Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Chris, as in all the things that went wrong for this 'tour', the biggest problem was probably that it had rained at home for almost two weeks and I was not properly trained for the trip... but the time was scheduled off from work and it was a now or never situation. We went to the Sunshine Coast... for Sunshine! It turned out to be liquid sunshine. We rode our bikes off the ferry and directly into VERY steep hills... they all went UP and we were forced into a situation where there was no warm up time. A nice LBS owner had stopped us to chat and we were trying to politely move on because it was getting dark. There are no street lights on those roads and we didn't have any lights on our bikes. You are right... next time I will have to make the time, even if it means stretching, then riding in circles in a parking lot before I meet the challenge.
RWTD, no doubt we made a lot of mistakes in this tour. The thing about the tearing down in my muscles in this situation was that I wasn't able to do much resting until we ended the tour. I was wrong in my perception of how steep those hills were going to be and it was too much for my experience and training. Overexertion was definitely the problem. I am thinking that I should keep a protein drink or something like that with me in case this should happen again... or something that would help get my muscles on the mend.
I am also guilty of trying to rush around and do more than I have trained to do because the outdoor season here is much too short!
Thanks so much to you both!