On the weekend, Chad and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. This was the first time we broke with the traditional gifts. Rather than giving each other silk or linen, we treated ourselves to some spandex instead, and registered for the inaugural GranFondo Niagara Falls.
The morning was considerably colder than we'd expected. I was wearing a short sleeved jersey and had thrown an old cotton shirt over top while we waited in the corrals that I'd planned to discard at the start line. As it turned out, I wore that shirt flapping in the wind for the first 80 km of the ride, because it took forever to warm up!
There were six rest stops along the way with food/drink/bathrooms/first aid/mechanical assistance. We stopped at 5 of them. I am still having back issues and can't ride an hour straight without it pinching horribly. We knew going into things that we'd be off our bikes at almost every stop to give me a chance to stretch out. Besides the stretch, we needed some sustenance. I ate a whole stack of Honey Stinger waffles... love these things...
...as well as some non-conventional fuel... M&Ms anyone?... and several Niagara peaches.
And two of the rest stops had sparkling wine from Jackson Triggs, which was actually quite yummy at 9 a.m. (despite the fact that I never really drink it at the usual time of day).