I was SO excited when Heidi wanted to come to my neck of the woods for a training weekend! And it was the perfect weekend for long rides, long runs, AND beach time! Not to mention - I was pumped to have a non-family member stay at our new house!
To start off the weekend - Chef Jason (AKA Big J) made us a fab dinner of fresh fish tacos and stone crab claws. And wine. I don't know about you, but to me that sounds like the best 'pre century' meal ever! At 6am the next morning, Heidi and I piled all of our gear into the FJ and headed up to Vernon, FL for Tour de Ranch century ride. Vernon has a total population of 20 people. No joke. But it was the starting place of our Century. This is my first 'bike' race ever. We had no clue what to expect, but our plan was to treat it as a long training ride with pit stops. This is the first event put on my our new Panama City multi sport team Hammer Down Multisport!
This is what the start of the century ride looked like:
Yep - a bunch of men. Roadie men. Giving us the 'stink eye' due to our tri-bikes.
And then there is Heidi and I. I think only 6 girls did the full century. That just means we are awesome.
Anyway - nutrition for the day was water, Power Bar Energy Blasts (YUMMO!) and cookies. What can I say? I like to take advantage of the aide stations!
The Pink Hotness and The Princess enjoying the mile 80ish break - with the cute navy guys manning the aide station!
The ride was hilly and windy. And yes, in North Florida, there are some pretty epic hills. Ahhh..could not ask for better training conditions. Along the way we saw a zoo full of animals: snakes, sheep, goats, chickens, and yes, even a pig. But Heidi and I worked together and got it done. The last 10 miles was directly into 20mph headwinds. Once we saw the 'Vernon' city limits, it was like we won the lottery. Plus we were not quite sure how long the ride was. 105? 108? 120? We had no clue.
Here we are finishing - Steve (on the right) just got done slapping my ass. Have to love Steve.
You can tell how excited we were to be finished :)
Once we got home - the cold pool was a PERFECT ice bath!
The next morning we got in a stiff but scenic 13 miles run on the IMFL run course. You can not beat a run that gives you gulf views most of the time!
FINALLY - beach time:
Sometimes I wish all of my blogger friends lived in the same place! I could only image how much fun we would have - every weekend! If anyone wants to come to PCB - just let me know!!
Don't forget to check out Rev3 Running Across America! I can't even stress how important this fund raiser is for all of us. Cancer is scary - and every little bit counts! We run so others can live!
I hope everyone is doing awesome!