Conquering the Ride

We did it! My Dad and I cycled from Vancouver to Seattle over 2 days for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.   I am still recovering, and it was definitely worth it.

"Team Ward"
“Team Ward”

The weather was more or less bad, but it was a beautiful ride in spite of that.  We rode along gorgeous coastlines and through quaint, country fields.  We saw roosters and alpacas and goats and horses and cows (I love farm animals).  We got rained on (drenched, more like it) and covered in mud.  Dad had some clip issues starting out because of the mud in his shoes, and went through 2 tubes on day 2 – but we still loved it.

Our own two lanes at the border crossing!
Our own two lanes at the border crossing!

Coastline south of Blaine, Washington
Coastline south of Blaine, Washington

I didn’t think I’d like cycling with such a large amount of other cyclists.  We started out late-ish both days, which I feel was a good choice as we didn’t get passed so often, and by the time we got to camp we didn’t have to deal with line ups for bike park or showers.  Having some other cyclists and support vehicles around was actually really nice.  It kept our spirits up for the most part, and when Dad got flat tires, there were people there to help right away.  (Big thank-you to Team Finn and Dizzy Cycles!) Camp was also full of great energy, and their was a solid cover band playing til about 10pm.

Team Finn to the rescue
Team Finn to the rescue
Dizzy Cycles to the rescue! These guys know their bikes!
Dizzy Cycles to the rescue! These guys know their bikes!

The biggest mistake we made was not training enough.  Both of us were cycling 20-30km once or twice a week for the six weeks leading up to the event, but we needed to have gone out on a few very long rides leading up to the event.  Day one was 125km, day two was 114.  A piece of cake for the hardcore cyclist, but No easy feat for a casual rider.  Our bums and legs were made very sore, and yet we signed up for next year after day one.

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Can’t wait for 2015!

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