I know you really wanted to finish, but what you did is amazing. Next year you will be even more prepared and in even better shape. 103 Deg? Wow.... they should have had a few more stops planned. I would suggest that to the organizers that there be a few more water points.
I hope that hand heals fast. Bee stings are nasty things.
125 mi? Honey that is NOTHING to sneeze at. That is fantastic.
Hopefully next year I'll have some funds to toss your way in terms of sponsorship. My car had better ideas this year.
2012-08-06 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks much. It's hard to fall short of a goal and still keep perspective.
I hope you are more than satisfied with yourself. I think you should be proud - as someone on Facebook pointed out yesterday, you did something that a lot of us will never even attempt. You gave it your best and quit when your body told you it was time - it would have done no good to continue and, in fact, would have been harmful. You did the right thing :)
Thanks, dear. My legs are definitely reminding me that I did the right thing!
I'm surprised they didn't hold the bike ride in the fall when the weather is still nice but not as hot.
I think what you did was amazing but I also get how had it must have been for you to listen to your body and stop.
Sometimes being older and wiser gets in the way of "I CAN DO THIS, RAWR".
In years past it has been held later in the season. No one seems to be able to answer the simple question of why the change to the beginning of August.
Fighting back the "RAWR" is still tough. But I am glad I did it.
Performing well and mastering your sport takes a number of factors. Training is important, and knowing how your body reacts, how the environment affects your body, how to adapt--that's also important and part of why we train. :)
You did EXACTLY what you should have done--stopped before you were one of the ones on a ambulance. There is no shame at all in it and much to cheer. GO YOU FOR BEING FUCKING AWESOME.
I am very, very proud of you.
Thanks, dear. It's good to hear it, even if I do know it intellectually.
I'm in awe of your achievement, and very glad that you stopped before injury. You are magnificent.
Good for you--for going so far, for knowing when to stop, and for your support of a really important cause!
For what it's worth? I'm fucking proud of you. Most people will never move off their couch. You finished one whole day of racing. Did you get the second day in the bag? No.
Next time, you will. This time, you listened to your body and you're not in the hospital, knocked out of training, because you powered through.
There are some things that just getting out the door is the victory.
You have won, babe. Just a different victory.
Thanks so much. It's important to keep that perspective.
2012-08-06 05:07 pm (UTC)
Hand is less swollen, but still itchy.
Tailbone is still sore, but not appreciably worse.
you did VERY well. you didnt say "well i was injured before i left the house", you showed up. you didnt say "well, we didnt get started on time!", you waited with everyone else (huffing sighs at the inconsiderate guest of honor).
you made the first day, despite injuries. you got up on the second day and set out determinined to finish, but since your body was not at full functioning capacity, you were not able to finish.
there's absolutely nothing to fuss about! you biked 125 miles over 2 days! most people will NEVER do that. and you did it injured. you RAWK, lady!!
The way you put it, I sound AWESOME! LOL!
125 miles? Fucking fantastic!!! You should be really proud. And next time, without the injuries and the heat, it will be a positive breeze!
Well done, you.
OMFG what a story! 15 fucking miles OVER jesus. Well done for stopping, that would have been really really hard, but it was definitely the right thing to do.
Wow! I haven't been reading so I didn't realize you were doing this trip. 125 miles in 2 days? Even going through with starting the ride when you thought it was 92F and it was actually 103 is admirable! I'd say that's some no-kidding-around-serious grit right there. And kudos for having the wisdom to know when to say enough's enough. I'm so proud of you! Congratulations!
I am really incredibly impressed. I did one bicycling fundraiser 10+ years and 50+ pounds ago, and only managed one day of 25 miles. Didn't train NEARLY as thoroughly as you have, your training process alone has been inspirational to read.
so you kicked the ass of my thirty-year-old 150 pound self. Heh heh. Well done, you! (and I third and fourth everyone else here who are saying good on you for knowing when it was smart to stop.)
Okay, I will try to stop beating myself up over this. Thanks!
Late to the party (a truck ran into a low wire and killed our internet, waah) but wanted to reinforce what others have said. Congratulations both for what you did (incredible ride under overly adverse circumstances) and what you didn't do (pigheadedly put yourself out of commission).
Thanks. I might actually be a responsible adult able to make rational decisions; who'da thunk it?!