingly enough, i found a website that sells a Cutters t-shirt i just might buy for the big ride!!!
So dispite my growing apprehensions - I need some sponsors for this ride. I have to raise $200. I'm going to try and find out if i have an online donations web page, and all that good stuff. Maybe i'll have josh set something up for me - but for now - i'll keep you posted.
By the way - Heather got me thinking about some good workout music, so I thought i might ask away at some of your favorite tunes! i have to create a LONG playlist for my ride, and i really need music with a fast beat to keep me going! Any suggestions?