Almost two weeks ago, on June 18th, Geoff and I completed the Harpoon Brewery to Brewery Ride , making the 150-mile trek from one brewery in Boston, to the other in Windsor, VT. I was really nervous about the ride – 150 miles in hilly terrain is no small workout. I had trained well, and fairly consistently, but never anything over 90 miles. I was also a bit apprehensive about nutrition, as one of Geoff’s friends failed to complete the ride last year due to dehydration.
The outcome was even more amazing than I ever could have imagined – not only did I finish, but I finished fast and strong. Coasting down the final turn as we entered the green valley of the Windsor Brewery was the best feeling – I felt totally on top of the world, and like I could have ridden another 100 miles! I passed people on the climbs, and took long pulls in our peleton of all-guys. I was also proud for being one of a few (maybe more than a few, but not very many) women to do the ride.
The weather was perfect for us (aside from a massive hail storm at the celebration BBQ), and I got to ride with an awesome group of guys that stayed together for the entire ride, waiting at rest stops, and lingering around when one of the guys got a flat.
Needless to say, I’m totally in love with cycling, and I can’t wait to do more rides like the B2B!