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Just when I get a plan … it gets changed up

by on June 22, 2010

This Ride: 19.7 mi
Kona Miles: 1645.9 mi
Month to date: 297.0 mi
2010 Total: 2112.3 mi

When I decided to do Terrible Tuesday again this week, I planned a certain place to drop the peloton and let them catch me after they challenged a hill (the hill that killed me last week).  It was wimpy of me, but my cardiovascular system was going to thank me profusely, and I like to be thanked.

I left home, and within minutes was on the trail.  Dangerous Dan joined me for a quick ride up to the Rusty Bridge and soon there were six ready to go.  This was a feisty group.  After some quick conversation, the decision was made to ride the Solley Road route.  I’ve ridden it once.  There are no shortcuts.  If I was riding with this group, it would be as wheel sucker all the way.

We formed a good pace line and moved out.  I keep 5 mile splits and reset the lap timer as we left the Rusty Bridge.

Mile 0-5: Avg 20.3 mph
Mile 5-10: Avg 23.0 mph
Mile 10-15: Avg 22.5 mph
Mile 15-18: Avg 18.6 (I peeled off the back and took a cool down pace home)

Entire Ride: 20.8 mph average

There isn’t much to describe about the ride.  I sucked wheel.  I dropped off the pace occasionally.  Clint did the slingshot maneuver on me 3 times in the last 1/4 of the ride when I had fallen off about 30 feet behind.  Sweat poured off my face.  My heart rate was over 150 most of the ride (I averaged 149).  My mind is  a general blank because all I was focused on was keeping that wheel in sight.  This was a workout.

Thanks guys!

From → Cycling

  1. Darn it Earl –

    If you keep this up you’re going to shame me in to skipping my commute and giving one of these mid-week blisters a try.


    • ponderingpastor permalink

      We were done so early that my wife asked what was wrong when I got home! She didn’t think I was out long enough.

  2. A quick blog question: how do you embed the Garmin exercise data in the blog? I’ve tried putting the link in the text as WordPress describes but it appears is not one of the sites they’ll auto-embed.

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