I remember completing my first 100 mile ride back in August 2009. It was Hotter'N Hell. A good friend of mine talked me into doing the event. I had 7 months of cycling under my belt and I was a bit skeptical about being able to complete the 100 miles. For a newbie it seemed like a daunting task. My friend and I went a head and got the ride done. I remember being pretty sore and tired for a couple days after the ride. I was happy about the accomplishment. We had a moving pace of about 20 mph. I thought we did a good job considering our experience.
I missed HNH in 2010. I tried to sign up too late and was not able to secure a place to stay for that weekend. That year a friend of mine and her cycling team set out to do a Hotter'N Hell ride and back. I thought those guys were nuts and I could not ever see myself doing that type of three day ride.
Well here we are August 2011 and I'm about to embark on a To Hell and Back ride with 6 other fellow TriJunkie members. We are going to start in Azle on Friday and ride our bikes to Witchita Falls. We'll do the 100 mile HNH ride on Saturday and ride back to Azle on Sunday. If we complete the three day tour we'll put in about 300 miles. The route we scouted had 20 miles of chip seal on it. I'm not looking forward to that. I'll have a blog entry on Sunday to recap our ride.
Best of luck to all my friends and fellow cyclist riding this weekend. Be safe and have a fun ride! My advice for this weekend is to listen to your body it knows you best. :)
- Eloy Gonzalez "EJ"
- Texas, United States
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