Afterall, I'm living a healthy active lifestyle right?
What is this "it" I'm talking about? Riding 180km in one day of course. My last chance for a decently big ride before the trip. And of course it was raining. What was I expecting?? I live in Wellington after all. Wind is nothing unusual and it seems like every weekend I go to ride the bloody rain is here why would yesterday be any different?
Did I want to ride in the rain knowing it was going to be 8 hours of discomfort? Of course not. Did I have much of a choice? Not really. Well of course I did but taking the easy option wasn't going to get me towards my goals was it now?
So I pulled my big girl pants up and got on the damn bike.
No. Extra layer on and back out there.
Again, taking the easy option wasn't going to do me any favours in the long run.
It wasn't long before I was wet. Soaked through from the waist down. Totally dry up top with my new trail runner jacket from Kathmandu (thank you Steven Provis and Kathmandu for the voucher, totally appreciate it!! And Sarah from Kathmandu Petone for all your help). So light, and so waterproof!!! A bit of an upgrade from my big yellow $2 plastic poncho I had been using. Tucked in under my t-shirt so I didn't look like a complete dork. But I'll take looking like a dork over having a wet cold torso any day.
Note to self - still need to get sun glasses (I imagine it will be sunny in Australia and I don't want to burn my retinas aye Andy Te Paa), proper cycle shorts, a new helmet. Maybe some new pedals and shoes but I was alright with my current mountain bike ones so will see how the funds go. However, if anyone needs ideas for Christmas presents for me...just saying haha
I rode into Wellington and around the bays all the way to Owhiro Bay. About 52km. A group of cyclists passed me and then I kept up with them for a wee way. Not too close though because the water from the ground was picked up by the back wheel of the last rider and if I got too close the water sprayed in my face!!! And who really wants to be sprayed in the face??
Anyway, the last person was from Change Fitness. I knew that because it said so on the bike pants. Hhhhmmm I think I'll get my business name on some bike pants. Or my website...something to think about. And do!!! Remember, results come with ACTION not just thinking about it.
For a few kilometer's I felt like one of the group, I felt like I belonged. It was motivating. No longer did I feel like a lone wolf like Alan from The Hangover. I was part of the pack. And then they were gone. But for that brief moment in time it was awesome. Imagine what it's going to be like in Australia when I actually am part of the group and I'll know people and they'll actually talk to me!!!
So I found a tree to huddle up under and have my first rest stop, and of course do my Facebook Live. This one was about the real issue of snot as a cyclist and how I had to deal with it and still pretend to be a lady at the same time. Curious? Check out the video. I'll have to think on how I'm going to handle that riding as part of a group. Dilemmas.
By the time I got to the bottom of Ngauranga Gorge the sun was out!!! I was still wet but could feel the warmth. I navigated my way through the townships on SH1, I wasn't crazy enough to ride on the motorway! and by the time I got to Anna and John's house in Mana I was dry!!! Winning!!!! Anna wasn't there so I didn't get to catch up with her but John and Lyle were busy in the back yard. Lyle took a break and kept me company while I had some lunch and told me some cool stories, about a cycling goal of his (I hope he does it it would be such an achievement and so cool if he did) and also about a lady he met who is walking from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island raising money for Make a Wish. What an amazing lady!!! I bet she's having some awesome adventures and seeing some really cool sights. I wish her all the best, what an achievement!!
Then I was there. "Paekakriki Hill (the steep side)" as Strava reports it. I'd never done it before but I was ready for the challenge. I'd done about 102km by that stage. Nothing to do but get on with it right?
So I did, swore at a few cars that got way too close as they sped by and made it to the top without stopping.
Remember the niggly knee? Well by this time it was full on screaming at me!!!
So I limped home and tried to ignore the pain. Trying to work out if I could fit in another few kilometers by turning left at Haywards and biking to the top of Upper Hutt or if I should stop trying to ignore my knee. I decided that it was more important to me to make it to Melbourne so I graciously (but not so graciously) conceded defeat this time round and went home.
Established it was my IT Band causing me grief, Trish has been telling me about this for ages and I haven't been doing my stretches or strength exercises. Lot's of excuses about time (or lack of) but I really should work on that. I'm harping on at my clients enough about not making excuses maybe I should practice what I preach.
Massage booked, exercises sorted now I just have to do them!!!
So no, I didn't make the 180km. I felt really good and could've kept going thanks to fuelling well and good supplements (guys, you really can't get away from supplements if you're doing activity like this, I've done it both ways and know what I'd rather do for sure) but my knee had other plans for me.
If you're just starting to read my blog, I invite you to go back to the start. It's not been an easy journey to get here and when I first started I'd never ridden more that 40km in one ride. On Sunday I did 136km and felt great.
The importance is consistency is key. Like anything in life. Break it down, work out what you need to do to get the result you want, and then most importantly take action!!
If I can do it, why can't you?
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