struggles we faced
having done the STP for six years, thirteen years earlier, the dream
of riding another Seattle to Portland Bike Ride is becoming a reality.
I saw an ad posted for tickets for the STP as a reduced rate and that
got me thinking, thinking really hard. Would it be possible for the
two of us to get into shape for STP in thirty days, or was that just
a dream that I have had in my head and wasn't reality at all. First
I didn't know if my daughter, Aurora, would be willing to get in shape
with me especially since it would be a brutal training schedule. Assuming
that she would be willing or could be convinced there were still some
major hurdles to overcome before this could happen. I have been in front
of my computer way too much over the past several years. I had no idea
how far out of shape I really was! I decided that if this was going
to happen I would need to ride an additional thirty miles each week
in a single day. It sure looked overwhelming at the time. I was determined.
My husband told me I was nuts to consider this, even though I am sure
he really knew that I would decide to do it anyway.
All those ideas were flooding my head when I saw those tickets for sale. What should I do, what would I do, Would I survive my own brutal schedule? I wanted answers, but none were to be had. That was on Saturday the seventh of June. By the next day I had emailed the seller asking about the tickets, by Monday I knew they were ours.
We began riding the evening of the seventh. A simple five mile loop was extremely difficult. The next day we rode to church, a sixteen mile ride took several hours to accomplish. We were saddle sore and muscle sore. The following Monday Aurora and I did a five mile loop in the morning early since she was still in school at this point. Later in the evening another six mile loop was done. Jason went with us in the evening. We had a good ride but were very tired and sore. Due to extreme pain, Tuesday was declared a day of rest!
Wednesday we did another early morning ride, a six mile loop, and that evening we rode to Lake Roseiger for dinner, about 18 miles. The next day I took Aurora to school by bike, the weather had changed for the worse and so we got a ride home that evening.
Stay tuned for more details coming as soon as I can find the time after the ride to continue.
Have a great ride, and stay safe!
Tina & Aurora