Monday, June 17, 2013

60 Mile Ride

We, yet again, hit a new bike PDR this weekend! 60 miles of fun, and elevation gain.

Big hills

It seems like most people didn't get my attempt at humor when I wrote about 56 miles being "only" 56 miles. I definitely think that it is a long distance, though in time it will feel short, and 60 miles is a huge accomplishment for us. 

Mike and I set out with a different route in mind yesterday, though. We have this goal of riding around all of the thirteen Finger Lakes (there are 11 major and 2 minor).  We have already ridden around two of them: Conesus and Honeoye.  This weekend we thought we would knock another one off of the list, Canandaigua Lake.

Canandaigua Lake is special to us. We got married at the top of the lake in Canandaigua in Kershaw Park, which is ironically where triathletes go to do open water swims and where the Finger Lakes triathlon is held every year (we were not runners or triathletes when we got married).

And I guess people bring their horses in the lake too

The gazebo where we got married

We ended up not riding right by where we got married because we changed the route about 12 miles into the ride. It was already really hilly, and we weren't even on any of the rated hills yet (if we had done our intended route we would have had over 2,000 feet of elevation gain). 

The route turned into an out and back, the easiest option so that we didn't get lost, and we rode down into Naples at the bottom of the lake.  What we didn't know is that even though we did cut out worse hills, there were still two rated hills on our ride.  Going down those hills was fun, going up them not so much. Let's just say my slowest mile in the entire 60 mile ride was 7:49 (7.7 mph) going up the first rated hill and my fastest mile was 2:16 (26.3 mph) going down the first unrated big hill (with the downhill of the first rated hill not far behind).  

We only encountered a few other problems on the ride, first there was this dog that jumped out at us on the way to Naples.  I saw him come crashing down the hill from his house and try to chase Mike, and after I went by him he did the same thing to me.  Needless to say on the way back I kept my eyes peeled for him and just as I thought he might not be outside anymore, he jumped out at us.  He was closer to us this time since we were on the same side as his house and I had to ride into the road to get away from him. The scream I let out was probably in the top five of my lifetime. 

Unfortunately, then I was scared of a bunny crashing through the woods a little while later. 

The other problem that we encountered was my first popped chain during a ride. Mike was in eyesight of me when it happened, but unfortunately he didn't hear me yelling for him.  After it happened I pulled over and got off my bike. I don't know how to fix a popped chain, yes I am going to learn now, so I just stood there staring at it.  I could tell that's what the problem was because it was hanging there loosely, but I didn't want to attempt to fix it by myself in case I made it worse. 

Luckily, this happened right near a pull off where people go fishing and this fisherman heard me yelling for Mike and came to see what happened. I asked if he knew how to fix a chain, and he said that he hadn't done it since he was younger.  He attempted to fix it anyway and luckily it worked!  In Mike's defense he does come back or wait for me if I get too far behind, and this was the first time we have had any issues like this happen, and he was on his way back to look for me.  I caught up to him and we continued on our way.

It's hard for me to describe how proud I am of us. Mike and I work really hard at this and sacrifice a lot to become better triathletes, some people think we're crazy and others look at us with admiration. We're just two regular people who fell in love with this sport and way of life and we're on our way to making our dream a reality. 

60 miles is over the distance the we need to ride for our 70.3 in about a month. Even though it was tough with the hills, the wind, the rain, the popped chain and the dog, I had an amazing time and the time in the saddle flew by even though we were out there for more than 4 hours. I have a goal now for the bike leg of Musselman, which is challenging as well but has less elevation gain than the route we did yesterday, and I know I can achieve it.

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 60 miles!! What an amazing feat to conquer. You absolutely should be proud of yourself. And as you add distance you really do start putting the word "just" in front of distances that most people wouldn't dream of doing. I definitely did that when I was marathon training. After the race I'd go our for 10-12 mile long runs and thing, "ah, just 11 miles today"! I think we're all just a little nuts. And about the animals, it makes me nervous riding where there are little critters. I was on a group ride two weeks ago and a squirrel ran out in front of one of the guys, and he definitely grazed it and it flew up into the air at least 3-4 feet above his head, flipped, and then landed. I saw him scurry off though, so I think he made it.

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    1. Mike said that he clipped a squirrel on one of our rides too, the thing just ran right in front of him! He said he saw him run off too, though.

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  2. That is an awesome accomplishment! Congrats on the PDR. It's awesome that the route took you through your wedding venue! :)

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  3. Way to go!! 62 miles was the furthest I ever road and it was such a blast. Also, Central NY is so beautiful!! What a great place to ride! I went to Syracuse for college and value any vacations that I get to travel back up there. Awesome day!
    ~Ang

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  4. I am SO proud of you!!! That is a great distance! With the swimming leg being first, I have NO doubt that you'll be fine on your ride during the 70.3! :) Gorgeous pictures! Amazing job, guys!

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  5. 60 miles is awesome- way to go! The finger lakes are so beautiful. Such a great way to get those miles in!

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  6. Just found your blog recently and was excited to see that you're originally from Maine! Yay! 60 miles is definitely a big deal! I remember when I first started riding when 10 miles felt like forever. I've had dog run after me while riding before and its definitely scary! This past weekend I had two turkeys try to cross the road in front of me and then about 5 miles down the road a flock of geese were trying to cross the road too! Good luck with your training! :-)

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  7. 60 miles is HUGE! Congrats on the PDR! I'd be up the creek if my chain came off. Oy.

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  8. So proud of you!!! My husband squirts his water bottle at dogs to keep them away and he says it works pretty well. He also yells at them to stay which I find silly, but sometimes they liste. ;) That is a LOT of elevation gain! I'm a total wimp on the hills. Finally after climbing for what seemed like 20 straight miles on my long ride, I threw in the towel and literally stopped my bike 1/4 mile from the end of it. I mean, then I got back on, but it was the first time I ever just couldn't keep going on a bike. So what I'm saying is way to push through it girl!!

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  9. I know that 56 miles is just a perspective LOL, it is just simply amazing to me. I'm glad you got this in. You made it through and that is all that matters. Nice job.

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    1. Haha, I just wanted to clarify that I still don't think it is short. :)

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  10. Wow. What a beautiful ride and congrats on the new PDR. You two continue to inspire and amaze me.

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  11. Congrats on the new PDR. I can managed dropped chains, but after helping change three tires (once at the end of trainer season and two flats recently), I'm still intimidated by flat tires. Glad the fisherman was able to help you get on your way. Those longer rides are a lot better when you are with other people (whether in a race or riding with someone). I really start to lose the mental battle when I am alone for long periods of time.

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  12. Congrats on a new PDR! I'm so jealous you get to bike around the Finger Lakes reason. As I get further and further into this sport, I've started to realize just how perfect Upstate is in terms of training--swimming in the open water, biking on quiet roads, you name it. Can't wait to see you kick butt when Musselman rolls around!

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  13. Congrats on your new bike PDR! It sounds like it was a beautiful ride.

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