Today, I went on a charity ride for a good cause. It was small, 100 bikers. We had 3 routes as most do, 25,40 and 65. I had opted for the 40 since I have done 32 before and since Im realitively new at biking.
Let me set the pace for ya, Im 30 years old, Ex smoker (WOOOOOOOO) since july 04' and have started eating much better in hopes that I could possibly extend my life to see my 3 daughters grow up and so on and so fourth. Well, today, I realized just how bad of shape I was in. I weighed 220 pounds on july 31st. Today, I weigh in just a Tad under 200 pounds. I have purchased a new trek and Have joyfully put 220 miles on it since july. All except for the 32 mile ride, my route has been 15-20 depending on the time I had in that particular day.
As the run started this morning, it was 42* and very windy, something I was not acustomed to. A pack of 20 riders started in front of me, I was in a pack of 20 and a mile or so back, another few packs of 10 or so. I kept up well for the 1st 6 miles until we got to the hills. The first hill was a short but steep switch back. Before the hill, ( a 1/4 mile or so) I just finished playing catch up to the pack so I could get a pull to make it easier on me for the upcoming hill. That sent my heart rate up to around 155. When Im riding at home, 150 is my normal spinning heart rate and Ive never seen more than 182. Well, After catching the pack, The switchback came, I downshifted and stood up again to make the hill.
At the top of the hill I had been left by the 1st pack and the second pack was screaming "on your left" as they were coming thru. I glanced at my heart rate readout and it was flashing 192. Thats after I sat by down annd shifted into granny. No telling what it was while I was climbing. By focusing on my pack, seeing them pull away, I had no thoughts but to try to keep up. I didnt fell dizzy, or any pain, I just got worried that since my Max HR was 191 that I may have pushed a little to hard. Im 5'9.5 200 pounds. Not lean , not a lard ass but not really fit either. My friends say Im a Tony Stewart replica so to speak.
Anyhow, Afterwards and all the ride, everytime I pushed to get in the groove, I felt sick and had to sit back down, I opted to take the shorter 25 miler instead of the 40 because of my weezy sick feeling.
Whats the deal? Is it just way to early for me to push that hard or am I still in such bad cardiovascular shape that I need to just work on it through the winter? I didnt like the feeling of my MAX HR being 191 and my monitor reading 192. Am I too conscious of the monitor? I really dont want to die right now if you get my drift then on the same hand, I didnt like being passed by the mountain bikers, seniors and the heavyweights. One guy passed me that weighed no less than 325 pounds.
I've had a tracer Dye stress test, My cardiolite was fine. Had a full physical and another yearly coming up Nov 2nd.
Am I ok? or just think I should be better than what I am and need to get in better shape.
As I type, Im thinking the ladder of the 2, Im just plain out of shape and need to work on it.
Please, tell me what you think, If I thought this would go unanswered, I would not have spent 30 minutes typing (Im all thumbs) so thanks for all the help in advance.