Last Sunday, I woke up at 2am to ride the L.A. Marathon course on my bicycle with about 400 other riders. I somehow convinced Michael that this was a good idea, and he willingly met me for the cold early morning ride to Tangs Donuts at 3am. The organizers were slightly overwhelmed with more people than they expected. No bother, we just hung out at Tangs, drank coffee and ate bagels and donuts until such time as it was deemed the race should start. Off we headed towards Dodger Stadium. Apparently the race started before everyone realized and before I knew it, I was riding my heart out for the next 69 minutes 28 seconds, riding across Los Angeles, thru Echo Park, Silver Lake, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Westwood, Brentwood and finally Santa Monica to finish near the Pier.
It was the most fun I've had on a bike, and I can say with pride I think I finished in about 70th place. After hanging out for a bit thanking all the riders that I drafted during the race, I rode home and got back just in time to wake Heather and run out to the corner coffee shop to sip on lattes and cheer the wheelchair racers as they passed by!
Seeing all the disabled athletes doing what I just did was beyond inspiring, and I made sure they heard me cheering them on. Oh, and then there was 25 thousand people following after them!