Earl’s Cove to Sechelt
Today was sooooo long!! We woke up in Powell River, wolfed down breakkie, took a bus to the ferry, arrived in Sechelt where all of our bikes were waiting! We hopped on and started the stage. You have to admire the coordination that took to get all of those bikes organized and moved overnight.
We started the race around 11:25AM. John and I crossed the line holding hands under the BCBR finishing arch around 6 hours later! And we worked hard the entire day. Soooooo much climbing!!! It was crazy.
At the top of the worst sloggiest climb there was a Rasta guy playing guitar and singing and a woman taking our photos! It seemed very surreal and pretty cool! That was the climb that felt like it would never end. It was beautiful all around us - the greenest most diverse forest! And lots to keep us challenged.
But switchback after rooty rocky switchback and I started to feel like I was getting a bit light-headed! I made sure to eat and drink whenever I could, but the altitude and lots of pushing my bike uphill led to some stupid missteps and I started to wonder if I was stepping on the biggest loose rock I could find every time I put my foot down!
One particularly comical incident happened on the final downhill section to get to the finish. I approached a rather high collection of gnarly roots sticking up more than most. I decided I could make it - I had successfully made it over much worse today.
But as I compressed my front wheel in the approach, my back tire slipped a bit and while I cleared the roots, I didn’t quite have the momentum I needed to get over them! I braked to avoid falling off but I then remained frozen in place and couldn’t seem to move in any direction!! It would have been funny if I wasn’t so close to the finish or so exhausted.
I grabbed the tree to my right but it was a big one and I was too close to it to get any movement. I tried to fall the other way but I couldn’t without falling a long way. I tried to roll backwards but my wheel was so stuck it wouldn’t budge.
Finally I unclipped and even then, swinging my right leg over the saddle was nearly impossible.
My legs felt like they were wooden and heavy by now, but I finally managed to get my leg over in time for the bike to rock forward and I ended up eating a mouthful of the soft mossy BC soil. My only crash of the day and it happened in slow motion.
And then we were off over some more downhill and finally to the gravel roads where I love to dig in and get some speed whenever I can.
Because it was such a late start and such a long day on the bike, we arrived very late to camp. We had a choice of walking 10 minutes to dinner or eating from some food trucks at the camp, so sausages and tacos it was!!
I was too late to book a massage but I am hooked up to the vitamin IV at the moment getting some vitamin C, B, magnesium and some other stuff. I hope it will help somewhat with recovery! I’m recovering very well in general, but my knees are starting to swell and stiffen up and my back is getting tighter and tighter each day...the climbs are killing my back!
John waited for me again all day. Will get some photos up as soon as we can! I had zero WiFi tonight - there just isn’t time for all the things!!!! ☹️