I’m so excited to write this blog about how today’s scheduled 3-hour ride, in preparation of Bike The West this June 5, surprised me!
SUPPORT AND INSPIRATION
Last night I spent too much time thinking about how hard my first, long and challenging ride would be, and I should have been pondering how my session would bring me one step closer to being prepared for race day.
As my family was embroiled in their routine for their daily departure this morning, I was able to quickly pose the question to each person, “Do you think my ride will be too hard for me?” In the back of my mind I knew I would accomplish my goal for the day, but I was fishing for exactly what they gave me, encouragement and support. My husband said, “You’ll be fine, you already have done Triathlons.” One of my daughters replied, “Mom, I wish I could do a hard workout right now, I can’t wait till Spin tonight,” my son poetically uttered, “Worrying is betting against yourself!” My jaw dropped at the positive and sincere replies my loved ones imparted on me as they were scurrying to get out the door. Their reply’s were not only encouraging, but truly a testimony to the fact that our mind is stronger than we know.
Honestly, I should not have been nervous about my long ride because Coach Jill has prepared me to this point of execution, and she keeps reminding me of this, and I keep questioning her as a result of the unknown. As I followed my nutrition routine this am and then prepped all my aids including music, BitGym and hydration drinks, I hopped on my Keiser and started to ride. The long endurance/interval ride was challenging and tiring, but not impossible. I was WORKING, but it dawned on me as I hit hour 2 that my strength training and nutrition leading up to today had gotten me ready for today. The squats and lower body power workouts I had been doing for the past two months had strengthened my legs, and my nutrition had fueled me to perform. JILL- “You are always right!”
Aside from being prepared physically, the workout was designed, with warm-up, endurance, intervals and smooth spinning, in segments that made it doable for me to accomplish the workout. YES! Thank you again for doing your homework Jill.
HOW I ATTACKED THIS 3-HOUR RIDE
My form and heart rate were the main focus. I engaged my core every 10 minutes and scooted my self front and back quite a bit. I rolled my shoulders every 30 minutes and when my inclination was to lean forward and ride from upper body for relief, I stopped and powered through with legs. My music was all over the place, didn’t love it, but liked it, however I loved being in the Swiss Alps for this ride! Yep, Bit Gym is an app that shows visuals of various global locations, allowing you to be active watching a simulated international location. My motivation, besides the affirmations my little sweeties shared earlier in the day, was recalling on 2 videos I had previously seen. One video was showed a 104 year old woman playing golf, and the other demonstrated a 100 year old man running a 400 on a high school track! Come on, if Centenarians can successfully engage in physical activity, so can I! Additionally, I reminded myself of the distance Iron People train for in preparation of their big day- read on…
“In 1978, U.S. Naval Commander John Collins and his wife Judy issued a challenge. They proposed combining Oahu’s 2.4 mile swim race, 112 mile bike race, and 26.2 mile marathon. On February 18, 1978 fifteen competitors, including Collins, traveled to Waikiki to take on the first-ever IRONMAN challenge.”
”Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles- BRAG FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. ”
– John Collins, IRONMAN Founder
Let’s be totally serious, I have absolutely no desire to brag about an event that will take me a week to complete, actually pros do it in 4 plus hours and regular competitors are allowed up to 17 hours to finish, but I absolutely have the highest regard for an IRONMAN/WOMAN and they INSPIRE ME!
SPEAKING OF THE FINISH
I completed my 3 hour ride today, actually I did it in 2 hours 52 minutes, to the tune of a delicious BeachBody Recovery drink , stretching, shower and a slathering of DEEP BLUE on my stiff lower back and gluteus. The Deep Blue was a healing and comforting treat.
Friends, can I tell you that today’s ride confirms that I GOT THIS! Distance completed : 63 miles, and it’s only training week 5 out of 12, I rode in all the assigned zones and I feel good (actually I was shaking like a noodle post ride, but I felt much stronger and better after cool down and nutrition/Deep Blue).
Distance: 63 miles
Calories burned: 975 calories (omg most Ive ever burned in a workout- I’m still keeping to my nutrition, no cheating)
Duration: 2 hours 52 minutes
The distance accomplished today was rewarding, but it’s not enough to get the distance under my belt, I must train for distance + altitude so I can successfully ride up the mountains. I’ll just attack this plan one step at a time…..
MY FINAL THOUGHTS ON TODAY
“Your faith can move mountains, your doubt can create them.” Secrets2success
AND- Jimmy- you are 100 percent correct in saying that “worrying is betting against yourself,” if in fact you are prepared- AND I AM!!!
Until next time…may you be inspired to move your own mountains!