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I did something crazy this week

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I signed up for the MS150 bike ride in June. That gives me approximately 5 weeks to train to ride 75 miles on my bike in one day.

The last time I rode more than 30 miles in one setting was several years ago.

What the heck am I thinking?

I bought a new bike last year and barely used it. I had big plans to bike to work a few times a week during the summer. I wanted to use it for errands around town. I wanted to go on long family bike rides. Did I? In short, no. I have a ton of excuses why it didn't happen - like my husband never wanted to go on family rides because his back hurts when he rides (which then screws up his golf game... poor baby). But in reality. It was all my choice - I can't rely on him to be ready to do this stuff with me. My kids are not at an age where they can go on long bike rides - they can go with us on their trail-bikes, but I can't take both by myself. So this year, I signed up for the bike ride and I am determined to make it happen.

Here is what I need to do the next 5 weeks:
1. get over my fear of riding on county roads. 90% of my rides in the past few years have been either in town or on a bike trail. The idea of riding on a county road with cars going by me at 60+ mph scares the crap out of me. But in order to ride more than 15 miles at a time... I need to do it. Luckily the county road near where I live now has a bike lane all the way to the next town. Next Sunday, my plan is to ride to the next town and then do another 10-20 miles on the bike trail that goes through that town.

2. Make bike friends. Find a group of others that live in town that I can ride with. I have already found a weekly no-drop ride (meaning no one is left behind). Next week, I am going to show up and ride with that group. I think they ride about 20 miles per week which will be perfect for my weekday training ride. Hopefully I will make some bike friends and have someone to train with on my weekend longer rides.

3. Ride in non-ideal weather conditions. The past few years, the only time I would go out for a ride is if there was no wind. I need to know that I am stronger than the wind - I can push through it.

That being said... I have a long road (literally...) in front of me. Yes, I have been spinning since February, but I need to get my butt on a real bike. In spinning, I have control over how big I want my 'hill' to be. On the open road... I need to be able to take what the earth gives me.

Last night I did a quick 45 minute ride around town with my daughter on the trail-a-bike and I struggled. I am hoping the reason was because my daughter was doing more talking than pedaling so I was carrying both of us....

So here I go... It is time to prove to myself that I can do this!
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    You can do it you can do it! Way to stretch and challenge yourself. I think that you will able to not only meet your goals, but surprise yourself by exceeding them. Cheers to doing something crazy!
    3730 days ago
    Oh my gosh girl! YES, you can do this! And it sounds like you have a great plan set! Strive, be determined to do it, and WORK HARD! I KNOW you can do this my friend!

    :-) I think getting involved with that bike group is a FABULOUS idea!
    3731 days ago
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    you CAN and you WILL!!! go you!
    3731 days ago
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    Almost forgot! I haven't checked it lately, but bikeiowa.com usually has a good list of organized rides around the state, which are helpful for meeting biking friends and for training to ride in a group.

    3731 days ago
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    This sounds like so much fun! (and I'm jealous about the trail-a-bike, my daughter's out of the bugger but not able to keep up on her own yet.) I think you'll love the long bike rides. There's something about the cadence that you find around mile 25-35 that you can't get anywhere else. And really bike friends are some of the most fun, quirkiest people I know (I think you have to be to wear that much spandex.)

    Don't sweat the county roads, just stay right, wear something bright, and keep a spare tube or cell phone with you. Don't sweat weather either, just remember to use your gears. It's a good rule of thumb to keep your legs spinning at the same rpm no matter what speed you're going. If they slow down, probably time to switch gears.

    3731 days ago
    That is awesome! Sounds like a great plan! If my bike wasn't a piece of crap I would totally do it with you. I have run on country roads before so I understand somewhat of what you are saying. Course I was going against traffic not with it.

    Good luck and I know you can do it!
    3731 days ago
  • JUDIL62
    You can do it! I totally understand your fear of riding on County Roads. That's what stops me too. Let me know how you deal with it, because I love to Bike.

    3731 days ago
  • ANDREA963
    Gee...here I thought going off the ice cream diet was crazy! :) That is crazy! I can understand the fear of country roads. That's really cool that you have a road that connects two towns with a bike lane...actually it's amazing! Have fu with the training! Can't wait to hear more.
    3731 days ago
  • DAS92687
    I am sooooo excited for you!! That's fantastic :)
    I know with the goal in front of you and a great plan - you CAN do it. emoticon
    3731 days ago
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