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Albuquerque, New Mexico
60F / 16C
= 1h 26m 19s
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Woke up, had breakfast and got ready. Had my helmet next to my bag o' stuff on the island in the kitchen. DH had already loaded my bike in the car so I made a cup of coffee and headed out.
I drove downtown and found a parking spot. When I grabbed my bike out of the car I realized I'd left my helmet at home. I didn't have time to go home and come back so I woke DS1 and asked him to bring it to me. Fortunately I have great kids and he didn't hesitate.
I got my stuff together, sans the helmet, and rode the few blocks to the start. I found the port a loo then waited for DS1 and my friends. DS1 arrived with a few minutes to spare so with my helmet I found Coach Scott and a couple other friends. Coach had invited me to ride to and from the ride with he and one of his athletes but I declined, citing my lack of riding as of late.
We stood through the ceremonies then were sent on our way.
just the short ride to the start.
1h 26m 19s
This is the second time I've done this ride. The first time I did the full metric century up to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Santa Fe. This time my lack of bike fitness barely got me to the 30k :
That being said, I love this event. During the first 30k we passed 6 memorials, including a bagpiper, at sites where officers had made the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly, one of them was added this year for an officer who was killed in 2016. That was APD Officer Webster. His killer plead guilty this morning. Officer Webster's widow rode with us. When I went past his memorial she was off her bike kneeling in front of the memorial crying. These always put a lump in my throat, but that one made me cry. It's hard to cry and ride. :'
( The city I live in also lost an Officer last year. He wasn't memorialized on this route because of the location, but his name is on my bike jersey. I will never forget the final dispatch call at his funeral.
There is natural slowing of the group at these locations but the organizers also chose to stop us mid-ride in a couple other spots to keep the group closer together. They hadn't done this the last time I participated.
Once we turned off of Central in ABQ they no longer tried to keep us grouped and it got much more spread out. I kept up with Coach to about this spot but eventually let him go, although I was never too far behind.
This ride was basically a constant uphill so the legs were getting tired. In the last few miles I tried to stand on the pedals to give the sit bones a break from the bumpy roads, but my legs were too shaky to sustain a stand.
What would you do differently?:
Nothing really. I hadn't been bike focused, at ALL, but wanted to do this ride.
I was happy to see the finish! I leaned my bike on a wall and grabbed a breakfast burrito from the aid station. I chatted with Coach before he began his ride home, and S before he headed out to continue on to Santa Fe.
Eventually I loaded my bike on the trailer for the SAG back to the start then talked with some other LEO's that I know.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
lack of training
This event shuts down a major street in Albuquerque for a few hours. Each intersection is blocked by APD officers. Their presence is welcomed, and profound.
The food at the aid stations is great and the volunteers are very friendly. The people riding the metric century finish at the NM Law Enforcement Memorial and get to attend the annual ceremony. It is a great atmosphere, with sad and serious undertones for the entire ride.
Last updated: 2016-04-19 12:00 AM
01:26:19 | 30 kms | 20.85 km/hr
Some with gusts
From downtown ABQ to the police substation east of ABQ along Route 66, a major road downtown.
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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