Well day two went well. I road 14.5 miles around the neighborhoods. I found a 1 mile loop that had a pretty steep grade and that I went around for about 6 miles. Other than that pretty ordinary.
I want 16.2 miles and got my first taste of the open road. I was instantly hooked. No stopping, less turns, and much more interesting. Road around a local 2 lane road for about 3 miles and really enjoyed this. The rest was again neighborhood riding.
I really decided it was time to push it on day four. I had not yet been to the limit of my legs and each time had to stop do to- numbness in the sitting area, and hand pain. I made an angle adjustment on my seat, and got some gloves. I headed out on a night ride, helmet lights and so on I did some riding on another local 2-lane road (richland) and road for about 6 miles until it ended then I turned around and came back to town. I then took 423 for about 10 miles to the next town up. This was a goal I had set that I wasn't sure could be reached. I made and even went 1.5 miles past town to get an extra little bit. I headed back and my legs felt great. At right around 20 miles I figured I would be more fatigued. At the 27 mile point I really started to feel some pains in my lower neck, again the sitting area, and hands. I pushed home and finished with 32.4 miles. An awesome accomplishment for me without any prior long distance cycling, running, or swimming.
Story does not end here though. As I pull into the driveway I see that my house has been toilet papered, pretty well to. As I pull up the driveway to my car I see TP all over it. I am looking for car paint or any other vandalism, and since I am going up all I loose all speed. As I go to put my foot down I realize I am still clipped in. Down I go to my left side, people talk about this happening in slow-mo, mine was like FF, I landed in the attack riding position and wondered what happened. I was geared in the low cog so the back of my calve got destroyed by the large cog. It bleed for about an hour and still as small amounts of bleeding today. I also scratched the tip of the handlebar (drops) on the left side, the end of the pedal, and the rear wheel release. Lets just say I am not happy. It has also prevented me from riding today. I am going to try to ride in the morning but we will have to see how it goes. Thanks for listening.