Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Velodirt Dalles Mountain 60
It's funny how building something up bigger than life in your mind almost always leads to disappointment. This time it was disappointment in my strategy, not the ride. For several months, I have been practicing riding my road bike on gravel and dirt just so I can handle the Velodirt rides. Saturday was the first one of the season.
These rides are billed as "not races", which means they are races. So I put on my fastest-looking kit, showed up with my fastest-riding friend, and rode my fastest bike at my fastest pace. I did ok. It took me me a little less than 5 hours, all said and done, to ride the 60 miles with 3300 feet of elevation gain and 20 some miles of gravel. I had zero crashes and zero mechanicals.
The disappointment, however, is that I rushed through the day instead of savoring it all. I regret not taking more time to soak up the near-summer weather, the amazing scenery, and socialize. Next time!
Posted by Bicycle Kitty