BikeMS 2013! Columbia, MO
I had SUCH a fun weekend! No, this doesn't fit into my Starting Strength programming at all...but it was for a good cause (and I had signed up for it a long time ago lol). But this was the first endurance based event that I have participated in that I definitely want to do again next year. It was such a cool experience. Although next year I would like to camp out with people. All the action happened at the campgrounds (concert, food, etc). During the ride, even though I didn't have a team, it felt like I did. Everyone that was riding around you were very helpful and encouraging. We road along the windy (curvy!) country roads following the color of the route that you chose. You could choose 20, 40, 75, or 100 miles Saturday and Sunday. I chose 40 Saturday (so that I didn't kill myself too bad for my workouts this week) and then Sunday got rained out. Some people still road, but those are the intense bikers. Not me.
The signs that we had to follow were very tiny and easy to miss. One time we had to cross a highway. So we would give each other a heads up when we had to turn and all worked together! I stopped a couple times and took some scenic pictures of farms and houses- it was so pretty! It was definitely hilly and the wind picked up towards the end. People started walking their bikes up the hills- I never gave in! Crossing the finish line felt awesome.
And the rest stops had anything you could possibly want! The top left picture was the first stop, top right was the second, and the one below was the third. I didn't pig out on all their goodies because I didn't want to risk upsetting my stomach. They even had liqeour at the second one! Although I did have a snow cone at the last one. I had 10 miles left and needed something! I think it helped :)
And man it was yummy! I got rainbow :) First snow cone of the summer!
And then back at the hotel room, I had all my meals prepared in my mini fridge. Of course I drove, so that's obviously easier to manage than flying. I was able to pack my cooler of enough meals to last me til I came back home. **PREPARATION IS THE KEY** If I had chosen to eat out, I would have just had to make smart choices. Doing research ahead of time around where you are staying helps. There is always something you can order at a restaurant- you may just have to be that annoying customer and modify a few things :) Chicken breast and broccoli is pretty standard! Steak and a sweet potato...fish..you can find something!
Of course I recommend everyone to do strength training- but if there is one endurance based event that I would recommend- it would definitely be BikeMS. I can't wait for it next year!
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