you decide to do a 12 hour training ride. just to see if you can do it. to see if you can sit on the bike that long. you have yet to go beyond 8 or 9 hours (8 hours on the bike, 9 hours running) and you just want to see what's possible and where your mind goes. it's the mental hurdle you have to get over. besides...you want to do a 24 hour training ride sometime this year, so you have to start somewhere. some people call you crazy but this is what you call a good time.
you prepared the living room the night b/f. swept it all out. put air in the bike tires. laid out food and water next to the bikes so you are able to just hammer all day. the alarm goes off at 5:20 and you jump out of bed, psyched up for the big journey that will take you nowhere. you have a coffee and at 6:00 you mount up and start peddling. this isn't so bad. i can do this for a day / you think to yourself. you watch a movie. two movies. three. you listen to music. you switch to the spinning bike for a while b/c you can stand up for a longer period of time and give your rump a rest. every time you get off the bike you have to do 10 pull ups or 30 push ups. it's your own personal rule. the first 9 hours is pretty easy. after that it gets tough. mentally tough. you're getting bored. time drags. the bike seat is miserable. you push on. your sister comes over for the last hour. that helps motivate you some. she cheers you on and you push hard throughout the last hour. and at 6:00 pm you get off the bike and that's it. open a beer and celebrate. you do not know how far you peddled. you have no way of tracking beyond 8 hours. you were probably close to 200 miles but you don't know that for sure.
3 peanut butter and honey tortilla roll ups
3 clif bars
1 pot of coffee
4 bottles of water
you got off the bike 8 times for food / bathroom breaks. which means:
40 pull ups
120 push ups