On Sunday we get to race around Oahu. On road bikes. 112 miles. The story is that this is the original ride that inspired the Ironman like 30+ years ago. So that's kind of cool.
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We start near the bottom of the map and ride clockwise around the island. Up a big hill to Wahiawa (the center of Oahu is at like 1,000 feet or so) and then down down down to Haleiwa on the north shore where we'll face a nasty headwind for about 40 miles along the coast until we get to Kaneohe... and then the hills start. Short little steep ones for the last 25 miles. Doesn't that sound fun? Lol.
I live in Kaneohe so the temptation to knock off early and just head home will certainly be there. At mile 85 or so, when my legs are starting to feel the effects of the ride, a quick right turn and a 1/4 mile later I'd be home. Or I can keep racing for another hour+. Might be a tough decision!!
Although in reality I'm looking forward to this event. Goal #1 is to NOT crash. These big events are always full of crashes and I hope to not be a part of one. Goal #2 is to see how long I can hang with some of the very fast cyclists we have here in Hawaii. Pretty much anyone who calls themselves a cyclist will show up on Sunday, so it's a good opportunity to get a feel for where you stack up against everyone else. I feel reasonably fit right now, though this event has always kicked my butt in the past. We shall see how it goes on Sunday! :)