Iíve been lurking and posting a comment or question here and there but havenít actually done an intro, though I did one in the main Introductions sub-forum. The introduction is by way of setting a context for the question that I have which may be better suited for the training forum but people here seem lessÖ intense, and since Iím fully qualified to be here your thoughts are possibly more pertinent.
Iím currently 54 years old. Iíve never been particularly athletic so it was easy to settle into a sedentary lifestyle. A couple of years ago I decided that I needed to start getting into better shape or I wouldnít make it to 100. At that point I was weighing in at between 235 and 240.
Iíve ridden bikesÖ forever, and honestly donít think there has been a time since I was a little kid that I didnít have one in the garage/shed. However, it had been a long long time since I rode any distance. But to the garage I went and pumped up the tires on my trusty Trek Navigator 400 which I had stored there since some time in the mid Ď90s and off I went.
One lap of the neighborhood left me gasping and my butt screaming for sofa, but it was a start. Two years later Iím in much better shape, but still have a way to go in my estimation. Iím down to 190 and was getting to the point that I recognized that I enjoyed riding the bike for more than just the exercise component so I began shopping around.
I settled on a Trek Pilot 5.0 because I liked its more relaxed geometry (Iíve had neck problems forever and twisting it back too far hurts) and the price on a left over í07 sealed the deal. When I bought the bike I assured the sales guy that it was my intent to ride in ďcivilian clothesĒ and sneakers so he set me up with the cushiest seat his conscience would allow on that bike and toe clip/strap peddles (I immediately took the clips off and trashed them.)
What a difference! I knew this bike would be faster than the Navigator and hoped it would be more fun, but I would have bought it long ago if I had realized how much I would enjoy it. In about two months time Iíve made the transition, Lycra padded pants, sprang for a Brooks B-17 saddle and now Sidiís and Speedplay peddlesÖ Itís a sickness! (Fredness? )
Okay now the question that will be way shorter that the ramble above. I went off this morning planning to spend at least two hours riding. Iím in Florida and it was a warm day (surprise!) around 90į F and 80% humidity. I started the ride well hydrated, but didnít eat much. At about the half hour mark I stopped to adjust my shoes and drank most of my water with the intent to refill at about the hour mark. However, by the time I was approaching the hour mark I was seriously flagging (Bonking? Iíve heard the term, but not sure what it really is.) So instead of filling my water bottle and heading out after a Gatoraid I gave it up for the day.
My analysis: because this was my first ride with the Speedplays/Sidis I started off way too ďhotĒ rather than warming up properly first. Also, though Iím not a ďbreakfast personĒ Iím thinking I need to get past that and choke down some food, probably carbs (oatmeal?). How long before I start the ride?
Iíve been working hard on cadence and spinning pretty fast which I never really focused on with the Navigator. I recognize that this is tiring me since Iím working the heart harder. But I have done quite a few two hour rides in the past albeit considerably slower than I was going the first hour today. Thoughts? Suggestions?
Oh, and hereís a picture of the bike since no decent introduction is complete without a picture of the bike. Hopefully it will work, my ISP is too cheap to provide web space so trying Photo Bucket.