Sitting on my couch on Monday night, having just returned from Melbourne. On Sunday I rode the Around the Bay in a day event. I've had this as a goal for a while now, The 250km registrations sold out in 4 hours and I was lucky (or determined) enough to get in. Over 16,000 people rode a variety of distances from 50 kms to 250kms.
Leading up to the weekend, I had been riding some reasonable k's but went over with some trepidation about the distance and the wind/weather (which was bad - 35 - 50km/h head winds for about a third of the ride!).
Because this has been a goal for 6 months now, and I've completed it, I'm not sure how I feel. I'm really happy with my time and that I worked really hard for over 8 hours in the saddle, met some great blokes and all that, but......WHAT NOW!!! I feel like I need another goal. France? Spain? Adelaide to Melbourne? Three Peaks? Surely something! Then I think about it a bit and realise I'm stuffed and need to kick back and relax for a while. Don't know that I can though....Been cycling for 12 months now and it's been one goal to the next and a number of the Adelaide cyclists crew have unknowingly been a part of these steps.
So, I'll spend some time thinking, but, there will be a next step...who's coming?
PS, the ATB in a Day event is fantastic, huge numbers, way more expensive that the TDU ride, way less food and catering (had to buy stuff at refreshment stops!) but awesome! It's about the challenge not the catering.
250kms, 8 hrs 19 minutes riding, 28.9km/h ave speed.