Today, I rode 85 miles to the Shiner Brewery in Shiner, Texas. It was a very well supported ride and a beautiful course. My aim was to do it in less than 6 hours, which I managed. I came in at 5:45. I did stop at every other waterstop, and I made myself drink a lot on the bike because I still struggle with that, particularly if there’s any kind of wind. Today, we had quite a bit of wind, but I did well with it. I got spooked a couple of times with cross winds that almost knocked me over, but for the most part, the ride was fine.
I spent quite a while at the after-ride party at the brewery waiting for Mom to pick me up. Normally, I bolt, but I’m glad I didn’t today. I spent much of the time talking to the father of my doubles partner for when I was a kid. I couldn’t believe that he recognized me 18 years later, but he did. It was such a treat to see him and his wife. I wouldn’t have had that opportunity to catch up if I had left in a hurry, so I’m thankful Mom was running late.
I’ll definitely be doing this ride again.