It’s been at least a couple of months since I’ve posted a training update, so I wanted to let you know that, YES, I am still riding. 🙂 I’m riding outdoors now instead of on the indoor stationary bike (thank goodness), and racking up a whole bunch of miles. I’m thinking about rating my bike rides with a “bug tooth scale.” The more bugs I have in my teeth after a ride, the better (um, happier) the ride was. Haha!
So besides riding outdoors, what else is new?? I HAVE A NEW BIKE!!! We didn’t think it was possible to purchase a new bike because I had shopped around and just about fainted after seeing the high prices. But then our “bike guy” told me that I could just buy a bike from Walmart because the frames are just as good as the high end bikes, and then we could make adjustments to the bike as needed, which would save us A LOT of money overall. So, that’s what we did.
We purchased my new bike at Walmart and brought it to our bike guy to make sure it had been assembled correctly (and it wasn’t). After he put the front wheel on the right way and adjusted breaks and gears (thanks, Pete!), the rest was just making adjustments for my comfort. The handlebars needed adjusting more than what was possible with the factory stem piece, so we ordered a new one that is adjustable. This in addition to new handlebar grips has made a huge difference in wrist comfort. I also got a new seat that has firm cushioning and a contour shape, which is a lot more comfortable than the factory seat that came on the bike.
I am still making tiny adjustments as I get used to my new bike. My biggest complaint right now is aching at the base of my neck in my shoulders. I’m not sure if it’s just a matter of making another small adjustment or if my shoulder muscles need strengthening — or both?
I am currently using a training program through MapMyRide, but I say that loosely because I am constantly having to adjust my schedule due to weather and family/work schedules. But it’s working out, and if everything goes as planned I should be able to do my BIG 100-mile ride on June 20th! I’m really excited about it, and probably equally nervous. Each weekend leading up to it, I’ll be riding farther distances than I’ve ever done before. I don’t know what my body is capable of, but I’m gradually finding out. On the big day, I will plan on taking around 12 hours for my ride, but that will include potty and food breaks a couple of times, as well as the slight possibility of a flat tire or some other mechanical issue. I am riding mostly on my own, but I will have a support vehicle meeting me in various spots along the way.
This will probably be my last update until I post about the ride after I complete it, so please keep me in your thoughts and prayers for a safe, fun ride. (and good weather!) I’m planning to get some pics and video footage of my big ride, so stay tuned for that post before the end of June. If you have any questions about my training, my bike, or my gear I bring along (some of which I show in the video above)….or if you have any suggestions for me, please leave a comment or send me an email. Thanks!