There is no preparation I could have done to be prepared for this ride. Being five thousand feet higher than where I trained was a slight problem in the beginning. The first major hill we had to go up I had a hard time catching my breath. After I had realized how much of a challenge the altitude was I was able to pace myself better. I was not able to finish the ride today. I made it 40 miles out of 55. The last twenty were all uphill over Vail pass.
I am kind of disappointed in myself but I am also very proud of what I did accomplish. At one point we were going down a hill, a steep one, and my uncle who was riding behind me said, “The biggest bug just flew into me!” I laughed at him only to find out the second largest bug in the world hit me.
After the ride when we got back to Copper Mountain there is a ton of free stuff and a well for a donation to the hospital of your own choice. I got a half hour massage and some ice cream. There is also a band and a bunch of little shops accompanied by Courage Classic specific tents such as the picture tent, the Courage Classic jersey tent and even a tent for bike gear. Tonight there are going to be fireworks. I am planning on going if I can stay awake. The ride killed me today. I am very tired and my thighs hurt. I will stretch tonight and again in the morning. Hopefully tomorrow will be smoother.
I am extremely glad I have signed up for this and followed through. It has been a great experience for me. One I will never forget and will not be able to get anywhere else.
Stay tuned for Day Three of my ride.