Heather (@auntlyh) and Scotty J (@scottkjohnson). Then through cosmic powers of the universe both Jeff and I learned of each other's participation and we probably jumped up and down from our respective homes. How perfect would this be? I mean since we learned that we were normal people and not psychopaths after Jeff was up here for the Around the Bay race.
It never occurred to me to ride anything other than the 100mile century route. Go big or go home right? I have never ridden that far in one day in my life. The farthest I've ridden is 120km. 100miles is 160km for the record. It was not a question of whether or not I could actually ride 100miles. I know my bike and I are like one. The bike is just an extension of my body. And when you ride it for that long it REALLY becomes part of you, like "ouch" - part of you. I was worried the most about how my crotch would fare.
|Photo credit: Jeff|
I know I look unimpressed but I was a bit surprised!
|I LOVE these guys!|
Photo credit: Scott
|Photo credit: Scott via Jeff's camera|
Posing next to the diabetes graffiti Scott was excited to show us.
I love the TT1 jersey!
Afternoon ride... look, calf muscles!!
Photo credit: Jeff
Scott and Nikki!
The VIP dinner thang was an interesting experience. I was a little bummed out that they didn't have any coffee though! Despite that, it was really inspiring to meet and talk to some really great people and witness how and why they raised money for this event. A lot of them rode for themselves as diabetics or in support of family and/or friends effected by diabetes. As for my Team Type 1 duties, I was put on stage as part of a question and answer session. I was up there with Mike Dalbec from TT2 and Chris Carmichael. Chris was Lance Armstrong's personal training coach and also has his own Training System. He's a wealth of knowledge and I really enjoyed hearing what he had to say. I will admit by this time in the night I was feeling pretty wasted and worn out. The questions from the audience were mostly directed towards Chris and didn't have a whole lot to do with diabetes. That is not to say I didn't still learn a lot. I did get asked one question that got me in trouble later that evening. It was funny though, having the mother of the woman who created Team Wild shaking my head between her hands. I was asked if I wake up early to eat breakfast and then go back to bed. My answer was, "That's a GREAT idea if you can do that but I don't do it personally because it's just so much work." I did go onto explain that I try to eat my oatmeal (and lots of peanut butter) as early as I can muster.
Photo Credit: Jeff
This is where I was talking about my breakfast and laziness about waking up at 3am. Chris looks like he's listening intently. HA!
I will finish this post with a picture because the next post will be about the actual ride:
Photo Credit: Jeff
Caption: "Where's the coffee!?"