I read this article posted in my Google+ Long distance Cycling Community.
|Touching the Void: Glimpsing the Mind of a Serial Cyclist|
I totally agree with the concept that long distance cycling is a puzzle solving event. I did the same puzzle solving when I was training for my first 100k trail run.
This article helps me as I think about my longest ride that I have ever done which was 145 miles. I did it last year on 3/14/2014. I rode from my house to the Gulf of New Mexico. My Garmin’s battery died, my phone battery died and my light battery died. I could have gone another 50 miles as I was not tired, but my equipment ran out of juice.
|My longest ride on this bike was 145 miles|
I did not plan on getting hit by a car three days later. I am planning another ride to the coast. I have revised some of my equipment. I have lights that will always burn as long as I can peddle. I have two spare batteries for my phone. I can charge my Garmin and phone during the day using my dynamo. I also have a bike that can do more miles than I can at the moment.
I love just riding point to point. On my last trip it was hard for my wife to find where I was when I got to the coast. Now I have a standing rule that I will ride to a hotel where we have a reservation and she will always know where to meet me.
I also like riding and supporting myself so there is more puzzle solving. I will complete my first double century in 2015. looking to ride from my house in Albany, GA to Panama City, FL soon.