Monday, July 19, 2010

Best Week Ever (at least this year)

I put in 142 miles on the bike this week. Starting on Tuesday with a ride into downtown Grand Rapids and then 20 miles in GR and then home. That was 43 miles. Thursday brought 8 miles on the mountain bike out at Luton Park. Saturday was the Holland Hundred which was the Holland 69 for me. Capped off the week with a team ride of 22 miles in the Muskegon area.

Tom and Ian halfway thru their second metric century of the summer.

The Holland Hundred was a great ride this year. The weather was warm and windy, but not as warm and windy as Death Valley, so we felt good. There were a lot of our JDRF team mates out on the route. There was a group that did the full hundred that left at 7:00 a.m. Our group doing the metric century left about 8:30. A few people split off at the halfway point and ended up riding a 52 mile route. Even with the different distances we kept seeing each other at rest stops, along the route and at the finish line.

The Pink Peloton rolls south of Muskegon.

We were not expecting a great turnout for the Sunday team ride because of all the miles ridden on Saturday. But as the above photo shows a good chunk of the team made it up to Muskegon to do a short, flat, stretch out the legs ride. The short route was 22 miles with an option to do 40. But a large storm blew in off Lake Michigan, so the long option was discarded as we hauled back to the starting point before the rain hit. We would have made it if not for the flat I suffered about 3 miles before the end. Right after I got it changed the skies opened up and I started having flashbacks to Killington. Very similar weather, except it was about 20 degrees warmer.

We head back to Death Valley in just a shade under 3 months.

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