Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ride Recap: Medina Twin Sizzler

Since I'm going to talk about my first "organized" training ride today, I want to do some promoting for a BikeMS fundraiser first.

What: FireSide Symphony Concert for MS
Where: Dewey's Coffeehouse, 13201 Shaker Square (NE quadrant) Cleveland, OH
When: Friday, July 15th
Time: 8pm - 10pm
This is a performance to raise awareness and money to fund scientific research for Multiple Sclerosis. In August, Team "Baby Got Bike" will be biking 150 miles in 2 days in August, to show our love and support for those living with MS. 

Funds raised from this BikeMS ride is crucial to the National MS Society and the services and support they provide. This is a free performance, but all donations will go directly to Team Baby Got Bike's fundraising efforts for the National MS Society. Please come ready to support the services and research they provide to those living with MS with a night of music!

Dewey's Coffeehouse offers a small cork fee and glasses for any wine/beer you want to bring. If adult beverages aren't your thing, they have lots of coffee and snack options.

OK, so that's that. If you're in the Cleveland area, please please please come out and show your support! Brandon's got a lot of fun songs planned and there will even be a special guest have to come out to see who it is!

On the Fourth of July, Brandon and I rode in our very first bike race as a bit of training for Pedal to the Point. The Medina Twin Sizzler was a combo of a few races; 5k run/walk, 10k run, and 27 mile bike ride. I've done 27 miles on the towpath before, but this was my first official, ride with other people, bike ride. 

Prior to this ride, I had only ridden once in Medina. Despite this fact, I have done a handful of runs at lunch and I definitely know how hilly it can be. It's a stark contrast to the flat flat flatness of the east side. You know what? Hills are downright fun on a bike! I actually enjoy riding hills much more than running them. It might be something about the coast down the other side ;-)

Anyway, it took Brandon, his sister Tanja and I about 2 hours and 10 minutes to ride the 27 miles on this course, so we're talking about 12 mph. A few people have mentioned that it's pretty easy to ride about 20 mph on the Pedal to the Point course...but I'm not convinced I can ride that fast. We shall see. 

Overall, it was a fun and pretty challenging ride. I think I'm in for it when it comes to 150 miles, because I haven't ridden more than 27 in one shot thus far. BUT I'm less concerned about the mileage and more concerned about my butt. Riding 75 miles, two days in a row is going to do a number on that part of my body. 

Now that I'm back from my Cali/Chi-town vacay, I'm going to get back on my bike in earnest. I've got a few good rides planned for the weekend, maybe a run or two, and plenty of yoga!

Want to donate to Team Baby Got Bike? Click here! Or, you can click the link on my sidebar anytime! 
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