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Rode Hard and Put Away Wet

by on August 3, 2010

This Ride: 33.05 miles
Kona Distance: 2,448.5 miles
Month to date: 109.6 miles
2010 Total: 2,914.9 miles
Pace to 5,254.8 mile goal in 2010: (52.5 miles ahead of goal pace)

Jeff texted me today to see if I was up for a ride this evening.  Lori was working, so I figured, why not?  I also had been considering the 5:30 Severna Park Peloton ride but decided to meet Jeff at 4:45 and head out for an easy ride.  At least that is what I was promised.  The stats don’t show how hard this was.  We maintained an average of 17.1 mph over 33 miles, and at the end of 20 miles or so, we had an average of 17.6 mph.  It was at mile 21 where it got really hard for me.  I was drenched in sweat, even wringing out my headband.  I had no power up the hills.  I had been drinking water and taking e-caps, and even downed two breakfast bars attempting to stay ahead of the nutrition/hydration curve.  Jeff continued to press on, attacking the hills and urging me on. I did what I could, but I know I left him wanting more.

I’m beat.  I’m ready for a hot shower (amazing how good that feels even after 2 hours of exercise in the heat).  I’m ready to eat something.  I may skip tomorrow morning.  I have an early appointment that I could just barely make if I rode, but sleeping in sounds good to me right now.  We’ll see if it still sounds good at 5 am.  (After all, I’ve now ridden 109 miles in the last 2 days, at a very quick pace.)

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