What's with the 49.5 you ask? Only 19.5 today? Slacker? Nope. Support vehicle died.
I had a superb morning run (16 miles). Bro-in-law Andy Miller was support crew and drove ahead a few miles then would come back on his bike. The first time he came back, I put my double water belt in the paniers, got a few pounds lighter, and started running, literally, 1 mile per hour faster (according to my son's nifty GPS watch). The rest of the day my water belt stayed with the bike. Deluxe!
Today, from a running perspective, was fantastic: light on my feet, no stomach problems, nothing aching, clipping along at 11-11.5 minutes per mile pace (unlike yesterday when, upon seeing a plastic bag blow past us, I told AndyE that even the bags were faster than we were and they don't even have legs). Notables of the morning's stellar 16 included:
- deluxe restroom stop at the Hudson Public Library which is a real hopping place - three reading groups and bunches of kids and parents - and an excellent bathroom.
- road kill of the day was turtles - lots - and one that I was able to save from the road before it got crunched.
- light cloud cover and temps in the 60s with a tail wind until 15 miles.
- great conversation with Andy M...our first chance to really catch up with eachother in a very long time.
- lunch time break at the Weld County School complex - again with good bathroom facilities, and a peaceful setting for our midday break. Feet iced then up, iced towel massage for the legs, reclined chair, good lunch, more good talking with Andy M.
Holly, my massage therapist, told me to fully expect three things to go wrong. So - I'm ready to go with the flow. I've got some remapping to do today for future pickup points, and I need to figure out where to maybe make up some miles to get back on schedule. But, hey! The running and company were mighty fine today!