43 Miles to Mount Vernon and Back!

Posted By on Jul 6, 2014 | 1 comment

43 Miles to Mount Vernon and Back!

Posted By on Jul 6, 2014 | 1 comment

I walk on untrodden ground.

–George Washington

I conquered my first big training milestone this weekend! It’s further than I’ve ever been before… but only a fraction of the distance I’ll go in September during the Climate Ride.

I’m gonna be totally honest and say… AHHHHH THAT WAS SO HARD.

I went really slowly. I took a thousand breaks. And I admit there was a stretch in the second half where I was so out of energy that I wondered if I would even be able to make it home. But… I did it!

This. Was. Hard. But... I did it!

This. Was. Hard. But… I did it!

What did I learn?

Well, first of all, I learned that I (surprise surprise) have a LOT more training to do. Right now I can easily envision getting to 60 miles in a day (the average daily mileage of the Climate Ride from New York to DC). But the part where I do 60 miles, go to bed, and then… wake up the next morning and do it again? 4 more times?

That’s not as easy to envision right now…

But you know what? Let’s look at how far I’ve come so far. Considering I could barely bike 2 miles when I started training at the beginning of May, reaching this first milestone is huge. If I’m dedicated and consistent in my work, I’ll reach new milestones I can barely even dream of right now.

I also learned a bit about this stubborn determination of mine. No one said this challenge I’m putting myself through was going to be easy, especially not me. But I was stubborn enough to finish the ride I started this weekend, and I’ll be stubborn enough to keep training until the big ride in September.

Fierce determination in the face of a seemingly impossible challenge can change the world. And here I am… I’m just riding a bike! Piece of cake.

I biked to Mount Vernon, and here's the giant George Washington lollipop to prove it.

I biked to Mount Vernon, and here’s the giant George Washington lollipop to prove it.

What’s next?

The next big goal is a 50 mile ride. But I’m also going to focus on stepping up my strength training, and learning how to eat for long-distance rides so I don’t totally run out of energy mid-way. Even if it means eating those weird energy gel things…

I can do it!

[Credits: Cover photo by Rob Shenk]

Follow me


Audre is a writer, elephant advocate, and brand-new cyclist who's training to bike 300 miles in September to raise funds for the African Wildlife Foundation. Yes, she really is that crazy about elephants! Learn more and donate today.
Follow me

1 Comment

  1. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you will be successful. I am pretty sure you will get nice breaks each day during your cycling and hopefully the support crew will be there when you need them. Wish I could do this with you but Ireland calls.
    Stay hydrated and have fun.

    Post a Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>