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Spaghetti legs

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.
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  • SUGIRL06
    You have been blogging like a mad woman and I haven't been keeping up! Ugh! Bad Spark Friend. But here I am, catching up on all of them. I wasn't going to comment but I wanted to tell you that you can use mapmyride.com and do the same thing as Spark People but you can have it show you the elevation map! It also have a nice feature to "follow roads" so you don't have to be exact with your clicking. Anyway, out of time right now, I will read more of your blogs later! So happy to see you so active!
    3507 days ago
    LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK and you just proved that once again.
    3526 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Great job! Never, ever give up!
    3529 days ago
    Jeanne you are doing great.
    As my friend, I worry that you will push yourself too hard getting ready for the tri and end up injuring yourself. As you are also an experienced athlete, I know that you know what to do and just how much you are capable of.
    So, I'm always torn between saying, "Jeanne, you need to be careful, and "Jeanne, you know you can do it! Get up that hill!"

    Just know that I want both for you, so carefully get up that hill again!

    You know we are behind you all the way!
    3529 days ago
    emoticon ride!

    I did 10.30 miles on my stationary bike today and that damn*d near killed me.

    3529 days ago
    way to go! That's a feat in itself stick with it!
    3529 days ago
    You can be plum proud of yourself for that one! Wow

    3529 days ago
    You should be pround of yourself! Congrats! I just started biking again so I know how spaghetti legs feel like.
    3529 days ago
    emoticon emoticon What an amazing job! Good for you!
    3529 days ago
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