24 hours of riding. Nearly 113 miles. (I didn’t realize I was so close to 113 miles when I got off my bike when I got to my car and the last thing I wanted to do was hop back on!) One awesome weekend.
24 Hours of Booty is an amazing fundraiser for Livestrong nationally and the Ulman Cancer Fund locally. Hundreds of riders come out and ride, camp, and hang out for 24 hours. You can ride as much or as little as you want. The loop we ride is a little over 2 miles, and there were lots of jokes from non-riders about “the ride to nowhere,” but that’s not what it’s about at all.
There were riders out aiming for 400 miles. I can’t even imagine. My goal was 100, but I wasn’t sure how feasible it was. I just sort of picked a number out of the air. 100 seemed reasonable.
Saturday, the skies opened on us. We called it liquid sunshine. But mostly, it was just wet. I think this worked in my favor though. I rode for a while, then got off my bike, but it got cold when not riding, so it made sense to just keep riding. I managed to get in 70 miles on Saturday. And thankfully, the rain let up late in the evening, so I didn’t have to listen to the rain hitting my tent all night.
I wasn’t sure if I would be able to sleep well in a tent, but I crashed hard and got about 4 hours of sleep. Sunday morning, I got up, had breakfast, and headed back out. I wanted to get in another 30, which seemed reasonable. Those thirty miles were tough. Everyone was right when they said to get in the majority of your miles on Saturday because convincing your body to ride again is not easy. Sure, plenty of people regularly ride more than I did, but I am not one of those people.
I hit my 100 and hopped off the bike for a while, but ended up back on the loop with friends, riding and chatting and helping others reach their goals. It was a really great event for a really great cause. We all had a blast and it was so cool to see all the people out riding with “survivor” bibs on their backs.
This was an awesome weekend and though it was exhausting, I will definitely do it again. I met a lot of really great people (a lot of chatting goes on as you’re riding) and even with the rain, had a really great time. Worth it.