|The Event t-shirt
|The Optional Jersey
|Photo bombed by the rising sun
|Just about go time for the half-century and metric century.
|Already stopped to fix a rear flat. Stupid goat heads
|For reference, my car tire loaded with goat heads. These things are nasty on bike tires.
We ended up turning early, and completed 45.3 of the planned 64 miles. I just wasn't ready for the full course this morning and didn't want to turn this into the "day of the dread." It's all good. I finished happy, still enjoying my bike.
|At our final rest stop, happy about decision to turn early. Also sporting snazzy new event jersey.
|Racked at the finish
[edited to add: We didn't participate in this event last year due to the recurring problem I have with my left knee. I feel compelled to mention that so far this year, my knee is doing okay. I expected to need to get treatment again at about this time, so I'm very grateful to be able to be doing stuff like this. It kind of feels like I'm getting bonus pain-free days this year. I certainly appreciate it!]