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Twenty Miles
Today I tried to meet up with a local bicycle club for their wednesday evening ride. Unfortunately, I couldn't find them! Either they switched times, switched meeting locations, or all bailed because it had been raining all day. Number three sounds extremely unlikely, especially since the rain had (barely) stopped by the time the ride was supposed to start, so I figure it must have been one of the first two.

So disappointing! However since I was all geared up and ready to ride, I still took myself for a longish ride. It wasn't as much fun as a group would have been though, of course. But at least I went. I'm proud of myself for not backing out; I almost let the rain stop me. But it only sprinkled a tiny bit while I was riding, hardly at all, and despite the wet pavement it was nice out.

I went twenty miles, which sounds like a small amount to my bicycle-vacation focused brain, but felt like a huge amount to my winter-acclimated butt. My sit bones hurt sooo much by the end of the ride, every bump and pothole made me wince and cringe. I can't wait until my bottom is conditioned to bicycling again.

I took myself to a sandwich shop on my way home. I ordered a chicken and broccoli sub, and the guy at the counter started making small talk with me while we waited. "So, are you filling yourself up for a ride?" I was wearing my helmet and bike gloves and such.

"Nope, I just finished. This is my reward!"

"That's great, how far?"

"Twenty miles."

"Twenty... TWENTY? Twenty miles doing what?" I looked confused, but he was just busy being astounded out loud. "You went twenty miles on your bicycle?! No way, I can't believe it. I could maybe see riding four...."

He shook his head in amazement. I smiled happily. That kind of reaction makes up for my sore butt, and quells the little voice in my head telling me I should have gone farther. I assured him that yes indeed, I had just ridden twenty miles.

We chatted more about my ride, and about riding in general. It was funny, how amazed he was. Made me feel good, and it was a fun conversation. Eventually my sandwich was ready, and I carried the bag in my hand for the short ride home. (I already proved in a previous ride that submarine sandwiches do not work inside of a water-bottle cage, no matter how plausible it seems.)

[Edit: Ah-ha, I found their mailing list -- they DID cancel the ride! I'm really surprised. Wimps.]


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dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: May 8th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
20 miles seems quite a reasonable amount to ride, to me. Good, but reasonable. I've walked 30 miles in a day. I've bicycled 60 miles or more in a day. Several days running.

But, oh does the butt hurt at first, yup.
madtechie2718 From: madtechie2718 Date: May 8th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Cycling (other than for leisure) seems to be more common in the UK, but even so, people are still amazed when they hear that I drive perhaps 800-1,000 miles per year and cycle 5 - 10 times that.

OK, I have to cheat a bit - I had to give up 'proper' cycling over 20 years ago after 3 slipped disks - so I have an electric-assist bike that helps me up the hills.

This still gives me a reasonable amount of exercise yet avoids aggravating my back trouble.

Traffic is such that I easily win back half an hour per day compared to driving - I cycle even if it rains, since I find getting wet preferable to thumping the steering wheel and snarling when stuck in a traffic jam...

There is one hospital I occasionally work in that is a 50 mile round trip - I have done it by bike a couple of times, but the road is sufficiently narrow, twisty and dangerous with lots of 70mph traffic that I drive there - pity as there is great scenery to cycle through. Maybe when petrol doubles *again* from the present 10 dollars per gallon...

Do you have a local Sustrans? http://www.sustrans.co.uk/
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: May 8th, 2008 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
How long were you out? I am guessing 2 hours.
lala2 From: lala2 Date: May 8th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty darn impressed with the 20 miles too!
johnridley From: johnridley Date: May 8th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it's pretty amazing. People don't even really have a concept of how far a mile is anymore; hardly anyone travels more than a few hundred feet except in a car. They think of a mile as a huge distance, but it's not really.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 8th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good job! Keep up with the riding instead of all the running. Much better for your knees.

Oh, and I've been told a good spanking every night will toughen up your "sit bones" right quick.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: May 8th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that was me. As if you couldn't tell.
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