Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bike the Bear

This morning I was greeted with this view of Bear Lake and the sun rising over the city of Pickleville. Everyone knows how 'man made' cameras can't even compare with the real thing and so it is with this photo. But what a spectacular start of a day. 8:00 am was the start of the race and we needed to arise early to begin the final preparations for this endurance test. Thank goodness we didn't eat all the twinkies and ding dongs last night.

The racers were lined up and at 7:58 am someone jumped the gun and took off. I've never seen so much spandex and tire lube mixed in the same spot and so very glad no one called them back for a "false start." Landon was assigned rest station #2 and we could only hope that was somewhere on the route. The goal was to complete a lap, or two, around this big'o lake on a bike and live to blog about it. Carrie hung back with mom and dad for about a mile and then her competitive spirit and some dude's hairy legs drove her to step up the pace. We didn't see her again till the end. 52.3 miles later. And yes we all made it all the way around, some parts hurting more than others. And Landon? I don't know. The last time I saw him, he was chasing a rattler with gaterade and a rice krispy granola bar. I hope he makes it back for church.









This photo was taken before the 52.3 mile "Bike the Bear" race. If you zoom in and look real close you can see me in mom's glasses. Landon can be seen standing next to the college aged girls somewhere near the lake.........

6 comments:

Cares said...

it was a great ride, thanks for taking me with you guys... Next time we do it hopefully you'll have new ROAD bikes and see how the race looks on those wheels....
And it's true about Landon's college girls but the only thing the hairy legged guys did for me was make me go faster...

Amy N. said...

I am glad you all made it! Did you get up to 45 MPH at any point? So how long did it take you? Beautiful sunrise-sometimes it does pay to wake up before it does!

You know if you stay behind the hairy legged guys it acts as a wind breaker and you save energy-or so I have heard

Chad Welch said...

Yeah Carrie. Remember what Amy says, hairy legged guys break wind, so don't get too close.

Amy N. said...

LOL CHAD...and stay way in front unless there is a tail wind!

Amy N. said...

watch out for mom's that eat apples upside down too-I hear that can be a wind breaker too...

Cares said...

Dad you were doing so great on blogging... Don't ya think it's time for an update?? Love ya! maybe we should go biking or hiking so we have something to blog about