A while back I signed up for the Collin Classic Metric Century. Actually, I wasn’t sure HOW many miles I’d be riding. I’d seen everything from 62 miles to 66. Four miles doesn’t matter to me, one way or the other, so I just figured I’d get on my bike and ride until someone said, “Finish.” Simples. I didn’t know anyone else riding but figured at $30, it was a great opportunity to have a route planned for me and the comfort of gracious police officers making sure I negotiated the intersections safely. Well worth the price!
Packet pickup was cray cray – I’ve never waited in a line that long. But it wasn’t the fault of the sweet volunteers – just short pick up hours. Bonus, I found a pair of pink and black full fingered gloves on clearance while I was standing in line. Yeah, I’m the fool who wears gloves year round. Not because I need gloves with my tri-bike, but because they keep the sun off my hands. I don’t want leathery old man hands! (also, having fallen pretty recently and taken a good chunk out of my palm, I’m still a little gun shy about bare hands)
Rockin' my new Betty kit. Do they MAKE a helmet that doesn't make you look like a dork?
The roundness of my helmet makes my round face even rounder!
Imagine my delight when the day before the rally, my tri-bestie informs me that she’ll ride with me. Whahoo! I went from, “Meh, I’ll pack my bottles, strap on a full camelbak and try not to stop” to “PARTY TIME ON WHEELS!” And that is just what we did.
Melissa found me pre-ride. It’s like a family reunion at bike rallies, everyone finding friends, hugging, so much love!
In the madness, I didn’t find Heidi until the start line. We were yelling for each other, “Heidi?” “TPG?” until we found one another – and the ride began. Let’s go!
How cute is SHE?!?!
It could have very easily been crazy hot, but we lucked out and the high was just over 90. Not bad for Texas in June! We stopped for popcicles. Or, Heidi did. I stuck with HoneyStinger Waffles and of course, my hands were never far from my nutsack. I added cinnamon pecans and salted cashews to the mix. Hoping the salt with entice me to eat more. Nom nom nom.
We stopped in the middle of nowhere just to take in the beauty of the Texas prairie.
We practiced our panda shots.
Note, I need to work on learning to ride hands free. We tried to hold hands across the finish line (yes, we are ridikilus) and almost crashed into one another. BUT WE DIDN’T so there. Sadly, there wasn’t a finish line photographer to capture this tender moment.
Tri- Besties FO LIFE
The course was fantastic. Not much chip seal (thank you) and the first half was very shady! Umm, maybe we could ride it backwards next year – I’d love that shade later in the day. Post ride they had several food trucks out in the parking lot and even a cover band. Fun for the whole family! (no veg friendly food trucks unless you count snow cones)
Heidi was excited about the Sno Cone food truck.
It was great to be back on my bike again for longer distances. And even better to experience it with mah tri-bestie in her sick, new IMTX kit! I've got a few more rallies planned for this summer but am always looking for more.
What's on YOUR schedule this summer?
Oh, and if you're looking for an easy way for the Challenged Athlete Foundation to get $1 (at no cost to you) , you can vote for me to join Team Refuel!