Post - Long Ride Reflection
Today I rode 4-1/2 hr. I was planning for 6 hr but my Pastor needed help so I decided to cut it. Then later did I found out he didn't need my help at all.
That's ok. By the third hour, my legs were toasting. The coach suggested a 4-1/2 hr ride. Tomorrow I got a 2 -/2 hr run. So I figure I just follow the plan.
I always thought I reflect on a long ride. After all, you are on the road for hours. In reality when I ride to train, I don't reflect at all. My brain is in training mode. This means focus on cadence, form, heart rate, nutrition, repeating body check up (when was the last time I pee, when was the last time I ate, how much did I drink, how my legs are feeling etc.). Must be some sort of limited brain capacity :).
Ok..so I guess I enjoy the post-long ride reflection ;).
What I am going to say might or might not make sense. I just want to jot this down before I lose the thought.
Part of the route I rode was not pave at all. It was gravel. It sucks. I felt like I was riding cyclocross.
I was thinking maybe I could have taken another route. The route was badly maintain. Why can't that route be all pave?
What if this is the route I was meant to ride on. There is no other choice. It might suck for a bit. But that's ok.
I will get through the mud and the sand. I will get through the potholes.
I will get through it.
I wish the weather was more forgiving. Today I was riding in 9*C - 12 *C (48*F - 53*F) with a slight drizzle. First two hours my toes were numb. I was thinking of bailing the ride in the first 30 min. I did dress warmly (smart move) :).
I never saw a rider out there. I did saw a runner and I waved at her (misery loves company). The weather didn't bothered me too much. Or maybe I have other life things I am thinking about...the weather I just accepted it and move on.
And moving on...part of the mind would not....it makes up a lot of reasons for reminescing the past. It can be scary b/c it can lead me to not accept reality. I don't like getting hurt just like anyone else (right, this is coming from a guy who ride 4+ hours :D). But sooner or later, a part kicks in and say, 'Cliff, you gotta move on.'
Accepting and moving on...so that's where I am in my life. I had my up and my down moments. The peaks and the valleys. End of one chapter and the beginning of the next. I will guarantee one thing. I will never stop and always be spinning.
Tonight, sleep early, rest well. Tomorrow 2-1/2 hr run before church....