Half-Century Bike Ride - Got the "All Clear" from the surgeon!!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
I'm taking a leap of faith today. I've been riding my road bike for 6.25 miles, 1/2 hour, several times lately. Today I have a Dr.'s appointment up in Ketchum, 12 miles north of my home in Hailey. I drove up with my husband and put my road bike in the back of the car. I will be riding my bike home after my appointment. It will be a gentle downhill grade, on our fabulous "rails to trails" bike path with the wind pushing me from behind. So, besides being longer, it will not be a grueling ride. AND I am wearing my padded bike undies to save my tush! As well, it's a gorgeous sunny day and is on the warmish side of Spring. So, wish me luck! I'm confident I will do well.
I had another follow up appointment with my surgeon yesterday. He said my knee is doing great after ACL reconstruction surgery three months ago and that I don't need to go back to see him anymore unless I have questions or concerns. That sure beats bawling in his office like last time!!
On August 13th, there will be the Sawtooth Century - a 100 mile supported bike ride. There is also a half-century route - 50 miles supported with rest and refueling stations. I asked the surgeon if I could train for it. He said, "You can train for the whole thing!" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA. I do NOT plan to train for the whole thing. I'd rather not spend my entire summer in the saddle of my bicycle. Heck, my kids wouldn't be able to keep up with me.
So, I need to figure out a doable training program that will have me ready to ride 50 miles on my bike by August 13th. Do I really want to spend that much time on my bike......?