As a part of my personal weekly milestone challenge I set myself, to do something that will challenge me each week, I needed to come up with something for Week 5 as I missed a week when I set my goals out at the start of the round. (I need to update this list on here, I will do that soon).
So the high tech planning stages went like this:
- Friday: Tried to think of something I could do. Without too much thought behind it, I decided to cycle for 50km as this week’s challenge. Didn’t know if I’d be able to manage to achieve it but I thought I’d give it a try.
- Saturday: Decided to do it on Sunday.
- Sunday: Did it.
The challenge behind it for me was that this is my cycling history:
- 2009: Started cycling again since being a kid. Worked my way up over a few months to be able to cycle from 2km at the start, to 44km (my longest ride). I had an epic 44km cycle that crushed my cycling soul and that saw me abstaining from my bike for the next 3 years.
- July 2012: Sat on my bike and rode down my street.
- October 2012: Rode 6km in my triathlon.
- November 2012: Rode 15km as part of #okr.
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So, the plan to cycle for 50km was a challenge because (wow I’m loving bullet points today!)
- It would be my longest ride since the ride that crushed me – actually my longest ride in my life.
- The last time I attempted a massive ride (the 44km / 2009 one), it broke me.
- I am a really, really slow rider. I’m talking 10-12km/h. I have an old mountain bike, it’s hard to cycle when you’re so heavy, and I am just slow. So it would take me a long time.
But as I said, I dream up these crazy things and then I do them. With not too much thought behind it. Which is sometimes a good thing, otherwise I may not do stuff like this.
Anyway, I did it. You don’t want a play by play, trust me. There would be a lot of whingeing about sore butt’s in there. So in summary:
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- 5:30am: Arrived in New Farm Park in Brisbane and cycled 7km.
- 6:30am-7:30am: Santa/supersoakers themed boot camp. Best boot camp ever! I worked so damn hard and LOVED it and then we had a massive water fight with water balloons and supersoakers! It was so much fun :)
- 7:30am-10:15am: Meditation, breaky/coffee/chat with boot campers.
- 10:15am: Back on my bike to do the last 43km.
- 5pm: Finished and left New Farm Park.
It was a long day. It was an extremely hot day. I tried to stay hydrated but should have had more water with me.
- 1-7km: Pre-boot camp, it was fine.
- 7km-20-ish km: Not too bad, not much pain.
- 20-40km: Pain began, struggled with my stamina – it was soooo long.
- 40km-44km: Over it but kept pedalling. In so much pain – hands, back, butt, knees, everything was sore. Mind games commenced. I turned off my music and turned on 12WBT podcasts.
- 44km-47km: Fierce tears. I was impressed I hadn’t cried until now. But I was over it. I’d started exercising about 11 hours earlier and I had had enough. I was berating myself for both dreaming up this crazy challenge and for being so bloody determined all the time to never give up. Everything was screaming – my whole body, my mind, my eyes and even my bike. I was so slow but I kept pedalling.
- 47km-50km: The hardest 3km of my life. The mindset I had to push through to get through these 3km was enormous. I had some cyber support from a few girlfriends and held onto that. There was no way I was pulling out now. But I wanted to like nothing else. I had nothing left in the tank – I was drained. But I did it. Because I wanted to challenge myself.
This 50km was not about the exercise, or about the calories. It was purely about pushing myself to my limits and proving to myself that I could do this. And I achieved that :) In saying that though, there is no way I’m doing an epic challenge like that and not having stats to prove it! ;) So my stats were:
- 50.1km cycle + boot camp
- Total time cycling minus all breaks: 5 hours 37 minutes
- Total time actually exercising minus all breaks (including boot camp): 6 hours 31 minutes
- Total time from start to finish of #CrazyExercise: 11 hours 30 minutes
- Calories burned: 3647 (I paused my Polar each time I had a break so these were actuals)
- Personal satisfaction gained: Immeasurable
I don’t know how I did that. I don’t recommend it to myself again – well at least not for a while. It was a long time to be out in the sun, pushing not just my body, but my mind. My limits were reached. Most cyclists could get that done in 1-3 hours. It may have been silly to do that, or to do anything for that long but I ended up ok. Although last night I was a bit rocky on my chair and felt like I’d been on a boat. And Tabata at boot camp this morning hurt.
But I pushed myself. I set myself a challenge, and I did it. And that’s what this whole story is about.
I’m so glad that this week’s personal challenge doesn’t involve exercise: reducing my Diet Coke – that’s gonna have its own challenges but at this point, it seems like Easy Street in comparison to yesterday. ;)
|And this was only after boot camp|
|My view after I'd finished it: from the ground|
|Most fun boot camp ever!|
|Pumpkin seed break|
|My view from one of my breaks|