That's better...

Discussion in 'rec.bicycles.rides archive' started by David Kerber, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. David Kerber

    David Kerber Guest

    Last week I wrote "A humbling ride" (in the wrong NG, but
    we'll ignore that for now <GGG>). This week the NBW had
    another ride, slightly shorter than last weeks, and I wanted
    to see if my lessons learned helped at all.

    The ride was scheduled for 27 miles on the longest loop, and
    I rode the
    6.5 miles to and from the ride as well, giving me about 40
    for the day. I took it real easy on the way there, and
    didn't try to stay with the fast group heading out on the
    ride. Instead, I held back a bit, riding with the touring
    crowd until I could see how I felt. I felt pretty good, so
    after about 5 miles or so I picked it up just a bit,
    bridging up to a slightly faster group and pretty much
    stayed with them the rest of the way.

    The weather had been predicted to be 45 and sunny, but it
    ended up being more like 36 and cloudy, so I kept my fleece
    jacket on the whole way. Not very aero, but it kept me from
    having to burn extra energy just to stay warm. I set the
    interval timer on my bike computer to 20 minutes as a
    reminder to drink some of my gatorade, to ensure I kept up
    with my carbo's and hydration. I mix the gatorade about half
    strength from powder because I find that full strength has
    too much salt and makes me thirsty.

    If you remember my post from last week, I had donated 2
    units of red cells just 5 days before that ride, and had a
    cold. Today I was completely over the cold, and had had more
    time to recover from the blood donation. That, plus keeping
    myself on a hydration schedule seemed to make a huge
    difference. This route was much more hilly with about the
    same wind, as well as being colder, but I still finished
    with a faster average time than I did last time. I felt
    strong the whole way, and though I was tired when I
    finished, it was a good tired, feeling like it should after
    a good workout. I didn't bonk, and was able to keep up with
    a fairly fast group.

    At the end of the ride I showed 33 miles at an average of
    15.6 mph, which included a slow easy spin to the start of
    the ride. By the time I got home, I had 40 miles at 14.9
    mph. I'm guessing I averaged about 16 mph during the 27
    miles of the organized part of the ride, even with the
    hills. BTW, those hills included one which runs along the
    side of a ski area (the only one in the state, actually) and
    which had me standing hard in my 30x23 granny (and on which
    I threw my chain when shifting into the 30 ring part way up,
    so I've got to check the adjustment of my front der).

    The moral of the story: don't expect to perform well in
    endurance sports just after donating blood when riding with
    a cold; you can ride, but don't expect to perform at your
    normal level. And while out there, keep hydrated and fueled.

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