Please keep the kids of St. Jude in your hearts and minds. They really need your support.
It’s been one of the wettest Mays on record for the Houston area, so getting the training rides in between the raindrops has been difficult. I’ve managed to keep the mileage at 350 to 370 miles per week though, by riding long miles on those days when the sun does shine….. with more rides north of Houston on more hilly terrain. Total miles are over 4400 now for the year, so the legs feel ready to go.
The ride handlers only allow one piece of luggage and a small “computer” bag with total weight of 50 pounds. It’s going to be tricky to fit everything in………..street clothes, cycling gear for cold, hot or rainy weather, cycling shoes, helmet, along with toiletries and bike specific repair and maintenance accessories. The accessories include spare chain, 4 inner tubes, 2 spare tires, spare back cassette, spare spokes, 4 or 5 CO2 cylinders to inflate flat tires, bike specific wrenches and allen keys, chain cleaner and lube etc. which can add up in both volume and weight. I’m going to try to get away with an i-pad instead of laptop to save weight. There will be some tough gear triage I’m sure.
Two more weeks of training, followed by a week of fewer and very easy work-outs to let the legs recover, then off to Portland / Astoria to the start line. I’ve actually met two people from Houston who are also doing the ride, so I’ll have some “homeys” to ride with.