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Had my best ride yet!

Old 06-26-17, 07:41 PM
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Had my best ride yet!

I rested yesterday and took in a ball game with my youngest son, so this morning I was ready for a ride. It rained last night so I headed for the cement trail instead of the rail to trail, where I park is about an 8 mile drive. I get there, get everything stored in my pack and/or saddle bag, get my shoes on and unstrap my bike. Right then my stomach churned violently, as in I need to find a bathroom now. Of course there is no bathroom near me, so I had to drive back to my house. I spent the morning never far from the bathroom, not a good time. I finally felt like I had that issue under control but I had an errand I had to run that took me several hours, then had supper with my parents.

This evening I knew I should ride, but I just felt bleh. I went anyway still not feeling good until about a minute into my ride and with Johnny Cash walking the line in my ears I started to feel not only better but really good. I went my usual route on the rail to trail but instead of down shifting where I normally do on when the incline starts I decided I was feeling so good I pushed it hard, much harder then I ever have before and I found that my endurance has increased much more than I had realized. I pushed even harder and got to the point much faster then I normally do feeling like I needed to stop and rest, but I pedaled even harder instead of stopping. To my shock my lungs actually stopped burning and felt fine, my legs were burning a bit but it felt good. Then I realized, when a couple walking the other direction started laughing at me, that I was actually singing burning ring of fire out loud! 6 weeks ago after a half mile of brisk walking I could barely talk I was so out of breath, now I was singing while pushing my hardest. I don't blame them for laughing, the sight of a 350lb man riding by on a bike singing Johnny Cash, singing VERY badly I might add, had to be hilarious!

When I got to the half way point, I paused just long enough to look at my stats. My heart rate was 155 and had averaged 153 so far where I had been averaging 134. My time is what really got me though, I did that 4.25 miles 4mins and 37secs faster then I had ever done before. I still felt great so instead of resting I just turned around and kept going. I felt really good all the way to just past mile 7, I was not able to keep quite the pace I had on the first half but I didn't fall off really bad either. Just like had happened the last 3 rides at just past mile 7 I started cramping. I am beginning to wonder if its in my head, the last mile is concrete instead of crushed gravel and its like a switch that turns when I hit that cement, my legs want to cramp. I had even eaten a banana with supper hoping to stave them off. I was feeling so good up until then I had planned on adding a mile or so but the cramping was just too bad and I had to stop when I got back to my jeep. Overall though I beat my best time by a little over 6 mins.

First it made me realize how slow I was going before lol, but until tonight I didn't feel like I was slacking either. This is the first time I had listened to Johnny Cash while riding, I certainly think that contributed something. His music always makes me want to get up and dance, since I was on a bike I think it just tricked my brain into thinking I had more energy . Usually I listen to audio books but since I felt crappy I wanted more motivation. Not sure why I didn't use my normal workout playlist that surely does not include any Johnny Cash but I might have to add a few now hehe.

Can't wait for my ride in the morning!
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Nice job. It's fun to get better!
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if you're cramping it's OK to stop, rest & massage
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Awesome! Just glad to hear the burning ring of fire had nothing to do with your stomach distress on a bicycle seat.
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