Kelly the Culinarian: Thoughts on my Solo Almost Century

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Thoughts on my Solo Almost Century


I sometimes forget I'm training for a Ironman and have less than three months until I try to tackle 140.6 miles in Wisconsin. Maybe it's a selective memory? Or self preservation? Either way, I already feel behind on training and the fact that a moving company is taking Suzie Slice away from me in three days is weighing heavily on my mind.

So this morning, I woke up at the ungodly hour of 4:30 a.m. and set out for my own personal century ride. I had no plan, just to get on my bike and do what I could. Some parts were easy, some parts were terrible, but I did log 92 miles before lunch and barely have any scars from the experience.
Here are some thoughts from more than five hours by my lonesome: 

I really like the Moxie jersey I got at the Esprit de She triathlon. It's quite flattering, it didn't ride up and the pockets were accommodating.

Wind is the worst thing ever. At mile 42, if I had someone to call, I would have, the wind was that bad.

Reese's Pieces are the best treat ever. Turned my day around, no doubt. I was sitting on a curb, contemplating how I would get home through the mind-numbing wind when I wandered into a 7-11. I bought the treat and it made all the difference.

Salt is ah-mazing. I can't even express how much I love salt after a hard workout.

Thank goodness for the gas station attendants who chose to ignore the $5 minimum credit card charge because it's impossible to carry all the water you need for a 5+ hour workout, but I can't carry $5 of water.

Ditto on food. I ate: a banana, a nut bar, a fiber bar, a gu, a king-sized bag of Reese's pieces and a bottle of powerade zero. Then devoured a giant lunch and two vats of Diet Pepsi in the process. Still hungry ...

This is a long time to be alone with your thoughts. 

3 comments:

Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog said...

Ha! I haven't had Reese pieces (or a candy bar for that matter) in ages!! I bet they were yummy :) And I bet they were amazing fuel for the Ironbitch :)

Do you listen to music or anything when you ride? You don't when you run, do you?

Losing Lindy said...

The wind was horrible! We were out at the pool in the afternoon and it was miserable...and we were only in the pool

Jamie said...

Congratulations on your almost century ride! Riding in the wind is horrible, but it makes you stronger!