All that money I won at the Gravel Rouser was burning a hole in my pocket so I drove to Boulder, CO. With gas at $2.50 a gallon it got me all the way to Dixon, IL - home of former President Ronald Reagan and ex Trek Midwest rider John Devine.
The first day in shorts and short sleeve jersey is always one to write down in the training diary, skip the part of Nick Martin dropping me like a true flatlander that I am though. Read about that here if you'd like. March 25th was also "relize how pasty white your skin is from the last 6 months not seeing sunlight."
I was OK until we got up to 8500ft, at least it was warm up there. 5000ft of climbing the first day in was a good way to get the legs opened up from the last 4oo miles across Nebraska.
Sitting on the back porch with a water bottle in hand trying to rehydrate the first night in is a great way to start the serious part of training. Can't beat the view though.