Friday, April 13, 2012
I went for my first truly long ride today--27 miles. I'm working to strengthen my knees, so I rode in lower gears and kept my pedalling "soft." It helped my knees get through a 2 hour and 16 minute ride without complaint.
But, oh, my patootie! Even with padded bike shorts, I was definitely feeling the strain on my "back 40." I know that, just like the rest of my body, it will get acclimated to the longer rides. Right now, though, it is not the happiest place on earth, not by a long stretch.
I have three and a half months to train for the Pedal to the Point ride. I will be mixing up short, fast rides with long rides in order to build my stamina and increase my pace. I'm currently riding at an average of 12 mph, which I'd like to see if I can push to 14. It may not seem like much, but it would made the ride an hour shorter.
And I hope to lose at least another 20 pounds. The less of me there is to haul around, the easier it will be!
But for now? I'm pleased with what I accomplished but oh my heavens am I tired!!! My father-in-law is visiting, and we went to a late lunch today. I had a grilled chicken spinach salad that was delicious, but eating it wore me out!