||05-22-09 08:11 PM
41 miles of biking today
Split into several parts. I drove to a tire shop to get my car's leaky tire fixed. I got my 'bent set up and went 12 miles to work. This was interrupted by my messing with my seat recline (to lean back a touch more) which required a few quick stops for adjusting. I was somewhat dehydrated and hadn't eaten much for breakfast which made me feel fairly lousy at work. I also had a post-nasal drip attack from allergies that set off a cough so bad I nearly barfed all over a sidewalk. Blah. I was seriously contemplating not doing the rest of the planned riding but (seriously) considered for a bit that picture of Tom Stormcrowe biking with an oxygen tank, and of the Historian's tale of riding with a busted rib or whatever painful-sounding injury it was, and decided to HTFU and push myself.
On the way home... 9 miles back to the car place (different route), got car, drove to apartment. After a 15 min break to cool off due to the 90 def heat, I biked 2 miles to pharmacy, then 18 miles to my mother-in-law's house to meet up with my family. Around the 10 mile mark I choked down an Espresso Cliff gel. Nasty - raspberry is better. This also marked the point when I hit shade for the rest of the ride, which was a relief. In the sun and heat when I would stop in traffic I could feel the heat just radiating off me. 2 bottles of water and 1 of Gatorade on the way, and not one urge for a pee break - it was all just sweating out of me!
I just had a huge craving for produce, so I put away a bowl of raspberries and a big handful of baby carrots. I like fruit but rarely crave it...
41 miles is the longest I have ever cycled in one day. I also somehow managed to raise my normally slow commuting pace by 1.5 mph :thumb:. I had nothing but total comfort on the V-rex, but I really need to change to proper cycling shoes since I get some numb feet due to pressure points on the tread of my cross-country running shoes.