|Jennie, Karen #2, Soraya, Erin, Karen #1, Kathryn, Me|
This year I did the ride in her memory and had six other friends sign up with me. These were mostly women I have been riding with since January when I signed up for the Cinderella Classic training. We even wore our Cinderella Classic jerseys. Oh, and I painted my nails to match my bike (and one of the sleeves on the jersey).
|Soraya and I. First to arrive at the rest stop.|
|Crystal Springs Reservoir|
We dropped back onto Canada Road and headed south to the same rest stop. We all enjoyed more PB&J sandwiches.
|Karen #2 and I|
|Jennie and I|
Somehow, after that last rest stop, Soraya and I got separated from the rest of the group. I'm thinking they didn't make it through a green light. Soraya and I chugged along and made pretty good time back to Foster City. The stretch along the water had a terrible headwind. Soraya was behind me for a bit and I kept us at 17 or 18 mph. I finally got worn out and she was kind enough to get in front and pull me for a bit. I was pushing as hard as I could and my legs were hurting. But, I felt GREAT when I pulled in at the end.
The rest of the group pulled in within five minutes of us. We all enjoyed a very yummy lunch and talked about our ride. I could tell they all had a great time. Soraya had to get home to her kids so she isn't in the final group photo.
|Karen #1, Jennie, Karen #2, Erin, Me, Kathryn|
I am so thankful to these friends that signed up and did this ride with me. It was so fun riding in a group again. I like seeing different women riding together and chatting, getting to know each other or just catching up. It warmed my heart. I had a marvelous time with everyone.
I have a ride planned with two of these girls tomorrow - a ~55-miler through the Oakland/Moraga/Orinda hills. Soraya and I have signed up for a 100k in August. Of course I will continue to see a few of them a week during club rides.
Because you have read this far, I will reward you with a photo of Boomer. I know most of you are used to seeing photos of him on my blog. So, here you are:
Thanks for reading.