Long rides are definitely getting easier! And not a moment too soon â€“ my 100-mile ride for the Livestrong Foundation is May 23! Yippeeee!
I finished 56 miles in 4:06. I wanted to ride farther and longer, but I had to make it home for a 1 PM conference call. I was relieved to get out of the heat anyway â€“ itâ€™s 90+ degrees out there!
The few changes I made to this ride were all around successful!
I brought more food:
As well as more liquid calories + electrolytes in the form of Gatorade.
All that energy definitely kept me more than satisfied on the bike. I stopped at Mile 20, 30, and 40 to eat the Goo and peanut butter sandwich, and I drank the Gatorade after I finished the water in my CamelBak. I must admit the Gatorade worked wonders! My sweat wasnâ€™t as salty as normal!
The ride itself was pretty uneventful and boring, but thatâ€™s what you get when you circle the same 12-mile loop 4 or 5 times.
As mentioned, I took a few untimed rest breaks under the shade of the highway. I definitely have learned that itâ€™s important to get off the bike and stretch every now and thenâ€¦ although I hate starting back up because my legs go all numb and tingly!
Iâ€™m still experiencing slight knee pain when I get over 40 miles. I read some research on Bicycling.com that suggested that knee pain in the front means your seat is too low, which is a definite possibility because my bike is very small. But I canâ€™t raise the seat up any higher because the stem isnâ€™t long enough. Any other ideas?
- Distance: 56.0 miles
- Duration: 4:06:18
- Average MPH: 13.4 mph
- Calories Burned: Approximately 2,100 (and about 900 consumed on the bike)
Came home and laid on my floor for a while with James.
Refueling has been kind of difficult. Iâ€™m experiencing the dreaded post-cardio nausea that I sometimes get after long endurance workouts. It gets worse if I donâ€™t eat anything at all, so Iâ€™m trying to go slow.
Green Monster + protein (1 cup almond breeze, 1 banana, 1 scoop brown rice protein powder, and 2 cups spinach):
Roasted small potato + cauliflower drizzled with a balsamic reduction:
Off to get some work done since I played all morning long!
PS â€“ Really fun to read all the blog plugs from this morning! Canâ€™t wait to check everyone out later.
Whatâ€™s your favorite way to fuel before a workout and refuel afterwards? Do you ever suffer from post-workout nausea, too? What is it triggered by? I usually get it in hot, hot, hot weather!