Let me start by saying that my longest bike ride ever has been 35 miles. Today I rode 66.5 miles, all up hill(6700 ft of climbing), at the Kickapoo Kicker in Viroqua, WI. AND it kicked my butt!
We got up at 0245am this am to be out the door by 0330am…I don’t get up before the sun for many things, but a great cycling event, sure. We were rolling on the course by 0730…and a few miles in I told Ryan to GO on his own. He was doing the 200k and I was doing the 100k.
These hills hurt. There is nothing like it in MN. They were persistent and horrible. My bike needed another gear on these things, and I needed a quad that quit hurting everytime I climbed. I spent a lot of time in my grannie gear. I even got passed by a grannie going up one, ugh!
I wanted to give up. I wanted to be done. I even called Ryan at one point half way up a hill to complain….luckily he didn’t answer. I probably would have quit! BUT I didn’t…
I finished with an unofficial time of 5 1/2 hours. Hardest thing I have done athletically to date. Now its time to eat!
And maybe have a recovery drink, aka beer 🙂