The Training Continues....

07.17.2009"Yesterday, I decided I would go out and ride my bike to get some miles in which would help train for the two triathlons I am doing in August. I didnt know how far I was going to go, I just knew that I needed to get out of the confines of my house and get on the road, the place where every care in the world gets thrown out, and its just me, my bike, and the sunny sky. Its too bad I didnt leave the house until about 10:45 am because as soon as I stepped out of the house I thought, ""crap its hot, I should have started earlier"". Not to mention the wind was blowing so it felt like I was cycling in a hot hair dryer. After riding around ten miles I decided I was going to ride to the gym where I workout, take a break there, and then ride back. Thankfully, there were no close calls with getting hit by cars. Though I have never gotten hit by a car, there have been a few occassions where it was a close call. Thats one of the dangers and disadvantages of riding by yourself, you are definitely less noticeable on the road. But at the time, I was aware of a different disadvantage. It is a whole lot harder to ride by yourself then with a group of people. This is true for a few different reasons. If you are by yourself you cant switch off with leading, you are always in front, tackling the wind. Therefore, this makes it harder because you have nobody taking away any of the wind or air resistance, making the ride more painful....

I eventually made it to the gym. I remember thinking, ""why did I ride here, because I know now I have to ride back....."". I was exhausted so I decided to get a couple Powerades to help get some carbs and electrolytes in me before heading back home. After getting a little bit of rest, I made my way back home, totaling up the mileage of the day at just over 27 miles. It was pretty decent day, not as many miles as I was hoping to do, but it was definitely a challenging ride which is exactly what I needed. I hope I can continue training hard in order to succeed and improve in the near future.

I hope all is well. Be safe and make good choices!"