Last Saturday was the first 200km this year with DC Randonneurs. The forecast was for a pleasant day and temperatures in the 60s. I was not feeling very well the previous two days, but I also was not just simply missing the ride.
So lets see . . . preparation, preparation. I am always amazed how much stuff you need to bring for a 200km or longer ride. When I lay it on the ground, it looks amazing.
Medication and such : check
Energy gels, bars etc. : check
Clothing : check
Hold on … where is the bike and my helmet : check 🙂
It takes me an hour and 10 minutes to the start point.
We quickly checked at the Caribou Coffee in Bristow , VA. I believe over 50 riders showed up. It was still cold for the first two hours. My strategy is always to keep up with the first group for as long as I can, without pushing myself too hard. This lasted 20 miles or so 🙂 Just an hour and half into the ride I was already on my own . Few guys appeared on my helmet mirror. It was Michael, Bill, Steve and Bryan if I got the names correct. Their pace was just fine for me so we stayed as a group for the rest of the ride.
Around 10 am we were at one of the first few controls in Loctus Grove , VA. The Sun was already shining and it was time to remove few layers.
We passed through all the battlefields and stopped for a few info controls.
Somewhere around mile 107 was the last control before the finish. I was still feeling good and pushing strong. After leading the group for at least 15 to 20 miles I got dropped a mile behind. . . Too much liquids, I had to stop frequently 🙂
With plenty of time to spare , we refilled our water bottles.
Quick stretch and back on the bikes…
We have made it back in Bristow with 2 hours to spare before dark. What a great day that was. Just like any other DCR ride, this one was organized very well. I should thank Hamid for the effort. I talked with other riders and enjoyed coffee, pizza, muffins and such… Much needed. Another fun day in the history.