Posted by: twistsoffeet | July 7, 2011

On the road again

I was up at 06:00 this morning with the hopes of getting an early start today. It did not quite work out that way. My totally unreasonable anxiety and subtle fears held me back. Of course I told myself that it was so I could ease into the day and so that I could say goodby to my cousins, but it was actually the anxiety.
I packed my trailer and loaded my bike, I lubed my cleats adjusted my mirror and said goodby to everyone. I then bravely pedaled out of my cousins driveway secretly wishing I could wait longer. But I could not do that, it was time to climb back in the saddle and just do it. It took me about 3 miles to get my anxiety issues under control and then I settled in for the long peaceful boring ride the day turned out to be.
I tried to focus my thoughts but chaos was to rule them today and no focus was to be found. Not that this is a bad thing it is just today I wanted more. Soon though I learned to ignore these thoughts. It isn’t as though they were not there it is that since I couldn’t direct them I just told them to shove off. My legs ached but my lungs did not burn since there were no hills to climb. The hills in this portion of Iowa are flatter than the flatter portions my ride previous to getting sick. It is peaceful but boring, at least when I am unable to direct my thoughts.
I only rode about 27 miles today. I made it to Bancroft Iowa and decided to stop and get a half gallon of water along with a banana and some tomato juice. The local grocery only had small bottles of water and no bananas but I did get a 12 oz can of tomato juice. I have learned that tomato juice is great to drink while sweating out all my electrolytes because it has a lot of sodium an potassium along with other tomato goodness. I also got some cranberry juice 1/2 gallon.
By the time I made it outside the store it was getting hot and since I have developed this mild phobia of dehydration I decided to look for a place to spend the night, that is when Terri walked up to me. She asked me the usual where am I going and where was I riding from and other less frequently asked questions. She had a friendly smile and an inquisitive nature and I always like that. She then asked where I was heading today and so I told her that I was looking for a place to pitch my tent. She then offered to let me stay in her back yard which accepted after making certain she was really willing to let a stranger sleep in her yard.
So here I am sitting in my tent pitched in the back yard of a 4 plex backing up to the fairway on the local golf course. It is quiet except for the tractor mowing the rough and it is peaceful. It is also hot but even though I could get in the shade I am trying to stay unobtrusive and also out of the way of wayward golf balls.
It was not a big day as far as mileage goes but it was a huge day for me overcoming my phobia of being on tour again. Hopefully tomorrow will be easier to get started.



  1. It is wonderful that you are overcoming your fears and that you refuse to let you illness take away this love of riding you enjoy. Yes, sometimes we need to slow down a bit (maybe not do as many miles each day in your case) but I am soooo happy you have not given up your dreams or given into this disease. Congrats!!! Hats off to you!

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