I really cannot believe I biked 73 miles this morning! When I saw the Garmin roll over into the 70â€™s, I nearly had a heart attack. Just goes to show that you can go anywhere with a little bit of training. 🙂
Last night, I remembered an old post in which we talked about exercising to audiobooks. I donâ€™t listen to music while cycling (itâ€™s REALLY unsafe to ride with both earbuds in â€“ donâ€™t do it!), but I realized that listening to an audiobook with one earbud in (the right side) was fine. I could hear the traffic coming as I normally do (in fact, I couldnâ€™t even hear the book when a car went by); it was just like talking to a friend during a ride!
Audiobooks are really expensive, so I decided to go with a $5 classic:
Oh, Mr. Carraway. I love you.
The ride wouldâ€™ve been UNBEARABLE without the audiobook. I decided to ride on my normal airport loop (which is 12 miles long) because I was concerned about safety issues if I went to a secluded trail. The book helped the ride fly by!
I broke into my first snack around Mile 25.
I packed an English muffin with a lot of almond butter. I also brought two water bottles. Iâ€™m not sure WHAT I was thinking when I packed my food + drink, as it was clearly not enough!
Around Mile 45, I headed back to my house to refuel and get more water. I grabbed a Gu Chomps (180 calories) and a Gu Brew (an electrolyte drink â€“ 140 calories). The GU Brew was mixed between two water bottles so the taste was a little diluted; but I liked it.
This is when I started to feel a little bit crazy. 45 miles is a long time, and my knees and butt were starting to feel the distance. I couldnâ€™t believe I had 30 miles to go!
I pulled over and took a long stretch break around Mile 51 (and I twittered!):
Unfortunately, my audiobook ended around 4:40, so I was stuck in silence for the last hour. I watched the miles slowly tick by on my Garmin, and just when I couldnâ€™t think I could ride any longer, I made the final turn to go back to the house (9 miles left!).
I think itâ€™s funny how I always REALLY start to hurt when I know the end is near. Whether itâ€™s a training ride or run or an actual race, my body starts to rebel BADLY when I â€œknowâ€ that itâ€™s almost time to stop. My legs started to SCREAM at Mile 70. There was a strong headwind (of course!), too. I just tried to think about rising above the pain in my legs â€“ not injury pain â€“ and carry on. It was hard!
- Distance: 73.0 miles
- Duration: 5:37
Guess what? I have to do this all over again â€“ twice- and longer before the race! Eck! But I learned some important lessons (and thatâ€™s what training rides are about):
- Pack more food!
- Pack cash so I can stop in a gas station for cold water instead of coming home.
- Reapply sunscreen!
I have a not-so-nice face burn. Apparently, I sweated off the SPF 50 I applied before I left. I need to buy a travel size sunscreen that fits in my jersey.
Post-ride fuel (and BOY did I need itâ€¦ I burned around 2,500-3,000 calories on that ride!): 2 eggs, 2 pieces of faux sausage, a bagel, and an orange:
Chobani Pineapple and 3/4 cup Grape Nuts + 1/4 cup oatmeal:
An Amyâ€™s Samosa wrap (which is great, by the way!) with broccoli, salsa, and chips:
I might snack again before bed (chocolate anyone?!), but right now Iâ€™m full. Iâ€™m sure the refueling will continue into tomorrow as well.
Do you workout to audiobooks? Got any recommendations for me for my next long ride?