Yesterday was an incredibly beautiful day for Michigan. It wasn't freezing cold. It wasn't blazing hot. It wasn't extremely windy. It was just perfect, and that was good because Josh and I were planning on riding the Steelhead Half Ironman bike course. We had ridden a solid section of it on our century ride a couple weeks ago, but we wanted to get a strong feel for the hills and road in general. We had heard that it was a "Cattle Trail" and really rough roads, but that didn't seem to be the case except for one section. Here's what the course looks like, and I'm sure it looks familiar to many of you...(Kevin & MattyO) and will look familiar to you, Mary, in 61 days.
We loaded up the bikes on the 4Runner and drove to Jean Klock Park. Since I'm cheap, we surely didn't pay to park there inside the gate, but just found a nice spot on the road out of the park.
At the end of the ride, we ended up riding 59 miles at 18.7mph. I took the first four miles out because it was super slow while we were searching for the right road, which left us with 55 miles at 19.1mph average. I think that's respectable for a solid training ride. After a post-ride pic, we drove the 15 minutes home and enjoyed some good food and rest.
This ride was a big confidence booster and a whole lot of fun. Last Wednesday, I did a solo ride of 50 miles in 97* weather. It was a blast except that I got lost and ended up going a long way out of my way. I drank plenty and didn't feel too bad at the end. I'm so excited about Steelhead in a couple months that I almost forget that I'm doing an Oly tri two weeks from yesterday.
I've enjoyed reading all your race reports and what you've got going on in your lives. Thanks for reading, and have a blessed week!