Sometimes, it's good to have a perception check on how your fitness really is. Sometimes, a perception check just turns into a reality check as you realize that you've got a long way to go before you can conquer 140.6 miles in a day. Yesterday was my reality check! The good thing is that I still have 166 days till go time!
It's really hard to find some decent riding where I live. The roads are awesome, but the traffic is really tough! I guess I'm a little scared, but I think that's an ok fear to have. Usually, I just go out and ride anyway, but for longer rides, I've decided that I'll go ride The Silver Comet trail.
The Silver Comet is a rails-to-trails project that goes from the east side of Atlanta (45 minutes from my house) all the way to Alabama and connects with the Cheif Ladiga trail for an additional 30-some miles. All in total, it's about 95 miles long! I plan on riding the entire trail one day, staying the night in Alabama, and then riding back the next day. That'll be some good training. Here's a visual of how long the trail is...
I've been pretty faithful about logging some solid trainer rides, but with incredible weather and a free Sunday, I decided to go for a long ride. After hanging out with Caffrey while Jenn got some extra sleep, I loaded up my bike and headed for the Silver Comet. I unloaded everything and took off. Wowee! I was flying! I knew that my legs were in for a longer day, so I tried to spin as much as possible. There were a ton of people on the trail, but it is wide enough that it's no big deal to pass. Here's what it looks like with one of the many tunnels that you go through.
In the end, I rode 50 miles (first of the year) and averaged right at 17mph. I'll take it as a solid training day, although it was a rude awakening of where I am as far as fitness goes. My motivation is high, and I'm still excited about training. August 25 is coming, and I'll be ready!!!
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