So, how's your training going? I'm happy to say I'm ahead of pace, having surpassed 100 miles in the saddle today. Tom Hicks and I enjoyed a noon ride along the trail and had lunch at Jerseys. I'm thinking I shouldn't have to count the calories in the french fries they brought me since I ordered cottage cheese.
So, due largely to my Florida vacation and considerably less to the Iowa climate, I'm at 109 miles. Last year, before I wound up biking only five of the seven RAGBRAI legs, I didn't pass 100 miles until May 22. In 2006, the year of the cattle truck rescue, it was June 30. Back in 2005, when this obsession started, I bought my bike two weeks from now. On June 12 of that year, I set a personal best riding 13.4 miles to and from my son's baseball games to surpass the 100 mile mark.
Three years later the odometer reads 2,217 -- not counting 70 miles in Florida -- and I'm as fired up for RAGBRAI as I've ever been. Losing 40 pounds certainly helps. I really like the route. The jerseys are cool -- both the RAGBRAI and CoeBRAI versions. Most of all, I'm excited about the returning riders and anxious to give the newcomers an experience of a lifetime.