My first "Atikins" long ride

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Pat, Jul 13, 2003.

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    I rode the Peach Pedal in Weatherford, TX, yesterday, on the 100K route. I didn't finish, but that
    wasn't due to being on the Atkins diet. I ate watermelon and peaches at the rest stops---all I
    wanted, yet when I tested my urine for ketosis afterwards, I was still positive for burning fat
    instead of carbohydrates. I felt fine the entire time: no unusual fatigue or weakness. I didn't try
    the Gatorade, but I ate an Atkins energy bar post-ride.

    I made it to Rest Stop 6 at 50 miles but had to stop when the tread of my 1 year old Vittoria
    Pro-Team Action HSD tire separated in two places. My LSD guy said he had never seen a bicycle tire
    do this! I was riding along when I suddenly heard a "thump thump" sound and for a minute or two
    wondered if my heart could pound THAT noisily. I stopped to look at the tire and was amazed to see a
    bulging zig-zag in the rear tire. Another rider said I should "finish the last 12 miles because with
    the Kevlar belt in the tire, most probably it wouldn't blow." This definitely was one of those
    "should I risk it or use my better judgment" type of times....when the mechanic took the tire off,
    it was evident the Kevlar belt was spreading apart as well. The main tear was diagonal and was about
    1 1/2 inches long right in the bearing surface of the tire. The secondary tear was on the sidewall.

    So, I think this Atkins regimen is going to work out well with cycling. I have lost 14 pounds in
    5 weeks....

    Pat in TX

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