It was a short bike ride today. It would normally have been a group ride for an informal cycling group that I lead called Valley VeloRiders but likely due to other commitments I was the only one of the group took advantage of the fine cycling weather for today’s ride.
It was a great day for a bike ride and the weather couldn’t be better. I had thought of doing a much longer bike ride today, but with the Canada Day ride last week I am ahead of schedule for meeting my distance goal for the month and I did have a few things to take care of at home. Besides Debbie and I had agreed to meet at Euphoria Chocolates for coffee and a muffin after the ride. We then decided to enjoy the rest of the day together.
Well since the title of this post is “Another milestone” I had better get on with just what that milestone is. With today’s ride I have just passed the 10,000 km mark since I started recording my cycling distance in March 2008. I had just started back into cycling casually a couple of years prior to that after a 30 year hiatus. Most of this is covered in my “About” and in previous blog posts, but the gist of it is that I only started into cycling as a casual interest to supplement other methods of exercise I started in 2004 to do something about my rapidly declining health and dramatically increasing weight. Well little did I know just what this “casual” cycling interest would lead to and now here I am 10,000 km later even more committed to cycling than ever. Many non cycling friends and aquaintences have thought me crazy and/or obsessed, but if they were to truly understand what cycling has done for me they might reconsider. It is currently one of the most important aspects of my life and when increased levels of chronic pain threatened to cut it short, I stubbornly refused to accept it and found another way to keep cycling. And here I am now 10,000 km later, over 4000 km of which have now been ridden on my recumbent trikes.
Cycling has become as much an emotional, spiritual and physical experience that many cannot comprehend. In the 3 1/4 years it has taken me to reach 10,000 km, I have participated in and successfully completed, the following events:
BC Lung Association 200 km Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath (2008, 2009)
Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (2008)
100km Pacific Populaire (2009, 2011)
144 km Canada Day Populaire (2011)
To some completing these events and accumulating 10,000 km cycling may not seem like a major accomplishment as I know many cyclists that regularly cycle 8000+ km per year, but all of these personal milestones were hard fought considering that when I started an exercise plan in 2004 at 50 years old even walking 100 meters was an extremely painful experience. However I persevered through the pain having been inspired by others far worse off than I. Few can imagine the emotion that consumed me after completing the first BC Lung Trek for Life charity bike ride.
There is much more to come as I have just made a further commitment to long distance cycling by joining the BC Randonneurs Cycling club submitting my application on July 1 at the Canada Day Populaire registration.
So here is a summary report of what 10,000 km on a bike looks like.
|Progress Summary Report for rjedge1954|
|Elevation Gain:||77,459 m|
|Avg Speed:||19.8 km/h|
|Avg HR:||141 bpm|
|Avg Run Cadence:||—|
|Avg Bike Cadence:||84 rpm|
Here is the map and data for the ride today which helped me to reach this 10,000 km milestone.
I close with one of my favourite quotes and part of my email signature.
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong