Hi, I’m Tara.

What started out as a private blog to document our adoption journey has evolved into my journey through therapy, spiritual awakening and whatever I feel like writing. Without our struggles to build a family, I’m not sure I’d be waking up, and for that I’m grateful.

#MicroblogMondays - Metric Century

Pikes Peak. Look at all that snow! This is the part of the ride when I was feeling good and pumped up

Top of the last uphill. 2.5 miles up, not too steep, but a grind in granny gear after riding 50 hilly miles. About 10 miles left in the ride and I had to convince myself to turn my pedals. My knees hurt so bad. So, so, so bad...

Post-ride snack waiting for S to finish his 100-mile ride. Not exactly what I should've fueled with, but I had it from one of my aid station stops. Grabbed it for emergency food if I ran out.

Stats from Map My Ride:

  • Average speed - 12.6 miles/hr (I paused recording during stops at aid stations)

  • Fastest speed - 38.6 mile/hr (I'm not sure I believe this, cause I'm a speed weenie and usually slow down at 25). But, there was one freshly paved, wide open, straight downhill that I had a ton of fun on. Perhaps I did go that fast.

  • Calories burned - about 3,000. Map My Ride calc'd 2451, my heart rate monitor was higher, but I forgot to turn off my HR monitor for an hour after and it recorded calories while I was standing around. So, my guess is 3,000.

  • Elevation gain 3642 feet. Lots of rolling hills. A few steeps that sucked. Good times.

  • Time 5 hours, 3 minutes. 63.71 miles.

My stats today:

  • Exhausted. More coffee please

  • Knees hurt. Iced last night and it didn't do much.

  • Butt is sore. Go figure.

  • Lower back is sore.

  • Upper back is tight.

  • The thought of getting on my bike again makes me want to vomit.

  • I'll be on it tomorrow to start working on hills. I need so much help on hills.

  • I registered for a century ride in August. What was I thinking?

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