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!