The logo says "Biking like a Viking." They love their Viking culture in this area of Wisconsin. Lots of Norwegians I suppose. But trust me you would much rather bitch slap a Viking after this ride than to be one. Although you do certainly smell like one when finished.
|Misery loves company. Pre-HHH dinner with friends, |
Jim (me, Jen), Laura, Chris, Cindy, Mark, Glenn, Matt
As for me personally I really like this ride although my bike and my set up (gearing) are all mostly wrong for it (chromoly steel bike, 53/39 std chain ring, 12-25 cassette). Thankfully my lack of weight and love of a high cadence kinda make up for it.
Saturday's bucket of awesome got filled with:
- Seeing Jen finish raising a fist and flashing a smile having slayed the Viking beast. Vast improvement over the last two HHH rides. She killed it.
- After getting swallowed up by and spit out of the back of the Vision Quest train (Robbie Ventura at the engine) at the start of Mounds Park Rd., I closed the gap, swung around, gave Robbie a smile and made him watch me pull away. I have no illusions...he is far and away a superior cyclist. But he wasn't at that moment and on that stretch of road. Go me.
|Dancing on the pedals|
|Not so much|
At the end of the day, the one thing about doing HHH is that its very near by the Ironman Wisconsin bike course. In fact I believe there's a one road overlap. You could say that IMWI is Horribly Hilly's little brother - they are cut from the same cloth, or glacier as it were.
First race of the season coming up this weekend. Pleasant Prairie, Wi - olympic distance. Game on! - HIM.
|Really happy its over. Where's the nearest Starbucks?|
PS: You want proof why they call it the Horribly Hilly Hundreds....check this out (thanks to Laura's Garmin).