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Aug-17-10 12:22 pm
Not performing very well at the moment
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Thanks Isaias - that could well be it.  Funny he should mention coffee: that was the first morning in months, possibly years, that I had not had a morning cup of coffee.

Aug-17-10 11:45 am
Not performing very well at the moment
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Performance-wise another "mehhh" ride this past weekend.  I did the "Ride to See" on the Eastern Shore on Saturday: with the exception of the Sea Gull, probably the flattest ride in the state.  There were no hills, a couple of tiny rollers, but a nagging wind, more persistent than strong, head-on at worst, or coming in from a front 3/4 angle at best.  I made it 71 miles before meeting up with my wife in Chestertown and calling it a day.  I had tried to do better with my diet during the week, so I'm not sure it was that.  The previous night I had taken a medication I hadn't previously taken before a ride, so I don't know if that was it.
It was strange.  Partly that sucking-wind, flubba-wubba feeling you get when you've been inactive for a while, and partly that flat, tapped-out sensation when you've overtrained and can't get another 1/10 of a watt no matter how hard you try.  It came on very quickly after a longer rest stop (20 mins?)coming to a head at around 63 miles after a gentle rise covering 2 miles on a gritty, buzzy road surface.  I stopped for 10 mins or so to try to shake out my legs, and then continued to Chestertown along the planned route.  By the time I got to Chestertown, I realised that physically I would have been able to finish: most of the "lunchiness" had gone from my legs and the remainder of the route was flat and quiet, but I just didn't feel like doing it, which bothered me. It was a pleasant, gentle ride, well organized by hard working and lovely folks but my worst yet.  I can't remember the last time I felt so blaaahhh and didn't enjoy being on the bike. Looking for a pick-me-up...

Aug-11-10 02:40 pm
Stick to your routine if you're that kind of person
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

I think that this ride, if anything, is harder than the CWC, it certainly has more climbing.  On the CWC, you climb 4 mountains and pretty much spend the rest of your time bumbling between mountains getting ready to climb the next one.  The 4 Reservoirs is constant, without that much of a break, be it only false flats.  Of course, adding the extra Spooks Hill climbs didn't help, and I think that was what made the difference and plunged me into near-bonk by Corbett.  I'm following my usual routine for Saturday, and will do the same for the Shore Fire on 28th (anyone done that one?).  I then have the Bay Country on 4th, which I've already done a chunk of on the July ramble, and will start the big load up the next day for the CWC.  I usually put on a couple of pounds in the week before a big, difficult ride.  That is really annoying if you don't get to the start, of course, because you've then got a couple of pounds to shed and no excuses are good enough for the wife at that point...

Aug-09-10 02:01 pm
Stick to your routine if you're that kind of person
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

I'm doing 100 really flat miles at the "Ride to See" on the Eastern Shore this week, and will start fueling tomorrow.  We'll see how that goes - from the profile, it looks like being the anti-4 Reservoirs.

Aug-09-10 09:37 am
Stick to your routine if you're that kind of person
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Rode the tough 4 Reservoirs Rando Ramble yesterday, and realized justwhat a creature of habit I have become with nutrition.  It may not be de rigeur in these scientifc days, but I have always approached long rides, and especially those potentially gruelling long rides by gradually increasing my calorie intake the week before and have never bonked.  I hadn't decided until Friday night to even do the ramble, which threw me off, and then I had to rush to get to the start, which meant I just grabbed a few things and stuffed them into my pocket.  I had my usual power-packed breakfast of quinoa and all kinds of fruit & nuts, but my in-ride nutrition was limited.  I felt a few crampy tweaks from time to time on Gunpowder heading towards Beckleysville, but eased off slighly and they went away.  I then had a mech just as I took that 90 deg left hander and lost the group.  While trying to catch up, I missed the Bulls Sawmill left (possibly because I was feeling slightly loopy at the time? - either that, or because there's no sign...) and found myself down at the Reservoir on Spooks Hill, forcing me to take those grinding climbs up to Rayville and the Wally's lunch stop. I should have eaten more there, but was hot, beginning to feel shaky and had no appetite. Prettyboy Dam and Yeoho went OK; Cold Bottom became uncomfortable and by the time we got halfway along Corbett, I was in a very dark place indeed - jumpy, shivery, incapable of pushing any more than the granny, it was the first time on a bike that I really felt that I might actually be in real trouble.  I can't thank those who nursed me along, Carol, Bob, Carl and Chuck, enough, but a BP station has never looked as good as the one at Jarrettsville Pike.  Even after Old Bosley and Lake I felt surprisingly good, having stuffed myself and drunk a tanker load at the BP, but I think the lesson I'm taking from this is that if you have a routine that works for you, even if it's old fashioned and probably discredited, don't choose an 8,000 ft, 100-odd miler to do something else, especially in the heat.

Aug-04-10 04:34 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

As much as I hate to say it, and as much as I decry any restrictions that seem to single out cyclists, I can't help but think that sometimes it's just best to pick the battles and not let stuff like this ruin the day.

I crossed a rumble strip on the Chesapeake Ramble where one of the raised teeth had cracked away, leaving the two "holes" joined together. Tested the old carbon seatpost on that one.

Was going to do the Prettyboy Hills, Dales etc ride tomorrow, but have decided to take the easy way out.  Coach Troy's 56 mile Lake Placid DVD and a basement full of air conditioning.  Cop out, perhaps, but 2 hours and 50 mins on a trainer in the basement takes a special kind of commitment in its own right.  Back on the bike next week I hope - got to get ready for the Rando.

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