Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The MS150 in NC

This week is to hot as the pope is to catholic. Despite this I decided to bike into work yesterday in an effort to get some more base mileage in. This comes after I decided to ride (or at least attempt) the MS150 this year. It's an annual event hosted by the mulitple sclerosis society, with two days of riding, 75 miles each day. The local chapter aims to bring in over $1,000,000 in sponsorship this year.

Since I have yet to ride even 40 miles in a single ride I need to get some extra training in, hence the ride to work with ozone warnings and heat advisories hanging over me. It's only 13 miles each way, but the ride home was promising to be a hot one. In an effort to stay cool I ditched the backpack at work to be brought home next time I have the car and used my newly installed frame-mounted water bottles instead. I also had on a white cycling shirt to reflect the rays - yet another example of how thinking can be useful - who knew ?

So despite the fact that it was nearing 100F I set off home. And it was OK. Moving on the bike, you make your own breeze. I didn't try to break any records, just kept the wheels going round and managed about 17.5mph average.

I have another training ride for Team GSK this weekend, my first 40 mile ride. That should be possible now.

The idea of riding 150 miles in two days is no longer freaking me out. I'll post sponsorship details later in case anyone would like to make a pledge.


At 12:13 PM, Blogger Sancho said...

Impressive, my friend. Does this mean you won't be joining me for Halo anymore?

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Do you even play Halo any more ?

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Congrats on registering! Ashley has decided against riding in the MS150 this year, so I'll be available for ker-azy full speed pedal stomping down in New Bern.

How do you like the water bottles versus the waterpack?

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Oh, a tip for using bottles - always take care grabbing the (front) angle bar bottle. It's precariously close to your madly spinning front wheel and its finger-destroying spokes. (!)


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