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Back from RftR w/ pics!(25 posts)

Back from RftR w/ pics!js5280
Apr 15, 2002 8:26 PM
Hello all,

I had a great weekend in Austin. Completed the 100 mile course just under 6 hours according to the computer and felt pretty good afterwards. I was riding w/ three other friends who have never ridden a century before so it was a very successful ride and everyone had a good time. This was only my second century. Unfortunately I didn't make the Peloton Project party on Sunday so I probably missed meeting some of you which I was looking forward to doing:-( We got a late start on the ride so it just didn't work out.

It was a jam packed weekend. Ran the 5K Saturday morning despite the prior night's training table consisting of many mango margarita's and Tex-Mex at the Hula Hut. I love that place, I'm a water person and there is little water in Colorado. Had lunch at Chuy's w/ some of my TC buddies who had come down for the ride. Saturday night, Dave Hickey swung on by for dinner at my friend's house where I was staying. Had a great time talking about bikes, the Caribbean, triathlons, the RBR, hockey, and our cancer experiences. It was great meeting you Dave! Hope we can hook up again here in the future, look me up when you're back in CO.

Sunday we were great w/ overcast skies which would last pretty much the whole day. Considering it was well into the 80's and probably close to 100% humidity, it was a welcome relief. Wind was fairly minimal as well, south maybe 5-10 mph max. The terrain was absolutely beautiful! Everything was green and the wild flowers were in bloom. Our group of four got a late start. The traffic to the starting area is (still) really bad and missed the 100 mile start time. We blazed the first 30 miles holding a 20+ mph average. It was lot of fun because I haven't had too many opportunities to ride in a fast pace line. Our pace slowed after that but we'd occasionally jump on a pace line here and there. I was feeling good that day so I'd jump ahead and set up for the photos I took below. I was riding w/ a couple (Karen and Rob) who live next door to my friends and with a friend of theirs (also Karen). Both Karen's are training for a half-Ironman. It was an emotional event for all involved for a variety of reasons.

Here's the Karen's. . .
Nice shot of Rob. . .js5280
Apr 15, 2002 8:27 PM
Karen and company on a downhill section. . .js5280
Apr 15, 2002 8:30 PM
Ride Baby Ride!js5280
Apr 15, 2002 8:38 PM
Karen pulling into the last rest stop (the Austin Powers stop) and they sure were having fun there keeping the tired cyclists entertained. Hats off for the energetic volunteers!
sweet write-up js, thanks.gregg
Apr 16, 2002 7:54 AM
That roadside entertainment is a great idea. That's cool that they had the kids out there helping out.

-g
The other Karen in the aerobars. . .js5280
Apr 15, 2002 8:42 PM
This was my first time to meet the other Karen. She was really excellent cyclist and athlete in general. We had a great time talking throughout the ride. . .
Across the finish line. . .js5280
Apr 15, 2002 8:46 PM
Rob and Karen crossing the finish line together, first time century for both.
For Brad. . .js5280
Apr 15, 2002 8:53 PM
When I rode in the Ride for the Roses last year, I had met a women I had known for some time through email on a support list I belong to. She lost her husband Brad to a very rare form of Testicular Cancer, he was only 26. We became friends from that weekend and became very good friends since. She's an incredible women and has taught me a lot. I was honored to wear Brad's name on the ride.
Mission accomplished. . .js5280
Apr 15, 2002 9:33 PM
A few years ago I decided I was going to ride 100 mile in the 2002 RftR to celebrate my 5 year anniversary as a cancer survivor. I had never ridden a road bike when I made that decision. It was an emotional moment for me because I realized that not only did I meet my goal, I still had a lot more potential in reserve.

The other thing I learned is I carry WAY too much crap w/ me (i.e. notice the full Camelbak, a H.A.W.G. no less). The funny thing is the only thing I needed was an Allen wrench and I didn't have it w/ me. My seat had worked it's way down over 2 inches sometime during the first half of the ride.

Overall it was a great, but very busy, weekend. The events and the ride were very well organized w/ a few minor exceptions. If you're thinking about doing the ride, I highly recommend the Peloton Project route. The incentives and recognition to raise money for the LAF I think is very well designed and, of course, goes to a very worthy cause.

You probably noticed the red rose, I'm not sure if they were giving them to survivors and/or Peloton Project members, but it was a nice touch I thought. I had to get into these last two pictures.

Thanks again to everyone who supported me through your friendship, donations, and/or sharing your cycling knowledge. A lot of people made this moment possible and I will be forever thankful.
Oh, last but not least. . . (for Elefantino)js5280
Apr 15, 2002 9:45 PM
If you look closely on the last picture you'll notice something on the front end of the aerobars. It doesn't show up very well at this resolution through. I had a attached a plastic elephant since our favorite pink pachyderm couldn't make it to the ride this year. Hope to see you next year Mike! Get well soon!
Here we go. . .js5280
Apr 15, 2002 9:53 PM
Way to go!Len J
Apr 16, 2002 4:16 AM
John:

Thanks for the update, proud of you for setting a goal & meeting it.

Congrats again on the 5 years.

Sounds like a great time.

Len
Thanks. I'm honored!Elefantino
Apr 16, 2002 1:40 PM
Sounds like a great time, as always. Thanks for the report.

Gotta get me one of those elephants!

M
Thanks John. It was a great timeDave Hickey
Apr 16, 2002 3:15 AM
I like the picture of the last rest stop. It was so close to the finish, I didn't stop but it was cool seeing all the people dressed in the 60's/70's theme. I ended up doing the 70 mile ride. It was a great time.
Congratulations!Miklos
Apr 16, 2002 5:57 AM
Congratulations on ALL of your accomplishments! Thanks for the inspiring ride report and pictures.

BTW, nice aerobars.

Miklos
I too can now say...jtolleson
Apr 16, 2002 8:05 AM
"I've been passed by Lance Armstrong!"

It was about mile 60. I was on the 70 miler, and the fast moving pack featuring Lance was no doubt on the century ride, thus at their mile 90 or so. A whir, a buzz, and a mini-peleton flew by. There he was and there he went.

As close as I got!

A nice fast course, so I'm kicking myself for opting out of the century. I wanted to enjoy plenty of the post-ride party, thus weenied-out at the last minute and opted for a route change. Ah well.

For those who notice such things, I was one of two women on Litespeeds in sleeveless OUT Spokin' jerseys.

By the time we hit that super-cool Austin Powers pit stop (about mile 62, I think) I was in "horse headed for the stable" mode and skipped the stop.

Good time.

Total time: 4:31.
We had to be close.Dave Hickey
Apr 16, 2002 9:56 AM
We had to be close. I finished the 70 miles in 4:11. I also got passed by the freight train of 20 or so 100 milers. I too wished I'd done the 100. I planned to, but there was a party upstairs from my hotel room and I had about 4 hours a sleep. Oh well excuses, excuses. FYI, I on a red LOOK bikes in a Texas Flag jersey with one of the survivor tags on the back
I have a funny feeling that I did see you...jtolleson
Apr 16, 2002 10:06 AM
Though all the bikes and jerseys are a bit of a blur!
I have a funny feeling that I did see you...Chen2
Apr 16, 2002 10:18 AM
Where were you guys when the "freight train" passed? The wife and I were just before the little steep hill.
~Al
It was just before the.........Dave Hickey
Apr 16, 2002 11:19 AM
Austin Powers rest stop. I tried to hang with them for a while. I made it about 1 mile and gave up.
I have a funny feeling that I did see you...jtolleson
Apr 16, 2002 11:31 AM
I'm going to say a few miles AFTER the steep hill. That hill by my odometer was at about mile 55 (if you were riding the 70) and it seems to me that we were in the flats a few miles past that when the pack came whizzing by.
I have a funny feeling that I did see you...Chen2
Apr 16, 2002 12:01 PM
Ok, you were both past us, we were in a late starting group and riding wife speed.
Way to go!!!Bike Fool
Apr 16, 2002 8:15 AM
Congratulations, and thanks for providing some inspiration!!
Congratulations!moneyman
Apr 16, 2002 8:27 AM
Nice pictures. I stopped at the Austin Powers stop because I had to pee sooooooooo bad. I picked up a dual tandem train on the way out, and they pulled me all the way back to the finish line.

My story with pictures later this week. Sorry we didn't get to meet.

$$
Thanks for sharingSpinchick
Apr 16, 2002 1:00 PM
the pics and the ride report. You are as inspirational as ever. Keep up the great rides and the good health!

Robin