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My Long Ride

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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.

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    Good job, girl! You are so committed. You are a constant inspiration to me.
    3866 days ago
    Good job for getting out there and getting a ride in! And just remember, just like you had to build up to running longer distances, you will need to do the same with biking! Keep at it!
    3874 days ago
    Great ride! Hope you back and bottom feel better soon!
    3874 days ago
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    Hey you got out there and did something. Good for you - it will happen
    3874 days ago
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