Why do we tend to stay in our own comfort zones as long as we do?
With the continued prescription from my PT of no running I removed my bike from the trainer and hit the road. First ride went well on Saturday and left me wanting more.
Every Tuesday a large group of cyclist gather at the same location to set out on several levels of pace group rides. I was looking forward to this ride all day until I drove into the parking lot and became extremely nervous and a bit intimidated by all of those around me. What was I thinking just jumping out there with very little road experience?!!
As my friend and I set off I made my adjustments and relaxed rather quickly. Miles of rolling hills, white picket fences, horses, and the most beautiful country areas that I could have hoped for. We finished with 29 miles and an average 14.5 mph pace. This is my longest ride to date. Not sure how to judge the pace since I have never tracked it but I felt very pleased as I stepped off the bike.
Today I am super sore. Really! I had to practically place my underwear on the floor to get them on my legs this morning. Not sure if that is from the kick butt PT workout yesterday morning, the ride last night, or both.
This Sunday I have been invited on a “bakery ride” with plenty of hills for a 35 mile ride. Already nervous that I will hold the group up but I am strongly thinking of going. Why not?! What do I have to lose? All of this riding is helping pass the time of my missed runs. I am holding out for getting the green light for some short runs maybe even this weekend.
Until then…. Saddle up!