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      09-27-2023, 02:49 PM   #1563
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Aren't you without work requirements???? I was told when I got there I'd have loads of time.
Not so. I'm usually shorter on available time now than I was when I was working. Too many projects. And a 90 minute ride really takes up 2-1/2 hours of the day when you add in prep time and putting the bike away and showering afterward.
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Not so. I'm usually shorter on available time now than I was when I was working. Too many projects. And a 90 minute ride really takes up 2-1/2 hours of the day when you add in prep time and putting the bike away and showering afterward.
Is this, like, that rain-thingy everyone is always talking about

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Is this, like, that rain-thingy everyone is always talking about

<sniff, sniff> Yeah, you might try it sometime.

Spent too much time gabbing with my brother, so just a short, fast ride today. Good to be riding at full strength again, though.
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The wife and I completed the 50 mile course for the Denver Century this year. We consider this a huge accomplishment as we only did a handful of rides this summer to prepare and our longest ride prior was 28 miles!


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Made a rookie mistake today. Actually the same mistake twice this week. For the longest time I've been riding 20-25 miles per outing. Usually 1:10-1:20 at a time. No need for refueling until I get home. But lately I've been trying to ride longer to get in more calorie burn, so I've been stretching it out to 30 miles and pushing harder. I did 30 on Wednesday and started feeling like crap in the car on the way home. I got home and ate something and felt better. Yesterday I only did 16 miles in 50 minutes, so no issues. But I also bought some energy bars and stashed a couple in the car. Today I got done with 30 miles and when I got in the car I started feeling like crap again, so I ate one of the energy bars and was fine a few minutes later. That's when the "Oh, duh!" moment hit me. I should be refueling mid-ride like I did when I first started riding. Around the 1 hour mark, chow down on an energy bar and drive on. Can't believe I forgot that and nearly bonked twice this week.
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Made a rookie mistake today. Actually the same mistake twice this week. For the longest time I've been riding 20-25 miles per outing. Usually 1:10-1:20 at a time. No need for refueling until I get home. But lately I've been trying to ride longer to get in more calorie burn, so I've been stretching it out to 30 miles and pushing harder. I did 30 on Wednesday and started feeling like crap in the car on the way home. I got home and ate something and felt better. Yesterday I only did 16 miles in 50 minutes, so no issues. But I also bought some energy bars and stashed a couple in the car. Today I got done with 30 miles and when I got in the car I started feeling like crap again, so I ate one of the energy bars and was fine a few minutes later. That's when the "Oh, duh!" moment hit me. I should be refueling mid-ride like I did when I first started riding. Around the 1 hour mark, chow down on an energy bar and drive on. Can't believe I forgot that and nearly bonked twice this week.
Yep, it happens. I am not great at fuelling. Try hiking 14ers in the Rockies.

I did some basic calculations on caloric burn vs metabolic absorption. I concluded that it's not possible for the body to metabolize the number of calories burned during a 4-6 hour 5-6 mile hike up and down a 14er. Burn rate > rate of converting fuel (food) to energy.

So the only way to avoid bonking on this hike is to over-fuel the night and morning before. I'm not a fan of stuffing myself with food, so my choices are to bonk or not do the hike. I like to hike, so my choice is made!
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7 mile loop tonight. Nice cool and cloudy evening with no wind. Autumn is here for sure. Leaves are coming down and well into their color change.
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Rest day today. Got jabbed in each arm this morning and the shoulders are sore. Good day to take a break. Still will get some walking miles in, though.
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Doing my usual 10 miler today later when it warms up a bit, expecting 22C so perfect for a sprint ride.
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17 mile loop. Great autumn morning. 60F at the start, 68F at the finish. Sun with clouds no wind. Great ride.
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Had my Covid and flu jab and been on a couple of business trips, so not much cycling done the past 2 weeks. However, put some new tyres on yesterday morning (Trying Conti GP 5000ís), and got just over 20 miles in first thing. Been busy today, but just managed to get 30 miles in before the light gets too low. These tyres are much quieter and more comfortable than the stock Mavicís that came on the wheels. I can tell that I have not done much cycling for a couple of weeks, as I had cramp in my thigh muscle, which I havenít had before. Maybe my DIY earlier crouching down and up step ladders was to blame!
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An easy 25 miles today. Trying to stick to Zone 3 riding. I've read that Zone 2 can be more beneficial, but I have trouble keeping my heart rate that low while cycling.
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