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Logistical Planning: Sometimes Fun, Sometimes a Real Pain

by on May 8, 2014

Those of us planning to ride the Lap Of Lake Ontario in July are fully engaged in logistical planning.  It has to do with making hotel reservations before, during, and after the ride.  You would think that would be an easy thing.  It’s not.

Complicating matters for us is the 7:00 pm start time of the ride.  How far does one intend to ride before sleeping?  Our group is not of one mind.  I choose to sleep in the heat of the day.  Others want to sleep as close to a regular sleeping schedule as possible.  How far will we travel in that length of time?  Hotel cancellation policies in the area we are traveling requires 48 hour notice.  That means no multiple booking of hotels and choosing one based on ride speed.  Hotels close to the start/finish line are not the most attractive and are far from other services.  We have a block of rooms reserved, about a 30 minute drive  from the finish.  Logistics.

All of this was the continuous stream of discussion this morning.  Apparently hotels are filling up and we need to make these reservations soon.  I don’t think we talked about much else.

It was good to get out this morning.  I skipped yesterday because I was simply exhausted.  I had a couple of very late nights and very early mornings and was feeling quite sleep deprived.

This morning I decided to push the pace some down B&A Blvd behind my house and was able to set a personal best speed on one segment.  The roughly 1.2 mile Strava segment took me 2:44, resulting in an average speed of 22.3 mph.  This was in full darkness, so there was a bit of anxiety since I didn’t have my headlight on high beam and visibility was poor.  It felt good.

Kamakazee bunnies were out.  The birds were singing to the start of day.  Four of us rode a fairly easy pace while some of the younger bucks decided to race. Some things really never change.

In the end, it was a pretty morning to ride.  Temperatures were comfortable.  I finished with 28 miles in the bank.  That will have to do for the week.  Circumstances say it will be Tuesday before I can ride the 5:45 ride again.

Bible Verses of the Day:

When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. (Exodus 16:14 NRSV)

“Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” (Acts 11:3 NRSV)

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