I got excited, and did the classic stage race mistake by riding way too hard the first day. But without much racing savvy and never having done a stage race, its all conceptual until you’re in it! Took me 3 hours and 23 minutes to complete the 55 or so kilometers, and by the end I was verging on cramps. I went in to hydrate mode to be sure I was able to teach yoga without triggering a cramp, and managed to fend them off, good thing too because there were about 225 people in the class! It felt sooo good, in the shade, breathing, and gently stretching….the whole do the race so you know how the riders feel worked well! Empathy!