Sunday, September 24, 2017

HoLottaMiles (WW # 112)

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Teresa and I have been scheming for about a year now to get together for a Century Ride.  In case you need some mathematical clarification -- that's 100 miles.  [Think about it this way -- if you left your house and drove 100 miles, where would you be?]  We had a hard time finding a date that would work, swept the plan aside for a while and also contemplated doing a Metric Ride (still a worthy and daunting challenge of 60+ miles).   On the spur of the moment, we chose the Johnny Ray Century to finally put it to rest.  I scheduled Sanity for a much needed spa day in the short time we had before the race.

Friday morning while picking up Sanity, I overheard the bike mechanics discussing the next day's Century Ride.  I piped up to tell them I would be riding.  But...no!   I was wrong.  Surprisingly, they were discussing a different ride much closer to home, with 2 extra hours for completing the century distance, and with 1400 less feet of elevation gain.  Hmm....  The wheels in my brain started turning. The scrambling began to find out more about the Dam Century Ride (seriously, who can resist that name?). 




Teresa arrived on Friday evening later than planned (I'll let her tell you about that!) and we chilled a while before heading off for a carbo-loading pizza dinner.  We discussed the pro and cons of both century rides.  After much debate, we decided: let's do the Dam Ride!  We racked Sanity and Lexi, laid out our clothes, set an early alarm for the short trek to Tallassee and called it a night.

Sanity and Lexi together at last.

The ride did not require that everyone start at the same time, allowing you to leave from 7 until 9.   Due to *ahem* navigational issues, we arrived later than intended and by the time we registered, unmounted our bikes, got set up and visited the restroom, we were about 30 minutes behind riders who started at 7.   No sweat, right?  Got all day...


You may have guessed that we completed the Century, not opting for the turn to take us back for the shorter Metric distance.  I'm not going to recap the ride today as my first Century deserves a recap that isn't hastily put together.   There were so many things we saw, so many back road hills, our very own crew, things we did to entertain ourselves, a #holottamiles, a surprise ending and more.  I can't say enough about the wonderful people in Tallassee.   The event more than exceeded my expectations and vanquished my fears.

Ready to roll (sorry for the fuzzy pic)!


Let me say my heartfelt thanks to Teresa for going on this adventure with me.  We checked an item off our bucket list.   There is no way I could have (or would have) done this without her.   We pushed and pulled each other up every.damn.hill and through the horrendous life-sucking, delirious trash-talking 90 degree heat.  Most importantly, she participated in my obnoxious on course entertainment -- a true friend indeed!




My body?  Aside from a little soreness in my sit-bone area and effects from mild dehydration -- I'm feeling great.  The next adventure awaits! 


Do you enjoy riding a bike?

What is your next adventure?


And that's a wrap!



36 comments:

  1. Great job! I love the matching outfits. I could not imagine riding that far. I really enjoy biking but I've only done short distances up to 15 miles.

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  2. I'm so happy that you were able to do the ride with a friend! I'm also loving your outfits as well!

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  3. There's nothing like a last minute 100 mile ride sign up! LOL! Glad it went so well for you and I'm looking forward to the full recap! You and Teresa are my sheroes!

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  4. I am so glad you did the Dam Century ride! I may be calling mine the damn ride next weekend. Please, please, please post your recap this week so I draw on your badassery!

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  5. Geesh....you ladies are true badazzes. I am not much into cycling, and it would take me an entire season to train for an endeavor such as this....but it does sound intriguing. I'm all about taking on those big challenges that others cower from ;-) Awesome job!!!!!

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  6. You ladies rock!! Nice job to both of you bet it was lots of fun

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  7. Wow, congrats on the century ride! What an awesome accomplishment!

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  8. Awesome job, ladies! Things gave a way of working out & can't wait to hear about your adventures.

    Let's just say I would I would probably attempt a triathlon if it weren't for the bike!

    Next adventure is next weekend. Yikes! It seems like so long since UT but somehow it always seems to sneak up on you!

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  9. I love that you and Teresa didn't give on this idea and got your century ride done! Congrats - can't wait to hear all about it!

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  10. Love that you got to do this together! Fit friends are the best!

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  11. I don't know how to ride a bike! At something I love to learn how to do, but I feel like it would be hard at this stage in my life. I would love to be able to ride places though!

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  12. Wow! That is long way. Congrats on your Century Ride.

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  13. Congrats! I first read that as Tallahassee, and thought, Florida is close to home? Hope recovery goes well, after that 90-degree heat.

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  14. Wow! Congrats to you both on completing the Dam Century Ride! I enjoy bike riding but have only rode short distances. You guys are awesome!

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  15. That is awesome!! Congrats on finishing a Century Ride! I enjoy bike riding but have never done a bike race nor rode long distance. I think I need to get a road bike if I ever do longer distances because all I've got right now is a mountain bike.

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  16. That's fantastic! The farthest I've rode on my bike was 50 miles and I felt like my sits bones were going to break in half for a week. Lol! I can't wait to read the recap.

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  17. I can't wait to read the recap! Hundos are no joke! Congrats to both of you -- it sounds like a fun time. :)

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  18. What lovely matching outfits! And what an adventure! There really is nothing like taking on a challenging task with a good friend right beside you. Looking forward to that race recap - well done ladies!

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  19. How lucky to hear about a closer ride! I don't mind riding a bike, but I'm not sure my but could last that long! Way to freakin go!

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  20. Wow, it sounds like the ride was an incredible experience, and even better that you got to do it with a friend. What a long bike ride!

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  21. How can you top a century ride? You are one amazin lady.

    How about an ultra or swim the English Channel? LOL.

    Congrats. So proud to be your virtual friend.

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  22. Congrats on the ride and I'm glad you feel well, especially after all that elevation gain in addition to the mileage!

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  23. Amazing!! Congrats on 100 miles and crossing another item off the bucket list!

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  24. That is so epic!! An incredible accomplishment :) Awesome to find a friend crazy enough to do it with you lol
    I love that you got the pretty jerseys for the occasion.

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  25. 100 miles... Humm, if I left work headed to your house and stopped at 100 miles, I'd be within about 55-60 miles from you. If I headed to Teresa's I would be there before the 100 miles were up! I can't wait to hear all the details on this ride!

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  26. Great acheivement! I love my bike but I left it in England when I moved to Chile (I'm here for 4 months total) and so haven't been able to ride for ages! I miss it, especially seeing how much you are enjoying it all here :)

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  27. What a fun weekend - can't wait to hear all about the century ride!

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  28. Congratulations!!!! What an accomplishment, and so nice that you got to do it with a friend!

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  29. Wow! That's impressive! Congrats! My next adventure is the Kiawah Half with friends. It's always more fun with friends, right?

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  30. Congrats on finishing that ride! I am mainly a practical bike rider...I don't dislike it, but I mainly bike to get somewhere, not solely for fun.

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  31. You two looked so cute in your matching tops! I haven't been on my bike in months, but I hope to start up again now that it's fall. Congrats on your Century. I look forward to your full recap.

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  32. I don't bike but way to go on the ride. Can't wait to read more about it.

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  33. It was such a pleasure and an honor to share this 100 mile journey with you!! Let's plan on another next year! :)

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  34. How exciting that you and Teresa completed a century ride and that you found one closer to home! A century ride is definitely on my bucket list for next year.

    Thanks for the linkup!

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  35. CONGRATULATIONS! That is quite an accomplishment. You are both looking pretty sexy while enjoying a drink. :-) Love that you are both wore matching outfits.

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  36. Congrats on the century ride! Looking forward to reading all about it.

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