Well, today I finally did it. It wasn't really planned; I just decided to do it on Wednesday of last week and went for it today.
- The Bike (my daily commuter -- the only bike I own):
- 2006 Giant Sedona
- 3 front gears, 8 rear (I think I used ALL of them)
- Specialized armadillo tires (26 x 1.75)
- Tire liners
- Heavy duty puncture-resistant slime tubes
- Brooks Flyer saddle (I covered it with a gel cover for this ride)
- Panniers filled to the hilt with water, Gatorade, and food
- My co-workers who also ride call it "The Tank"
- The Ride:
- 102.86 Miles
- Riding Time 9:10:39 (from the bikeputer)
- Total time 10:49:16 (from the HRM)
- Max Speed 39 MPH (Really flying for that bike!)
- Average Speed: 11.2 MPH
- Max RPM: 94
- Average RPM: 64
- Max HR: 148
- Average HR 128
- Time in zone (126 - 143) 7:46:04
- The Route:
- Started in Burien, WA
- Rode up Des Moines Way and then Airport Way to Royal Brougham and then back to South Park
- Followed the Interurban trail to the Tukwila community center
- Followed this route through Tukwila, Auburn, Black Diamond, Flaming Geyser State Park, then back through Auburn and Kent to the community center
- Up the South Center hill back home
- This route is listed as gentle rolling hills. That's pretty much correct, but there are a couple of kick-me hills. I was down in 1/1 doing 4-5 MPH on the way up, and in 3/8 doing 35+ on the way down.
- The Rider:
- 48 years old
- Weighed 212 just before bed last night. 207 after the ride
- Regular commuter; 14 miles each way 5 days a week
- Gym for upper body workout 3 days a week for about an hour each time
- Diabetic, but the doctor has taken me off all meds because my exercise and attention to diet have reduced my numbers back to normal
- When a team I was on was picking super-hero names, I picked The Hulk. Approval was unanimous.
This really was a kind of a spur-of-the moment thing. I know that you're supposed to train and do sprints and different length runs and all that, but I just decided to see if I could do it. I've spent the last couple of weekends working on the bike to get it ready for winter riding and I think I've done a pretty good job. Better than any I've gotten from the LBS anyway.
My only training for this was my usual commute back and forth to work. 14 miles each way. Since I've been working on the bike, my rides have gotten smoother and faster. Last week I set personal best times twice, so I decided to just go for it. If I couldn't do it, no regrets. If I could, then cool on me.
Well, I did it. Now, who's going to teach me the secret handshake??
See attachment for obligatory photo.