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    Bike Ride Stamina Consistency

    I went for a 40 mile ride yesterday over part of the same route as this 80 mile ride I took a few weeks ago.

    I seemed to be more tired at the 40 mile ride than I was at the end of the 80 miler. I'm surprised there's so much inconsistency in my endurance.

    Differences:

    Colder
    No sunshine
    Carried U lock
    Rode with wife
    Stopped for light lunch mid-ride
    Hadn't gotten a lot of sleep the night before
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    Quote Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
    Colder
    No sunshine
    Carried U lock
    Rode with wife
    Stopped for light lunch mid-ride
    Hadn't gotten a lot of sleep the night before
    Those would do it for me too, Al. In fact, just cold weather would be enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
    I went for a 40 mile ride yesterday over part of the same route as this 80 mile ride I took a few weeks ago.

    I seemed to be more tired at the 40 mile ride than I was at the end of the 80 miler. I'm surprised there's so much inconsistency in my endurance.

    Differences:

    Colder
    No sunshine
    Carried U lock
    Rode with wife
    Stopped for light lunch mid-ride
    Hadn't gotten a lot of sleep the night before
    That would sum up the difference in how I would feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    That would sum up the difference in how I would feel.
    Fast women are tiring.

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    You ARE what you EAT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    Fast women are tiring.
    I tell that to Mrs. Road Fan but then she gives me one of these looks.

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    Cold seems to decrease my "performance" noticeably. Kind of like the "internal friction" of my muscles & joints has increased.

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    Also the aging process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
    Differences:
    Colder
    No sunshine
    Carried U lock
    Rode with wife
    Stopped for light lunch mid-ride
    Hadn't gotten a lot of sleep the night before
    Colder shouldn't matter if you were dressed for it (were you?).
    Sunshine shouldn't matter, as long as it was light enough to see.
    Riding with the wife shouldn't matter (unless she rides dramatically faster).
    Stopping for lunch could cause the blood to rush to your stomach (and away from your legs!), but after just 20 miles (you said you stopped 1/2 way) you shouldn't need food (or at least not a whole lunch worth).
    Sleep the night before isn't so important as sleep 2 nights before, which you didn't mention, but I guess it must have been okay.

    So the culprit, obviously, is the U-Lock! I don't get tired on 80 mile rides, but then I don't carry a U-Lock. It was definitely the U-Lock!

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    [QUOTE=10 Wheels;7879761]You ARE what you EAT.
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    If this were true I would be a grape, probably of the Merlot variety.
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    Some days I feel stronger at the 50 mile mark than I did at 20 miles. Metabolism is a very complicated thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoke50 View Post
    Some days I feel stronger at the 50 mile mark than I did at 20 miles. Metabolism is a very complicated thing.
    This just happened to me today. Kinda sluggish for about 45 miles then when one of the guys took off for not-quite-a-sprint-from-the-stopllight-from-where-someone-always-takes-off-in-not-quite-a-sprint, I followed. Six of us hammered (for me, anyway) for about 4 miles (except for slowing for lights to change) and I suddenly felt great.
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