Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Southern California
Bikes: Several bikes, Road, Mountain, Commute, etc.
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Originally Posted by TromboneAl
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!
Rick / OCRR