Saturday, May 1, 2010
Josh + Bike + Sun + Wind = Ugh...
I went out for a long ride, planning on putting in 46 miles overall, although that plan didn't even last until the start of the ride! I felt pretty rough and I was heading directly into a stiff head wind, so I reworked the route to get rid of some extra mileage, figuring that heading straight south would cut the distance down to about 40. By the time I got to Indian Head I had to take a breather and stretch out before getting going again. At least once I started back up I had a tail or cross wind most of the way! However, it was soooo hot! The bank sign actually read 92 in the sun and there was very little shade on the ride. So rather than feeling pretty good most of the way (I did avg 18.2 mph), instead I felt overheated and really rough. Based on the conditions I decided to cut short again, or at least I attempted to. I actually ran out of fluids with about 10 miles to go, so I had to stop and get a couple bottles of water before getting going again. It was amazing what a difference water made! Either way, I got home really late since the ride still worked out to 40 miles, despite the modifications made. Glad to get out, but man do I need to remember to get out in the morning before it gets too hot!
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!