Nothing says you’re in, like paying for a race….and it’s non refundable. It’s almost like you gotta show up. It’s a badge of honor – meaning I don’t give a rat’s patootie, I’m showing up and so help me if they peel me off the road…this is happening. Yeah, $160 worth of happening…and that was the lowest entry fee for the El Tour de Tucson century race, not counting hotel, gas and food. Meh, whatta gonna do? It is what it is. Don’t you love that played out cliché?
Well, s*hit got real this Saturday as I not only completed my long ride, but it was the longest I’ve ever done. The target was 2.5 hours of riding time. Here is the break down in a lovely graphic. I was able to get in 31.47 miles at a 13.1 avg. pace. I’m pleased with that.
For the most part of the ride I felt really good.
I stopped after an hour to ingest a Gu gel pack. I had it in my back jersey pocket (do you call them pockets?) it was warm and not as viscous, which made it easier to swallow. Thank goodness because damn…have you tried these things? About 3/4 of the way in I began to feel a little light-headed, but not anything that would make me stop for a long period of time. I tried to make sure I took little sips of water. I’m always mindful of how much water I take in because I don’t want to have to go to the bathroom. Okay… there’s some get real s*it for you. I mean really, riding a bike with a full bladder is a no go. There is nowhere to go either…a rock, rattle snake, or a scorpion. Choose. Cyclist depends…hmmm.
Needless to say I was happy, though there is a mental mountain to climb. Realizing if I don’t find a route that has the mileage, I’m going to do this three times during one ride…before it’s done. Oy…but I’ll do it. That’s also some real s*it if you were wondering. There’s lots of s*it that’s real…but that’s some really real…okay I digress.
I did pick up this little beauty:
I do believe I was long overdue for a new helmet. I need to do some research on how often helmets should be changed. What’s funny is this one fits better than my old one. The other one was cheaper and this helmet by no means was the most expensive. I bought it for about $50. I have been to a few stores that have said price doesn’t mean safety. They’re all about the same for safety. What you’re paying for is air flow, aerodynamic, and frankly fit. I like it. There is a ponytail port! May it keep all my wonderful brains in tack if something happens.
I only had a chance to ride 3 days this week. Again, life happens (work) so you just have to do what you can. Next weeks long ride will be a three hour ride. More…real s*it. You didn’t think I’d let that pass did you? Nah!
Excited but fearful. I can’t explain it…that’s where I am right now. I’m loving it. Week four came out to 48.09 grateful miles. I am grateful for this opportunity. I have 7664.21 miles remaining in my journey. I hope this Sunday finds you grateful. Happy Miles To You!