About a month ago I went out to Happy Hour with a good friend, Greg Flood. Happy hour is always dangerous especially when there’s sangria involved. I came home and got this crazy idea “I’m doing the Hilly Billy duo.” Of course, the only person I could think of to sucker into this event was my partner for the 2 mountain bike races I did earlier this year…and he was probably one of the few people that wouldn’t leave me stranded on the course while I was walking up some of those hills… Jeff.
I knew I was going to have to find a bike with the biggest cassette possible because EVERYONE knows that I am not a climber. Thankfully, I have awesome friends who let me borrow their gear. So yesterday off I went with Stephanie Lamb’s wheels and Christine Lovejoy’s bike. Carl swapped out the cassettes the day before so I could ride a 32. Huge thanks to them for helping make this latest adventure possible!
At the start line my HR was 130! I think I was a little nervous. I refused to look at the course prior to actually experiencing it or preride it when JR offered. I figured it couldn’t be worse than it was in my mind. I was spot on with the ridiculous hills, but I was not expecting the pools of water on Little Indian Creek. They just made a perfect cool off spot as Jeff and I each fell into them. Nothing wrong with getting a little muddy!! The day was filled with a bunch of things I did not expect though… helping 2 people’s vehicles out of ditches, overturned car causing the road to close after aide station 1, and seeing people having a little too much fun in a field.
I never doubted that I’d be able to finish. After the first two hills though I was thinking “man this is going to be a long day if I’m going this slow on these hills”. Jeff was nice enough to point out that I was still in my big ring! I started going a little faster after that.
It may have taken us 7+ hours riding time to finish and my Garmin may have autopaused on some of the hills because I was going so slow, but that was the best kind of pain! It was a day filled with multiple laughs, awesome friends, crazy hills, bikes, and beer… I can’t think of a better combo or way to spend the first day of summer!