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Can I catch a break here?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Several weeks ago, I declared to my husband that Wednesday is my bike night. He has his golf night, I should have the right to have a bike night. It is not that I feel I have to ask him if I can go out for a ride - it just makes things easier in family life if things are on a regular schedule. There is weekly no-drop group ride in town every Wednesday which works out perfect for me. I contacted the organizer of the group about a month ago and was put on their email list.

The first Wednesday, my husband had a meeting so I wasn't able to participate.
The second Wednesday it was cancelled because of thunder/lightning storms.
Last week Wednesday, the normal ride was combined with the Ride of Silence. I participated in this ride... along with 100 other cyclists. It was a slow and easy ride - not much of a training ride.
This week: more storms. I have been watching the weather channel online today and the rain chance is now down to 10% during the bike ride... but there is an ugly word hovering over the 6:00 hour:


Wind... really? Did I not ride enough in the wind on Sunday? Ugh. I know I need to get over it, suck it up and just ride. I will have no control over the weather conditions on the MS150, so I need to learn to deal with what Mother Nature hands me. It would, however, be great to ride on a perfect, calm, dry day.

I keep reminding myself that I NEED to have weekday training rides. I need to build some endurance and I am not going to get that by doing 1 big ride on the weekend plus a few spinning classes during the week. I need to spend time on my bike.

Can you tell I am starting to freak out about this ride? What the heck was I thinking?
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    I'm sorry, Julie! Hopefully all the kinks get worked out and you'll be able to do the Wednesday night rides. Stupid Iowa weather. Doesn't it know you have a goal you need to reach and that it needs to cooperate? And just take some time to relax. I know that you'll do great on your upcoming ride!
    3360 days ago
  • JUDIL62
    You will do great! Training will help you, worrying won't. but I know exactly how you feel! It would be nice for the sun to be out and have perfect weather conditions to enjoy your training.
    3360 days ago
    Praying for good Wednesdays for you from here on out! :-)
    3360 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5803114
    Don't freak out. Patience grasshopper. You will be fine. :-) We have faith in you! YOU have it too! GO YOU! Enjoy the weekend - its nearly here.
    3361 days ago
    Son of a...
    That stinks. Not just windy, but I think we are under a wind warning or some crap like that. At least it isn't wind and rain? Trying to be optimistic but I'm not sure it is working. Hopefully next Wednesday will be perfect!

    Listen to me Julie...YOU can do this. Don't freak out. Deep breathes. Puppies and kittens. Yes you need to train to make the actual race go easier and more smooth but in any case you will be fine. You will get training in and be fine. You will do great, I know it. Don't psych yourself out too bad.

    Feeling any better?
    3361 days ago
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