I met up with 3 other Team Triumph members this morning for a long ride (well long ride for me). Riding this morning were Mike G, Dee, and Candace. Keep in mind that up to this point I have between 100-150 bike miles under my belt and have never rode in a group (other than a race). No that is not how many miles I have this week but this year. And longest ride to date has been 15 miles so I knew I was setting a PR in distance today. We got all set and off we went.
We rode on some nice country rodes that didn't have much traffic at all. I settled in, as the last rider and was doing good for the first 15 miles. I was starting to get tired and fell back a little (O.K a lot). So we get to 17 miles and I had a thought that hey maybe we are doing a loop and we will be doing about 30 miles. Of course we live in a world of reality and I knew this was an out and back course. I got to 20 miles and I was so hoping that they turned around. Well about a mile later Dee and Candace turned around. Mike is training for Ironman half World Championships so he was going longer and then hitting us on his way back (yes he is that fast). I turned around and started back the other way. So I am tired but I know I am 20 miles from my car and the fastest way back was to suck it up and go. The ladies went ahead and circled back when I fell to far back. We stopped for a few minutes at mile 28 and I drank all my gatorade. I pushed again for the next 4 miles and then it really hit me that I was spent. Mike caught us at this point and asked if I ate anything on the bike. I had not so he gave me a GU that I gladly accepted. He let me know that we ONLY had about 9 miles left. Those 9 miles were very hard and I let Mike know I knew the way back so he and the girls went ahead a little but Mike would circle back to see if I was OK. Finally I saw the school where my car was and it was a great feeling knowing I just completed 41.5 miles.
Well it is 2 1/2 hours later and I am happy to be sitting on a recliner with my laptop watching NFL football. I burned many calories today but I think I ate about 1/2 of them back already.
It was nice to push myself on this ride I do think I bit off more than I could chew and hope I didn't mess up the groups workout too much in doing so.
What did I learn today?
I need to buy a cycling jersey to hold food for the ride. (UPDATE: Kim came home with a cycling jersey today for me. I think she likes me).
I need to buy aero bar water bottle.
Don't do the whole ride with the chain on the top ring (front).
Find slower team members (this might be hard).
The numbers. I forgot to turn off for the 5 minute stop.