We woke up at 5:30am on Saturday and headed to Richardson for our family bike ride (mine and Caleb’s longest yet!).
Oncor was one of the sponsors of the event and Dane is an official rider for them. Hence the official looking jersey he’s wearing. I’m only a little proud of him. 🙂 Anyway, we had to be there for an official photo with the Oncor team.
So after the photo we found the hospitality table and, y’all, it was legit. They had chick-fil-a breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruits, homemade muffins and cookies, chocolate milk, and all the other amazing junk food everyone loves right before a big ride.
There were three rides…16, 40, and 64 miles. Dane could easily have done the 40 mile and probably the 64 mile. But not Caleb and me. So we lined up with all the other families, newbs, and amateurs at 7:30am for the 16 mile trek. The weather was exactly perfect. Breezy, cool, and clear.
Our plan was to ride easy but quickly the first 9-10 miles until the rest stop. I wanted Caleb to have a chance to get out of the trailer, walk around, potty, and grab a snack. Around mile 10, we hadn’t come to the rest stop and saw other riders start to question our route. Turns out we were lost!! We stopped and talked to a few others and checked the map.
I won’t hold back here…I was super bummed. It looked like we were 2-3 miles outside the route and we had missed the rest stop! It was definitely a mental thing. I was feeling fine and we decided to give Caleb a phone to play on since he was getting restless so I knew he could make it another 30 minutes. I could sense the disappointment in Dane, too. To top it off we rode the next few miles of straight hills and it was starting to heat up. Ugh.
But after 10 minutes we were feeling better and knew we were (at least) halfway done. We started seeing familiar signs and volunteers and knew we were nearing the finish.
It ended up being way closer than we thought!! When we crossed the finish line, my Strava app read right under 16 miles!!
So we rode to our car and Dane packed everything up for us. Caleb and I walked around the festival aimlessly eating pizza and soda. Caleb was dooooooooone. Just so very sleepy. And we had to get home so Dane joined us for a few minutes to grab snacks and we headed out. Caleb and I crashed on the way home. Then we showered and dressed in an hour and then drove an hour and a half to Stephenville for my niece’s birthday party.
Needless to say, we were all doooooooone when we got home at 8:30 that night. We fell asleep immediately and “slept allll night” (Caleb says it like that).
Overall, it was awesome. Dane will do a big ride next then I’d love to get another family ride in before the baby and before I can’t even get on a bike anymore.
BUT, I will request that it’s under 16 miles. With a clearly marked map. 🙂