My Pan-Mass Challenge training has definitely had it’s ups and downs. I haven’t really been sharing my training too much via the blog. I was in the process of figuring out what was going on with my body and just wasn’t feeling like blogging about it. I’ll explain the long story later-but short story-my stomach was getting all messed up. Thankfully, I think I have it figured out.
I have been going with Dave for all my past training rides. As part of Dave’s birthday gift, I helped pay for a road bike for him so he could join me. Unfortunately for Dave, he has been having problems with his butt hurting whenever he rides more than 20 miles. Since he was such a good boyfriend and riding with me all the other times, I didn’t pressure him into going with me this morning’s 60 miler. I felt a little nervous to be out on my 60 miler solo, but I also felt a little excited because it would be a good test physically and mentally for me to prepare for next weekend (the PMC!).
My alarm went off at 4:30 am. I had ambitious goals of getting on the road by 5:30. I failed miserably because Dave was snoozing and that seemed like the better option to me too. But once 5:00 rolled around, I knew I had to get up. I made my usual oatmeal with some cut up strawberries and raisons. I hydrated with Powerade Perform, Nuun and a baby low sodium V8. I pumped my tires and packed my ID and credit card and headed out.
Not more than half a mile in and I hear my tire sizzling. Are you serious?! I had a flat! I stopped and checked my tire. There was a huge chunk of glass that I apparently didn’t see. I immediately thought, “This is not a good sign of how this ride is going to go.” But, I took my tire off and decided to test myself. I have gotten so many flats that I should be able to do this like a pro. Well…tire changed in 5 minutes! BAM! I smiled, rode home to get a new tube and headed out again. I thought, “Okay-let’s try this again.”
Everything was going smoothly. The weather was perfect-started off cool and warmed up a bit. Then I approached a railroad crossing and low and behold a really long train was going. I was just hoping it wouldn’t be TOO long. However, I remembered that I was going to do a trial run of eating a PB&J sandwich to see how my stomach would deal with riding after eating. I hate wasting time, so I pulled out my sandwich to take care of that now. Only a bite later, the train ended. Although I was excited to continue riding, I was also a little disappointed because my sandwich tasted so good. I guess it gave me something to look forward to at the next stop.
At 40 miles I hit the Ferns Country Store. Dave and I stop here every bike ride because they are such a bike friendly store. They have bike racks so you can leave your bike when you go into the store and lots of seating around the porch. There is a porta potty in the back so that bikers can use it. And if you purchase something, you can use the bathroom inside. I didn’t waste any time once I got there. I used the porta potty and then sat down to enjoy my PB&J. It tasted so good because it wasn’t as sweet as my Gu’s that I was eating.
Since I was by myself, I didn’t stay for long. I finished my sandwich and I headed out. I tried to push myself. When I finally got home, I had a huge smile. I have been averaging between 13-14.5 mph on my rides. Today I averaged 16.1 mph!! I felt great and even felt like I could go for longer. My legs never were too exhausted and my cardio strength felt better than ever. Maybe biking is growing on me. I still love running more, but I definitely will be keeping some biking in my life post-PMC. It has helped my hips and legs get so much stronger.
Now let’s just hope my day will continue to be successful now that I’m sitting down with my books to study!