It’s two days until “The Big Day.” Tomorrow I’ll be packing and thinking about what I am forgetting to do, so this will be the last blog until my ride report. I’ve done plenty of reading, have talked to a few folks, and have racked up a fair amount of time alone on my bike. I have learned just enough to know that I know almost nothing – and that’s part of the fun of Saturday’s ride!
I’ve never ridden in a group or in a paceline. I’ve never had to show up on time with all my gear, ready to ride. I’ve never stepped up to a registration area and “checked in” (when do I get my T-Shirt?). I’ve never been to a rest stop and sampled the wares. I’ve never used cue cards. I’ve never attempted to take directions from a race marshal. I’ve never drafted someone or allowed someone to “get on my wheel.” I’ve never ridden in cold weather (forecasted start temp is 50 degrees with a high of 66). I’ve never ridden this far. There are probably many other cycling things I’ve never done and I don’t even know they exist yet. I can only imagine the offenses I will cause and the predicaments I will find myself in.
Good stuff. Can’t wait to sample it all. I’m guaranteed a few good stories!