July 16, 2013 239 lbs
I started later than usual but because it was only an hour and a half workout, I knew I had plenty of time before sunset.
My plan was simple; to go as far as I could to the halfway point, then turn around and come back. See? Simple!
But as I rode on, I was able to concentrate on my pedaling and reminded myself to push through the pain. I was reminded of a quote I read in Born to Run by Christpher McDougall;
“Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone."~Ken Chlouber, Founder of Leadville 100 mile race.
I was not going 100 miles yet, but boy were my legs tired! Also, there was a strong headwind that required a bit of extra effort. I kept eyeing my watch to see when the halfway point was and I realized that I was far enough on the trail that I might as well just loop around, past the dam. That had to be some kind of record! I made a mental note to check Strava when I got home.
As I rode around I kept thinking, "Man, I hope I don't bonk before the run!" I ended up getting nine personal records this ride. I thought it felt faster.
I got back to the parking lot of the Arcadia Golf Course and did a T2 transition, changing my biking shoes for my Merrell running shoes and my helmet for my hat and putting the bike in the car.