Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I signed up for the MS150 bike ride in June. That gives me approximately 5 weeks to train to ride 75 miles on my bike in one day.
The last time I rode more than 30 miles in one setting was several years ago.
What the heck am I thinking?
I bought a new bike last year and barely used it. I had big plans to bike to work a few times a week during the summer. I wanted to use it for errands around town. I wanted to go on long family bike rides. Did I? In short, no. I have a ton of excuses why it didn't happen - like my husband never wanted to go on family rides because his back hurts when he rides (which then screws up his golf game... poor baby). But in reality. It was all my choice - I can't rely on him to be ready to do this stuff with me. My kids are not at an age where they can go on long bike rides - they can go with us on their trail-bikes, but I can't take both by myself. So this year, I signed up for the bike ride and I am determined to make it happen.
Here is what I need to do the next 5 weeks:
1. get over my fear of riding on county roads. 90% of my rides in the past few years have been either in town or on a bike trail. The idea of riding on a county road with cars going by me at 60+ mph scares the crap out of me. But in order to ride more than 15 miles at a time... I need to do it. Luckily the county road near where I live now has a bike lane all the way to the next town. Next Sunday, my plan is to ride to the next town and then do another 10-20 miles on the bike trail that goes through that town.
2. Make bike friends. Find a group of others that live in town that I can ride with. I have already found a weekly no-drop ride (meaning no one is left behind). Next week, I am going to show up and ride with that group. I think they ride about 20 miles per week which will be perfect for my weekday training ride. Hopefully I will make some bike friends and have someone to train with on my weekend longer rides.
3. Ride in non-ideal weather conditions. The past few years, the only time I would go out for a ride is if there was no wind. I need to know that I am stronger than the wind - I can push through it.
That being said... I have a long road (literally...) in front of me. Yes, I have been spinning since February, but I need to get my butt on a real bike. In spinning, I have control over how big I want my 'hill' to be. On the open road... I need to be able to take what the earth gives me.
Last night I did a quick 45 minute ride around town with my daughter on the trail-a-bike and I struggled. I am hoping the reason was because my daughter was doing more talking than pedaling so I was carrying both of us....
So here I go... It is time to prove to myself that I can do this!