Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 3 and 4 – Awesome, Ka-dish!!

Day 3 – The days are starting to blur together. Yesterday we had three groups roll out to attempt various versions of the Ironman loop. Everyone completed the loop and then some. The first group with Carolyn, Cheryl and Shelley took off at 6 a.m. They made it to Osoyoos the same time as the second group (Anarchist/Ironman/Apex) and then continued on up Richter’s and beyond. The second group then spent 20 minutes in Osoyoos using various washrooms, stretched, high-fived each other and then climbed Anarchist…or what we now refer to as “Anarchist-light” or “Anarchist-4.7%”, because climbing Anarch(ist) to the Summit, is not the same as climbing it only to the Bigfoot statue.” The second group stopped at Timmies after the descent, continued to high-five each other for about 25min and then continued on their way chasing Jared’s elusive dream of Anarchist, Ironman and Apex in one day.

The third group began the day at 7 a.m. and went for the Ironman loop/Apex climb. Everyone met up in Keromeos, shoved Subway, Coke, and chocolate in their mouths, high fived and then chased Apex. By this time it was becoming a very (very, very, very) long day, even with a tail wind over The Rollers (I remember having to take a moment).

Apex. Ohhhhh, Apex. It never gets easier. Harley, Mike H., Darcy, Tomo, Marylin, Trevor, Thomas, Ryan, and Mark all made it. I couldn't even enjoy the descent I hurt so bad. Jared, we did it. Nine people started, with six of us finishing the Anarchist/Ironman/Apex loop.

Day 4 – Due to my inability to flush lactic acid out of my legs and then turn it into something productive, I took Day 4 off and played on the beach and took in some wineries. I’ll leave it to someone else to spill it about today.

Day 5 (Thursday) – It's going to be a big day, lots of km and about 40km of gravel. It’s going to be a grunt…but, as my toddler daughter would say, “Awesome, Ka-dish!” Start time: 7 a.m.; breakfast at Denny's: 6 a.m.


Jared Green said...

Wonderful to hear. I am very jealous reading these stories. Keep them coming.


Darcy G said...

For those of you that don't know, Jared and I went to high school together, and he kicked my butt in every single x-country running race for three straight years. However, I can now pull out my Anarchist/Ironman/Apex trump card and it's all evened up. Feels good. (Well, it will feel good in about two weeks. Right now I just hurts a lot.)

Jason said...

I'm so jealous of those pictures and the stories... why the hell did I stay in Calgary?

Happy riding

Jason Cat3

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