March 7, 2010 I got my first 50 miler of the season in. I am a different person now than what I was a year ago. One year ago 50 miles would have been a milestone for my "biking" season. My season was typically just biking to work, and some 16 mile time trials on non-running days. Now I enjoy being outside, and going long on my bike. It was work at times, but it seems once I made my turnaround the weather was getting warmer, and I was feeling better. When you want to do 50 there is no better feeling then hitting 40. :)
Let me just mention my route. There is a lot of turns, and a lot of mini-destinations which help break up the riding. I started and did a 10 mile loop by my house. I then went to the North side and dropped off a check to my friend Dan who signed me up as a "ringer" for the final two races of the Corporate Triple Crown. :) Just kidding about the ringer part. I then headed to Lake Shore, 1/2 block away, and rode the same route I ran yesterday. At the turnaround I was over 25 miles, so I knew I was golden once I re-traced my steps. I was pretty excited I finished my 50, and was going to yell it from the top of my FB lungs, but all of a sudden got shy. Weird!!
I was able to take the puppies for a short 1.25 mile walk. I am amazed how quickly the legs recover after a bike ride. When I got off the bike I thought I was done. I took a shower, and the legs felt much better. I sat outside for another hour or so, and then headed back in.
One thought I had yesterday is I dream big, but take baby steps. I have big goals, and as I look at them from a distance, I doubt they are achievable. You know a marathon is 16+10+. That 10 + is just a series of little 1 and 2 milers that keep getting knocked off. If looked at as a whole it sure seems daunting, but when you start knocking off the baby steps it is amazing how it works out. I may not hit my goals, but I am sure going to have a good time working towards them right? I think I will anyway.
Here are my goals. I want to break 22:00 in a 5K. I don't know if it will be the one coming up. I bet for sure it will be the one after the Riverbank run. I will have time to do some track work in between training seasons. 400's!! I have a super secret marathon goal, that seems unachievable right now, but you never know. I definitely would like to P.R. at the very least.
I guess that is it for today. I don't want to write too much. :)
Hope you have a great week.