Sunday, August 16, 2009


This weekend had the makings of training big. Plan A was to ride 75 miles on Saturday and run 14 miles Sunday. Tri-Sharkie's plan called for an off weekend and Snips was in Colorado. This meant that I was flying solo. Time for Plan B. Find an organized ride on Sunday and run on Saturday. Great luck- Naperville Rotary Ride on Sunday. I needed 75 miles but they had 55 or 85. I decided that I would go for the 85. Because of this I shorten my Saturday run from 14 to 10 miles. Ready---Set----Go!

I got up early and headed to Waterfall Glenn. I love the trails and the shade. It was so packed already at 7 that both parking lots were full and cars up and down the road. Everyone had my idea! How cute. The run was good.

I had everything ready last night for the ride. Mixed my Infinit. Froze 1 bottle of Infinit and 1 bottle of water. I knew the heat would be on. I was actually really excited to take on the challenge. There was also a part of me that needed to do this alone because that is how it will be in November. I did not want of use any nutrition from the aid stations and make this a test bike of how I do.

I got up and got there really early with alot of time to spare. I ran into TriHardChik in the parking lot. She was doing the 55 with a friend. I got everything together and off I went to try and ride my longest bike ever.

The first 20 miles were very uneventful. The part of the course was familiar from my long rides. the were quite a few who were doing the shorter ride and I could feel their excitement with their achievement also. I did stop at the first aid station to fill my AeroBottle with really cold water. It was beginning to get hotter and the wind began to pick up.

I passed the aid station for the 55 mile turn around. No need to stop. It was shortly after that my first wrong turn occurred. After around 3 miles of not seeing anyone around, I finally decided to check the map. Oops. Soon I was back on track and into the world of endless cornfields. The wind continued to pick up and dark clouds began rolling in.

There were not many bikers on the longer ride. If I did see someone, they were flying by. Soon came my next wrong turn. I recognized faster that I was going the wrong way this time. The winds now were gusting and the air was heavier.

I did not stop at the last aid stop with 20 miles to go. The weather was beginning to make me a little nervous. With in minutes, my weather fears were happening. The wind was gusting. The rain was coming straight down. Thunder was rumbling nearby. I was going down hill and the road had gotten slick. A crosswind gusted and the back of my bike slide out from under me. I did get unclipped with only a minor bump on the elbow. The biker in front of me slide also. As fast as the bad weather came, it was gone. I used everything that I had left to get finished before another storm came along.

I was beginning to recognize the end of the ride. I was OK. I made it. I set out to do 85 miles which is my longest ride ever. According to Garmin, I rode 92 miles and averaged just under 15mph. I was thrilled. In November, all I need to do is swim 2.4mile first, ride another 20 miles, and follow it with a marathon. Whoa!!!

Waddling slowly after 92 miles on the bike................


Vickie said...

You are so way ahead of me on the bike! Why can't I do this??

Irene said...

92 miles? That's fabulous!

IronSnoopy said...

You are so on your way! I'm really proud of you for your solo ride -- and also your longest. You are the epitome of heart and soul. :-)

Awesome job, waddler!

TRISHARKIE (AKA Ronda) said...

Wow, what a ride! Great job in getting through it; sounds like it was quite a tough one today. I'll be back in full force this week and riding by your side. (Glad you are ok!)

Joe said...

Let me remember...just a week or so ago, you were concerned about the "mid-training-plan doldrums." And you hung in there.

And, boom, you hit a new level of accomplishement today!

Woo Hoo!! This is just terrific!

You made had some fought the went down...and you still got it done!

This is just huge for you... a real "stake in the ground" for your training. Way to go!!!

Duane said...

Nice job!

Shelly said...

You inspire me! good luck with your training.

ShirleyPerly said...

Woohoo! Awesome on your ride and in less than ideal conditions there towards the end. It must be too hot in my area as there seem to be no organized long rides (grrrr). I'm having to ride solo and unsupported for at least half my rides these days ...

Lindy said... are nothing short of amazing!!!!

Running Jayhawk said...

I was out there too and had to cut back from 55 to 40 (ended up around 45 after getting lost) due to GI distress. Combine that with the head and the end result wasn't pretty for me.

TriHard said she saw you in the morning! It would've been nice to say hi. :)