60 miles of cycling today and "the light at the end of the tunnel"
A cyclist enters a tunnel along the Silver Comet Trail.
Silver Comet Trail, GA
Today, my friend Jason Blalock and I took off for a bike ride on the Silver Comet trail. The trail is a former railroad bed which has been converted to a running and biking path. It's described as the longest paved trail in America. The trail runs from Smyrna, Georgia to Anniston, Alabama and is over 100 miles long. The weather was almost perfect - cool and low humidity. The ride was part of our training for an attempt at a 100 mile ride that we, along with Mark Snowden, intend to do later (once we get in shape). The ride was a lot of fun - that is until I hit the 40th mile point. That's when my legs started to get heavy as concrete with lactic acid buildup. At times, the last 20 miles were a struggle. Thanks to Jason's patience we were able to finish strong. The total time to complete the ride was 4 hours and 36 minutes.
During the first 30 miles of the ride we pedaled mostly uphill. Although it was a gentle slope, we were even more aware of it as we descended the final 30 miles to the finish. I've got some more training to do if I'm going to be able to complete 100 miles in a day but it was a good indicator of where I'm at and where I need to be. Though not as young as I once was, I remain hopeful that we can complete our goal. I believe I can see "the light at the end of the tunnel." : )