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    Weekend Ride and "I Dropped Myself"

    I'm 'in training' for a November solo century ride and the only unusual aspect of my situation is that the VAST majority of my saddle time over the past 2 years is on a spinner bike instead of a moving bike. Other than that (and my age at 65) this should not be an overwhelming endeavor.

    On Saturday I intended to do a 2:30 ride in an area that I have often ridden (typically 2:00 to 2:15 rides) - no huge climbs but the rolling terrain is such that you can pretty much find yourself 'pushing the pedals' the whole time if that is what you chose. For whatever reason when I get on the bike I find that I tend to 'race myself' and I recognized that I need to 'learn' to ride at a more reasonable pace. So I did not engage my bike computer (could see speed and cadence, but nothing was recorded) intending to remove an incentive to ride hard (as in set a speed PR).

    I was coming off a relatively easy day and then rest day, so I felt pretty good. I headed out and after a short warm-up time, I found myself pedaling relatively hard but feeling very good. Within 12'ish minutes I was at my LTHR (157 in my old man case). I tried to back off, but apparently that didn't happen. I honestly didn't feel like I was pushing super-hard but about 1:45 into the ride I literally CRASHED. I cut the ride slightly short and limped home mostly on the small chainring - ride net was a tad shorter than planned at 2:10.

    When all was said/done I ended up riding 43 minutes at/above my LTHR of 157 and my average HR was 154 (including warmup and limping home time) and that is 3 bpm below my LTHR. I have just got to learn to ride easy (before the collapse sets in). It is really hard for an ex-runner to believe that this would be difficult to do, but apparently it is.

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    I never go out swimming, biking, walking/jogging without my 910XT Garmin. Even when I am not pushing it I want to know what is happening during the distance covered and the feeling of my body associated with the effort for that day. Comparing all results with the sleep the night before and fueling/hydration allows for better exercise in the future.

    I am 64 and have found that 150bpm is comfort zone for me for mileage/intensity efficiency. I use that number during the 56 or 112 miles of biking and the half or full marathon following it in a 70.3 or an Ironman. We are all different as far as physical abilities but I feel that when you are working towards a specific goal you shouldn't let anything slide by. Use the gadgets in your possession to their fullest to assure success.

    Good luck!

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    Sounds like what happens to me when I head out on a ride without eating or drinking enough first. Yeah, I might have enough leftover glycogen to ride hard for a couple minutes, but that only lasts so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Sounds like what happens to me when I head out on a ride without eating or drinking enough first. Yeah, I might have enough leftover glycogen to ride hard for a couple minutes, but that only lasts so long.
    That's what I was thinking - for me, it hits me around 2 hours if I'm getting dehydrated. If I also haven't had anything to eat, I won't recover from that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
    about 1:45 into the ride I literally CRASHED
    Into what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveLeeNC View Post
    1:45 into the ride I literally CRASHED. I cut the ride slightly short and limped home mostly on the small chainring.
    Is the bike o.k.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
    Into what?
    Basically into myself. I used the term because 'hitting the wall' is such a common phrase in long distance running. However, it is not clear to me that this was a glycogen problem (but maybe).

    Dehydration is more likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    That's what I was thinking - for me, it hits me around 2 hours if I'm getting dehydrated. If I also haven't had anything to eat, I won't recover from that.
    Dehydration is a likely culprit here, despite the fact that I have done similar rides this summer. I was careless and did not take care to hydrate prior to the ride nor did I start drinking before I got thirsty.

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    You hit the wall in happens to runners and cyclist age does not matter. Recover and give it another go with the idea to spread the pain out over longer time. At some point it is fun............

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