Tahoe Training Week 12- One Of Those Rides Turned Out Ok

Greetings to you, and if you are here in Chicagoland, what a beautiful day we experienced.

If I had to pick a day for a 3.5+  hour bike ride preparing for next week’s Bike The West, today was IT! However…..


I’m in my last week of training for my 72 mile ride next month in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, today’s assignment was a rehearsal of sorts, and it started off not so good.  As I began my long haul on two skinny wheels, the distractions I encountered made my session a perfect example of the importance of hanging in there when you feel like turning back before you even get to minute 5.

After two nights of less than good sleep, and a terrible headache, this morning at 8:30 I got on my bike to the tune of “How am I going to ride almost 4 hours today?”  My poor attitude took over the first hour of my workout as I fell off my bike into the gravel, lost two of my water bottles, and my Lulu Lemon shirt which I had removed from my body due to the heat, had  fallen out of my bike holder and was nowhere to be found.  I also had trouble picking up speed for a while; I just did not physically feel myself.  As I stopped a few times, regrouped and found an interesting path to take, the effort began to be more doable and more enjoyable.  Today was definitely a day I needed a longer warm-up and I’m so happy I did not turn around too soon, because things started to look up.



The guy pictured above does not know me or the fact that he carried me for almost 20 miles.  He flew out of a subdivision near Brookfield zoo, where I was heading, and he had such a nice clip that I decided to ride on his tail for quite a while.  I even passed him a couple of times.  It’s as if we were doing a rely, and his pace and his cadence motivated me to follow his pursuit.  Adventure on!   All of a sudden my training session became fun and time was passing.  Something then mentally clicked and I was back in the game.  That’s how it is sometimes, you just have to keep going and do the work, and hopefully you will catch a little break that will shift your thoughts.  Upon reaching the zoo, I was already half way into my workout and 2 hours into my ride, my thoughts turned from doubtful to hopeful to excited.





Fortunately, my snacks had not fallen out of my jacket so I could fuel and feel even better with a little banana.  Yes- bananas are a great way to nourish during a performance ride.

According to Outsideonline.com, at about 100 calories a piece, bananas are a great source of easy-to-digest sugar and natural electrolytes. “They may not be as convenient as bars or gels, but they’re a good option for people who are looking for a natural, less-processed alternative that basically does the same thing,” says Pluhar. They’re also a favorite post-event recovery food, and for good reason: One medium banana contains 422 mg of potassium, which your body needs to regulate fluids and prevent muscle cramps and spasms. Because you sweat out potassium during physical activity, it’s important to replenish as soon as possible afterward.


Four towns, nearly four hours and various hills (not enough though) got me to a complete training session for the day.  I’m happy the “big one” is done because I have such a busy week ahead and it’s supposed to pour rain for a couple days.


That’s my training scoop.  With all that shared, I’m ready for bed and the day ahead- tomorrow on my indoor bike.

Hope you sleep well tonight, and of course keep movement a part of your life so that you can live strong and healthy through it all!


Carpe Kefi!

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