12.95 miles - 1:06
Today was a big day - I rode Suncrest. You know when you have a big speed workout or a long run coming up and you can't sleep because of the anticipation. That was me last night.
I drove the course yesterday to see if I was crazy for doing it.
Today, I started at the Smiths off Highland Highway and biked up to the little grocery store on top of Suncrest. I think the elevation change is 1500 feet (correct me if I am wrong). 5 miles up and 5 miles down. I think I was more scared to come down.
I wish I could record my thoughts during that ride. Doubt to pain to exhilaration to pain to excitement. I didn't go fast, but I rode the entire way and didn't stop.
I texted my hubby at the top - "I did it. No stops. All the way". I wish I had a camera.
I felt really good when I was done, so I rode around the neighborhoods my the Smiths. There was this HUGE downhill gully to an uphill. I felt so great going up and down - so I turned around to do it again. After going down and heading back up, my gears got stuck. I couldn't peddle and crashed. My first crash. I'm grateful there wasn't any cars coming. I had a car stop (they were going the other direction) and ask if I was ok (hooray for nice people in the world). I had to walk up the hill because it was so steep I couldn't get going again.
I learned a lot from this ride. I CAN DO HARD THINGS. Next time I do Suncrest, there will be more speed.