Had a great ride today. My normal ride is along the road I live on back and forth between two large, to me at least, hills that I didn't think I could get up. It's not bad there is 4 miles between the two big hills that I just make laps of until I hit my time or mileage goal for that day. It is a nice ride through a beautiful area with just a few small hills and makes for a good workout.
Today however I made up my mind that I was going to conquer one of the large hills. I rode my normal route for about 3.5 miles until I was near my challenge for today. I could fell myself getting a bit of an adrenaline boost as I rode past my normal turn around spot and started up the hill. I just told my self " Keep shifting and peddling until you run out of gears, gas, or hill!" and by god I ran out of hill first! I wasn't going very fast, both my legs and lungs were burning, but I was on top. It felt great.
It felt so great that I just kept on riding, about 3.5 miles more until I arrived at a spot I had as a goal, but thought it would be late in the fall before I was in good enough shape to get there. I felt like the king of the world. I stopped for couple of minutes, drank some of my 50/50 Gatorade /water, and took a pic of my bike with the sign. It may just be a cheap Schwinn MTB from Dunham's, but it has carried me farther than I ever though I could go on a bike.
The return ride was pretty easy, I got tho go down the big hill instead of up ,and even with the big hill in my way and stopping to rest at the mid-point I averaged 11.8 MPH and ended up doing 14 miles.
Conquer big hill - check
Reaching a goal destination- check
Riding farther that I ever did before - check
Breaking the 100 miles mark for the month - check
Yeah, it was a very good morning.