November 26th, 2011
After a travel day on Friday it was great to be home where I could enjoy warmer weather, my own bike, and familiar roads. With one hundred and seventy miles to go over the next two days to finish the Rapha Turkey Takeoff Challenge on Strava, I was excited to get rolling.
Looking forward to a century on Sunday with my buddy Ben, today’s goal was a seventy mile ride. For any ride over fifty miles coming up with a fun route is always good to keep boredom at bay. With rain expected in a couple hours and concern over having a mechanical far from home, I decided to stay close and listen to a good book and hit some of the cool old boulevards around East Dallas. Helping a woman fix a flat was the omen I needed to confirm I had made the right choice.
After rolling through Forest Hills, Swiss Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard I headed back down to the lake and pretty quickly rolled past Ben. We both had plans for another 30 miles and settled in for some laps around White Rock Lake. It was a great finish to a good ride, picking Ben’s brain on wheels, running tubeless, and catching up on family and fun over the holiday.
After getting home and plugging my Garmin into Strava, I confirmed I had achieved my seventy miles. It was a great leisurely ride in pretty strong winds. A hundred miles to go and the Rapha Turkey Takeoff Challenge would be in the bag!