So I got my 45(+) miles in. Felt good! Sorry the 2nd picture is so blurry, the spot in my waterproof iPhone case where my front-facing camera is needs a good cleaning. If you look REALLY carefully, you can read the sign behind me - “Skokie Valley Bike Path” - it’s the trail I wanted to get to today. And I did!
The westward jaunt on Lake-Cook road was a little harrowing, as was the eastbound portion. There’s not really a great place to bike other than the road, and it’s a 40mph road where cars routinely exceed that. And the quality of the pavement was poor, so I was doubly on guard to avoid potholes.
The last pic is the bridge at the spot I turned around, right around 23 miles out.
My nutrition/hydration was fine - in fact I would have had leftovers if I hadn’t started guzzling on the way back. I think I was packing about 500 calories, and my Garmin claims I burned through upwards of 1300.
I ended up getting a pretty nasty blister that rubbed right through to raw skin at the top of my foot at the edge of my tri shoe. I noticed it at about mile 20 and had no choice but to keep going.
I tried to meet up with my wife (and father and step-mother) at the lagoons (miles ~15 and ~30 in the pic above) but I stopped on the way up to hear there was a waitlist for canoe rental. On the way back I learned they were at a park early (or late) in my route, and I was going to try to meet them there. I think I got there maybe 3 minutes after they left - my kids weren’t listening and kept riding off too far.
I passed a poor guy who apparently popped a flat 6 miles back and was running with his bike. He only had another mile to go, but I nearly gave him my spare tire. This was right around the spot where my wife had parked and I was hoping to end my ride due to my blister. No such luck.
Another mile in I saw another cyclist in distress. “You need help?” “My chain slipped off!” “Well put it back on!” He obviously had no clue :) I pulled over, broke out of freshly packed latex gloves, and got him up and running. His chain had slipped to the OUTSIDE of his big chainring, and then got caught in the pedal, so as I worked it out recommended that he take the bike to a shop and 1) get the front derailleur adjusted, and 2) he might need a new chain (since he got it caught in his pedal and probably did some damage to it).
Finally met up with my family at the park a block from my house. I had to get my shoes off, and also took off my arm coolers, then rode the rest of the way home with my feet on top of my shoes (a la heading to T2 style).
I was originally planning on making this a brick, but since my family was about to head home decided to put my run off till later.
5/29/16 1.03 miles
Post GoT run
YTD: 522.23 miles
149 days in a row
I was tired, it was late and dark, and I didn’t want to run any more than a mile. I put on the Vibrams I thought would be least likely to make contact with the raw spot on the top of my foot. I was successful :)