|Members of the West MI JDRF ride team|
+ 2 dudes from another team
The drive to Lake Tahoe from Reno was really beautiful...even moreso than the drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley last Fall, perhaps. We also got a preview of the massive and long downhill that would greet us towards the end of the 72 mile Sunday Tour de Tahoe ride. Even in a vehicle there were some vistas that gave me a bit of mild vertigo--yikes!
After arriving at the Tahoe Embassy Suites and settling-in we were hit the hotel's happy hour briefly, then were greeted with a JDRF welcome reception complete with chili and other snacks. Most of the team then reconvened at a nearby brew pub for some more substantial dinner, though DH and I were by this point kind of sick of snacky foods and craving greens. We split a chicken caesar salad and enjoyed beers to wash it down.
By this point it had been a very long day and we headed to bed for a good night's sleep before our warm-up ride in the AM to make sure that everything on our bikes worked well.
|Most of the West MI JDRF Ride to Cure team|
(that's me in the front, 4th from left)
The warm-up ride was really short, under 3 miles, so several of us did 2 "laps." It was astounding how winded I felt from even the smallest hills, thanks to the elevation. This did NOT bode well for the following day, I feared. My biggest fear leading up to this trip was the effect of elevation on my wussy, asthmatic lungs. Ride day with its ~4k feet of elevation gain could be a really long, painful one for me if the warm-up was any measure.
|West MI riders mid-warm-up|
(yours truly on the left)
Once we cleaned-up post-ride it was time to find some lunch and play tourist.
More to come...