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Old 11-19-08, 10:09 AM   #1
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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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Old 11-19-08, 10:12 AM   #2
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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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Old 11-19-08, 10:15 AM   #3
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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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Old 11-19-08, 10:49 AM   #4
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That would sum up the difference in how I would feel.
Fast women are tiring.
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Old 11-19-08, 10:54 AM   #5
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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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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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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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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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