Saturday, February 24, 2007

Biking Bleckley Bicycle century Cochran, GA

Today I got an Early Start meeting Some Folks at Cracker Barrell in Perry at 6am. We were gathering to cravan over to Cochran for Biking Bleckley. A recreational road ride put on by the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce. I had a few things to do when I got to the Bleckley County court house for the start. By the Time I got registered and used the bathroom and got over to the start the Metric Group was leaving allready, before the 8:30am start time. I did not get any pictures of the mass start. I just hung on the back of Shane, Diana, and Ralph for about a mile before they dropped me. I didn't want to start out too fast and blow up. I new I had a LONG way to go. I stuck with my proven regamine of a Power Gel pack every 30 minutes and drinking Perpetum as well as sipping on Plain water. I was drinking too much cause I had to stop on the side of the road 3 times to relieve myself. Ok, I know TMI. The roads were clear and not any traffic. There were Police at most of the intersections during the first half of the ride. I just enjoyed the Scenery and tried to keep a good pace spinning in an easy gear. At half way I ate a PowerBar protien bar and a banana. I knew I needed somthing other than gel-packs and perpetuem. At the 50 mile cut off I noticed I was all alone. I did not see anyone after that. Finally a SAG truck pulled up beside me and said "You are the last one". Great, LAST as usual. I didn't let it bother me and just enjoyed the rest of my ride. I entered the "Twighlight Zone" at the last two rest stops. There were tables with water, cookies and stuff laying around but not a soul to be found, nobody. It was wierd. And by that time the wind was really gusting. I had to pedal down hill the wind was soo strong. I caught myself saying (outloud), "I love Wind", "Bring on the Wind", "Wind is my Middle name". I'm sure I was delirious. All in all a Great ride and good training for me.
CGC at Cracker BarrellBiking Bleckley : 65 miles, 6 hrs, 11.4 avg mph
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