Tomorrow’s the Big Day

The big day for me anyway. I’m riding the Millerton Metric which is a 70 mile ride through the Sierra foothills outside of Fresno/Clovis. It’s actually part of a longer, more strenous ride called the Climb to Kaiser, which is about 150 miles and features some insane climbing. But hey, you gotta walk before you can run.

I bought my bike just over 8 weeks ago. Before that I had not ridden a bicycle in years and had never ridden any sort of distance. I bought it to exercise and immediately I discovered many people I knew were avid bicyclists. My buddy Dave, who plays percussion at church, invited me to ride with him and some friends who were training for the Millerton Metric and so I started riding with them every Saturday.

Though I enjoyed riding, I decided I needed a goal to reach for. It’s not enough for me to do something just for kicks. So I set a goal of riding a 100 mile ride within 60 days. The Millerton Metric fell into that timeframe and is roughly 100 kilometers…. heck, that’s close enough right? So I decided that would be my goal.

So tomorrow is the day! I’m excited and worried all at once. I’m worried about having to stop on the hill climbs. In training I’ve just not had enough strength to get up those hills in one go. But hey, I’m 41 years old and I’ve only been riding for 8 weeks. My goal tomorrow is to finish, and do it in a reasonable amount of time. If I can do that, I’ll be a happy man.

Say a prayer for Doug, Dave and I.