I debated last night whether I should run this morning or ride my bike. However, my GPS watch should be coming later today, so I decided to ride so I can do my first run with my new gadget tomorrow!
If you remember, I only got my bike a few months ago. I had a wreck a few days later. (And, my elbow is STILL healing!!!) Then, about a week later, my trainer had a pretty bad wreck while he was teaching me how to ride - cadence, hand signals, etc. I hadn't been on my bike since his wreck... until last week.
Last week, I rode an indoor cycle once and went on 2 short rides with my daughter. Yesterday, I went on another short ride with my daughter. Each ride has been 3-4 miles and we go pretty slow. She is getting faster each time, though! And, I'm proud of her!
So, we rode 3.5 miles last night and I woke up thinking I'd try to accomplish another one of my goals. My longest ride to date is a 10 mile bike ride. My next cycling goal is to ride for 15 miles. I figured I could do it this morning.
I don't think I took into account several things:
1. The fact that I'd just rode my bike last night.
2. The fact that, though the weather is beautiful (70 degrees!), it is windy (10-12 mph).
3. The fact that, though I feel in pretty good shape from running, learning to ride my bike is a different sport and it is going to take time in the saddle!
So, I felt good for about the first 5-6 miles. But, by mile 7, I was starting to hurt all over. My feet were tingling. My neck was hurting. (Actually, my neck starts hurting really quickly after I start riding.) My right hip (that sometimes bothers me while I'm running) was hurting. My back and bottom were hurting. I was ready to GO HOME!
My total ride ended up being 8 miles. I did it in 48 minutes so I'm only averaging 10 mph. That's OK though! I will keep at it and will be able to ride faster and longer soon. And, one of these days I'll ride for 15 miles.