I Like My Pace Medium

April 29, 2019

You know how you can buy Pace picante sauce either mild, medium, or hot?  Well, I like mine medium.  Today I learned I like my bike pace medium too.  I know, it's a lame joke, but hey, I made a career of making lame jokes!

Today I rode in my first group bike ride.  I would call it a race, but they didn't time it, so it was just a ride.  I started out riding fast.  I was too excited.  It was a 62 mile ride, my longest ever, and by mile 22 or so, I was already beat.  I still had a long way to go though.  This is the point at which I learned my lesson...medium pace is best.  I finished the race just fine,  In fact, I recovered enough to press the last 10 miles or so and go fast again.  By then, I knew I could finish no problem.  It was a great learning experience for the Ironman.  That race is so long, there is no way I can push hard at any point.  I think I will need all of the energy I can muster just to get to the finish.  It will be hard for me to hold back early on, but I will have to learn to do it.  Or else I will pay the consequences.  I've done endurance running for years, but this is a whole new ballgame.  I HAVE to pace myself.  I have to find that middle ground where I'm not too slow, but I'm not burning myself out.

By the way, when I slowed down, I really started to enjoy the ride!  I was able to look around and enjoy.  Talk to people.  Check out other people's bikes.  I saw a roadrunner who ran with me for a little while (that's pretty funny and ironic!).  But it made me think...pace is pretty important in more than just this Ironman.  I slowed my pace down and enjoyed more.  I should do that in life too.  

Anyway, something I need to remember.


Enjoy your pace!




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