Back to my ride last night: Met up at 5:30 for the ride. Prenavi did her first half marathon this last weekend (in the rain - extra badass). And I have my upcoming 100 miles. And Brie is just back from getting married a couple weeks ago. So the whole idea was to take it easy.
|Walter and his harem looking fresh and ready to go!|
I fought the hills the whole way out to Meadows Ford, but then enjoyed the long downhill to the creek. Then we turned around and headed back into town. I knew the hill coming out of the bottoms was going to suck. I made it up the first part, but then it turns and continues up (hate those) and about half way up the second part, my heart was pounding out of my chest and I couldn't catch my breath and I was in a near panic attack. I stopped mid-hill and leaned over my handle bars just trying to breathe. It SUCKED! And it didn't do anything for my confidence for this weekend. Brie was so kind and swung back to wait with me and then cranked up the hill slowly after I got my breathing and heart rate back under control. I felt like such a giant pussy!
Made it back to Edgewood and knew that we really only had one more hill (up to 179 again) and the rest would be downhill and flat. I was thanking God we didn't have any further than that to go. Got back to Prenavi's apartment with 19 miles under our belts. Even the final little hill up to her parking lot was a bit of a booger. We visited for a bit on Walter's tailgate and then went inside for a fruit slushie/smoothie type concoction. Prenavi is totally into juicing and living on fruits and veggies. I enjoyed visiting for a bit and then headed for home.
Continuing to feel nervous about this weekend, but have been given lots of encouragement on FB, etc. I don't want to let all the folks that donated down. I don't want to let the memory of my father down. And I want to finish this for all the times that a big hairy ass goal like this has tried to get the better of me. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I was scared shitless. I hope SuperKate is right and that last night was just me getting my "bad ride" out of the way so I can ride great this weekend. Many prayers for her and all the great Team Virtus guys too as they tackle their 200 mile gravel nemesis.
Swimming = 10,000 yds = 5.7 mi
Biking = 736.6 miles
Running = 92.0 miles