Wednesday, October 01, 2014
My goal was to be able to ride my bike to work, work my shift, and then be able to ride home.
I had to have this done before winter set in, here in northern Illinois, it is getting cold and when the snow comes, bike riding will be all but impossible.
I am happy to say that I was able to complete my goal yesterday!
When I woke up (still crabby from the yucky Monday that I had), my first thought was that it would be so easy to put off another day....then I got my behind up and out of bed.
I had planned out a route to work mostly along a bike trail, and wasn't quite sure how much it would change my mileage. The usual way that I take home when I bring my bike on the bus is 8.5 miles...this turned out to be 9.4 miles and I made it in just over an hour.
I was so excited that I was a third of the way through my goal!
As I worked my shift, I kept reminding myself to keep moving so I didn't get stiff and sore. As the day wore on, I was starting to feel a bit worn down, but made sure I drank lots of water and ate a good lunch....I also indulged in an espresso energy gel, lol!
On the way home, I took a different route for part of the way just because of traffic. I could tell I was going a bit slower, but nothing hurt really, just felt kinda sluggish and ran out of energy quicker on the hills, but oddly, I was able to slowly pedal up hills that I had to push the bike up previously.
The route that I took home was longer 11.1 miles....
Not only did I meet my goal, 20 miles is the furthest that I have ridden in one day!
I think my next goal will be to see if I can ride that much all at once! Of course...today is a resting day, while I don't feel as bad as I was afraid of....I am fatigued all over today.
Oh and a P.S.....
My tracker says that I have now hit 1000 lifetime miles!
Woot! Go me!