40 miles of thoughts

40 miles, 2:47:37, pretty good for my first 40 miler in 2012 (thanks to @bikepedler for catching that this said 20102)

- Just as dogs will always try to chase you when you’re on a bike, kids on their bikes will immediately increase their speed to attempt to ride with you for the 5 seconds as you pass their yard. This is universal and it doesn’t matter what type of bike the child is on, from a tricycle to a teenager on his BMX.

- When I look at a hill now, the first thing I think is “can I climb that?” and regardless of the answer, my second thought is always “I wonder if there’s a KOM out on Strava for it?”. When the answer to if I can climb it is “maybe” or “no”, I still give it a try, especially when I think there might be a KOM out there, or that around here maybe no one has ridden a bike on that hill recently.

- I rode by a prison on my bike, one I later learned was a medium-security facility with 854 men in it. Seeing the barbed wire topped fences and manned guard posts certainly made me extra appreciative of the utter freedom I was feeling.

- When people say “it’s not the heat that gets you, it’s the humidity”, it’s never truer than on the bike. i don’t mind running in humidity, I sweat more and cool down a bit that way. But 40 miles with 80 degree heat and low humidity isn’t bad at all.

- Cresting a hill bigger than any I’d see on the Rev 3 Cedar Point I realized that I’m getting to the point where a half-ironman is no longer a “just get through it” race. It’s time for me to set goals and make myself live up to them.

- Worse than a flat tire is running out of fluids. I forgot to bring cash; thankfully the mini-mart 5 miles from home hooked me up with ice and tap water til I could get a refill out of the house. 2 bottles is 2 too few for that distance.

- There are very few truly flat roads new our house, but I managed to find about 5 miles of pancake-like asphalt goodness, on which I opened it up a bit. My cardio still isn’t where I want to be, as I can’t just hammer continuously still, but I did manage to enjoy a few minutes of strong pedalling.

-  I thought about my dad a lot (My ride was on Father’s Day), how much I’ve learned from him; how he’s still providing for my mom, and helping my sister and her kids when it’s long past his responsibility to do so. I hope I’m half the dad he is when the time comes for me.

- Since I stopped home for a bottle refill I got to come home twice on this ride, and I vowed that no matter what, every place I every live will be uphill from all directions on the way home. No way to avoid climbing if the climb is home.

2 thoughts on “40 miles of thoughts”

  1. I definitely liked this :  I thought about my dad a lot (My ride was on Father’s Day), how much I’ve learned from him; how he’s still providing for my mom, and helping my sister and her kids when it’s long past his responsibility to do so. I hope I’m half the dad he is when the time comes for me. Truly an inspiration…

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