Sixty-Four Miles + Flat Tire – No Pain, No Gain

After a string of 20-35 miles rides over a few weeks, I was really long overdue for a high-mileage ride. After all, I’m training for the MS150 and I’ll log about 80-miles on back-to-back days.

So, I combined one of my previous routes through Southeast Austin and Creedmoor with the route that I took to San Marcos back in early February. The result was a 64 miler.

Fifteen miles in I got my 2nd flat tire in as many weekends. This one was on the side of a country road in the middle of nowhere. Since I’d learned how to change my tire via YouTube when I got my flat the previous weekend, I was good to go. I swung by a bike shop in Kyle twelve miles later to buy a new spare tube, in case I got another flat.

The last 15 miles or so were BRUTAL. Extreme left legs cramps, but I had to power through. After all, I was 15-20 miles from home and stopping for too long would just make me stiffen up.

I made it home — even did the difficult Bradshaw Rd. climb instead of taking an easier alternate route. Sixty-four miles in Five Hours, five minutes.

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First Organized Ride: Bike for Little Heroes

bikeForLittleHeroesWhile making plans to attend a wedding in Houston, I saw a charity ride on the outskirts of town on the next day. So, I did what any budding cyclist would do — took my bike and entered.

This was my first organized ride and I did the 54-mile route. I did a 50 mile training ride the weekend before, so I felt pretty good about the distance.

The ride took me three hours and forty minutes. I only took one rest stop at the 25 mile marker. I passed up the stops at the nine mile and thirty-five mile markers. The nice thing about these organized rides is that water, Gatorade, and various snacks are free at the rest stops. However, on a long ride, stopping at every rest stop will have you out on your bike ALL DAY LONG.

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First Half-Century Ride: Austin to San Marcos and Back

bobcat_stadiumOne of the big hurdles for a new cyclist is making their first 50+ mile ride. I’m training for the MS150, a two-day 150+ mile ride from Houston to Austin in April 2014. So obviously, I had to get a 50+ miler under my belt soon!

I had decided to do the 54-mile route at the Bike for Little Heroes charity ride on the outskirts of Houston in early February. That was my first organized ride ever and I didn’t want to be worried about whether I could make the distance.

So, on the weekend before, I decided to ride a solo half-century from South Austin to San Marcos and back. You can see the route below.

Unfortunately an extra challenge came along on the day that I decided to go 20 miles further than I had ever gone. Twenty to twenty-five MPH winds from the South were blowing that morning. Which means that I was biking straight into heavy winds all the way to San Marcos. It was brutal, but it made it all the sweeter when I made it to Bobcat Stadium.

Thank God the winds were still blowing and gave me a huge push on the way back home. I felt like I had a sail on my bike as I was breaking speed records. After making it to the finish line and still feeling like I had more miles in the tank, I was feeling really good about the next weekends event.

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MS150 Houston to Austin: Support Aaron Terry’s Ride to Raise Money for Charity

2500-goalThe MS 150 is an annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society fundraising event centered around a two-day 150+ mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin.

When I first heard of people making this trip by bike, it sounded ludicrous. Later making the journey became a physical fitness goal. Once I mentioned the desire to a Church member who rode in 2013, he made it point to keep reminding me.

So, my time is finally here and I’m excited to participate. I’m new to cycling, but I’ve been training and I’m up for the challenge. While the physical preparation is all on me, I need your help to realize my fund raising goal of donated funds to fight multiple sclerosis.

This is not a pledge based on my performance. It’s a tax-deductible donation you can make to help further the cause of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

$2705 – Goal Exceeded!
Shock the World Goal: $2500

Support Me

NOTE: It’s not highly visible, but you should see this line near the top of the form: Thank you for your gift to Texas, Houston – 2014 BP MS 150 on behalf of Aaron Terry

Track Me

See my training progress and follow me live on the day of the event. Works with any of the MapMyFitness Apps. Just download it to your smartphone or use the website.

 

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease that affects people in many different ways. It could be paralysis one day, loss of vision the next or impaired memory the day after that. Living with MS means living with uncertainty.

When it comes to MS, only two things are certain:

  • Another American is newly diagnosed with MS every hour of every day.
  • Many people are joining the movement toward a world free of MS – including me.

Let’s Move Forward Together

The Society organizes 100s of rides nationwide. The funds they raise fuel research aimed at treating and eventually curing MS; they also provide crucial services for persons living with MS.

I’m helping the National MS Society move forward toward a world without MS and making a difference in the lives of 400,000 Americans with multiple sclerosis.