Saturday, January 1, 2011

100

For the last 10 weeks, I have been training for a 100 mile bike ride on New Year's Day with some of my spin buddies that was organized through the base fitness center. We had to ride a minimum of 60 miles a week (which I easily do with classes) and then do additional long rides on weekends that I came in and did by myself. I have really learned to love spin and this challenge has given me some focus during the hard time following my father's passing and the stress of our Christmas move. We started promptly at 8:00 a.m. and we all rode at our own pace, but kept basically a flat tension throughout. I started lowering my tension the last 10 miles so I could cool down a bit. Since my bike is on the edge, I didn't want to have jello legs when I finally got off the bike and fall over onto the basketball court. That would suck.

This is our group of 15 dedicated, hardcore spinners.
About halfway through the ride this morning, Tony showed up with the kids to say hello, cheer me on, and take some pictures. Excuse my super short hair morning hair...

I finished 100 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes. I wanted to take a picture of the 100 mile on my bike's odometer, but after all that work, it turned over after 99.9 miles. Sheesh.


And FYI, the bike thief was nowhere to be seen. Guess I showed her who's the boss. What a great way to start 2011!

11 comments:

The FOUR M's... said...

Hey Fabulous Woman! That's amazing -- I'm seriously in awe, and you are inspiring me to try harder things in 2011. Hope you're not totally wiped out and can enjoy the rest of your holidays with your family. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

WAY TO GO! I am so proud of my
mad biker chick.

Good job, Amber.

the mom

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

You are awesome! I am amazed.

mooreinterest said...

OK you totally ROCK!!!! That's awesome! I think my bum would hurt too much to do 100 on a spin bike! AND YOU LOOK DARLING!! I was thinking how cute your hair was! When you come, you should bring your shoes and we'll do a "small" ride.? ALthough, you would toast me!!

Heather said...

How awesome!! Congratulations!

Kathleen said...

congrats on the century ride! what a great way to start off the new year! i'm working toward a 10k run in the spring...have to get over mastitis though--yeah, that's how i spent my new year's day!... :-)

Walkers said...

You go Girl!

Jeni said...

My butt hurts reading this. I like the short hair. You are by far the cutest biker chick I know. Congratulations!

Happy New Year!

Sarah memmott said...

Way to go Amber! That is an awesome feat! You rock

Camie said...

now that is AWESOME....what an accomplishment, and you look fabulous btw!

Sydney said...

Wow! What an amazing accomplishment! That's fantastic and inspiring. and I LOVE the short hair. I think I've lost my mind... I signed up for a 10K this summer. After not running any races last year. Gotta have a goal I guess!