Monday, October 24, 2011

Great Pumpkin Ride: race report

I've been looking forward to this ride for weeks.  Last year, it was one of my favorite fall rides - the route winds through Warrenton, which has fabulous cycling terrain, with the addition of pumpkin- and Halloween-candy-flavored rest stops.  Plus, it had been almost 2 months since I had spent most of my Saturday morning staring at this:
The morning was a rushed-around over-slept lost-keys stopped-traffic disaster.  We pulled in and parked just in time to see the pack roll out.  However, I remembered the initial part of the route from last year and we were able to catch up to some people fairly quickly, plus I stopped and picked up a dropped cue sheet.  I'd only been on the bike once since Waterman's, and my legs felt slow and heavy and didn't want to wake up.  I was glad to pull into the first rest stop and stretch out a bit.  Plus fill my stomach with this:
After a not-quick pit stop (wearing bibs+50ยบ weather+going to the bathroom=some pretty serious portapotty gymnastics), we rolled back out.  I was pretty glad that I had taken any information about speed off my Garmin screen and that we had decided to just chat and roll easy for the day.  I know that not being on the bike these past few weeks has slowed me down, and while I've made the conscious decision to concentrate on running for the next month or so, it still made me pretty cranky to have lost so much fitness so quickly ("I shouldn't feel this tired!  This hill is tiny!  We aren't going that fast! We'd probably go faster if I stopped complaining so much!").  However, I had a great time rolling through some gorgeous scenery and catching up with my riding buddy for the morning.  
The second and last rest stop was in the same location as it was last year, although we approached it from a different way and missed the long slow climb up the back side.  The day stayed gray and pretty cool, and it was nice to go inside and sit on a soft chair and fill up on refined sugar and complex carbohydrates before the last 10 miles.
We decided to resurrect the post-ride burrito on the way home, and Emily had the rather brilliant idea of stopping for some peppermint hot chocolate as well.  I was pretty stoked about the hot chocolate.
I spent Saturday night over-celebrating the poet's birthday with lots of great friends.  The details of the evening are not appropriate important to discuss other than to note that my liver really can't take many more significant life events. 


HELLO off season.  How was your weekend?  Did your liver and crotch get fantastic workouts like mine?

20 comments:

  1. Oooh! The wine in the first pic is from a winery that we went to last month. We loved it! Also, you guys are super cute twinsies.

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  2. Great ride and mmmmmm peppermint HC!
    Hope your liver is recovering nicely.
    My sewing needle got way too much of a workout this weekend repairing a constantly ripping Halloween costume. Boo.

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  3. Why are there so many forks?!?!?! Here, take my picture with them.

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  4. EEEEK! I heart BOTH peppermint hot cocoa AND booze! I knew I loved you.

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  5. I love hot chocolate but I can't agree with the peppermint part :-) Looks like a really pretty ride! The same thing happened to me a few weeks ago after a ride I was so tired but it made for such a great nights sleep!

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  6. HELLO off season indeed. I've missed my wine and candy!

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  7. Crotch no, liver yes! Sounds like a fantastic ride and the burrito and peppermint hot cocoa sound even better!

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  8. Our butts look REALLY good in those kits.

    This weekend rocked. Let's do it again sometime.

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  9. Just my liver. I'm jealous you got in a ride before drinking!

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  10. And that explains my twitter feed explosion.....

    Nice kits! You totally match you bike.

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  11. you two are awesome and I miss you already! Any ride that had candy corn at the rest stops is a winner. and yay for working out your liver! you needed a little fun :)

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  12. Twins! If I liked riding my bike I think this would be a fun ride. ;) Or maybe I could just drive between aid stations and eat sugary things.

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  13. We have to do that ride next year, k? And this time no lost keys, no food, traffic, flat tire, towing, still no food, broken grocery bag series of disasters.

    You may continue the tradition of sugar and alcohol overdosing, though. I 100% support those activities :)

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  14. Fantastic! Sounds like so much fun! I am glad you just relaxed and enjoyed this one!

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  15. Sounds (amd looks) like you had just a great weekend. Seems like fall is the right time for those, isn't it?

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  16. Looks like way too much fun. I would love some peppermint hot chocolate right now.

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  17. I tailgated the ND/USC game in South Bend. It was a night game so tailgating started at 8:00AM. I didn't get there until 1:00 so I had some catching up to do. Now, my liver hurts. haha

    Nice ride!!!

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  18. If I ever build up the crotch strength to be on the bike for more than 2 hours, I am Definitely doing this pumpkin ride next year. AWESOME.

    Over-celebrating: success! Did the Australian-Jamie (Jaime? Jimmy? JAMES?) end up taking the pot?? He a tricky one.

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  19. Now that Austin is over I'm hoping my crotch gets a lot of working out this week....ha!!

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  20. I, too, am enjoying the off-season. I did a century ride last weekend with some girlfriends and I can assure there was NOT wine at the rest stops. No, we got white bread with cheap deli meat and a few Oreos. I need to find a better post-season "cyclebration"!

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