Saturday, November 13, 2010
A New Milestone (literally)
We started early at the GABA Bike Swap. It is a cross between a garage sale and a cyclists' cocktail party at 8am, held twice a year, but this is the big one.
I went with my family, but I split off quickly to meet John from One Speed: Go! It was the first time for both of us to meet another blogger. It was very cool. John was nice enough to buy me a cup of coffee and we talked about the types of cycling we both do. He takes great pictures along his rides and simply encourages people to "get up, go ride", regardless of your fitness level, type of bike or terrain. Just get out there, get moving and see the world around you. It is a beautifully simple idea and his pictures demonstrate it well. Please check out his site at the link above.
Then, we came home and Samson and I went for his longest ride ever. He rode 30 miles! In recent rides, he told me that he was questioning if he could complete the 40 mile ride on race day. By completing 30 miles today, I think he now knows he's got this. I am so proud of him!
Then, I wanted to also achieve a personal best. I had ridden only 36 miles before on a ride (a year ago) and I have noticed lately that I keep holding myself back mentally, by being too cautious (I guess that's where Samson gets it). So, after Samson and I finished the 30 miles, I continued on for another 10 miles, giving me a 40-mile-ride today! Could I have gone another 20? Yeah. Another 30? Yup. The ride would take hours and hours, but I see now that I can do bigger mileage distances.
And yet...though I really like riding my bike, I don't like doing almost anything for 4-6 hours. Instead, I think that after El Tour, I'll start to put more focus on running for awhile. I've done a 5K (and have a few more scheduled), but I'd really have to get in some conditioning to do a 10K, or a half-marathon. Hmm...