Original title. I know.
I just finished my first 50 mile bike ride.
This is what I figured out
- I think I live in the hilliest city in the world
- The race course is also hilly, so I just need to embrace this, be thankful, and quit bitching about it
- I had to dismount twice (within the same few miles) for a monster of a hill that had a few spots to catch my breath on, but ultimately I just couldn't make it up the whole thing.
- Most hills look worse than they really are
- I rode two long streches of road twice each because they had nice shoulders, but mentally it was challenging. Next time I just want to do an out and back, or a loop.
- I made a major mistake of bringing a ton of protein, but barely any carbs
- Next time I’m going to try pieces of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the first half. I don’t think my body will like taking in nothing but perpetuem and gels for five to six hours straight. I need sustenance. Just need to figure out what it should be. Any other suggestions for this? please please pretty please.
- The typical sore spots (vaj-jay-jay, neck) didn’t start getting sore until around mile 40 which means the threshold for uncomfortableness is rising. yay.
- I really really need people to ride with. That was lonely.
- The onset of a bonk on the bike is FAR more dangerous than while running
- Intersections on a hill can suck it
- Why do some people not give you any room even when there is no oncoming traffic?
- 49.37 miles/4:03
- average moving pace was only 12.2 but I wasn’t focusing on time.Simply on getting it done. Hopefully this will come down as I get stronger.
- 2501 ft in elevation gain
- This is according to Garmin and sometimes I really wonder about the accuracy. Today, I believe it.
- 140 av bpm