I must admit that I am beginning to face reality. This is not easy!
The first day was brutal as I relayed.
The second day was not bad. Mostly downhill. Anything after the first day looked good. And I only tried to increase my mileage from 15 to 30 miles/day.
But today, the third one, was not easy. I wanted to increase my mileage to 50. That did not happen. I was lucky to get in 30. The 30 took me 8 hours, for a pace of about 4 mph.
My bike is so heavy with my gear packed into my panniers that any incline or elevation gain slows me down to a crawl. I am quickly in my lowest of low gears. I may be moving at 3-4 mph.
And that is assuming that I am pedaling. More often than not any incline of any significance will cause me to get off the bike and attempt to walk it up the hill. Even that, with its weight, is not easy.
Today I walked the bike probably 25% of the time.
I feel beat. Tired.
Tomorrow looks to be more of the same.
Not sure what this all means. One option is to change my daily schedule. I could start an hour earlier. And I could stop at two and take a nap, and then resume at 3 or 4. Try to get out of the hottest part of the day. It is hot here and there is no shade along the route.
Another option is to alter my diet. I am drinking tons of water, so that is good. And I am getting electrolytes throughout the day. But I could increase my calorie intake. I am not eating much. Don’t feel hungry and it is so hot. Breakfast is not much, maybe cheese and a piece of toast. Lunch is a cheese sandwich. Dinner is very good with pasta, fish and fruit.
A third option is to change the route. Instead of riding on the walking path I could stay more on the paved roads.
Another option is to change my goals. Maybe 50 miles per day is too ambitious. If I drop it to 30/day will I be able to make it to Santiago by the 25 th of August? If I do 30 per day I would finish on the 24 th. that does not allow for a rest day or two. Not allowing for going to Finisterra, the “end of the earth”. Not allowing for a casual relaxing drive along the northern coast of Spain, visiting Bilbao and San Sebastián.
Not sure. I will see how tomorrow goes and revisit the issue.
A massage would feel real good right now.