Worth the Climb

Cycling outside is so much better than a stationary bike and today was a perfect day to ride outside. Low 60’s when we started with light overcast. The sun came out but it stayed in the mid 60’s, just perfect. I met a friend this morning and road 24 miles. We ride about the same pace so it was a good team. We also took turns leading, which really helped me push on the hills. When I was leading I wanted to make sure I was riding fast enough so he wouldn’t ride past me. When he was leading I made sure I was close enough to draft. The hills were in abundance on this loop through pastures and farms. My maximum speed was 35 miles per hour, one of my fastest times I am able to recall. Of course in order to go that fast downhill, we had to climb up. And that we did. For my first ride back on the road since my injury, I was pleased with my time. Over all I averaged 15.2 miles per hour. I consider it my base pace and only have upward to go. My pace on the flats usually is 17.5 to 20 miles per hour, where I need improvement is in climbing. Riding outside and with others should help my climbing.

When I finished I made a quick shoe change, put my bike in the SUV and headed out for a little run to get my legs adjusted to running off the bike. I wore my stiff ankle brace on the ride so I was set to run. My run was 1.5 miles. I noticed two things on the run – my right hamstring burns a bit within the first quarter mile but works out by a half mile and both quads wanted to cramp after a mile. It was modest and I ran through it. These are two things I want to overcome. Last year I cramped terribly on the run in the half ironman race I did. I am hoping these brick workouts will strengthen my legs for the run and I will experiment with different nutrition items – potassium and sodium being key.

Climbing hills, like life’s challenges, is not always something I want to rush to do. But with more experience climbing, I will get stronger and be able to tackle more hills (or challenges) of even greater degree. Cruising downhill is exhilarating, but it is even more rewarding when it follows a steep climb. Riding the flats is fast, but after some time it gets a little monotonous. Mixing it up and experiencing hills, downhill and flats – just like the various experiences in life – prepares me for the challenges to come. One thing is for sure, while I am keeping an eye on the road for hazards I will not forget to look around at the beautiful scenery. It is going by fast and I want to appreciate the journey.

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.

2 thoughts on “Worth the Climb

  1. Hey Elisa!

    So apparently there’s this “Liebster Award” that I happen to think is a way to get blogs with less than 200 followers some traffic (a bit of a “pay it forward” approach). I nominated your blog because I honestly believe in what you have to say and wanted to put thought into my nominations, even if this isn’t an actual award (who knows).

    Here are the rules that come with it, as I understand them:

    1) Choose five up and coming blogs to give the Liebster award to. Blogs must have less than 200 followers.
    2) Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
    3) Post the award on your blog.
    4) List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve received the award.
    5) List five random facts about yourself

    Anyways, thanks for writing great stuff. You deserve the recognition (and clicks that’ll come with it). I know it takes great big ol’ stones to share your journey with a load of strangers 🙂


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