Riding the Nashville greenways

Hello, my name is Trisha and I have a secret. I have been training for a long-distance ride. And for some reason it has taken me forever to share this with the blogosphere! Maybe because those distance rides take time!

So last Sunday night, Whitney and I loaded the bikes onto her Subaru (this is a story in itself!) to do a 24-mile round-trip ride from Shelby Bottoms to the Percy Priest Dam.

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We’ll be riding the metric century in Clarksville on August 31.

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The weather was perfect: Not humid, hovering under 80 degrees. Pretty much unheard of for late July in Nashville, but we were happy to take it.

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We were feeling fine at the halfway point.

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Whitney in front of the dam

And even better as we rode back into the sunset across the river.

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A couple of bloggers have been inspiring me this summer with their exciting stories of long-distance rides. I’m looking forward testing myself (and Le Peug) on a 62-miler! Any tips for the big day?

  • Jochen

    You’re doing
    it right with your training for the big ride.

    From my experience:
    1)
    Take some basic tools with you, some inner tube patches and an air pump.
    Nothing is more frustrating than a broken bike on the big date and no way to
    continue.
    2)
    Drink enough and a little snack abroad will make your day.
    3)
    Enjoy your ride

    Have fun!

    Jochern

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      They are supposed to have SAG on the ride, so I’m depending on them to fix my tire if something goes wrong…but I plan to bring tons of water and snacks for sure!

      • Lisa Curcio

        Even with SAG, they usually expect you to have your own tube/repair kit/tools. Also, on the (few) SAG supported rides I have done there has always been the admonishment that a flat tire is not an emergency and they will get to you if they don’t have any emergencies.
        And it cannot be said often enough: hydration. I don’t like drinks like Gatorade, but I bring them and drink them anyway on long rides because I NEED it. Water is not enough.

        • Kim

          Absolutely agree on the electrolytes. Also bring a snack with protein — sometimes the SAG snacks are fruit/cookies, and on one ride I did I was craving protein so much by the end.

  • http://atlantastreetfashion.blogspot.com/ Cameron Adams

    Go Trisha! In my more intensive riding days, toe clips were helpful. Looking forward to your report.
    Cameron

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      I do plan to pick up some pedals with cages. Should probably do that sometime this week!

  • Patrick

    A snack? Take a proper picnic and take advantage of getting into the middle of nowhere!

    Another vote for basic tools, and maybe some plasters too?

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Good idea on the plasters.

  • Sara Brammeier

    Yay, Trisha and Whitney! I love long distance rides and it looks like you have some great scenery to bike in. My advice is same as others have said – stay hydrated and eat, eat, eat! Oh, and comfortable riding (padded) shorts are key for me.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      D said she would loan me hers, but maybe I should just bite the bullet and buy some…

  • hillgirlky

    Trisha — Can you talk a bit about how you are training?

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      It’s pretty informal, but I’m going to put up a post with more details (such as they are) on Monday!

  • Rachael B

    Padded shorts and a properly adjusted seat angle (the tilt of the seat) will make your ride more comfortable. Have fun! I love long rides, and it’s been too long.

  • http://aem-physicsgirl.blogspot.com/ aem2

    Best of luck! What everyone else said, and also have fun.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Thanks!

  • Sarah W.

    Y’all are awesome! I’m impressed.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Thanks Sarah!

  • georgina ormrod

    Brilliant pics & a beautiful bike.
    Make sure you pack an emergency snack for ‘just in case’. It may be that you dont need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you took it along.

    A good rule of thumb is to ride a total of the distance you’re to tackle in the week leading up to the ride, but do have the day before or two days off to give your legs a rest so they are fresh for the big day.
    Have a BRILLIANT time!! Good luck

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      I will absolutely need an emergency snack. Snacks are always a good thing! Good to know about the rest.

  • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

    Thanks for the tips! I’m sharing more training details in my post on Monday.