Monday, September 08, 2014
I did it! 62-mile bike ride! YEAH!
I knew it was going to be a great day from the start. We stayed at the Ludwig B&B where the beds are soft and the food is wonderful! Joyce (the owner) made her famous sticky buns with extra yummies on top! These buns are not on any diet but they are like having sex at the table. EXCELLENT!!! We then headed out to the pick up point where we would be transported to the top of the trail (25 miles) The man from the Pine Creek Outfitters was there waiting for us AND we were the only people to be transported. This save us a huge amount of time. He didn't even make us go to the office to pay. He just took the cash from us in the van as we rode to the beginning of the trail. We got to the top and purchased a delicious turkey/swiss sub for lunch. We started our ride at 10:50 a.m. which is an incredibly early time to get started!
About 5 miles into the ride we realized that there was also a 100K and 100 mile race being held on the path. DH and I had no problem getting around all the runners except for one. There's always one in the group isn't there? When we approached this runner, he said in a very snotty demanding voice"Can't you go around?!" Because I did not choose to interact with this animal, I said nothing but I will admit to thinking of a couple of hundred snappy come backs to that statement! Besides, we could not have "gone around" as he wished without taking a great risks of having an accident. Sadly, that was the only animal we saw or came in contact with while on this ride.
The first 25 miles I remember as being a game between the creek and myself. Whenever I heard the water moving faster, I knew I could gear down and move faster myself. I just really enjoyed those moments of decline of the terrain. We made a stop about every 7-8 miles just to relieve ourselves and/or get off the bike to give our fanny a rest break. At 26 miles were were back at the B&B where we stopped for lunch and enjoyed our sandwich. It felt good to refuel.
The second half of the ride was MUCH flatter than the first. The first 10-15 miles had a lot more people on it simply because there are a couple of crowded towns. We peddled on and reached an area of the path that had been covered with a much more course grain of gravel. We had to peddle through this for 12 full miles! My knees were letting me know that they did not like this type of path. What a relief to finally get to the easier type of path with the less course gravel. But....there's always a but....then it started to rain. Actually, it was a light and cool rain and it felt great! It stopped raining after about 8 more miles. We peddled on. We came upon an section of the trail that was closed due to pipe work. Of course, this did not stop us but only inconvenienced us. We got off the bikes and pushed our way up the hill and through the mud. Our bikes and our bodies where covered in 2-4 inches of mud!!! It was a mess! Right after fighting our way through the mountain of mud, it began to rain again.....HARD!!! I thought to myself - two ways to think about this
1) It's raining hard, it hurts when it hits my skin, and it's making this part of the ride horrible! OR
2) Oh Good! We will get a bit of cleaning off!
I went with number 2.
We had planned to stop for dinner on the way out but because we were so wet and muddy we decided to push through to the end. We started the count down at mile 58. The very last 100 yards of this 62-mile ride is uphill. I did it! Oh yes my thighs were screaming at me but I did it! I did a quick happy dance, took a couple of pictures (which I will get on here ASAP) and then went to the bathroom to change into dry clothes. It felt wonderful to be dry. It took me 6:20 do peddle 62-miles. All together, (i.e. with breaks and stops) we were on the trail for close to 8 hours.
We drove back up the road to Waterville and had a wonderful dinner. After that we got back to the B&B and took a hot bath. I'm not sure a bed every felt as good that that bed that night. I fell asleep easily enough but it wasn't a restful sleep. I never sleep well after a hard workout. Last night, after teaching a power yoga class, I slept very well - 10 hours!
Now it is time to get back to reality. I work for the next 4 days and on this Thursday (9/11) I am hosting my ladies from my breast cancer support group to a yoga party. Our house will to on the market this Tuesday. It will be interesting to see if there is any interest.
Monday, September 01, 2014
You must be getting tired of hearing about my "new PR" but I'm not tired of bragging about them. This past Saturday I did a 32 mile ride. I believe I am ready to tackle that Pine Creek Trail in Wellsboro, PA.
It's 62 miles and yours truly plans to scratch it off my bucket list next Saturday. The rest of this week will be stationary bike and yoga. I plan to rest up for that long ride.
This morning DH and I did a quick 12 mile ride on the Bartram trail. It has a very slight incline on the 6-mile way out but I was really feeling it in my adductor on my right leg. I couldn't figure out why. It was starting to hurt so much that I did the last two miles peddling with just my left leg. When we got to the end, DH checked my bike and found out that I had a spoke broken and this was causing the tire to rub against the brake. DUH!!! NO WONDER it was so hard to peddle! Nothing like trying to do a ride with the brake on! This is the second time this has happen this season. I told DH if it happens one more time, it's time for a new bike. I believe I would like a bike that isn't as heavy as my present bike which is VERY heavy!!!
My eating has been horrible. Yesterday I had a friend over for breakfast and I made egg muffins, toasted everything bagel with cream cheese, and monkey bread (which I tweaked by adding more butter, brown sugar, raisins, and walnuts). I took one bike of that monkey bread and new I was in trouble. OMG! It was heavenly! I have a really bad sweet tooth. I had NO business eating that. I have been trying to give myself permission to have just one dessert each week and doing very well with this arrangement. When dessert comes at breakfast time, I do not do well for the rest of the day. BUT! That was yesterday and today gives me the opportunity for a new beginning! YEAH!
I hope that your summer is going well and that you, like me, are looking forward to cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and changing season.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Yesterday I rode 31 miles on the bike trail between Cornwall, PA to Elizabeth, PA and back. A total of 31 miles. How do I feel? Well, let just say that I feel the ride in my upper arms as I type this blog -- BUT it's a "good" sore.
We were going to go to Port Providence, PA (closer to Philly, PA) where the bike trail is paved. Paved trails are MUCH easier than the cinder ash trails. We decided not to head SE when we looked at the radar. It had rained where we went but we didn't get a drop of rain while we were out riding (a total of 185 minutes - 3:05 hr). I was so proud of myself. I got a bit "whinny" during the last 2.7 miles, which were all up hill. but I finished strong and felt great. I immediately fixed a hot bath and soaked in it for a while when we got home.
Some of you may be asking "WHY so many miles?!" Well, last year, before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, DH and I had planned to do the bike trail at in Wellsboro, PA (also known as the Grand Canyon of PA) which is 62 miles long. Unlike yesterday which involved riding up and down a mountain, this path is flat......VERY flat. This is good because my hamstrings and quads will not be streaming as they were yesterday. The bad part about this ride is that there is no down time. We will be constantly pedaling. We plan to get lunch items at the beginning and then ride about 30 miles before we stop for lunch. There will be one more stop for dinner at a great place close to the end of the trail. We are estimating the entire ride to take eight hours with the two 1-hour stops to eat. I am excited about this ride. It is a goal I can get done. An item on the bucket list that will be marked off this year! OH YEAH! WOO HOO!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, two days after my 25.4 mile ride, DH and I went for an 18 mile ride. I also did weights in the morning and taught yoga that afternoon. My body is screaming for "another" day off so....I am listening to it. Yesterday AND today will be rest days
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