It was good day/ bad day for me. Started out feeling great but by the time we got out to Snohomish I was skipping turns. Always a bad sign when you are only halfway through the ride.
We had a d-bag of a driver run up on us and slam on his brakes that just absolutely scared the crap out of me so I backed off and sat behind the pack. I was shaking pretty bad and all I could think of was what happened the LAST time I got drilled by a car (and now I’m riding without health insurance) It took me a few minutes to get myself under control to join the pack but it was game over. My mind was elsewhere. when we hit the rise at the end of Lowell, I exploded and knew it was going to be a long ride home. My riding partners though just picked up the pace and we were drilling River Road (who doesnt?) I sat at the back and wheel hopped but jumped in 3 times until I knew I was just hurting the cause so I just sat on and road the pack in.
The return trip was hell. the second we hit Broadway I was off the back. Luckily Neil was there too so we just traded pulls into Maltby where I started to feel better. We ran into Jeff where the trail connects and Neil went east and Jeff and I road the trail until he pulled off at 40th then Cross-eyed Brian bonked HARD at Fremont. I stopped at a 7-11 and got a snickers bar and a coke, my face was numb and I had a hard time pedaling. By the time I got home I was shaking, full on body shivers and devoured the first food I saw. French bread dipped in PB, a glass of water and a glass of whole milk. Shower, warm clothes and a HUGE plate of sketti and meatballs followed as well as a can of Keystone Light (hell yeah!) then it was legs up on the couch for 2 hours.
All I can say is “Holy crap”
Ride Route below
Bike – Windsor Rain 46-34 x 11-25
Breakfast – water, PB&J, string cheese and coffee
Ride Food – Large bottle of nuun, small bottle of Clff, 2 bags of shot blocks, snickers and a coke
weight – 173