Left Brawley at sunrise due to long ride day; 87 miles and an 88° sunny day. I had never ridden my bike longer than 60 miles in my 3 1/2 months of training. Yikes! I was once again nervous.
I got into a group, 5 of us riding the same pace and it was great. We took a few stops for food. Our support car hops ahead of us with good snacks. Oh, did you know when long distance biking, you eat and drink even when you are not hungry or thirsty? Who would know? But it’s true! Yours truly learned that because if you don’t, you will finish, but feel like a wet noodle after!
We were in the middle of an amazing desert of mountains and sand, God’s country.
I feel great for going the longest distance so far, and for the blessing of feeling good!
Our cook is off tonight, so we are off to Sizzler!!!
Thank you for your support for Alzheimer’s and me!
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you just want to chat–nights are free time.
Well, I am getting important things taken care of, such as talking to my Sprint customer service representative, Brigitte from Texas. Got a new iphone 5s and with her wonderful help I am fine tuning the “smart” thing. I told her about the bike trip but she is in Ft. Worth–too far north to visit. I told her she would be my hero if my Sprint phone really got service as I crossed the country–especially in Middle of Nowhere, Texas.
My bike went to UPS boxed in several pieces, I am hoping to see it back in one piece at Bernie’s Bike Shop in San Diego on March 5th. Thank you, Matt, for the gentle care of my bike and making her like new. She is only 3.5 months old but has had some miles put on her for a young thing.
My new duffle bag works; it fits all my bike stuff so it stays together and nothing is lonely. Did I tell you how much stuff one needs to bike? Stuff for your hands, feet, head, knees, tools, creams, bags, tubes, pumps, lights. Everything else will go in a bigger duffle bag. Oh, and did I mention they said ‘pack light’?
Thanks for the support in the preparation stage.
Thanks for the donations to the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.
Tomorrow I say good-bye to my bike, as it is off to the shop for a tune up and then being sent to San Diego, California. We met on October 28, 2013, and I rode my first 10 miles in preparation for the Ride Across America. Fall and winter have been a test of my durability, patience and ability to dress warm. Despite the weather, my bike and I have bonded and I will meet up with her again on the West Coast on March 5.
So for the next 2 weeks I will taper and ride a stationary bike to maintain my endurance. It is in many ways like my marathon training of days gone by; the work is done, now is the time to stay focused and let your body rest. Though I don’t always listen to my advice to others, I know that rest days can be just as important as the days you train. I will close with that advice.
With 4 weeks till we dip our tires in the Pacific Ocean, my journey across America is feeling very real.
I began training after I got a bike at the end of October, so I am in my fourth month of biking. I ride 6 days a week tracking my training by miles if I ride outside, and by hours if I have to go inside on my trainer or a stationary bike at the gym. There have been many inside days since the winter months have brought challenging temperatures for my hands and feet. I ride between 9-12 hours or 120-180 miles a week. Since this is all new to me I hope this is enough? I was a marathon runner but this is so new for me I can only hope that I am close to being ready.
We will average 60 miles a day but that will be on hills, and elevation, none of which we have in Newport News. I am very restless at this point with so much to process from packing, logistics, my family, and safety.
Thank you for your support and prayers. Fundraising for Alzheimer’s (Walk To End Alzheimer’s) will keep me going.