It's on. I'm competitive and I give in easily to being taunted in competition. So I'm in. David has come from a severe mileage deficit to be ahead of me by 37 miles this morning. I have 9 days of riding left to catch and pass him and make him cry like a little girl.
It's cold. I hate the cold. It gets dark early. I've got my lights. Gathering the motivation to put my body into the cold air cripples me. HELP!!!! Can you please post things to help me maintain my motivation to win win win? HELP!!
Check back here, I'll be posting our progress.
UPDATE: David is 29 miles ahead. Today I got in 18.6. I have a sneaking feeling David will add more this evening. It was cold today. I need another layer on top.
Gerry, that IS motivation!! Frank, Eric, right on the money. YES!!!
UPDATE: I just rode 8.07 miles in the dark. I get home and see David rode 16.9. David's ahead 38 friggen miles. And its going to rain ALL day tomorrow.
UPDATE: I just put on practically every garment I own including Rita's banana rain suit and got in a quick 10.22 miles. I have to go out of town today and won't be back until very late tomorrow. Bummer. I would've ridden more today, but we're too tight on time to get out of here. David's ahead by 28 miles before he rides today.
UPDATE: I went to Albany to visit the in-laws. Brought my bike, got in 36 of the coldest, most ridiculous miles ever. Route 20 to Albany. Massive rollers, powerful headwind/crosswind, snow when I started, ice on the roads. CRAZY!! But I snuggled into my warm clothing and persevered. I rode 36 miles, David rode 32. All that and I'm STILL down by 43 miles. I don't know how much longer I can keep this up. I sucked it up big time to get out there today, my resolve is starting to crumble!!!! And Matt's worrying that I'm being risky. He's right.
UPDATE: 12/28/07- spent some time today cleaning Baby. I took the back wheel off to clean the cassette and it came off entirely!! Long story short, there was a part that was cross-threaded from the initial build, blah blah...David tried to help me put everything back together, but it was a no-go. The competition is on hold until she's up and running again. The rear wheel won't turn at all. I'm going to bring it in tomorrow, hopefully it'll get fixed quickly and inexpensively. Stay tuned. (Thanks for the help though David!)