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57 miles... virgin territory

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I'm exhausted. I said on fb I wouldn't whine anymore, but can I please just get some of it out of my system here? I stayed home last night but didn't get much sleep, so at 5:30 this morning I wasn't thrilled that I had committed to this darn bike ride. We had planned to meet at a park about 10 miles down the trail, ride the 35 miles RT to the beach and then when we passed the park anyone who wanted to forgo the "small" 20+ mile leg go get in their car and go home. I planned to be one of those people! The small leg ends in Corona and its a part of the bike trail I don't like -- steep hills, isolated, not scenic -- I've taken to just skipping it entirely on my rides with Jo and driving to the park to start the trail there. Well, it was freezing this morning and I was outnumbered by people who wanted to do the short ride first, to warm up and get it out of the way. Out of the way??? I didn't want to do it at all! But I also didn't want to wait at the park for an hour until they came back, so off I went. These people were crazy!! They were so cold they were riding at full speed and my HR was up in the 160's for most of the time. I thought I would die from cold, asthma and exertion, but I survived. Quick change of jackets and we headed off again towards the beach. The wind was at our back so it didn't feel too bad in spite of my toes being numb... but I knew I was fatigued by the time I'd done 30 miles. My previous longest ride this season was 24 miles, so the extra 10k took its toll. Ingrid said I could turn around but I really didn't want to ride all the way back alone so I kept going... At the beach we were at mile 32 I think, and we headed back and directly into the wind. UGH!! I drafted as much as possible but then the lead 4 took off and I couldn't hang with them. Ingrid, Julie and I kept going, maintaining about a 14-15 mph pace (so long as I was drafting). All of a sudden Ingrid stops and says she needs to talk with Julie so I kept going. Turns out Julie was suffering back spasms and needed to slow down but I didn't know it at the time. By mile 40 I hit the wall. Yup. Just like in a marathon. I had no one to draft off, my speed had dropped to 10 mph and it took a monumental effort to keep going. I really wanted to sit down by the side of the road and just cry!! But I knew that this was fatigue talking and hoped that if I just kept going at my new, slower pace Ingrid would catch up and I could finally draft again... how I longed for that break from the wind! Unfortunately that was not to be. I rode the entire back side by myself, finishing in just over 4 hours for 57 miles. I am now lying in bed and dreaming of sleep but I'm so hungry I can't drift off. Ha!

I'm glad I more than doubled my distance today and I'm proud of that accomplishment, but I still kind of wish I hadn't pushed myself... I'll be paying for it tomorrow for sure.
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    There's that spirit again :) carrying you through! "When the going gets tough, the tough get going", was written just for you! I'm convinced!!

    :) Tight HUG! You're AMAZING!!!

    Sparked Friend ALWAYS,
    ~Deej/Donna emoticon
    2686 days ago
    i am in total AWE!!! are you kidding?? 60 miles???? my longest bike ride last season was 40 miles and i. was. exhausted. it sounds like a super tough course too!! congrats on a job well-done and then some.... you are a true fighter and i am totally not surprised by this latest accomplishment!! emoticon
    2696 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing well
    2696 days ago
    Awesome job! It was a freezing morning! I stayed in bed after a night of stomach flu. You are a super duper star!
    2696 days ago
  • LW8843
    Tammy~ Way to go! I have never been at the place you are and you insire me.
    2698 days ago
    WOW - great job, Tammy!!
    2698 days ago
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  • JEM0622
    That is pretty amazing! You were capable of it and should be proud. Lots of rest for you!
    2699 days ago
    I agree, you are a rock star! This is when I wish we could hang in a hot tub with a glass of wine. That soreness will be a badge, wear it with pride. Afterall, you DID do a marathon. And you did it just nine short months after MAJOR surgery. It's just not you to not push yourself. And now you know you are capable of just about anything. I am sorry it was frustrating. I have cried-while-running-and/or-biking and know that those tears are earned, baby. It means it was tough but that you were tougher. You always are. Congrats to you on doubling your distance. You are my New Year hero!
    2699 days ago
    Rock star...that's all there is to it. You are a force to be reckoned with. WELL DONE!

    I felt your pain...and your tears. There have been rides home at night into the wind where I felt like I was peddling no where fast.
    And, yes, I've cried myself home.

    You might be sore tomorrow, but I think you were ready to push yourself.

    Now, go curl up with some tea and a warm blankie.
    2699 days ago
    WOW! I am not even near this type of physical ability anymore. I'll be happy to walk a mile. But you inspire me! emoticon
    2699 days ago
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