"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Longest ride ever

On Wednesday I set out early to do my longest ride yet.

By myself.



I had planned to ride 45-50 miles, but got lost (shocked? Me neither), so I ended up doing 56 miles. It was long. Here was some of the more G rated internal dialogue:

A red light. Ok, a little break.

Another red light. Well, it happens.

Hey, a red light. This is getting irritating.

I can't possibly hit EVERY red light for the next 50 miles, can I?

I guess so.

If I hit another pot hole, I am throwing this fucking bike in a ditch and walking home. (ok, not G rated, but it came up a lot so I thought it deserved mentioning)

56 miles is a long way.

I have to run a half marathon after this?

Christ. I am in trouble.

That evening we had the last track practice for my tri clinic. I was spent and did not want to go, but I went anyway. We did 8 - 1/4 mile intervals at 95% effort.

May I say again, Christ.


E said...

56 miles! That is far! Is your tri this weekend?

Calyx Meredith said...

And those red lights all seem to be at the bottom of hills, don't they? Yay you for the perseverance on that ride! Sticking it out is hard!

Lou said...

I feel your pain. Sometimes I want to scream profanities and throw my bike in the lake.

ShirleyPerly said...

I think riding 50+ miles is much harder in training than in a race because you have to deal with stop lights, etc. Way to get it done and also run later. Be careful about overdoing things, though. My guess is that not everyone else did a tough long workout earlier and doing track work as if you did not might push you to injury rather than help you to get faster. I only know because it's happened to me!

Stef0115 said...

Way to go toughing it out on that long ride -- love the inner dialogue snippets.

One time I was so tired going up a long hill (after riding 35 miles) that I went too slowly and fell over. Cursed up a storm -- screaming, not under my breath -- yanked my bike up off the ground and walked the rest of the way.

So it's funny to both look back on that and to read what others go through. :-)

Erin Leigh said...

The hardest part is getting going again so any ride that you have to stop all the time on stinks, but 56 miles?? Good for you!!

I used to ride like that when I was a kid so I know it is possible for me. I just need the time to get out there.