Kelly the Culinarian: Longest Ride Ever!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Longest Ride Ever!

It's no secret my Ironman Wisconsin training has sucked. I don't even know where the training plan book is anymore because I've been so wayward in following it. Basically I've decided to do what I can where I am with what I have until race day. That may mean I can't do indoor rides (my trainer is in transit) and that might mean I skimped on swimming (pools are hard to find in Seattle), but I'm doing everything in my power to at least finish the damn race. I used to want to finish the race with a smile. Now I think about it along the same lines as this joke: "What do they call the guy in medical school who graduated at the bottom of the class?" "A doctor."

Finish line or bust, baby.

So in that spirit, I set off for a full century on Saturday. I swung by Alyssa's apartment and we started our trek of a hundred miles. This was a very interesting and mostly pleasant ride. It was hot, sure, and I drank about 120 ounces of water (still not enough), but we had a great time. My longest ride to date was 92 miles any Alyssa's was 90, so this was a big day.

We saw a horse-drawn carriage in the middle of nowhere as well as a guy driving a Harley with a sidecar for his dog (I approve), as well as stopped at the best-stocked Mobil on planet Earth. Alyssa told me early on we'd have to stop at a gas station because Snickers is part of her fueling strategy. No objections here.
In all, it took us right around six hours and we averaged 17 miles per hour. My new Garmin didn't have autopause set up so the speed is a little screwy.
Is this heaven?

I ended up eating a caramel chocolate brownie Luna bar, a peanut butter and sugar sandwich and some pretzels. We also picked up sour patch kids and peanut butter M&Ms along the way, which really hit the spot. When we rolled back into the apartment, I was slightly spent, but not terribly so.  My right foot hurt on the outside because I think my shoe was too tight, and my legs felt leaden today, but I'm otherwise feeling fine.

Am I Ironman ready? Only time will tell.

5 comments:

Katie Adams said...

Glad to hear you're moving forward with training- you've got this!

Losing Lindy said...

100 miles is awesome, great job!

Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog said...

Great job! Seriously... I can't even begin to imagine 100 miles :)

Unknown said...

Congrats on the century bike ride!! I know you've been worrying and doubting yourself for the Ironman but stay optimistic because if anyone can succeed it's you!! Best of luck :)

-Irina

Zenaida Arroyo said...

Seriously you rock!!