I participated in the inaugural Hold the Line cycling and folk music festival this weekend (September 16). The weather was spectacular (high 20s), the music was great, and the ride was, in many senses, breath-taking. The route took us around the Waterloo region…through neighbourhoods, industrial parks, and beautiful farm land. The route I did was 120km. Despite buying a new road bike this summer, I haven’t spent many hours with my bum in the seat. The farthest I have cycled this summer is 75km at le Tour de Norfolk in July. In fact, the last time I cycled 120km was in 2014, when I did the Ironman in Mont Tremblant. So this 120km was a challenge, especially the last 45km. But I persevered, ignored my brain screaming at me to quit, and finished the route. And after eating some food and drinking a glass of beer (all the while listening to some awesome folk music) I felt like a million bucks!