Nothing much going on over here. I have been quite busy working overtime and doing projects around the house. I still take out my bicycles whenever I can, but nothing has taken place that has been post worthy.
I do hope to make a couple of trips this week, and plan on taking some pictures to post on here. All I managed to squeeze out earlier this week was a 40-mile bicycle ride on the roadie (Trek 1.5). Considering that I was slightly hungry when I left out, I was very surprised to find out I had more than enough energy to keep from bonking. It is always nice to complete a ride without being totally exhausted!
Looking at my data, my ride was 37-miles long (close enough to 40!). I took a different route than I normally would because I wanted to stop by the bicycle shop. I was out of energy bars and I needed a couple for the ride. Too bad I did not take the transport, I would have been able to purchase an entire box! That detour took me down a street covered in stop lights and stop signs. It was like I was doing mini-intervals. The light would turn green and next thing I know I am doing 20-mph, then I get caught at a red light again.
Normally a 30-mile ride takes me about 1:50 to 2:10 to complete. This ride I was in rare form (or the MS-150 really did help my conditioning) and I completed the entire ride in 2:17, despite the red lights! I was flying whenever I could. My max heart rate is 185, and I stayed within 95% of that while I was on the pedals. I maxed out at 105%, so I am not afraid to push myself! My average speed was at 16.2-mph, which is not too bad. I think a lot of that had to due with the stop and starting. I did one flat section at a sustained 23-mph pace for at least a mile or two. Normally I try to cruise at around 18 or 19-mph. I like pushing myself.
Oh, did I mention it was 93°F outside? It was rather warm. In that small time frame I stopped to fill up my water bottle twice. All in all, I went through 4 water bottles and one bottle filled with Propel. I choose Propel because it is not as sweet as Gatorade and also the taste is more mellow. It works well for me.
I got back home, sweating like mad, but feeling more alive than I have all week. I always love seeing what surprises my body has for me when I go riding. I hope to keep riding this summer and get some good mileage in.
I also have been sitting at 160-164 pounds lately. Since I changed my eating habits last October, I lost 20-lbs and have maintained it with ease. I was afraid that my performance would suffer, but I actually feel it has improved. That is always a welcome sign! I am not driven by numbers, but how I feel. Right now 160-ish feels right for me. I have to be honest here, I do not understand why people are so obsessed by numbers. If you focus on a goal weight, that limits you in my eyes. Sometimes having a little extra muscle (which does weigh a good amount) is a good thing. Stop worrying about race weight, and just ride. Obsessing over numbers limits you. We are each built differently. Get out on your bike and ride with a smile. If you finish a race in 1st place or last place, it does not matter. Just enjoy the ride!
In the end, I really feel I should have been a professional cyclist. I love pushing myself and just being out on the bike. No matter how hard the day was the day before or how sore I am, I still look forward to riding.
Ride on my friends.