I had Friday off (from work) and my coach had me scheduled to do a 1-hour spin with a few leg openers. Normally I would do that on a flat road but I lowered the handlebars on my Spearfish and wanted to test the fit out on trail before Ted cut my fork. I headed out to Luton Park and rode a few sections of trail at a really easy pace. I think my total mileage was about 6 miles which means I'll have a total of 11 miles of singletrack under my belt this year before racing the Cohutta 100. Haha (I'm laughing about it now...we'll see how I feel at mile 60). Anyways, my second ride on the Spearfish was just as great as the first. I really love this bike.
Salsa Vaya). The Hellkaat Hundie had a 50 or 100 mile option and we opted for the 50 miler for two reasons.
1. This was only my mom's 4th time riding this year.
2. There was no way my coach would agree to me doing 100 miles on gravel the weekend before the Cohutta 100.
As I mentioned before the race itself was free, but was also a fundraiser for JDRF. I wasn't sure what the race was going to be like, but there were rumors that the midway point was a convenience store. That meant there would be opportunities to buy gummy bears and payday bars...I was strangely excited about this.
As it turns out, the Hellkaat 50 was everything that I love about the cycling world. A great turnout of cyclists supporting a great cause in a well supported race.
|Racers getting ready to "GO!"|
|Sarah, Jill, my mom and I pre-race|
|That's my mom up there!!!|
|Me and my mom...|
|Me and my teammate (Fatty/Metal Martindale)|
|Oh hey...it's us again|
|Eventually we got back on our bikes...I promise :-)|
PS. I promise that there won't be any selfies of me racing Cohutta. At least I hope not!!!
Even though I wasn't going all-out race pace I got a good workout in. 50 miles of gravel on a fat bike is no joke and now my focus is to recover, recover, recover. That made for a really low-key Easter at our house.
|Very, very low-key!!!|