Training Day 1: 15 miles

Trip Start May 04, 2013
Trip End May 09, 2013

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Yesterday, just incase you were looking, you could find me and my bike in a heap by the side of the road. I wasn't in a bike accident. I had stopped to adjust my gps when my legs collapsed dropping me into a leafless rose bush. I could smell the earthy mud that now coated my right leg and dozens of little thorns pricked me every move I made. To make things worse my legs seemed to be completely unrelated to me. I told them to move and they just made little leg laughing noises.

In less than a month, I am going to bike the Great Allegheny Path (GAP) with my amazing siblings and siblings-in-law. The trail is pretty flat but it is roughly 140 miles. We won't have a support van so we will carry everything we need. That makes this kind of a backpacking trip on wheels. Only (and this is the genius of the trip) we will get to stay at a bed a breakfast at the end of each day.

I run enough that I'm in reasonable shape. I figured I would do a few training rides and be good to go. So I took the basket off my bike, put on my second best running shoes and headed out.
I learned quickly that I am an idiot. When a construction crew started to laugh at me in my rosebushI thought of calling a cab. I don't need to learn how to bike. I could stick with running. We could always hike the GAP

I'm a grown up and I can avoid most challenging situations. But I don't think we are supposed to. I think we were built to be pushed. Complacency is addicting and the more complacent you become the more your world shrinks. Being pushed often means you have to be bad at something. Sometimes you need to be bad at it for a long time. But that is okay.

Not that I thought of this sitting in the rose bush. I just figured it would be faster to bike than to wait for a cab. So, once I could move my legs, I kicked the bike off me, untangled my hair and made my wobbly self finish the ride.

It is entirely possible that this trip is bad idea. But I'm already grateful for it. My bum is sore and my ego is bruised. I figure that is a pretty good place to start.
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Jocelyn on

You should have kicked the construction crew as well. If you'd had the energy!

mediterranean12 on

Good thinking Joc

Sally on

I know this will be a great experience, especially when it's over! Just make sure you have a really nice padded bicycle seat. ;)

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