The training has been going well. I am trying to get in several long rides a week. So far my longest ride has been around 35 miles. Yes it's not 50 but on both those rides I was able to get off the bike a run immediately after so I am basing it on the fact that I will have enough energy to make it the entire distance. I have also been practicing hills. I am slow at the hills but am lucky that we have some serious hills around here to climb (our street being one of them).
I purchased and was fitted for a new saddle on my bike several months ago and invested in a really good pair of bike shorts. So far it's made a huge difference in my comfort level.
I am guessing the ride will take me about 4 hours. That's a lot of time to myself. I know I will be thinking of some special people on this ride. One of them being Dina (who is no longer with us) and her sweet little girls. I know there will be times that I will probably want to give up and point my bike back down the hill, but I have to remember that she never gave up. In fact her expression she often used was "Game ON!"
So here we go Durango to Silverton:
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