I knew it was going to be wet. That's what the Met Service said. All freaking weekend. How inconvenient when you're training for a big ride and need all the weekends you can get!!!
Saturday was out. I had a company training to attend and my daughters first gymnastics competition (proud mummy moment) and besides Saturday was supposed to be worse than Sunday. I saw lots of people riding on Saturday in the rain though so figured I probably shouldn't woose out and just get out there on Sunday.
7am - Still raining. Check Facebook. Hutt River is pretty high. Get distracted by newsfeed.
7.30am Let's do this!!! Probably should have a decent breakfast. And make sure I have snacks!!! You know, in case I end up in the wrong place again and somehow I'm in the bush and the all of a sudden I fall straight in a pile of mud before I can even think about getting my feet off the pedals. I haven't cleaned my bike since then, maybe a ride in the rain will give it the clean it needs?
7.40am - Still sore from yesterday's body balance session with Katie, post my video of the routine I did. Not liking the look of that rain. It's probably cold. But it will be good character building right? And it may rain on the actual ride so probably should get used to it...
8am - Just about break my ankle running to the garage to get a piece of bread from the freezer to go with my eggs. That's one way of getting out of riding in the rain I suppose...
9am - I should be on my bike by now so I can be back by lunchtime!! But I need snacks that I can carry. Sorry Jo, I tried calling you yesterday to drop off your sample protein bar but you didn't answer. It's the only one in the whole house, I'll get you another one. I'll take an apple, a shake sachet, a Lift Off sachet and my Camel Back. Sorted.
9.05am - I need my phone for Strava to track my ride, and of course for selfies (yeah right) and videos. But I can't get it wet...how will I explain to my bosses why my phone doesn't work??? Zip lock bag - super.
9.15am - I really don't want to get wet.
What a miserable ride that would be. But I don't yet have a waterproof biking jacket. What about this $2 plastic poncho? That will keep me dry.
Helen - you look like such a dork and that thing is going to flap everywhere!!!
9.18am - GENIUS!!!! I will wear it UNDER my T-shirt on top of my polyprop and cycle top with the pocket for my phone. At least all the important bits will be dry. Sorted.
CRAP!!!! Where did those pot holes come from??? No time to stop so I hang on for dear life. Made it!!! Note to self - it's all very well keeping up morale by singing at the top of your lungs (because no one else is crazy enough to be out in this weather and I have the place to myself) but keep your eyes on the road ahead!!! Oh, that just reminded me of another song to sing..."keep your mind on your driving, keep your hands on the wheel, keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead!! We're having fun, sitting in the back seat hugging and a kissing with Fred".
Well have fun Fred but I'm outta here!!
Straight through a big puddle. Damn it!!! Now my socks are wet and I've only done 7km.
North of the Moonshine Bridge and what are these people doing out here making me slow down? I can't decide if people from Upper Hutt are crazier than people from Lower Hutt or just tougher. Or maybe it's just that it's not really raining now.
The rest of the ride north is fairly uneventful and I stop at Akatarewa Cemetery for a snack.
Love that protein bar (once again my apologies Jo) and have a Lift Off for some energy. Last time I dumped the whole lot in my mouth and added water. It fizzed up and just about came out my nose. This time I'll be clever and add water to the packet. If only that damn water would come out of the straw!!! Drip Drip Drip
23km down of an estimated 65km ride. I'm going to stay off the gravel heading back and will ride on the road because there's supposed to be a southerly. And sure enough, there is a southerly!! What a test on mind set that was!! Katie Perry's Roar gets me through this one.
A quick stop in at home for a shake to refuel. I really don't want to stop at home because I'm scared that I might not go out again but I desperately need to change my socks, my pants, and have a wee. OMG you have no idea how luxurious dry socks feel. But what is giveth is taketh away as I put my feet in my bike shoes and my socks immediately get wet as they soak up the water. My heart sinks and I feel like crying. But I don't because "I am a champion and you're gonna hear me ROOOARRR!!!!!" At least my pants are still dry!!!!
For about 5 minutes because it's raining again.
Into the southerly now, towards the sea and riding along the Esplanade. Right to the end and then finally I get to turn back towards home and have a tail wind. But WATCH OUT!!! That puddle ahead that's going right across the road looks pretty deep, better slow down. A damn shame that the person in the car coming up behind me didn't think it was a good idea to slow down. Thanks for that I didn't think I was wet enough. Lucky, sir, that you were there to rectify that situation.
It's getting hard, even with the tail wind. My knees are sore and as I ride I make a mental list of the supplements that would be helpful with my training - fish oil, glucosamine sulphate, protein...lucky I have my own shop that I can get everything I need from with a few clicks of a button.
My feet are like blocks of ice. Why is that? It's not even cold! Or maybe it is and I've got frost bite! Maybe, when I take my socks of, my toes will be black and need to come off. Or maybe I'm just a big hypochondriac and should just suck it up and get on with it
And then I'm home. Fatigued, wet, and getting cold. And I LOVED IT!!!!! I did it. 63km in 3hours and 14 minutes. Not a world record by any stretch of the imagination. But I did it!
How can you help?
Any donations, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated. A little bit will be used to help get me and my bike to Australia, the remainder will be given to HFF, a charity for which I'm doing this whole crazy bike ride.
Donations can be made via PayPal using firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com as the email. Or feel free to contact me directly by email for internet banking account details.
For donations over $250 talk to me about getting your company logo on my training gear.
Keep an eye out for some fun fundraising events that I'll be working on in the next few months.
And special thanks to Tiare Murray and family for being the first to sponsor me. I greatly appreciate it, you are a rock star!!!