My First 50 Mile Bike Ride

Mel and I relaxing before the ride back to Golden.
Mel and I relaxing before the ride back to Golden.

First of all, it’s been a really long time since I’ve updated bradley’s adventures! It’s hard to find the time, between my full-time job and Outdoor Gear TV, but I’m not ready to give up on it. I’m not sure what I want to do with this blog, but I know it’s here to stay. Big or small, it’s fun to share my adventures and reflect….

Last year, when I was asked to be an ambassador for Venus de Miles, an all women’s bike ride, I figured I’d better figure out this biking thing. I hadn’t spent much time road biking so I felt a little intimidated. The ride options were: 33, 50, or 100 miles. I signed up for 33 and spent my summer biking. Most of the time it wasn’t more than twelve miles, but occasionally I’d push-it. When the race was cancelled due to floods, I decided to bike 33 miles anyway. It was hard. For two reasons: I didn’t eat and I didn’t know where I was going. Actually, I didn’t even know I was going 33 miles until I started biking and decided I should just go for it. I didn’t have a path in mind, so I made two or three loops around Golden. I was happy I accomplished it, and wouldn’t forget to bring snacks ever again.

Here we go! The Clear Creek path to Denver.
Here we go! The Clear Creek Trail to Denver.

I biked a few days this winter, but not nearly enough. When my friend Mel asked if I wanted to bike to REI in Denver, this spring, I said sure. I knew it wasn’t wise not to train, but I decided I could probably do it, even if it hurt a little.

This time around I ate before we left the house and brought extra energy bars (along with the other necessities). The Clear Creek path from Golden to Denver is fairly flat, after you get out of Golden. I did pretty well until the last 10 miles, and all of a sudden I started to bonk. I didn’t even realize that I was hungry until it was too late. I stopped and ate a bar and almost instantly felt better. I know when I’m hiking 14ers I need to snack while I hike, but I’m still trying to figure out how my body handles biking. When we reached REI we ate lunch and relaxed for a while. I knew the way home would be difficult. Luckily there are plenty of places to stop and we were in no hurry.

Slowly, but surely we made it back into Golden. It wasn’t too bad until the last few miles of uphill. At one point I wasn’t sure I was even moving I was going so slow. I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to walk the next day.

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The spontaneous long bike rides are fun, but I’m hoping to find some consistency this summer. Here’s to a summer on the bike!

Do you have any tips for a new biker? Please share! 

My favorite phone app, Strava, gives a quick glimpse into our ride.
My favorite phone app, Strava, gives a quick rundown on the ride. (The one on the left is the way home)

One thought on “My First 50 Mile Bike Ride

  1. Isn’t it funny how your body can handle extreme hikes, but throw it on a bike and it bonks out? I’m the same way sometimes! I’m still trying to figure out what snacks won’t make me want to hurl when I’m exerting myself….which snacks do you like?

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