Did someone say they were going to ride 80 miles this morning?
Because what I meant to type was 60 miles.Â Yes, â€œjustâ€ 60.Â Â (Side note:Â Century training, like marathon training, really warps your perspective on what is a ‘normalâ€™ ride.)
Oh, friends!Â I guess my 80 miler just wasnâ€™t meant to be!Â Remember how to tread on my right cycling shoe fell off last week?Â Well, the cleat was still on the right shoe so I had no problem cycling.Â But today, the tread AND the cleat fell off my left shoe when I unclipped at Mile 35.
Ashley proceeded to laugh at me, very hard.Â 😛
Since we were in front of a CVS, I bought Superglue and tried to stitch my shoe back together.Â However, it didnâ€™t work.
The tread fell off again before I could even clip back in!
Next, we tried hair ties and rubber bands.
Obviously that didnâ€™t work either.
More laughing from Ashley ensued.Â 🙂
Then, she had the brilliant idea to duct tape the cleat back to my shoe.Â I went into a hardware supply store and they gave me some.
Regarding the shoes, they are Shimano brandÂ (<– link to HTP sponsor), but I bought them used.Â They are probably 5 + years old and are WAY out of warranty.Â Iâ€™m not 100% Iâ€™ll buy Shimanos again, though, considering they completely feel apart on me.
However, the 20-minute ordeal really put a damper on our spirits.Â We were laughing the entire time (Ashley has a great personality, you should check out her blog), but all the sitting around really sucked away our energy to ride.
I kind of wanted to quit right then and there, but Ashley urged me onwards.
We decided to change our mileage goal from 80 to 60.
I normally bike on the road, so the trails were a nice change of pace, although we had to loop back a few times to get to 60 miles.
On the ride, I consumed about 400 calories worth of Gatorade, as well as a peanut butter sandwich.
I am getting really good at eating while on the bike!
At the end, I was really proud of Ashley and I for sticking with it and completing a long ride.Â I do feel prepared for my Century (100 miles), regardless of whether or not I squeeze in another long-long ride.Â Including this ride, my long rides have included 45, 54, 60, 62, and 73 milers.Â I might do another 40 or 50er, but I feel satisfied with my training.
- Distance: 60 miles
- Duration: 4 hours, 40 minutes (not included breaks)
Came home and made a protein Green Monster (1 cup almond milk, 1 banana, 2 cups raw spinach, 1 scoop brown rice protein):
And a roasted sweet potato + parsnip fries.
Time to get some work done!
Have you ever had gear fail on you during a training run or ride?Â What did you do?