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Published: July 28th 2006
Got myself a lensbaby...that's the camera lens- a "Lensbaby 2.0"
So after 900 miles of qualifying rides, months of preparation and years of dreaming, I finally received my acceptance package from the organizers of the Boston-Boston-Montreal 750-mile brevet, addressed to “Rider #40, Wes Cheney.”
Rider Number Forty.
I don’t think that an hour goes by without my mind straying to BMB. Easily a quarter of front of the refrigerator is now devoted to BMB; from a training chart to the elevation profile of the ride, a checklist for my dad following in the support RV, and a list of my checkpoint time goals.
Rider Number Forty.
It’s a nice, round number. Since it’s an even number, my wife Jenn likes it. I received a number card for my bike and helmet, as well as a set of stickers for my support vehicle, my parent’s new RV. “Support Vehicle, Rider #40, Cheney,” they read. My father and older brother will be driving ahead of me, meeting me at each control point with bottles of Gatorade, energy bars and fresh clothes.
I haven’t finished BMB yet. Heck, I haven’t even started it, yet. But I know that when I do cross the finish line in a month, I’ll
be doing so with the help of my family and friends. Jennifer has patiently stayed at home with Abby, both in the womb and at her breast, while I headed to the hills on the weekends for qualifying brevets. My mother in law and our neighbor Debby have both watched Abby while I headed out for training rides. And now my dad will be driving support for me.
Back in high school I remember reading about BMB, fascinated that such an extreme event had taken place in my own backyard. I grew up riding the roads of Vermont, but back then a hundred miles was an all-day, once-a-summer event. Now, less than a month away from BMB, I’m planning on riding two centuries this weekend, just to keep myself conditioned.
So...I’m counting down the days & taking pictures of 4 month old Abby in the meantime, and dreaming about Mallorca Brevet & Cycling Camp
...Become a super-randonneur in just one week! Only 900 miles in 7 days!
Yeah, maybe not...
Tot: 1.546s; Tpl: 0.051s; cc: 10; qc: 50; dbt: 0.0273s; 1; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.3mb