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Well guys, I tried to post earlier from the event, but it doesn't look like the posting made it up. I'll have to work on my live blogging skills.

It was insane!! I rode Thursday to test out my plan of holding back for the first few hours. It seemed like a great plan, but these guys meant business today. These were 4 really intense hours. (Equinox folks, think 4 straight hours of Robert). It didn't help that my bike always felt like the resistance was jacked up, even when there was no resistance. I didn't want to say anything, though, for fear of seeming whiny. (Apparently, the instructors kinda noticed anyway -phew.)

The hardest part was a thirty or forty minute stretch in the middle where we just raced and did sprints. Everything was in the saddle. When the next instructor came on and let us get out of the saddle for a bit, we were ecstatic.

I started having trouble right around hour 3. I was shaking, I had a bad headache and my left quad starting to hurt in a bad way. The music suddenly seemed so loud. I couldn't even wave at my friend who showed up to support me. He took a picture. I think that makes us even. Thankfully, they started handing out bananas. I scarfed one down and started to feel better.

At three hours and thirty minutes, I started thinking that I really do earn enough money to pay for a 50 pack if I want one that badly. The thing is, I don't like to lose. I don't lose. It was right around then that another friend came in and told me that I'd had 7 supporters who had signed in for me - 2 more than I needed - so all I need to do was hang on for half an hour more and the 50 pack would be mine.

I did it.

4 hours later, I am insanely hungry. I can't eat enough. My legs hurt and I know tomorrow will be worse. Thankfully, that quad thing seems to have passed. The palms of my hands are slightly blistered and I must have been tensing my jaw because that kinda hurts, too. All things considered, though, I'm doing well!

If it hadn't been for the "motivators" throughout the room, I don't know that I would've been able to pull through. And I can't thank my friends and family enough - especially the peeps who schlepped down to Soho to sign in for me! You guys rock. Congrats to everyone who rode today!

-Gym Belle-

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