Hello, hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve been active on the blog and now that I’ve finally left my office and got some ‘me’ time in, it’s time to get back at it–starting with one of my favorite moments over the past two weeks, riding the Cap2Cap 25-mile ride out of Williamsburg.
I cannot say enough great things about this ride–it’s well organized, it’s a beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning (or day) and of course it all supports the Virginia Capital to Capital Trail (more about the trail in the last paragraph of this post). The ride takes place on both the trail and the roads, and for the most part I didn’t feel any car vs. cyclist tension on the roads, most cars were very courteous and moved over for the cyclists. Love seeing that!
Tyler and I went to packet pickup the night before in Williamsburg at the Corner Pocket restaurant/bar. It was super-easy and quick and the swag was pretty awesome. I also purchased the annual jersey because I really liked the design.
Ride day. Tyler, his friend and I arrived to the Chickahominy Riverfront Park around 7:30am, just after the 100-miler ride had started. Tyler and his friend were riding the 50-miler, which started at 8:30am, so they wanted plenty of time to park and get all of their gear together/tires pumped and ready to go. Parking was not a problem at all, there was more than enough parking for all of the events–and then some!
So 8:30am came and off they went and before I knew it, it was time to line up for my ride, the 25-miler. I decided on the 25 miles because I 1. was not ready for a 50-miler after the lack of training and 2. I wanted to do a little time trial to see what my 25 mile time was (so I can base some of my olympic tri training off of it). The 25-mile field was a little bare, lots of riders who were obviously going to leisurely ride (nothing against it, but I really wanted someone who could pace me a little bit). We took off and to my surprise I was in the lead–until these two uber-cyclist men blew by me with the pace car–I think I lost sight of them around mile 5 or so–those dudes were F-A-S-T fast! Keep in mind, this was not a race, so there was no official time clock, no podiums, just a nice ride. A ride that I decided to make competitive in my mind. I told myself I was not going to let myself get passed again and to my complete surprise I did not get passed!
I was not wearing my Garmin so I had no idea what my pace was, but it was comfortably-hard (I ended up with 15.8 mph pace, which I am quite proud of since I didn’t have a pacer). I struggled with the hills, oh man did I struggle with the hills. Definitely something to work on this summer. As I turned onto the turnaround loop, I found that I was all by myself. Just me, the road and eventually a random rooster standing in a large field close to the road. It was so quiet and somewhat relaxing. I started going downhill and noted some turns and gravel so I forced myself to slow down–I didn’t want any accidents, especially being by myself. All in all I felt I kept a nice even pace (aside from the uphills) and felt really comfortable on the bike. It was definitely a confidence booster.
Heading back into Chickahominy, it dawned on my that “holy crap I wasn’t passed!!” and as far as I knew I was the first female in and third overall in for the 25-miler. I finished in 1 hour 34 minutes and some seconds–about SIX minutes faster than my goal time!! Now that was a hugenconfidence booster. Again, this was not a race so there were no official times, but in that moment I felt amazing.
I walked down to the docks and hung out for awhile waiting for the post ride BBQ that started at 11:30am.
My only complaint would be for those finishing before the 11:30am meal service time, to have some snacks available. I walked up around the 100-miler turnaround (from the Richmond start) to see if I could snatch a bag of Sun Chips, but there were complaints that food was running low and there were still several riders to come in and I really didn’t want to take away food from someone doing a century ride. I remembered I had some almonds in the car so I munched on those to hold me over.
The BBQ. There is nothing like a BBQ sandwich after a ride. Lemme tell ya, it’s the best and that’s really all I have to say about that
Tyler and his friend returned from the 50 miler, ate their food then we packed up headed out. It was a great day!
The 10th annual Virginia Cap2Cap Ride took place on May 9th. It consists of a 100-miler, 50-miler, 25-miler and a 15-mile fun ride. The ride takes off from two different locations, Rockett’s Landing in Richmond or the Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg. The Virginia Capital to Capital Trail is a multi-purpose trail that will run from Jamestown to Richmond. I frequently use it for cycling and running. You can find out more about the ride here, and find out all about the trail here. As of today, there are only 111 more days until the trail is completed! Exciting stuff!
Have a great day!