Day 1: 66.6 miles (107km)
Day 2: 72.3 miles (116km)
Day 3: Christmas. Christmas is about sharing time with your family and friends, to remember and celebrate the true meaning of love and happiness. I am a Christian, I have celebrated Christmas before, although I can't remember the last time I did celebrate with my immediate family, and I admire those with cohesive families that exemplify genuine and unconditional love. Since I didn't have any dire plans for the majority of the day, I rolled out for the derby ride hoping to find other rare individuals. The derby is more than just a training ride for me. It's a ride full of friends, it's my "family" (think about how much time you actually spend with your cycling friends on a daily/weekly basis), we all love our bikes, and are happy when we ride...even during those dreadful training rides. It makes you feel good when you're done. And so there were 5. Yes, people actually showed up on Christmas morning for the derby. I won't name names, and I won't say who "won" because I would consider it as just another ride where people happened to be handily around. This derby really "didn't count" in my book. It was a good training ride, and I was happy to be out on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Derby+, 80 miles for the day, legs feeling fatigued.