Friday, June 09, 2006
First Organized Long Ride!
Matches (my lazy golden retriever) & I were out walking on Tuesday night and I noticed all the paint on the roads in preparation for the Sunday in June ride that I signed up for.
Out in my little town of Parkman we don't see a whole lot in the way of events that go through the neighborhood, so this is awesome!
This ride is touted as 'A Scenic Bike Ride through the Amish Countryside'. Our general area is the fourth largest Amish settlement in the world. There are routes consisting of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles and in total they are anticipating around 600 riders for the event. What a wonderful way for many to come see the area that I call home! So, Sunday bright and early I will be embarking on my longest ride of the season yet which will be the 62 mile ride and am looking forward to it!
This week has been good and bad. Wednesday, I had a great bike training day with the Wednesday night group down in the Valley which we did a total of 28 miles which comprised of:
-a 3 mile plus warm up
-a 10 mile out and back time trial starting from Hampton Hills Park (14.27 (5M split) /29:00 total)
-a 8 mile one way time trial with 5 miles on the flat and a 3 mile hill climb (??, this 8 felt much harder than previous 10)
-a 5 mile recovery/cool down ride back to Bolanz Rd. (Enjoyed immensely!)
The bad rolled in late Wednesday night when I started feeling a little off....by Thursday I awoke with a stupid cold. Thursday's run was slow, shorter than normal, and took all the effort I could muster. My chest felt tight and I sweat buckets. Today (Friday) I am taking the day off to try to gain some strength back. I may take off tomorrow too depending on how I feel. It is not so bad that I can not exercise, but would rather get healthy ASAP and feel good for Sunday's long ride!