I am still riding (pun intended) a high from this weekend’s bike ride. I learned so much about cycling and myself. It’s amazing what a few hours on a bike can do for you. So I’m presenting my top 5 lessons learned
|5 Important Lessons|
1. There’s no such thing as a comfortable bike seat – So I’m sort of joking, A year ago I bought a new bike seat, the reviews touted it as “comfortable”, ” a smooth ride”. Maybe you have to get use to it like you do with your shoes but the one body part that topped the soreness list was my glutes. OUCH!
2. I talked about it in my recap but I couldn’t have done it if it weren’t for the support of the people I was riding with. They were an amazing support team that pushed me when I needed pushing and let me slow up when I needed it. I went faster than I ever thought I could sustain.
3. I still have a half ironman on my bucket list. The biggest obstacles standing in my way before this weekend were access to a pool and my fear of the 50 mile bike ride. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of biking that much. After this weekend, 50 doesn’t seem so bad! Now I just need a pool!
4. At least around here, there’s this unspoken difference, rivalry, whatever you want to call it between cyclists, runners and triathletes. Especially on the trail I run on. I have to say, I bought into it a little bit but after this weekend, I realized bikers are people too and can be super supportive. 😉
5. After I crossed the finishline, I swore I would never do that kind of distance again and I definitely wouldn’t be jumping on my bike anytime soon but I have to say, now that I see it hanging up on it’s hooks looking all lonely, I kinda want to pull it down again. I need to get back on track with my half marathon training but I definitely will reach for it next time I need to crosstrain.
So there you have it. One fear faced and no longer impacting the way I train!
Have you faced a fear only to find out it wasn’t so bad afterall?