No matter what sport you are in love with at the time a little voice in you grows and with this voice dreams are made. You convince yourself that just taking part in the sport itself is enough but deep down you know this is not so. Your desire grows and you want more… you want to be stronger… you want just a little bit more.
This past week’s riding has been a week of listening to that voice. I have had rides that I pushed and last night I even did a “recovery ride” that I did not like so much. My legs were saying..go..go…goooo but I stuck to the plan and maintained the target pace I set. In the future I will have the recovery ride following my longest, hardest ride. Last night was a test run.
I do however realize more and more that I am on the wrong bike. Size and build are all wrong. It is doable for now but as soon as I hit the lottery or find another money tree I will be replacing it with bike that is correct to my size and type of riding. After some research I have narrowed it down to 3 types of bikes. All are built specific for woman. Just the research alone gets me very excited!
On Monday I am taking the day off and will be one of the hundreds or cyclist lining up for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Marion.
Brief description of course:
Just after crossing into North Carolina, the climbing starts off with a bang! As the miles go by, the climbs gets longer and harder and the corners get sharper. Bill’s Mountain comes up at about the 45 mile point. This hill has about 1000 feet vertical of climbing in less than one mile. It is the first place that we really separate the strong riders from the rest of the pack! Onward you go, still up and down with the hills while you can now see the real mountains still looming off in the distance. As you near Marion and the end of the Marion part of the tour, you will start up the final set of stair case climbs that seems to never end. Finally at the top you are on the last high speed downhill to the Marion Finish line which is very fast and has sharp curves with very steep drop off over the left side of the road.
I am really looking forward to pushing it a bit and seeing what I can do.
Until then.... keep dreaming...