Providence Bridge Pedal

Sunday, August 13, 2006
 
Today was the Providence Bridge Pedal. Landon & I woke up at 5:30, ate a good breakfast of eggs, ham, potatoes, and cheese (all mixed together & fried) before waking Samuel up at 6:30 to start our ride downtown. We arrived, met Mike & Susan at the Police Memorial, then began the 10-bridge, 36-mile ride. It was great, although there were too many people, and I would have liked to have cycled much faster, but had to slow down to keep with the group. Samuel did great, and took a two hour nap along the way. The ride lasted from 7:15-12:15. I could have done it in 3 1/2 hours instead of 5, but we took our time at stops, and like I said, were cycling slower than usual. By the time we headed home from downtown, the sun was hot in the sky. I got sunburned, because I forgot to put on sunscreen, which was really negligent of me. When I got home, I made the mistake of going straight from my bike to my bed, and when I woke up, I felt like total shit! Every muscle in my body ached, and I had a headache because I hadn't had any coffee & was also slightly dehydrated. I think if I had stretched a little before relaxing, I would have felt much better. Anyway, I took a bath, then took Samuel to Fred Meyer & used some coupons I had from the Fred Meyer Rewards Club to get an iced grande caramel machiatto. It really did the trick, and my headache went away within about 30 minutes.

After Samuel was asleep, Landon and I watched A History of Violence, which we both would rate about a 3 out of 5 stars. Then, we were asleep soon after our heads touched the pillow.

I would probably never do the Bridge Pedal again, because a) there are too many people, b) it is disorganized c) when you get to the finish line, there is no special treatment for the riders.

Landon and I are going to do Portland Century on the 27th, and for the same price, they provide their riders with a pound of coffee, a commemorative poster, a 6-pack of beer, a continental breakfast, well-stocked rest-stops, and a gourmet dinner at the finish line. There are 40 and 60 mile options, even though it is a century ride (100 miles). I'd love to do the 60 mile ride, but we want to be able to enjoy the dinner (which we couldn't if we left Samuel with a babysitter--we'd want to rush home), and it would probably be too strenuous to pull Samuel for 60 miles. So, we're taking Samuel with us so we can enjoy the dinner, and doing the 40 mile option instead.

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