Friday, 02 April, 2004
Alumni Reunion/Ride stats
This is the ninth year in a row I've attended the Alumni Reunion at the Marine Military Academy, and every year I show up at the Mess Hall for breakfast at 6:00 on Friday morning. This year I got up a little earlier than usual and rode my bike the five or so miles from the hotel to the school. It was good to get up and stretch the legs. I especially enjoyed the tailwind (something I hadn't experienced in the last few days) the last three miles of the ride. My legs were a little tired from the last three days, but I was able easily to maintain 15 MPH even into the wind on the way back to the hotel.
I kept a record of every ride I made between October 1 when I started my training program and today, all 113 rides. Some of them I don't have distances for because they were on the mountain bike or on the stationary trainer. I do, however, have times for all of the rides. Recorded mileage since October 1 is 2,578 miles. Total time spent on the bike (not counting time for stops) was 207 hours, or a little over eight and a half days. 28 hours of that time was spent this week.
I'm working on a writeup of the ride and the training leading up to it. I'll post a link here as soon as I've completed it.
The cadets had a parade in honor of the alumni this afternoon. We all posed for a picture in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial afterward. Somebody mentioned that there seemed to be a correlation between age and girth. I'm happy to say that I'm bucking the trend.