I love all things girlie. I also love to be active. On Saturday, I did a ride that was the perfect combination of both. It's called Goldilocks and it is a ladies' only ride. This was my first time being outside on a road bike. I spin at the gym every week but I have to admit I was really nervous to clip in on a bike (you have to remember to unclip at lights or you tip over!), shift gears, and ride in traffic.
But it was so so fun. I had no reason to worry. I felt very safe on the road since we were part of such a big event and cars were aware of us. When we arrived in the morning, there was an awesome porridge buffet (oatmeal with lots of fruit and yummy toppings.) I didn't know there was going to be breakfast and I had already eaten, dang it. I wish I had my camera at that point to take a picture of the darling table.
They gave us the cutest box of swag--darling fitted t-shirt and other goodies.
You could choose to do 20, 40, 60, 80 or 100 miles. Susan and I had decided to do 40 and our friends were doing 60. However, Sus and I missed the turn off for 40 so we were locked into 60. Here we are at the aid station after ten miles:
The aid stations had red vines, oreos, candy, fruit, peanut butter sandwiches, water, crystal light...nothing was overlooked.
There were men in Papa Bear t-shirts taking our bikes from us and helping out. (If you get a flat tire on the course, you just call a cell number and a Papa Bear comes to fix it...love that!)
Lunch was amazing too. Look how cute the tables were decorated..yes, that mattered to me:
Everything was going great until we hit about mile 50. Then the fun ran out. My bum was hurting, my toes were asleep. With three miles left, we pulled over to wait for someone to catch up and I begged Lori to go get the car and pick me up. I was that spent.
But I soldiered on and made it back. They had these yummy shaved ice/ice-cream sundaes with fruit as our reward. I still begged my friends to carry me to the car but they selfishly refused.
My only regret was not purchasing the darling Goldilocks jersey to wear:
I have already signed up for 2013 because the thing sells out every year. They are keeping the registration open until Saturday for next year's ride. It is already a quarter full right now and if you sign up now, you get a $10.00 discount. I have no affiliation with Goldilocks but I thought it was so fun, I encourage everyone to do it next year!
Sign up here.