That’s RIGHT! BICYCLE BICYCLE BICYCLE!!! RAGBRAI 2010 is almost ready to kick-off…I hope everyone is prepared…training is over – all 75 miles of my training is complete (maybe it was 76 miles…haha) – Some have tabulated hundreds of training miles – (just wasted energy in my opinion) Miles that could have been harnessed for the ride that matters…that or I’ll be the one with the sorest muscles, YES I am leaving it as just “muscles”…you can decide WHICH one’s will be the sorest…no need for me to elaborate…
So how exactly do you “kick-off” something like a 400+ mile bike ride – Sanders? Good question!!
Well after the packing is complete (and for some this may be more of an arduous task than others)…most of us will not care that our shoes match our helmets, gloves, and bike shorts…(or any combination of these) OR care if we do or don’t have a hair dryer to style our hair and a ceiling fan for our tent (sorry Anne had to throw it in there…thanks Randi for the heads up). After the tents and sleeping bags, bikes and equipment, along with any “emergency items” needed for personal comfort, cleanliness, and “refreshment” are safely stowed – (NOTE: we have learned from past experience…brown paper bags are not considered safe containment for fragile items) …we will sit down on the LAST COMFORTABLE SEAT we will get to experience BEFORE placing our rear ends on what should be considered a present day TORTURE device…and WE WILL ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!! Hahaha
Not only we will enjoy a comfortable seat, we’ll also enjoy one more night in the comfort of our own bed…something about that makes me smile…I mean how can one compare the comfort of your bed to the invigorating thought that after a long ride of 50, 60, or even 80 to 100 miles (those that are brave enough to challenge the CENTURY LOOP) – you get to come back to a nice warm TENT AND A SLEEPING BAG!!! – just to wake up and do it all over again…
Now – you might be saying…goodness this doesn’t sound like FUN at ALL! WELL Hey hey hey now…Mr./Mrs. “I like to jump to conclusions”…let’s not get ahead of ourselves…I am just setting the stage for you…I mean come on…if it was all golden corn fields and Twinkies you may not want to keep reading…you’re following TEAM PEACOCK here…and when the Peacocks come to town, its UIU – peacock blue…WATCH OUT NOW WE’RE COMING THROUGH!!! And if you didn’t know…ya better “tell somebody”!!!
What’s that you say…I still haven’t answered the question…what question? Oh yeah…how do we “kick off” the bike ride…hey that’s easy…you just call up Chuck Norris – and ask him what time it is…and when he says 2 seconds ‘til – it’s hard not to respond, “2 seconds ‘til wha…..” and HE ROUNDHOUSE KICKS YOU IN THE FACE!!! That’s how we KICK OFF RAGBRAI!!
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