On Monday, I was commuting home down the Eastlink trail. It was a nice cold night to ride and it was growing dark. My lights blazing. I was passing the Mulgrave Reserve when I finally ticked over 50,000 km’s since I started back riding in 2011. It has been an amazing journey. To put this into perspective how far I have traveled.
The circumference of the Earth is 40,008 km long.
I came into riding after rupturing my Achilles Tendon back in 2009. The first years were a real struggle. I had to battle Bursitos in my knees & a weakened right Achilles. Plus I wasn’t a good rider. I really found my niche after staying up late to watch Cadel Evans win the Tour De France. His victory inspired me to go out & buy a second hand Road Bike (Shogun Ninja). Shortly after buying my new steed.
I was in a bike store, and they mentioned they do store rides up to the Dandenong’s which was on a Saturday. Given that I had never climbed before. It seemed nuts to get up so early for a bike ride (7:00 am start). At the time I bitched that it was absolutely freezing. Then had a hell of a time climbing up the 1:20 but I did it, and have come so far since.
I had some absolutely horrible experiences at the start of my climbing career.
Throwing up quite a few times which you would think would have turned me off climbing. As the months passed, it seemed much less painful to get up the hills. I realised that my skinny body was suited for climbing and I got faster and faster. Then started to really get out there and explore more. I was really determined to climb all of the major climbs close by.
Looking back it’s hard to single something out as highlight. I’ve completed all the major recreational events with 3 Peaks, ATB 250, Dirty Dozen etc. I’ve finished 6 Everests, ridden 6 Triple Centuries & 13 Double Centuries. As a bonus I been fortunate to have ridden around a large part of Victoria.
With a baby on the way it will be time to unwind, and I can certainly say that I’ve had no regrets. I honestly could not have dreamed to have been able to have done half of the things I’ve done on a bike. In many years to come. Hopefully I’ll be taking out my kid for a ride and watch them grow as an athlete. Hopefully I’ll be able to give my child a run for their money as long as I am willing and able to keep up with them. It’s inevitable that one day they will be faster than me, but hey. Then it’s game on! But then again I never take myself seriously.
50,000 down, who knows how more to go………………