Today will be the big ride of the season. I'm discovering there is the physical aspect of getting ready for such an undertaking as well as a huge mental piece. Building up mileage. Relaxing into long and steady climbs. Looking at maps, elevation plots, planning food and water stops. The mental plan is to take it slow and steady. This is not a race. The process of tapping down the fear of going alone is daunting. But I've been riding alone for most of this season. Still in the back of my mind I remember when I wouldn't leave the neighborhood alone. Now... Today I'll be at the farthest point from home 40 miles and up a mountain.
Breathe. Keep pedaling. Take a selfie on the summit. I can do this.