Friday, August 12, 2011
I set up a bike route from my house using the fitness feature on Spark People. I like how easy it is to use, but I wish that it actually showed the hills on it.
I was able to manipulate the route so that it would be 10 miles like I wanted it to be. I think it ended up being 10.7. All around my house are hills. Not baby hills, big hills. In fact I live on a big hill. From the bottom of the hill to the top of the hill is 2 miles. I have never ridden my bike up it. I have jogged up it, walked up it, but never ever thought I could ride up it.
I had to conquer two hills. My legs were killing me after the first hill on Howard Street. I finished it and was so grateful I did this hill first because it was so steep. I had some nice rolling hills and flat areas for the next several mile and then I hit good old mile 8. The up hill commenced. I winced. I made it as far as Ryan Road and I stopped and pulled out my cell phone and texted Aims that I was climbing the worst part of the hill and to wish me luck.
I rode till bayberry hill road. I got off my bike and sat on a stone wall. my legs were spaghetti. My hands and legs were shaking and I could barely text aims to tell her that I had less than a third of a mile left on this crazy hill, in fact i sent that text by mistake to one of my daycare moms and not amy.. I drank some water, I was convinced I was going to hurl.... I caught my breath. And I finished that damn hill that I had feared since i was a kid. My face was purple purple purple. My lungs hurt. I had skipped one of my meds and i felt it. Yes I did use my inhaler. I am recovering when a man on a tripped out bike crossed the street to talk to me.
He had 2 sets of saddle bags on his mountain bike and he was lost. He was scandinavian and there was a language barrier, he spoke broken English. But he looked at me and said, "that hill a big one" I must have looked like a plum. :)
So will I try this again, hmm, ask me tomorrow... but I did do it yesterday. My legs were spaghetti last night, but today I am feeling much better.