Although I have one more race on my spring calendar, I’m turning my attention to cycling and getting ready for the Pennsylvania Dutch Farm to Fork Fondo on July 29. We had so much fun last year, we signed up early this year. We even booked a room at the rustic Manor View Inn again because the across-the-road convenience and country hospitality definitely outweighed the bare-bones amenities.
I’m going back for another whoopie pie!
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Training For The Farm To Fork Fondo Hills
When several women in my Moms Run This Town group–including Deborah–started talking about a hilly group ride sponsored by a local bike shop, I was intrigued, but my spring races and business trips kept me away. This weekend I had no excuses, so I signed up and showed up–battling nerves that rivaled my worse pre-race jitters.
I arrived at Conte’s Bike Shop early, and introduced myself to the person who would be leading (or “sweeping”) the ride. There was a small group of riders with a few more men than women, and I was the only “first timer.” The Conte’s guy put me at ease, and my friend Erin assured me I could handle the hills.
We wound through Falls Church and McLean, taking so many turns and making so many loops, I couldn’t even retrace our route with a map. Many of the roads had bike lanes, and most cars passed us nicely–except one sports car with a bike on its roof!
What about the hills, you ask? Garmin says we climbed about 1800 feet during our 21.5 mile ride, and many of the hills rivaled the ones we faced in Lancaster.
I got over my biggest fear–falling over while clipped in and climbing a steep hill–when it happened, right at that little lollipop loop. I’d like to say that only my ego was bruised, but a welt started forming just above my knee almost right away. (And, since no one made a big deal about my fall and that hill is notorious, I only felt self-conscious for a few seconds.)
Thanks to Erin for getting me out to ride!
After the ride, Conte’s offered us coffee and bagels–I was ravenous–and encouragement to come back. While Deborah and Erin have promised that the hills do get easier, I know it will be a while before I can face them with confidence. Until then I will have to face down my fears and remember I Can Do Hard Things!
I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap and joining Courtney‘s Training Recap link up.
It’s hard to believe the GW Parkway Classic was just last weekend. I had such a busy week–including an overnight busingess trip to Chicago!
Monday: Indoor Cycling.
Tuesday: Strength Training
Thursday: 6.5 mi run in Chicago!
Friday: Core Power Yoga
Saturday: 21.5 mi bike ride
Sunday: 4.3 mi easy run
How do you convince yourself to do really hard workouts?