Jeannie needs your support and Prayers- Fog,Hills,cross/semi headwinds and 102 miles- and a well deserved massage!

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Hello everyone out there!  It’s Wednesday, July 22. 

 It’s a little bit later than usual, I’m calling at 9 o’clock my time.  There’s a reason for that, which is that I’m really pretty tired today, and I needed a little bit of time to recover before I even called!

We went from Mankato to Rochester, MN today.  It was set up to be 100 miles; we actually went about 102 miles because we added on a little bit of a bike trail path that they sent us on.  I woke up pretty well this morning, got up a little after 5, had 6 a.m. breakfast, loaded the truck at 6:30 and we all got on our way.  We knew this was going to happen, the very first mile was a steep climb right away in the morning, not quite a mile.  But it was really tough, I think it was a 15% grade, it was really, really hard.  But I made it to the top and it was really a wakeup call!  But we got up it and got on our way.

Everyone was kind of riding as usual at their own pace.  Sometimes my pace works out to ride with people and sometimes it just doesn’t.  It was 31 miles to the first SAG, and I pretty much was riding by myself this morning.  We hit a patch of really bad fog for a little while, and it was a very, very narrow shoulder, there was really no shoulder, it was a gravel shoulder.  It was hilly, and I couldn’t even see out of my glasses, I had to keep them down below my nose to even be able to see out.  I was just praying that cars would see all of us.  I got through that and had to stop and clean my glasses off so I could even put them back on again.  It was kind of wet, it wasn’t raining but it was very dewy, foggy, you can kind of picture all that, fairly early in the morning with that section into the 31-mile mark.   We got to the SAG stop and it had cleared up by then.  We had a nice little rest at a city park and got on our way.

Those first miles I rode pretty much by myself.  I’ve had patches of time when I’ve ridden by myself and that’s okay, but today was one time that I really wasn’t happy in the morning that I was riding by myself.  I will admit I was a little lonely this morning.  Sometimes it really isn’t any fun to be riding by yourself.  Part of it was because I realized once I got going that my legs were really more tired than what I liked.  My knees were just a little bit achy, not in any pain, but just achy.  My bike was, from the fog they tell me now, or maybe something else, really not operating as usual.  It wasn’t trimming very well, any of you who have bikes, you know what that means, between the gears it wasn’t trimming very well, it was kind of catching on my gears.  I had to keep it in certain gears to keep it working right.  Also my brakes got kind of wet, from the fog I think, and they were kind of squeaky.  It was just a little bit worrisome because I wasn’t sure if there was something more wrong with my bike until I was able to talk to Jim, our mechanic just before the SAG.  I had gone about 28 miles before I got a chance to ask him that question.  He didn’t find anything major wrong, but at the end of the day I did have to go to mechanics after the ride and they did tweak it a little, we cleaned my chain and got my bike back in order.

So that was the start of my day, and I could tell it was going to be a push to go 100 miles.  I really wasn’t up for the task today.  I was a little whiny, I have to admit, just a little bit whiny today on and off with my teammates when I ran into them.  But after the first SAG stop I got going and I met up with a new rider who’s new to our ride for a 14-day catch.  His name is Ken and it was just really delightful.  He had been riding by himself, he had missed a turn and came back and caught up to riding with me.  For the rest of the day we rode together and got to know each other.  He’s really delightful, has a great family life.  His wife is Judy, she wasn’t with us on the ride.  He told me about his two kids.  It was just really, really nice getting to know him, we really connected on a lot of different levels as far as just enjoying each other’s company.  It was nice having someone to ride with and get through the mileage. 

We had our second SAG stop at 69 miles and that went really well.  We got something to eat and kind of saw everybody and got back on our way.  When we got to about the 85-mile mark, I was really tiring.  I knew I was going to make it in, it wasn’t a problem with that, I was just really tired of riding.  So we had kind of ridden next to each other a lot and talked, but I got pretty quiet those last 15 miles in and kind of followed behind him.

We were not supposed to have any kind of a headwind today, but we really had a lot of cross/semi-headwind today.  We really worked for our mileage today, we had to work at the 100 miles.  Everybody agreed that today was a little tougher than what they expected.  The terrain was not any real big climbs, other than in the morning, which was a short climb, but we still had some climbs and we still had terrain going up and down.  We still had to work for every mile.

When I got in, I was okay getting to my room, getting a shower quickly and getting over to mechanics, took care of my bike, got to dinner.  I had pasta for dinner, which was really helpful for me, it was really good and I enjoyed it.  Fortunately I was able to set up a massage for tonight, which was very much needed for me, it was very, very helpful.  I’m very grateful to Kathy, hopefully she’s going to go on my blog and see that I just really appreciated her great strength and her really good massage touch for me.  So thank you, Kathy, and thank you to all you massage therapists out there.  You train really well, you work hard at what you do, and I’m really grateful that in today’s time there are a lot of good massage therapists out there who know how to do deep tissue and really know how to help athletes.  I’m very grateful for you.  So far, all the massages I’ve had at the places where I’ve needed one have really been good and extremely helpful.  She told me I really don’t have any knots or anything, which is really, really good.  I’m staying really loosened, and I think that’s part of why I’ve really been staying so healthy.  I’m really grateful for that.

At rap time we found out about our schedule tomorrow.  For any of you who are reading this, we are heading into Wisconsin.  We went through Minnesota pretty quickly.  We’re going from Rochester, MN to Lacrosse, WI.  Tomorrow we have 93 miles, almost another century, which is like three centuries in a row.  I have to say it’s pretty daunting for me tomorrow, a lot of us felt the same way at dinner.  The directions are difficult tomorrow.  We have a few really difficult climbs in the ride tomorrow, and one very difficult climb at the very end of the ride, which is when we’re going to be the most tired.  We have to really follow the directions carefully, there are a lot of turns and just a lot of difficult directions, that’s the bottom line.  Doing almost another century is just really an exhausting thought.  But I’m looking forward to getting to Wisconsin, that’s a real positive thing.  I hear Lacrosse is really pretty.  I enjoyed going through Minnesota, lots of corn fields, corn fields, corn fields everywhere, lots of plants for the corn fields, and of course cattle and pig farms.  It was pretty to see Minnesota and it really went by quickly.  I’m looking forward to getting to Wisconsin. 

I’m going to be going to bed very soon tonight, because I’m really, really tired.  Anybody out there who wants to pray for me and my strength and endurance and blessings tomorrow, I think tomorrow will be hard for all of us.  We’re just hoping that there won’t be any headwind, that the winds will be a little bit better for us tomorrow than today.  They weren’t bad, but they just weren’t good for us today.  Hopefully our mileage won’t be as difficult as what it looks.

I’m probably sounding very boring and you’re probably not too excited to read my message tonight, and I don’t blame you because to tell you the truth, I’m kind of bored with what I’m saying too!  It’s probably because I’m so exhausted I feel like I’m rambling.  So I’m just going to say thank you to all of you out there, thank you for your pledges, thank you for your blessing, thank you for your prayers.  Good night, God bless you all, and God bless America. 

today.  We really worked for our mileage today, we had to work at the 100 miles.  Everybody agreed that today was a little tougher than what they expected.  The terrain was not any real big climbs, other than in the morning, which was a short climb, but we still had some climbs and we still had terrain going up and down.  We still had to work for every mile.

When I got in, I was okay getting to my room, getting a shower quickly and getting over to mechanics, took care of my bike, got to dinner.  I had pasta for dinner, which was really helpful for me, it was really good and I enjoyed it.  Fortunately I was able to set up a massage for tonight, which was very much needed for me, it was very, very helpful.  I’m very grateful to Kathy, hopefully she’s going to go on my blog and see that I just really appreciated her great strength and her really good massage touch for me.  So thank you, Kathy, and thank you to all you massage therapists out there.  You train really well, you work hard at what you do, and I’m really grateful that in today’s time there are a lot of good massage therapists out there who know how to do deep tissue and really know how to help athletes.  I’m very grateful for you.  So far, all the massages I’ve had at the places where I’ve needed one have really been good and extremely helpful.  She told me I really don’t have any knots or anything, which is really, really good.  I’m staying really loosened, and I think that’s part of why I’ve really been staying so healthy.  I’m really grateful for that.

At rap time we found out about our schedule tomorrow.  For any of you who are reading this, we are heading into Wisconsin.  We went through Minnesota pretty quickly.  We’re going from Rochester, MN to Lacrosse, WI.  Tomorrow we have 93 miles, almost another century, which is like three centuries in a row.  I have to say it’s pretty daunting for me tomorrow, a lot of us felt the same way at dinner.  The directions are difficult tomorrow.  We have a few really difficult climbs in the ride tomorrow, and one very difficult climb at the very end of the ride, which is when we’re going to be the most tired.  We have to really follow the directions carefully, there are a lot of turns and just a lot of difficult directions, that’s the bottom line.  Doing almost another century is just really an exhausting thought.  But I’m looking forward to getting to Wisconsin, that’s a real positive thing.  I hear Lacrosse is really pretty.  I enjoyed going through Minnesota, lots of corn fields, corn fields, corn fields everywhere, lots of plants for the corn fields, and of course cattle and pig farms.  It was pretty to see Minnesota and it really went by quickly.  I’m looking forward to getting to Wisconsin. 

I’m going to be going to bed very soon tonight, because I’m really, really tired.  Anybody out there who wants to pray for me and my strength and endurance and blessings tomorrow, I think tomorrow will be hard for all of us.  We’re just hoping that there won’t be any headwind, that the winds will be a little bit better for us tomorrow than today.  They weren’t bad, but they just weren’t good for us today.  Hopefully our mileage won’t be as difficult as what it looks.

I’m probably sounding very boring and you’re probably not too excited to read my message tonight, and I don’t blame you because to tell you the truth, I’m kind of bored with what I’m saying too!  It’s probably because I’m so exhausted I feel like I’m rambling.  So I’m just going to say thank you to all of you out there, thank you for your pledges, thank you for your blessing, thank you for your prayers.  Good night, God bless you all, and God bless America.

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2 responses to “Jeannie needs your support and Prayers- Fog,Hills,cross/semi headwinds and 102 miles- and a well deserved massage!

  1. Kathy

    Jeannie, you ARE in thoughts and prayers — hang in there! I’m one of the silent followers of your trek, and so appreciate what you are doing for our troops and their families through OLT. If it helps you to stay motivated, know that I’m heading off to the OLT pledge link right now. . .

  2. Diane Hart

    Jeannie,

    May you and all the riders have strength, Divine wisdom and protection, equipment that works right, endurance, and helpful winds – may Friday be a pleasant ride for all.

    Diane

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