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Sounds like you fought hard, don't be too hard on yourself.
"Have any of you ever dealt with a post event depression/disappointment?"
Yeah, on my profile, you can see pics of me at a XC mountain bike race weighing 206 at a race I blew up on, crashed, and DNF'ed. That was September of last year. How did I react? I'm working on cutting down to fighting weight by September 2010 so I can have a race that I can be satisfied with a) my capabilities and b) my performance. It was a good catalyst and an eye opening experience, for me.
Pain is weakness leaving the body.
How do you eat an elephant?
I will not fail.
Okay, SJHOUSE08, let me get this straight. You entered a 226 mile – two day cycling event. It was your first time doing this event. You battled nasty crosswinds but STILL completed 115 miles the first day. Then you got back on your bike the second day and rode another 60 miles?!?!?!?!?!? Incredible!
Sounds like you have a awesome reach goal! We all need those goals. If you did not have the goal of completing the entire event, you probably wouldn’t had ridden as far as you did.
I have ridden from San Francisco to Los Angeles 3 times for charity events. My goal for each ride was to complete the entire 560 miles. I have yet to make that goal but that doesn’t stop me from trying again and enjoying the ride each time.
Here’s what I say: get up, pat yourself on the back and train for next year’s TOSRV!
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
Hey thanks everyone for the input. I am over mypity party....you all helped very much...THANKKS! I replaced my road shoes that got broken during the ride and cleaned up my bike...and she (my bike) and I have a love relationship again! *lol*. I am going todo the Huffman spring classis tomorrow...was going to do the century but my DH (darling husband) made plans to go to Eldora speedway...and I am not sure I can get back in time to the kids. WIll make the up milage on Monday morning!
Strawbery Festival in Troy next week....metric century for anyone that wants to join me! (Troy, Ohio)
One of these days, I will take the time to learn how to post pics on here!
I live in Ohio (just outside of Columbus) and I went and did 25.5 miles the same Saturday as TOSRV and it about killed me - YOU DID AWESOME! How can you even possibly train and prepare fore those kinds of conditions?? You just can't! 25 mile an hour winds with gusts even higher - you can't fight that.
You'll conquer it next year and I hope I'm there too - we can do it together.
If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. Jack Dixon
If we all did the things we are capabale of doing we would literally astound ourselves.
i did that ride in 1988 when i was in college. we had beautiful weather both days. it was a great ride, and so much fun to ride with so many cyclists, i think there were around 5000 that year.
i had a couple of friends that did it this year, they said it was brutal! i think it was the 3rd or 4th year doing it. a couple years ago it was raining so hard that they accepted a ride back up on day 2. i think they made it to chillocothe.
they way the wind was blowing on saturday, i dont know if i would have even started, that's great that you had the perseverance to hang in as long as you did.
i think you definately have some bragging rights that you got as far as you did! hopefully next year the weather wont be so brutal.
Believe me at one point or another we've all gone through this. I was on Biking Across Kansas in 2007. After Several days of riding, (we rode 110 hills the day before), hot days and winds, I was totally exhausted just 12 miles short of my day's ride which would have been an 85 mile total that day.
I called in and had them pick me up with several others. I went through that PED. Even though I did great on the next day (last day). It still haunted me. I finally went back to the course and finished the ride in September (3 mos after the original ride) sounds silly. But it gave me peace.
It also gave me a chance to talk with some of the towns folks who shared how much they enjoyed the 1,000 bike riders staying in their town in June. It gave me a chance to express to them how much we enjoyed their hospitality.
I guess each rider has to work it out or put it behind them and do their best in the future rides. But there are those times when it happens, when it does, always know for that moment you did your very best!!!
Edited by: SIGLED at: 5/25/2010 (12:48)
I don't ride the bike to lose weight, but I lose weight to ride the bike!
To GOD be the Glory!
You did what you could do. Next time you'll do even better. Cross winds & even head on winds are a killer even when you're walking much less riding. Give your self credit it was hard to do. You did almost half of it. I'm excited for you. I hope you keep going.
Every time I rely on Jesus He never lets me down.
Faith + grace = salvation
It happens to everyone - even the pros. Don't beat yourself up too much! I seem to recall a blog where Selene Yeager didn't finish a race, but couldn't find it. She's pretty honest and open about when she feels she hasn't met her goals, which might be helpful. Couldn't find the specific one I remembered, but this entry really shows that everyone has bad races: http://bicycling.com/blogs/fitchick/2009/0
As others have said, you've done amazing things and will continue to do them!!
I have never cycled anything remotely close to that distance, but your story sounds very similar to my first 1/2 marathon. Other then the fact that I did finish it I was tired in a way that I didn't think it was even possible to recover. I (while running the last 3 miles) thought that if i could make it back to my car I would give my running shoes away and never run again.
Well I am here to assure you that you will get passed this. 226 miles is huge. If you had the strength and drive to give it a try, you will have the strength and drive to continue cycling.
Since my first 1/2 marathon I have completed 3 more 1/2 marathons and 3 full marathons. relax, recover, and get yourself back out there (and I see you have already gotten out there). you are not meant to quit now.
"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."
About 6 or 7 years ago I was in Gainesville, FL for a 3 day underwater hockey tournament (Fri-Sun). On Monday my BF and I went for a mountain bike ride. We wound up meeting a group of people and they invited us to ride with them. After about an hour I totally bonked. I was so wiped out. You can't eat while playing hockey, as you play 5-7 games a day. It's mostly fuel a bit as you go then gorge at dinner. Apparently I didn't gorge enough or I gorged on the wrong stuff and was carb depleted. It's embarassing to bonk after an hour, plus I ruined the ride for my BF.
Then about 3 years ago I decided to do my first triathlon. I trained for about 3 months, 6 to 7 days a week. Then the morning of the race, the seas were rough. I got hammered by a wave and could not finish the swim. I was in tears as I was walking up the beach back to the transition area, but did the bike and ran and completed with a DNF.
You're really not alone. As disappointing as a perceived "failure" is, there is always something to be learned. Everything from pay attention to your nutrition, to double check your gear, to don't be so hard on yourself. As BRTRAINS says, look at what you accomplished!
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Hey, you did much better then many of us on here... Give yourself credit for that.
I think sometimes we try to be so competitive with ourselves the fun starts to go away... You want the rides to make you feel good and get the fitness in, when it becomes a job the enthusiasm goes and it's more like work...
so in reality you did 174 miles! There is nothing wrong with that at all...
Try getting the book off Amazon" The Cyclist's Training Bible"
Great book written by a guy who knows everything you will ever need to know ( Joe Friel)
Keep up the good work
I had a similar thing happen to me on a cross country mountain bike race which took place on a 135 dirt road.
The first day was 90 miles with a climb up to a 4000 foot pass... camping overnight and the rest of the road the following day. Two hours after crossing the pass, I bonking really bad. We had ridden from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM and riding all that way on gravel was much more difficult than I thought it would be. I sat down by the road side and felt like I just couldn't go on. I had to get a ride to the campsite; another 15 miles in the van. I was the only one who needed a ride so I felt really bad and humiliated. I can completely sympathize...
Those things happen. You can always try again when you have a little more mileage under your belt and hopefully, on a day without cross-winds.
“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”
Cross winds are just BRUTAL, and at that level, who can blame you?
You may also want to talk to your local bike shop about your seat height. I got a new clamp to hold my seat nice and tall (for the entire ride) and my legs are SO MUCH BETTER!
- cycled 101 miles! (11/2010)
-completed "Couch to 5k" training program 5/4/2010
- 5/8/2010: Willow Glen 5k/ (3 miles): 34:13! Average pace was 11:20!!!
- 5/2/2010: Na
I don't know if any of you have done TOSRV before (Tour of Scioto River Valley - 226 miles over 2 days this year). I was a TOSRV virgin this year....wanted the prestige of saying I completed this however, after 115 miles on day one with 20-30 mph crosswinds and a hilly detour, I only had enough leg left to get 60 miles in on day 2. We had 12-15 mph headwinds on the way back. At mile 50 something...the cramps in my quads just wouldn't let up and I could no longer ride or walk. I was toast. I tearfully called my husband after sitting on the side of the road and crying for about 30 min. I considered (for only about 90 min) selling all my bike stuff...I was spent in ways I have never been spent, physically and emotionally. Its taken a week or 2 to rebuild my self esteem after "failing" my task. I have never quit a ride before, never! Have any of you ever dealt with a post event depression/disappointment? I rode 25 or so today....just time on since my quit. Felt food to be on the seat..but still a little self esteem issue there. I will be doing the Huffman Classic century ride this sunday....hopefully, this will take the stingout of my disappointment in TOSRV.
Please share your thoughts on dealing with, DNFs or poor performances?