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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Stage 1/Blow Me

And yet, with a title like that, this post will still be work-safe. Sorry to disappoint...

I just finished the first stage of Rider On The Storms. My goal is to get at least 75 miles in each day. I'd been hoping to get 100 miles in today, but the wind ended up being horrible, so I cut the ride short in the hopes of being able to get more miles in tomorrow. See below for pictures and more details.

I woke up at about 0515, had 2oz of FRS w/ 5g of L-glutamine, 1 packet of Oaxacan Chocolate Quinoa cereal, 1 Ezekial 4:9 Sprouted English Muffin w/ 1T almond butter, and a cup of black tea. Fed the pups, shaved my head in preparation for the ride, and hit the road at about 0730

Don't I look all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? That'll change eventually.

I met up with Kathleen at about 1145 for lunch at Espresso Royale (Turkey and Boursin Pannini, a cup of Chicken Enchilada soup, 2 cups of mixed fruit, and a double espresso). Took about a 45 minute break while eating lunch, then hit the road again. By that point, I'd gotten about 52 miles in. There was a definite wind out of the south-west, but nothing more than an annoyance. The second I started heading south again, that all changed - the wind got much stronger, my speed dropped considerably, and it was a struggle to keep going. Riding south quickly became a non-option, and riding east or west was very difficult due to cross-winds.

With a little over 75 miles in, I decided to head for home, since putting in any significant additional milage probably would have jeopardized my ability to bike any real amount in stage 2.

I'm grumpy because the wind hates me. Yes, I recognize the considerable irony in riding less far than I'd hoped in a hurricane relief fundraising ride due to the severity of the wind.

Me, at home, roughly 6 miles later (rode a total of 81.8 miles today). Setting aside the wind for the moment, the weather was nice, albeit rather varied - I left the house this morning wearing biking jersey, shorts, arm warmers and leg warmers, and was very glad that I had the arm and leg warmers. By the time I finished the ride, it was 86 degrees out.

I consumed 8 scoops of Perpetuem over the course of the ride, and am now sipping a serving of Recoverite (not to be confused with sipping on gin and juice, although I am currently laid back and I do currently have the Red Cross and Noah's Wish's money on my mind).

As soon as I finish this post, I'm going to go soak in an ice bath, and then nap on the sofa and listen to Peaches.


Full Metal Lunchbox said...

Congratulations on your ride!  Sorry the wind gave you such trouble.

But you know what Peaches would say to do about the pain.

6:27 PM  

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