Yes, I’ve been delinquent in keeping up with the posts…so we’ll get the next two days taken care of between now and tomorrow afternoon.
Wednesday was Day 6 of the Rise Across Texas Challenge from Bastrop (lost pines area) to the Rise School in Austin and then joining another 120 riders for a fun-ride out to the Salt Lick restaurant in Driftwood, Texas. The video is HERE. You’ll notice that I’m one-day off from the video’s ride day “number”…that’s because I started counting on the day we arrived in Orange. Today’s ride started with great weather and a pretty crazy ride out of the hotel area that had more hills and turns than we’d seen so far…not much time for warming up.
After arriving at the Rise School, we got to meet some of the kids, hear from the super passionate folks at the school as well as a listen to a great talk by coach Gene Stallings who was partially responsible for starting the Rise Schools in the first place.
At that point, the “celebrity ride” started (video HERE) and we picked up about 120 day riders and a few celebrity riders such as Kevin Livingston as part of the fun and for the haul out to the Salt Lick…for another lunch (?).
In all, the ride to the Rise School was straightforward and enjoyable. The hills were fine and the wind had not yet picked up. The ride out to the Salt Lick started to suggest the wind and hills of the next day’s ride….
Over-all, you can see that it was about 4 hours on the bike and right at 50 miles with about 2100 calories burned; that said, I think the wind and hills probably made for more work than RunKeeper could calculate.
One of the funny things to notice in the ride graph below is the correlation between the increasing green line (ELEVATION) with the fairly flat to decreasing blue line (SPEED). Any big spikes in the blue lines towards the end of Day 6’s ride was the fun down-hill parts of the ride out to the Salt Lick.