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Old 05-24-09, 02:35 PM   #1
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Yet another good 50 mile ride

I reported yesterday about my second 50 mile ride of the year being much better than the first one. Today I passed another test of my improving endurance by being able to complete 50 mile rides on consecutive days, essential for my upcoming week-long cycling tour/vacation.

Today's forecast was a near duplicate of yesterday's, a chance of rain all morning followed by a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Yesterday I was caught by a brief rain shower at one point during the ride. Today I was even luckier and it never rained a drop until 30 minutes after I finished riding. It was overcast for about half of the ride. Then the sun came out making it a bit warmer and more humid than yesterday.

My legs felt pretty stiff when I woke up this morning, but after a little bit of stretching and walking around, they felt OK. I followed the same nutitional/hydration plan today; A good breakfast upon waking up, one water bottle of water with 1 1/2 Nuun tablets and another water bottle with Juven, a supplement for building lean muscle mass. I also carried a flask full of CarbBoom energy gel. I stopped once midway through the ride to top off both half-empty bottles with water.

I chose a different route today with a few more hills and one killer hill, the 1.5 mile heartbreaker, Claymont Road. I had to use my granny ring on that one, the only time I used it during both rides. I managed all the hills with no problems. I chose to stay seated and not attack any of the hills. At this point in my recovery I am more interested in making sure I can cover the miles and get up all the hills I encounter, not in how fast I can ride or how aggressively I can take on the hills.

Not surprisingly, I was a bit more tired near the end of today's ride than yesterday and I slowed down a little as the day wore on, but I never started feeling bad and my average speed was only 1/2 mph slower today. I feel good now about being able to handle the miles, the hills and the day after day riding I will encounter on BRAG in two weeks.

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Old 05-24-09, 04:25 PM   #2
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Cool! Since the company found enough money to bring a few of us back on part-time contracts, I have been commuting to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays and riding with my YMCA club on Wednesdays, for a 3-day midweek total of 50 miles, in addition to whatever I do on Saturday and/or Sunday morning.
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Old 05-24-09, 04:50 PM   #3
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Sounds like you are making terrific progress!

Great news!
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Old 05-24-09, 05:15 PM   #4
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Congrats! I still haven't worked my way up 50 miles in a day, best I've been able to do is 35 so far, only got till August 5th. to work up to the "54 years/miles" for the birthday ride, sure hope I can afford to get the "dual purpose tires" (ie: road tread on top, small knobbies on the sides) as it will be a lot tougher ride with full knobbies Again, good to see your recovery is getting along for your multi-day ride!
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Old 05-24-09, 05:28 PM   #5
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Although I'm not surprised, I still have to say: .
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Old 05-25-09, 08:15 AM   #6
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Excellent, BD

Bonne continuation, as the cheese eaters say!!
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Way to go, BD...
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