I was thoroughly enjoying myself, stopping to take pictures when I wanted with no worries of holding anyone up. I did start to feel tired around 25 miles and wondered what was up with that as when I rode 45 miles a couple weeks ago I hardly noticed it. The day was just beautiful.
My first snack stop was when I first got to Lake Dunmore (the scene of one of my tris last summer.) I found a great place to sit and sat basking in the sun and enjoying the day.
My plan was to ride around the lake. The last time I tried this I got lost. But this time - even though I almost made the same mistake I managed to do it right. I haven't been on the back side of the lake in years. The road was mostly dirt but it wasn't a problem. There were a lot of people around getting camps ready for the summer and I was beginning to look for a bathroom spot - the number one problem on long solo bike rides. I eventually came to Branberry Beach which isn't open yet but there were a fair number of people there enjoying the day. I had more snacks even though I hadn't even gone 10 more miles, it was just such a great place to relax and enjoy the day.
My bike is looking back toward the beach thinking
about how to do better this year in the triathlon.
Once I started off again I only stopped once to take one more picture. The trouble with riding roads you are familiar with is you dread the hills you know for far too many miles. There were two I was thinking about and they didn't disappoint. One in particular would have been hard no matter what but at mile 52 it was downright awful! I was feeling very tired and ready to be home. I told myself I could walk up my driveway - the small things we can look forward to. The last four miles to my house are uphill and they aren't horrendous but being as tired as I was they seemed more so yesterday. But I did it with 56 miles in the books. Right now I can't imagine doing 100 but maybe I can build up to that. I was useless the rest of the day!
Today I got a bunch of stuff done before my VERY SLOW 8 mile run. I could tell I was still tired. Note to self. Don't take a long bike ride next Saturday before Sunday's half marathon!