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Step one: fuel the tank


Saturday, March 30, 2013

First MetroPark ride today! The wind managed to be in my face no matter what direction I turned, and about 3/4 of the way into the ride I remembered what the thing was I'd been standing in the living room trying to remember to do: eat something. 12 miles into the ride I was FLAT--blood sugar bottoming out. I was deep in the weeds and didn't really think I had what it would take to get back out. And I didn't even have a single snack in my bike bag.

The MetroPark is in a gorge, which means that at the end of the ride, you have to climb back out of the gorge. I got to the bottom of the hill and thought, "I can't do it. I don't have the juice." But I figured I'd at least start pedaling up and stop when my speed dropped below 4mph or my wind gave out. Amazingly, neither happened. My wind was going as I neared the top, but I coached myself on because it was getting flatter again.

That was 17 hardwon miles, but I did it!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/1/2013 9:00AM

    Holy smokes! That was a tough ride.

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GCHUNG 3/31/2013 7:37PM

    Fantastic!!! Great job.

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CORNERKICK 3/31/2013 3:15AM

  Wooo hooo...Good for you!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 3/30/2013 9:31PM

    You are out there doing what I shouLd have been doing today! I have a couple of those huge hills that I dread. And yep, fuel is so important! Glad you were able to get out of there!

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NATPLUMMER 3/30/2013 7:55PM

    Glad you made it. I bet you won't forget snacks again ;-)

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/30/2013 6:49PM

    I'm glad you were able to finish it!

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