If you read my earlier post (here) I am weeks away from a major cycling event to raise money for diabetes. The ride is full of festivities and has many perks just for riders with diabetes, beyond the regular riders. The event features numerous distances including a 37,65 and 100 mile rides. My original intention was to shoot for the 100 mile ride and go as far as I can go. With weeks away and only a few 20+ rides under my belt my wife is putting her foot down and insisting I look at doing a smaller distance.
I understand her reasoning in some ways. I only recently did my first triathlon and it scared her how much one bad swim effected the rest of my race. Additionally I bought my bike right before the winter hit and got very few miles on it. As it has warmed up here in Georgia I have increasingly been putting miles on it, but still not more than 20+ miles as I have had additional responsibilities. I am getting stronger as a rider and more fit every month, but there is still allot of work to be done.
So the question comes down to this: Should I give up the 100 mile and go for 37 or 65 miles instead. I think I could do 65 as I do 20+ right now and feel pretty fresh, albeit slow. One benefit to giving up the larger distance of 100 miles would be the fact I get to enjoy more of the festivities of the day. I am just worried that if I do too few miles I will feel like I did not do enough. Should I attempt the 65? Or should I go for the safer 37 mile ride and spend more time enjoying the day? Or should I not give up and still try for 100 miles? Will I think less of myself if I do not try for 100? Hard questions…
Til next time.
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