After hearing about the #Festive500 on The Cycling Podcast I started wondering to myself whether I could actually do it. Ride 311 miles in the 7 days between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. (I know it’s actually 8 days, but you’ll get it in a minute)
I knew I was going to have to push myself in order to complete the target distance in the days I had. With one full day of work and a day off to spend time with my girlfriend’s family on Christmas (I didn’t want to have that “Yea, I want to go to your parent’s place for Christmas… but there’s this bike thing” conversation), I thought I had 5 days to ride 311 miles. I planned it out, 80 miles on Christmas Eve (more miles than I’ve ever done in a day… and just so happens one of the only days of the year that my planned gas station stop is closed) 50 miles the day after, then 62 on the 27th, 44 on the 28th, the 29th off, and 75 to finish it off on the 30th… It wouldn’t be until the 27th, went I woke up to an actual thunderstorm in December?? And my planned 62 mile day down the drain (pardon the pun) that I would realize that December in-fact has 31 days. Thanks public school.
So, with 138 miles in the bag and 3 days left to finish the other 173 miles I was determined to get that badge. Fortunately for me I have a very supportive girlfriend and some rad friends that agreed to ride with me to finish it out. A special shoutout to Ben Poland, for riding about 40 miles in the rain with me and then giving me a ride home because I blew up my left knee about halfway back to his place. Patrick Morris for helping me get the fit on my new bike dialed in during the week. (bad idea to ride a brand new bike that you haven’t set-up exactly right for an 80mi ride OUCH) and to Aaron Bullard for cruising with me the most out of anyone during the week. Unfortunately on NYE he went down pretty hard and fractured his jaw in a couple places. He’s a trooper though and we made it to the hospital. He seems to be recovering well and in good spirits.
All in all the #Festive500 opened my eyes to what I can accomplish as an “athlete” if I set my mind to it and reminded me that I’m surrounded by an outstanding community that is willing to break their fucking jaw to get me across the finish line. Thanks for the challenge Rapha.
Goals or 2019:
Complete at least 3 century rides
Ride with more (and faster) people in an effort to increase my capabilities on the bike
Carry my camera on the bike more often