Busy Weekend

March 22, 2009

Before yesterday I’d never jogged more than 3 miles. My goal this year is to run a marathon (just over 26 miles).  I’d started the weekend with a goal of 80 miles on the bike, but was quickly deterred from this plan, by a family dinner Saturday.  Since my aunt has a treadmill, I decided to run 5 miles.

I wasn’t sure how to pace myself for it, so I just set the machine for 5mph.  This was a mistake, and I could tell immediately, but I couldn’t be sure 6 wouldn’t kill me.

At 2.5 miles I felt good.  At 30 minutes both shoes came untied, one then the other.  Then suddenly I was at 4 miles, and I felt un-tapped.  Time to bring up the heat!

I set the machine to 8mph, and as the mile flew by, I knew I still had more in me.

At a quarter mile, I maxed out the machine at 10mph and ran my heart out.  This was the burn I was looking for!  Huge superman strides, suddenly my upper body wasn’t moving up and down.  I was just staying in place and throwing my legs.  Honestly I think I could have sprinted faster, but certainly not for any length of time.  I’ve never run so fast for so long.  When I was done my amazing 5 miles, I slowly brought the machine down to 5mph, then 3, then 2.  I felt wonderful!

Today I set off for my 40 miles, but miscalculated slightly.  There’s a few miles from my house to the ‘loop’ that I didn’t ride twice.  Still, I’m very satisfied with the ride for several reasons:

  • Since I can run at 10mph, I would not allow myself to ride slower than that.
  • I never used the granny gear.
  • Wheeler Rd is fun!

Ride stats:

1:55’37, 31.01mi (week: 98.81mi)
avg 16.0mph, max 38.9mph
41ºF, Odo 149.8mi
Cadence: 80s (Not bad)


Total climb: 1779ft

Total climb: 1779ft


This was a very fun ride.  I took my hilly twenty and went straight up the first big hills (Pine Hill to Farley to Nevins).  I climbed the longest, most painful, ascent (Farley) then took Pine Hill out to Rt 130, and rode Wheeler all the way back.  I estimated this was my ‘half  way’ point, but I wasn’t even beginning to feel tired.  I had allowed myself use of the granny gear on the second twenty miles, if I felt tired, and packed a power bar in case I wanted to stop in the middle.  I never want to stop.

Turns out the middle was closer to 15 miles, and while I did start to feel tired near the end, I still never used the granny gear or the power bar.  After my first time over wheeler, I took the (steep, short) Farley hill up to S. Merrimack Rd and flew down Nevins (38.9mph).  I backtracked from there.  Nevins to Wheeler to Rt 130 to Pine Hill and home.  As a 30 mile route, it was lovely.

The hikers and bikers and I all smiled to eachother, as if we shared a secret.  What a beautiful day!

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