THE PICKLE – First-time MS 150 riders

This blog post is written for those first-time MS 150 riders who are taking on the challenge of riding 180 miles to Austin in April.  A few weeks ago, I was thinking about how hard it is to rest from doing a long ride in one day, and wondering if my body would recover for Day 2 of the MS 150.  As you may know, it’s less mileage on that day, but we gotta pedal through hills!  Ouch!
So this past weekend, I decided to do a back-to-back ride.  I rode in a 55-miler on Saturday with some gentle, rolling hills.  It was alot of fun! The weather was beautiful (after the fog lifted) and you could see all of the pretty wildflowers growing!  I know, I’m a girly girl.
Then on Sunday, Wayne and I rode 70 miles during the Tour de Houston.  It was mostly flat, but at least I got the time on my bike in.
Yes, I am sore.  But I don’t think I am nearly as sore as I thought I would be. I think the part of it all that makes me not hurt so much is the sense of accomplishment.  Never in a million years would I think that over 2 days, I would have ridden 125 miles!  That’s 2 hours by car! What I DO know, though, is that if I can do it, any able-bodied person can do it!
We have several rides coming up, most of them more challenging than this weekend.  But I do want to mention that if there is anyone out there who is new to cycling and wants to try riding in a bicycle rally (they’re ALOT of fun!), the Katy Ram Challenge is coming up on Saturday, April 11th.  It will offer several routes from 12 to over 75 miles in length.  As always, Sun & Ski Sports will be there to provide bike maintenance and last-minute cycling must-haves (gloves, helmets, etc.).  For more information, go to www.katyramchallenge.com

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