Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Atlanta GA
Bikes: '13 Spech Roubaix SL4 Expert
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Updated Ride report
Just wanted to come back with a little ride report of the last month of my riding experience. Since starting to ride in July 22 of this year I have managed to meet most of my goals, even the ones that seemed far away. Some of these goals were my first metric century, my first century, 1000 miles, and being able to maintain a 15mph + average pace for a complete ride between others. I am glad say that I have even exceeded my expectations.
So far I’ve ridden close to 1300 miles since July 22nd. My century even though slow, was pretty good and I’ve been able to keep up 18+mph average in a regular hilly ride. I am happy but I seem to be getting stuck by now.
I feel like I've hit a wall in terms of performance gain. My heart and lungs have definitely gotten better but my weight loss seems to be stagnant and my muscles are even getting weaker. I am right at 200 pounds, which isn’t bad, but I want to go down into the 180s or maybe even 170s. I’ve been riding an average of 80 miles a week and eating somewhat healthy. I assume it’s time to step it up a notch and start a strict diet and 100+ miles a week. My goal for next year is to enter the six gap century next year and enter 1 or 2 crit races. I seem to be developing big power numbers with my legs and my resistance is pretty good with 50+ mile rides being the norm for Saturday mornings. I do have to say the Roubaix has made a lot of difference and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase
Also, I put my fiancée on my old felt and gave her clipless pedals. I am amazed to see that she improved dramatically from using her hybrid with nylon pedals. She was spinning those low gears up hills like I never could when I started riding. I bet she could beat mi at a sustained hill if spinning was the norm (she is 5'7" and weighs 115lbs.). My size makes me a pretty powerful smasher but I burn out fairly quick.
About burning out. Yesterday I went out with her and my riding buddy who is a pretty decent cyclist. He has been riding for quite a while now and he is my point of reference when I am looking forward to improve my performance. So yesterday we went for some sprints up 2 nice hills. First one I got him beat by a hair. it was a .2 mile 8.8% average. We managed to climb it in 50 seconds from a standing start at the bottom. By the time I was done with that hill I was pretty much burnt.
Then we decided to go for another one. By this time I was a little burnt down but I was committed to getting him again. We started off and he quickly passed me as I started smashing and he was spinning hard. Mid hill he starts to burn and even though I was burning too I just kept going as hard as possible. I was closing the gap fairly quick and by the time we got to the top I could have been a bike's length behind him. Thing is, when I got to the top I pretty much collapsed and started having what I thought was a "stroke" spent a good few minutes in the ground trying to keep my eyes open and randomly moving my hands just because. It was pretty scary and I was about to tell my fiancée to call 911 but I held it off. My friend started having bad gas to the point of almost puking. It was intense
My friend and I got to the conclusion that we should do that at least once a week
All in all the ride was pretty lame besides those two sprints.
Feel free to comment on any of those points (May be too many for one Thread)
Maybe some advice on diet, training?
Is it bad to have a "stroke" after a sprint?
Will my fiancée leave me in the dust?
Cat 6 going on PRO....
Last edited by lsberrios1; 12-05-12 at 10:07 AM.