Unprepared? Untrained? Biking 150 miles this weekend? I guess you could say my confidence level has increased over the years. I signed up for a 150 mile bike ride many months ago. And, I haven’t really started training yet. I mean I rode 10 miles a couple times now. No big deal, right?! I actually don’t really know what I have been waiting for. Am I really biking the Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour this weekend unprepared?
I was super excited about this race when my friend and I signed up. I love a good fitness challenge and I thought this was it for sure! I am not a bicyclist and haven’t ever been in a cycling event, especially a super long distance one. The Scenic Shore 150 is a local event benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which raises money to support the therapies and treatments of blood cancer patients. I am always motivated by events that raise money for causes. Actually, that is the reason I signed up for this race. My best friend’s dad is a survivor of this cancer. Her and her husband biked it last year. I guess part of the reason I haven’t trained is because she is unable to do the race with me now. Although not everyone is jumping up and down to ride 150 miles with me, I did manage to talk my friend/training partner into it. I assured her that our training, lifting, running, and active lifestyle would be enough to get us through this race unprepared…I just hope I am right!
A couple weeks ago it hit me hard that the event was just around the corner. At this stage in the game, I thought I would see what I needed to do to prepare. I took to the internet to read some articles on long distance cycling. As I am reading through some long distance bike training articles, the same words keep coming up “give yourself enough time…train for at least 12 weeks if you are new to long distance cycling…” There are a lot of cycling training plans for 8/12/20 weeks…but I can’t seem to find any 2 week plans. EEEK!
So here’s the deal…I actually don’t really know what I am doing. I don’t have the cycling shoes or one of those fancy bike shirts. The only thing I have going for me is I got a new TREK bike for my birthday so at least that’s more on point than my previous $88 bike. I haven’t trained properly for riding 150 miles over two days and I’m not really sure what to expect. But I’m gonna do it. Ready or not….. Prepared or not!
Yesterday, we got our longest ride in ….. 30 miles! It was a nice ride along the Heritage Trail from Dubuque towards Dyersville, Iowa. Physically and mentally, I feel like am ready to ride 75 miles each day. I know preparation is the key to any fitness event, but endurance (physical & mental) is going to get us to the finish line. I really never stopped training for life by lifting, running, staying active. I also haven’t gotten too far off my healthy eating so my nutrition and fuel is right on point for endurance.
Most of the ride will be along Lake Michigan so it will truly be a beautiful scenic route. A downfall to the view might be the extreme Heat indexes that are projected for this weekend. Obviously it’s not going to be easy but we need to remember what the purpose of the ride is. I am positive the potential leg cramping, super sore bottom and chafing, along with sweating profusely is no constellation to the cancer patients who fight everyday a battle far beyond a 150 mile bike ride. I ride for a cure. No matter if I’m prepared or not.
#FindYourStrength and ride for a cause
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I write blogs about my accomplishments, my failures, my doubts, my goals, and my inspiration. But, it’s really not about me. It’s about real life and the challenges we each face and continuing to find your strength along the way. I want to inspire people, but I also want them to see the real me. I am just a normal person trying to do the best I can with what I was given. This is my journey and you have yours. Nobody is perfect…all the time. We all suck at things. -Mary Sheckler
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