Facing My Fears
Monday, May 23, 2011
I faced two of my biking fears this weekend on my first official training ride for the MS150 in 4 weeks.
I had been watching the weather all week and decided that the best day to ride looked like Sunday morning. I went to a beer festival on Saturday afternoon and was very careful to not to over indulge (which is very hard with so many booths offering free samples!) to make sure i did not have 'log legs' Sunday morning. Before I went to bed Sunday night I checked the weather channel - the 'windy period wasn't to start until noon. Perfect!
So I get up early on Sunday, log into my computer and check the weather again. The wind was moved up to 9:00 am... which did not give me enough time to finish my planned 30 miles. It was only supposed to last a few hours, so I decided to delay my ride until after lunch. Lunch came and gone.. and the wind kept getting pushed back. By the time 1:00 came, i knew I had to go now, or not do it at all. With the 75 mile bike ride in my near future, I knew I couldn't skip this training ride. So I left. The wind was blowing 22 miles an hour and I was 1/2 mile away from my second fear - the open road.
I got out to the county road, put my head down and pushed through that wind. I won't lie, It was tough. Tougher than I ever expected. I was out of breath before I hit the 3 mile mark of my ride. There was no coasting on this 10 mile stretch. I just kept spinning my legs. I told myself over and over that the wind would push me back to Ames when I was done.
Riding on the road wasn't as scary as I thought. There is a bike line on this road and many drivers still moved over to give me enough room. Once i got to the bike path in the next town I was able to relax a bit. The wind was still not in my favor, but it seemed easier. I was able to go 20 full miles without a break.
The next 10 miles the wind pushed me back to the county road. I was flying - nearly 20 miles an hour! When I finally got back to the county road to face my last 10 miles, the wind was not as favorable as I had hoped. It took all that I had in me to finish my ride. By the time I got home, I was spent. I tried stretching a bit, but all I really wanted to do was rest.
I was so proud of myself. Not only did I face riding on the county road, I did it in not-so perfect weather conditions. I still have a long ways to go to get to be able to ride 75 miles, but I think it is a great start to my training.
Today I am sore, but not as much as I expected. I skipped spinning this morning and had planned on taking a walk or something tonight, but honestly, I am still wiped out. I think I am going to head to bed early and start back into my normal workout schedule with weight lifting tomorrow morning.
Have a great week!