Today I rode for three hours and followed it up with a 30 minute brick run. First let me say that I am so blessed to have a life where I can go out by myself for almost four hours and do something like this! If I ever complain, just slap me!
Anyway, I headed out a little before 10:00, loaded up with nutrition, ready to conquer. My plan was to ride 2 hours in Zone 2 followed by an hour in Zone 3. I had mapped out a loop and written down the directions and everything! The loop was just over 50 miles, but I thought it was close to doable, and since I had some cushion time-wise, I wasn't too worried.
Then the wind hit me.
Holy windy city, and I don't even live close to Chicago!! Seriously, the wind was so strong I couldn't even really stay in aero, and it was literally blowing the snot right out of me!!
I was headed west and the wind was blowing from the northwest. Even down huge hills (did I mention there were hills) I was going slow! But as I was riding I decided I was not going to let this wind beat me down. I started to laugh and thought about what great training this is for the hills of Rev3 Quassy. I am going to be so ready. I hunkered down and kept my heart rate as close to zone 2 as I could. I went very slowly, and I didn't care, because I was doing exactly what I should be doing.
At about 90 minutes I realized that my loop was probably not the best idea. Fortunately, I was still in a place where it was easy to just turn around and head back. I have to say the wind definitely factored into my decision to turn around. I had been fighting that wind for many miles, and I was ready to let it help me along a little bit. I was still feeling great, both mentally and physically, and then I saw this sign:
I had just ridden to Victory!! And I was feeling victorious...victorious over the wind and victorious over my doubts.
I have a feeling I might be riding to Victory some more this season!!