According to my MotionBased account history, I haven’t gone for a ride on my bike since August 8th, 2006. I got caught up in moving to the new pad, and before I knew it winter was upon us and the bike was put away. Work and a number of other things got in the way, too, but knowing how much I miss it I’ve determined that I’m going to try and get back into decent condition so I can attempt again the 62-mile, if not the 100-mile Ironman Bike Ride this year. I’ve got my work cut out for me, tho, based on my quick ride today. Today, about the same time as last year, I begin my path to Ironman…albeit with more of a whimper than a bang, as I just rode to/from work, but it was a start!
I was going to ride my bike to/from work today, until my washing machine went on strike last night. I called the helpful people at Sears and they had a repair guy out here the very next day. The catch? They couldn’t tell me when, within the 8am-5pm window, the repair guy would arrive. So, bike was out, I needed to be able to get home fast when necessary, so I had to drive.
‘course, the repair guy calls up while we’re out at lunch. I finish up, drive over, and in less than 5 minutes he’s determined that I’ve got a bad timer. Doesn’t have one in the truck, but when I express interest in installing it myself he replies, “You look handy enough, you shouldn’t have trouble, and you’ll get yourself back up and running as soon as possible, I’ll have the part shipped directly to you.” He leaves, I realize I can bike back to work after all!
I put on my clipless shoes, fill up the tires, clean and lube the chain and head into work. Things had dried up quite a bit, so I was able to make it into work without the mud line going up the seam of my jeans. The ride home was also pleasant, if not a bit cool.
How did it feel? Oh boy, I was huffin’ and puffin’ a lot more than usual, and you can tell there are muscles that haven’t worked much in the past year just waking up. Still, it is a start, and I’ve got a little over a month-and-a-half to get trained up. I did it (62 miles) last year, and I plan on doing it again. The real question, can I do 100 miles this year, making a perfect progression. (2005 - Completed the 30-mile Ironman, 2006 - Completed the 62-mile Ironman, 2007 - Completed the 100-mile Ironman?) We’ll see how it goes…I’m looking forward to a new piece of equipment (a new bike) here in the next week or so, which may just allow me to hit the 100-mile with little more effort than the 62-mile last year. Here’s hopin’