On the Road Again

This morning was just perfect to get my bike back on the road, and that I did. Not a cloud in the sky and the temperatures in the mid 50’s I dusted off my road bike and headed out for a ride. The air was brisk, but I was dressed properly for it. Since this was a my first time on the bike since September, I only headed out for 15 miles. I live on the boarder of suburbia and mini-farm land. If I head west I go into suburbia, east takes me to the country. I have a route to the east I like to ride – rolling hills past farm land, horse farms and a cattle farm. The hills offer a nice challenge – for my first ride of the year I averaged 15.5 mph, which I am fine with. My maximum speed hit 28.9 mph, so that gives you a good idea of the rolling hills I faced. This route is good for 15 – 25 mile rides. Longer than that, I prefer less hills. As training season progresses it will not be uncommon for me to load my bike in my SUV and drive somewhere in order to ride…

After my ride I did a quick change into my running shoes and headed back out for a two mile run. Last year I did not do many bike to run workouts (or brick workouts in triathlon jargon) and paid for it dearly when I raced the half iron distance Rev3 in September. I had a strong bike and was on target to set a personal best record by almost a half hour. When I headed out on the run both of my quads cramped terribly within the first mile. I was frozen in pain and seriously questioning if I was going to be able to finish. I did get through the race and set a personal best, but by only 18 minutes. This year I am committed to running a few miles after every long ride to get my legs accustomed to the transition. Today it was such an odd feeling. First, I have not run after riding my road bike in over a year. I have a triathlon bike that I race with but haven’t gotten it ready for riding yet. My legs felt wobbly as I started out on the run. Second, I felt like I was barely moving as I ran. After a look at my Garmin I saw I was going along faster than I thought. I ran the two miles in under 22 minutes averaging 10:45 per mile. Not bad for my first brick, hills, and it felt like I was crawling.

I really enjoyed being back on the road again on my bike. The thrill of moving along on the road with my body as the engine is such an invigorating feeling. There were a few moments where I had a big rush of excitement as trucks drove past me and the draft pulled me along, when I road through two soy bean fields and the cross wind nearly took me airborne, and riding down the biggest hill peaking at almost 29 miles per hour. I had to ride back up that hill on my way back and the challenge was just as exciting. My base line for riding has been set, I know I will ride this route many times over the next five months, and I can’t wait to see how much stronger I get as I ride those hills. More challenges to share lie ahead.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

4 thoughts on “On the Road Again

  1. I do a brick almost every Saturday during the race season… I actually enjoy them – other than that first 3-4 minutes where the legs feel like wood!

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