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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!
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  • JUDIL62
    3724 days ago
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    emoticon on such a great training ride! I miss those kinds of rides on the coutnry roads back home. I found those places to be easier to ride. Riding againist a wind is hard too. Good for you on conquering your fears. My goal is to eventually ride in the MS150. My friends did the TN one last October. I trained with them until I moved here in July.
    Keep us posted on your training and the final ride too.
    3725 days ago
    Way to go, Julie! That's awesome! You definitely deserve every single bit of pride and rest for your totally fantastic efforts. Doesn't it feel great to surprise ourselves?
    3726 days ago
    Good job Julie! That is definitely something you should be so proud of yourself for! It's amazing what we can do if we put our minds to it. Or maybe if we make our minds take a back seat and let your bodies do what they actually can...

    I think a rest day was definitely in order.

    Have a great Tuesday! Only 3 more days til the weekend (I don't count today since it has already started :-))
    3726 days ago
    Great job lady! Pushing through is a HUGE success in my book! You rock!
    3726 days ago
  • DAS92687
    3726 days ago
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    Awesome work. Congrats on facing your fears!
    3726 days ago
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    You are doing awesome! ROCK ON
    3726 days ago
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