elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Country Roads

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This morning I did my last brick workout before the race. My ride was 30 miles – relatively easy but it is in my hilly neighborhood. I looked at the total elevation gained along the rolling hills – 1,493 feet. I averaged 15.7 miles per hour, considering it is taper week and I should be taking it easy I was satisfied with my pace. Along the ride I saw my friend who is training for the same race, he road a few miles with me. I must say, when I was able to draft off of his wheel it was a welcome relief. The only problem was we were approaching a hill and I lost him on the hill. I am determined to strengthen my legs for the climb so next year I won’t fall back so far.

After my ride I ran two miles to keep my legs accustomed to the transition. I felt a little tightness in my right calf within the first quarter mile but I was able to run it out quickly. The temperature was 80 degrees by the time I started my run and I still managed to keep under an 11:30 pace. Again – for an easy run the pace was satisfying.

While I do have hills to conquer on my rides and runs – in fact the last 50 mile ride I did the total elevation gain was 3,245 feet, I get to ride on some great roads. My entire ride today I was passed by no more than 20 automobiles and not one beep. Country roads tend to get kinder drivers. The scenery is fabulous – fields, farms, horses, and cows. (The aroma could be a bit better at times though…) Because of the vast stretches of land, stop signs and traffic lights are few and far between. Over the 30 mile ride today I had one traffic light (got it twice coming and going) and a total of 9 stop signs (the coming and going are counted in the number). It is a peaceful place, the climbs are tough at times but the downhills are thrilling. So much like life – challenges and thrills, but if you look around there is much to admire along the way.

Today I rode most of the same route I rode last week. It was sunnier last week and I was able to take a picture of a farmhouse beyond a soy bean field. Here is a snap shot of what I am able to see along my winding road.

My country road view.

Author: 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 “Country Roads

  1. You are a beast! Good luck on your race! I can’t wait to read about it. 🙂

  2. Country road, take me home, to the place I belong, west virginia… mountain mama….take me home country road……..:)

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