My long rides are generally relegated to weekends. Due to weekend plans, we had to ride long on Thursday instead.
Kelly skipped his hill training to come with me, so I hoped my legs would show up! After a tough weekend of workouts and consecutive training since Saturday, I wasn’t sure they’d be up to the challenge. Throw in strong winds, a poor sleep the night before, and a full day of work and the test was on!
First five minutes: Cycling outside is incredible! I love the sun on my face, the breeze in my helmet vents, and the scenery!
Within 20 minutes, heading into the wind: This isn’t so bad. At least I’m outside!
After 40 minutes of riding into the wind: If another big truck flies by me, the wind suck from it is going to topple me over. Hopefully I fall into the ditch instead of the highway. I can’t believe how fast Kelly can ride. I wonder if I’ll ever be nearly as strong?!
After 60 minutes of riding into the wind: I love biking. I love biking. I love biking.
Ninety minutes in, after finally turning out of the wind: I really do love to bike! I feel like I could go all night! I can’t believe how warm it is.
Two hours, after a turn back into the wind: Will Kelly be disappointed if I tell him we need to turn? My legs are cement blocks. I don’t know how I can keep riding and then make it back home.
Two and a half hours later, after the turnaround point: Look at that gorgeous deer! The fields are stunning! Aww- sheep and llamas! Riding long in the evening is great! The roads are quiet, and the sky looks incredible.
Three hour mark, back into the wind: Seriously, how are we going to make it home before the sun sets? What was I thinking riding this long when my legs are this tired? AHHH- DOGS FURIOUSLY BARKING AND STARTING TO CHASE. Come on legs- GO! Thank goodness Kelly’s with me!
Rest of the ride home: Woohoo! First long ride outside- finished! I can’t wait to get out every weekend!
The moral of the story is that training isn’t always sunshine. It isn’t always easy. I struggled throughout, but luckily there were easy, beautiful, and fun moments in there.
Training is supposed to be tough sometimes! And those hard sessions sure do make you appreciate the easier ones. Thankfully I have an encouraging training buddy to keep me going, block the wind when I’m desperate, make me laugh when I get grumpy, and share his liquid when I run out.
Tell me your thought process during workouts. What makes you continue?
Did you race this weekend? Tell me about it!