Originally Posted by towsonmama
My running partner and I tried to keep it really slow since it was just a training run and I think we finished in 2:10 or so.
: Sure...keep it really slow...just 2:10 or so.
You know I did my last half in 2:06 and it was downhill and I thought I was gonna die, right?? You are getting SO fast!!
bbm~Great race report! Way to go! I know it's a little disappointing when you don't quite hit your goals, but that just gives you something to shoot for next time. That's still a VERY respectable time!
rr~I'm back from my "epic" ride. I say "epic" (with the quotes) because it's not like I went out and rode 200 miles or anything, but it was still kind of epic for me! I SO wanted to chicken out on doing this. I'm such a wuss about going out and doing something that I've never done before unless there's somebody else with me, but none of my friends were available to ride today. I got up this morning, got dressed, sat on the couch, ate some breakfast, checked my email, tried to come up with a good reason not to go...nope, couldn't come up with anything. So, I packed the car up and headed out. The ride I did is a very popular training ride around here, so I knew at least there would be plenty of other cyclists out there on a Saturday morning, so if I rode off the side of the mountain, there would probably be someone around to see it and call for help.
I actually met up with a super nice couple in the parking lot down at the bottom. They were planning a longer, loop ride, but were nice enough to ride with me for the first few miles and give some advice about the ride. After that it was up, up, up. It's a 10 mile ride to the top, at an average of a 6-8% grade. It wasn't nearly as steep as the hill I rode in my race last weekend, but it was a whole lot longer. At one point, I latched onto a couple of guys that were going about my speed and rode with them for awhile, but they pulled off to rest and I kept going. It was SO beautiful. I took some pictures on the way down, I'll have to get them up on the website and post here when I do. At the top, there's an old school house where the locals have set up a Cyclist Rest Stop. It's awesome, they have picnic tables and benches, a port-o-potty, and coolers that they keep stocked with gatorade and water (they just ask for a donation). I hung out there for about 10 minutes to let my legs recover, then headed back down. The top part of the descent was a little scary. I had some serious speed and there were a ton of hairpin turns. My brakes got a good workout! About halfway down, it straightened out and I just let it fly. What a great ride! A total of about 21 miles, the first 10 took me an hour and a half, the second 10 took me half an hour!