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First training weekend! 120 miles DC-Harper’s Ferry and back

Soo….first off, when you can casually ride 10 miles an hour in the city, it does not directly translate into 60 miles in 6 hours, especially if the road in not paved and especially if you get TWO flat tires…one within the first 15 miles and another within the last 15 miles, when you are almost too hot to fix it.

Even if at the beginning, you think, oh well I will be biking soooo fast that the bugs won’t get to me…well you are dead wrong. Not only will they plaster your chest as if your shirt were the perfect windshield without the wipers, but when you stop alongside the road to fix one of your many spare tires, which of course takes a while as you don’t have all of the tire tricks down yet. During that time, right alongside the beautiful stream with the turtles, while changing your tire, you suddenly realize that the $2.50 bug repellent at the beginning of the trip would have been a very appropriate purchase. Not only do the mosquitoes bite you where your clothes aren’t (bottom halves of legs, arms, face, neck), somehow they access your inner thighs too. Ouch!

Moving away from the pests, on to tires. When you replace a popped tube, it is necessary to put the wheel ALL the way back in its initial position. Quite self-explanatory, right? It could save you 30 min with a burly man on the side of the road who thinks he can fix anything, trying to tell you that a woman biking 60 miles by herself is probably a little unsafe.

When you get your second flat, most likely you will have to patch it since, how silly would it be to carry two spare tires for a weekend ride? Well, not so silly apparently. To patch a tire, you must wait until all of the air is out; otherwise, the air will push the patch just enough, that the tire will perpetually get flatter and flatter…you might just want to stick with new tires…or patch the heck out of one until it is only patches and no tire.

When the going gets dull, literally and you feel like taking your sunglasses off for lack of sun, DONT! Those darn bugs that coated your chest will only start to pelt you in the eyeballs–it is there favorite, keep ‘em on, to protect those precious ducts.

Food is always important while exercising, as in H2O. Food is tricky, especially when you cannot eat many things. Rice Krispie treats do some of the trick; a hit of sugar and some nice carbohydrates for long lasting bit of slow release energy. Except the sugar may be too much… also good are hard boiled eggs, they quickly restore your leg muscles, as does beef jerkey.

Water that comes out of wells in an interesting phenomenon in this day and age, especially when we are used to faucets that you turn and water ensues. However, in the back country, when you happen upon a well with a crank, DRINK YOUR WATER AND REFILL! I think I drank 22 10 oz. bottles in one day.

Last, but not least, when someone tells you about a “shortcut” because they think they know where you are going, stay to the trail! Don’t go off and explore and think that because someone older and wiser, and has bigger calves, does not mean he knows where he is going.

Always keep up the good faith!!

🙂 Hope this helps with the big train!

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One Response

  1. Yikes! Sounds like the training was bit rough. Keep up the good spirits Emma!

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