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RSVP Ride Report (sort of)(10 posts)

RSVP Ride Report (sort of)t0adman
Aug 19, 2003 10:07 AM
The Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party 2003 was a great first day, mediocre second day. The first day was 106 miles through farmlands, tide flats, rolling hills, capped off with the scenic Chuckanut Drive. The weather was mild and dry and I (the "fred" in the Bianchi shorts) felt fantastic. As you can see by the picture, my youngest brother wasn't fairing so well. That was taken at the 77 mile rest stop and he was cramping severely, both quad and hamis. He's a competitive cross country and track runner and decided he didn't really need to train for the ride - he was in good enough shape. He also decided he would hammer his butt off and only drink if he felt thirsty. The rookie errors just continued to pile up and by this stop his legs were involuntarily seizing up. His hamstrings would lock so hard it lifted his pelvis off the ground, and when he tried to stretch them his quads would lock up. We forced him to drink as much water as he could without puking (until he peed clear), jammed some bananas down his throat, and I gave him a couple Thermolyte tablets. He managed to limp along in my massive slipstream for the next 15 miles until he got a 4th or 5th wind and started hammering again. In true sophomoric fashion he hammered his way to the finish and help up quite well. If the kid would actually use his brain he might be a good rider. As it is he's pretty good.

The second day was not as fun. My brother and I headed out towards Vancouver and got slammed in a downpour about 5 miles outside of Bellingham. We joined a tandem and single rider who were making great time and enjoyed the pull until, as we were pulling over to put on rain gear (which we didn't have), my brother took his eyes off the group and plowed into the back of me. Luckily he went down over a grassy embankment and was completely unharmed. Lucky little *$%#@! We plowed along in the downpour, freezing and covered with mud, for another 15 miles until we got to the US-Canada border. As we pulled up my brother had a flat and while changing it we both realized we could not handle the ride without raingear. We were both freezing cold, teeth chatting, and miserable. With our tails tucked firmly between our legs, we called a friend to come get us. Save a few completely stupid mistakes, we had a great time. Next time nothing will stop us from making the finish line.
...and the image it said was uploaded....t0adman
Aug 19, 2003 10:09 AM
Actually, I failed to follow instructions. Ta-daa!
Here we go: Photo shop alert or Photo caption contest!! nmafrican
Aug 19, 2003 10:17 AM
That'll learn you not to play with latex..................nmrwbadley
Aug 19, 2003 10:23 AM
Mommie's not around to save you this time little Bro (nm)biknben
Aug 19, 2003 10:37 AM
Ullrich prepares for 2004 tour; Pevenage can smell victory nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 19, 2003 10:47 AM
Don't worry, your hip is supposed to snap in and out like that.WrigleyRoadie
Aug 19, 2003 10:54 AM
No pic of the end of the ride?ms
Aug 19, 2003 10:30 AM
Last year two friends and I aborted a planned 120 mile ride at the 90 mile mark after we had ridden in cold rain for 22 miles without rain gear. The friends who picked us up snapped a picture as we got into the car. I have never seen it, but our friends threaten to blackmail us by releasing it -- we supposedly look worse than death warmed over. I know how you felt -- cold and miserable, but you still can call the ride a good time. Here's to next year's ride.
It would have been a dandy!t0adman
Aug 19, 2003 10:35 AM
We were huddled under the small awning of the duty free shop in Lynden with a bunch of other cyclists. There wasn't a single dry spot on either of our bodies. Hair was split down the middle of the legs and arms and a thick band of sludge was built up on the backside. No pic because we spent a half hour in the bathroom paper toweling ourselves and trying to dry off as much as possible. Wish I did have a pick though.
little brothers ...tarwheel
Aug 19, 2003 11:15 AM
They just won't listen to their big brothers, will they? My daughter is even worse. She'll do the opposite of whatever my wife or I suggest.