So, when you’re renewing your vows, what’s the best way to start that day? A ride on the tandem, of course!
We rolled out with a few friends and our sights on an easy pace and a fun ride on the tandem. We took it easy with the light breeze of a headwind… well, really, we just took it easy and had a nice time of it. I think we had a 17.1-mph average when we hit the rollers down into Durand – a four mile stretch with a negative grade that is absolute joy on a tandem. We started as soon as we crested the last little climb and put the power to the pedals. We hammered out the first couple of miles at and above 30-mph and then waited for everyone to catch up. Mike K and Phill caught us and passed us while we were waiting on Mike A and Ukulele Dave and we could hear Phill working Mike up for the sprint into Durand. “You going to go for it?” Mike replied in the negative, saying he doubted he could match is previous KOM time. As we neared the sign, though, Phill started cranking it up. Mike was second and we were third – and my wife wanted to take them down. When Phill surged, we matched it and held Mike’s wheel. We did the same again when Phill tapped out and Mike surged. I thought for sure we were going to lose his wheel but my stoker wife was on it with a vengeance. We held Mike’s wheel for a goodly bit and then, on a slight downhill, we hit the gas and went around him. We started way too soon but there was no way I wasn’t getting my wife a QOM on that sprint. The computer read 34.6, then 35. We were absolutely smoking it. The power started waning a few seconds from the finish – we’d both spent everything we had but took the City Limits sign with a fair lead.
The rest of the ride home was a blast and we pulled into driveway with a 17.5-mph average (or something close to that).
With a lot to do before the big event of the afternoon, I didn’t even look at my ride until Mike K commented on it, congratulating us on the KOM. Once I saw that comment, I looked at my wife’s ride and she secured the QOM as well, but Strava had her a full three seconds behind me. Put into perspective, three seconds back of me would mean our tandem would have had to have been 120 feet (a little less than 40 meters) long, at that speed. Something wasn’t right in Denmark… Jess will be contacting Strava Monday morning (interestingly, her PR showed the proper 50 seconds while her QOM showed 53 for yesterday’s sprint).
My wife and I spent the next couple of hours getting the last of the things we needed for the small party after we renewed our vows in front of a few family members and our kids, with Jonathan officiating.
It was amazing. Best day ever.