Originally Posted by JayGee
I made a 7 layer dip with a big M-dot (the Ironman symbol) created out of olives on the top
*Please* tell me you took a picture, I would love to share that with my friend Sonja!!!
: on the no helmet guy. I'm kind of surprised the ranger didn't insist on calling an ambulance for him if he didn't know his name! Seems like a situation just full of possible liability!
I've always been hardcore about helmets, but it was reinforced by one of my newer riding friends. She took a fall from her bike (pre-kids), not hard, wearing a helmet, and still ended up in a coma for three days! Can you imagine how bad it would have been had she NOT been wearing the helmet?! I'm constantly amazed by the people around here who don't wear helmets. There were a couple of (elite) triathletes who were hit by a car on a ride a couple of weeks ago. The guy was wearing a helmet and still suffered severe head injuries. He was just moved out of the ICU a couple of days ago. It's scary.
Wow. What a day. I drove up to Vail this morning to meet my friend at her house, and we headed out for our bike ride. We decided to ride Vail Pass, since the other potential ride was going to be quite a bit longer, and she wasn't quite sure she was up for it. It was pretty much all uphill from her family's home to the top of the pass, 24 miles. It was a great ride! Robyn didn't make it all the way up (she has asthma which was acting up, and hasn't been training as much as I have), but I did, and felt pretty good about it. It was tough, but a lot of fun. I even kind of met a guy.
: We rode the last couple of miles to the top together, he's also a triathlete from Denver, and he's running the race I'm volunteering at on Monday, so he said he'd look for me.
The way down was SO MUCH FUN. The first five miles or so of downhill were kind of technical, so I was riding my brakes a lot, but the next five were awesome, wide open, pretty straight, and I just let it FLY. I think I topped out around 40 mph. All told, it was just under 48 miles in about 3.75 hours.
Then we went out to this amazing restaurant up here. My friend is a regular and is friends with the chef and the owners, which is awesome. The other time I've been, when we were up in March for skiing, the chef pretty much gave us every dish on the menu (we had gotten the chef's tasting, supposed to be 6 or 7 courses), and we got free drinks and only charged for the off-season tasting menu. This time wasn't quite as good, since the chef was out, but we still got 3 extra courses. And the food at this place is awesome. I am full, slightly tipsy, and very tired.
I have a 10 mile run in the plans for tomorrow morning. The original plan was to get up around 8ish and head out for it, but then we met these women at the restaurant tonight who are going out to brunch with the restaurant owners in the morning at another very, very nice restaurant that apparently is having a 2 for 1 brunch special. And they invited us. And their reservation is at 10.
So, that means I need to be running by 7 so I can get my run in and get back and showered. And I need to be up early enough before that to eat and digest breakfast. Therefore, it is not even 10 PM and I am heading to bed!