I did the SIR Spring 200km brevet on March 9. On Facebook, someone asked me what I think about on a 9 hour ride, and I wrote the following (I thought I should post this here for safe keeping).
Some things I remember thinking: Wow, it's cold and foggy - the fog is fogging up my glasses - I better wipe off my glasses - The cold's okay - Can I make that light? - 15th Ave goes on forever - This is a nice descent - I can probably turn off my headlight now - I'm certainly not over-dressed - Where is that gravel section? - Oh, here it is - Look, a bald eagle - I already need to pee - Should I stop at this park? - Can I make it to Snohomish? - That rider nearly crashed into my front wheel - There is a nice descent coming up - I'd rather not ride on 180th, but it's short - This is not my usual route to Broadway - This is a really fast descent - This seems like a good group to ride with - But I have to use the restroom in Snohomish, so I'll probably not see them again on this ride - What to eat? - Am I drinking enough? - If I ride with my mouth open, how much water will I get from the fog? - The water fountain is shut off, where will I get more water? - Is that ice falling off that tree? - What is *that* pain? Oh good, standing up for a bit made it go away - That guy is riding faster than I want to ride - I should put on my sunglasses - A manned info control is cool - I remember some of this from September - Oh good, it looks like everyone is stopping at the obvious convenience store in Granite Falls - Payday bar - Oh good, a few riders caught up with me - Oh no, I keep dropping them on little climbs, I should take it easy - Oh, now they're really far back, I guess I'll just press on - Monroe is always a bit confusing - Hurray, now I know the rest of the route by heart and don't need to look at the cue sheet anymore - Drafting off this guy who's drafting those time trialists is really not the best idea - It's against the rules, in fact, but fun - I feel pretty good - Now, I don't feel so good - Well, I'll take a nice break in Carnation - Lots of folks at Sandy's Espresso - I like the lemon-infused water at Sandy's - I'm over 100 miles into the ride - I don't feel great - Issaquah-Fall City road has a nasty hill coming up, but I know it well - I think I feel a little better - Why do we have to descend into Issaquah this way? I like Black Nugget road better - What is that rattle? - Is this the info control? - Yes, it is - I should replace my cleats - Now I really feel like I'm almost home - I should stop and eat - I've been riding alone for a long time - Given how I feel, that's probably best - Newport way is a big hill, but it's very doable - Hey, look at all those people who just caught up with me - But they're not staying with me (?) - Just have to cross Mercer Island - Hey, it's that guy that dropped me before Carnation - He must not be feeling great - I should stop pedaling on all the downhills - Yup, that feels good - Idiots drive through the Arboretum - How far up this alley is the finish? Must be that pile of bikes