Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Redeemed

Well folks... it worked. I'm living proof that shoe therapy worked.

Yesterday, I went out and redeemed myself. I went out Tuesday and made up for my wimping out on Sunday. I rode this course. 69miles 4:30mins. The pace is certainly not impressive, but I did it. It's the furthest I have ridden since IM. It gave me a little more confidence for this.

Most importantly it made me feel better about backing out after only 40miles on Sunday. Well, that and I just had my second epidural injection in my spine this am, so I know I won't be able to work out for a few days, including no riding this weekend...

You know, I'm not even sure why I'm doing this race. It's not like I enjoy sitting on my road bike for hours on end. I guess it's just one of those things I would like to say that I did. I'm pretty sure you won't see my becoming addicted to it like IM, or running...

I certainly won't be as prepared as I am for other races. I've really only done 2 long rides. One ~60miler & one ~70 miler. I hope to get one more long ride in next weekend, hopefully 80-85miles.

I am not very impressive on my road bike. It doesn't fit me all that well (Shane & I REALLY didn't know what we were doing when we bought these bikes). My HR is on average 10bpm higher than when I'm on mini me. My legs get weird soreness, pain.. and my saddle sores.. well that is a whole other story.

But, in 4 weeks I will go down to Tucson. I will try to find some big dude to draft off... And maybe, just maybe I will surprise myself.

And, hopefully after all of this effort on my road bike. Which, btw, is is like 10lbs heavier than my tir bike. Hopefully after all of this, I will get on mini-me and see that all that effort was worth it. That my legs are stronger, and like before, riding her will be almost effortless.

She sits hanging on the wall in my office every day, longing for me to use her again... And soon.. soon I will. And she is not going to know what hit her!

I can't wait!

2 comments:

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

I just knew that what you needed was shoes. Something inside of me just knew.

brendaj said...

I'm always impressed by people doing any kind of race or long event at this point in the year! Hope you have fun!