Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Lake Claire, GA
Bikes: 2008 Giant TCR Advanced
I did a similar low carb ride this weekend. fueled up on a Flank Steak and fresh garden tomatoes on Friday night and hit the road on Saturday morning for a 55 miler drinking only water and a black coffee on an empty stomach( I did eat half a banana at mile 15). I was able to manage 17.3 mph but following the ride. I was fine following the ride but was completely, wiped after a lunch, and needed a afternoon nap. I focused on keeping my heart rate in zone 1 & 2, but did let it get into zone 3 a few times once I passed mile 40 in the home stretch.
It was intended to be a pure base miles kind of ride to build endurance. I recently finished Joe Freils Heart Training guide and wanted to do a block of base before putting together my Annual Training Plan.
I guess my point is, it's not that hard, if you stay in zone 1 and zone 2,which you did, you can ride nearly all day. Your body can deliver fats muscles to burn as energy nearly for ever. The trick is allowing your mind and butt to happy riding at 12 miles per hour. I simply don't enjoy riding this slow.
to each his own..