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2009 City to Shore MS150 Day 1: Woodcrest Station to Ocean City

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Star Star Star Star Star

Distance: 76.5 miles


Team crEATe rolled out into the dark, chilly morning. The ride opened up after the first rest stop, and my ride started clipping after the 50-mile mark. I used up all of my matches by mile 70, and seized so bad I had to get off the bike. I was able to make it to the finish, but it was a crawl.

The lack of overall fitness was apparent as the ride progressed--in part because of the decisions I made to hammer with some select groups, and do most of the work on the front. Then, my impetuousness got the best of me as I decided to hammer back to the front. Big mistake, as I watched the group roll away. At the last turn in Somers Point before the first bridge, I was overtaken with both cramps in hamstrings. Epic pain. I hit them out, but the point is that I was not mentally ready, but I was physically able to tough it out. Much harder day one in 2009 than last year. What a feeling when you roll into the finish at the high school in Ocean City--crowds cheering and clanging cowbells. I was overcome with emotion. What a positive event, and what a great cause. Way to go Team crEATe!!

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