Your story sounds kind of like mine, I decided on day to go out and buy a bike in march with intensions of doing a 300 mile bike ride the next year. I probably rode a total of 10 times that summer because my knee hurt every time I rode. The next summer in may I signed up for the 5 day 300 mile ride. I trained very little that summer basically 2 20 mile rides and a handfull of 10 mile rides. On the 5 hour bus ride I kept asking myself what I was getting myself into, the 1st day was 70 miles I made it all the way in had a massive headache because I was dehydrated and they also though I had an allergic reaction to the sun, but otherwise was ok. I got up the 2nd day and rode another 70 miles that day was so much better then the first. The 3rd day I over heated 20 miles into a 70 mile day and ended up taking the sag in. But got right back out for the 4th and 5th day. In all I rode 240 of the 300 miles And learned a lot. I was beating myself up because I could not do the other 60 miles but in my 10 mile sag on the last day there was a guy who was doing it for his 3rd time and had a goal of 150 miles. Seriously 150 miles why am I beating myself up.
The next summer I trained a little harder and overall it was a more challenging ride, but I made it 280 of the 300 miles. :) There is a lot of mental talking in doing anything that big but it sure dose teach you lots. :)
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