Super Sunday Ride

This is the 10th day that I have been training for the upcoming race on April 2nd.  Up to this point, I have been a recreational rider only.  One thing I really felt compelled to do was enter a bike race so I decided no time like the present. 

 

I am beginning to see the difference between being a recreational rider and training for a race.  Today was one of those days that I really didn’t feel like riding.  It was cold, it was dreary, there were a couple of snow flurries, it was super bowl sunday…I geared up and pushed myself out the door.  I rode for 2 hours and 50 minutes, average heart rate of 150, max heart rate of 169, 2 hours within 119 and 156, burned 2401 kcals and rode 37.2 miles with an average speed of 13.2 and an average cadence of 80.

 

Looking back it was a pretty good ride.  Not cold at all until I got to the Ohio river and rode into the wind for around 10 miles – that got a little cold.  I felt like I did a pretty good job with keeping the cadence high.  There were two decent sized sustained climbs.  One 6 mile section is a flat road nestled in between some hills so it is buffered from the wind.  I was able to comfortably maintain between 18 -20 mph on that stretch and still keep my heart rate right around 149 which is my ceiling for foundation miles.  Parts of the ride were pretty cool with a lot of ice around streams and coming down rock walls. 

 

Final analysis – at the end of the ride I was beat, but glad that I got it in.  I felt pretty good on the flats when I was buffered from the wind.  This is a slow process and I need to have faith that I am doing the work that will prepare me for later and the patience to keep it up and trust the process. 

  • jendoyle

    Having worked at two bike shops, the best advice I can tell you is ride the bike, usually you will know within a few minutes.  I’m a Cannondale girl myself, however, I know Trek came out with a full carbon bike that is right around $2000.  The carbon is so worth it, not just for the savings in weight, but for taking a lot of road vibration out.  Ride several bikes and go from there.  I did just read an article about buying a bike.  Here is the link…http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/bikes-and-gear-features/shop-talk.  Also think about any limitations you might have, for instance, I have shoulder problems and I know I need a shorter top tube and narrower handlebars and to sit up higher.  Share that with the salesperson.  $3000 is a pretty good amount to get a really decent bike…you might be in perfect time as 2011 models come in and shops want to get rid of their 2010 models at a great price!  Hope that helps!