Bud Light Route

So you might think from the title that we cycled and drank Bud Light for 20 miles yesterday. Well, it was nothing as exciting as that. Actually, we started off our ride with a mission moment on Gleevac, the CML drug that was fully funded through Team In Training money raised by participants like me. Gleevac helps people with CML lead normal lives when in the past their survival rate was very low.

Afterwards, we watched a tire changing clinic. For people like me who would have no idea what to do with a flat tire on the road, this was very helpful. I think that after watching this I’m prepared for a flat although I hope I never have to experience this while training. I hope it happens while I’m in front of my house riding up and down the street. Or better yet, while at the bike shop showing them my wicked skills.

So yesterday we rode 20 miles on the Bud Light route. Why is it called the Bud Light route? Well, we started off at the Bud Plant in Cartersville, GA. It’s the plant that manufactures Budweiser and ships it off to your local stores. They’re nice enough to let us cyclists park in their parking lot and ride off into the sunset following a number of trails from 15 to 100 miles. Yesterday we rode 20 on a relatively flat (with the occasional hill) surface. My only complaint was that the SAG stop was at the bottom of a hill. So after stopping at around mile 13 I had to climb a hill to get started again.

Considering that the first day of training in February for the original century ride I was only able to get about 5 miles in before wretching on the side of the road I’m proud to say that I completed 20 miles without any trouble and hope that I built up some strength for the next ride. I’m supposed to cycle today and ended up sleeping in… Maybe I’ll go this afternoon or tomorrow morning since it’s a holiday. It’s hard waking up to cycle alone. Since this is the beginning of my journey, I’ll need to find the energy and motivation to get up early on Sundays to ride solo. Or find a partner.

Thanks for reading. I’m off to clean the house.


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