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Debrief of my 150-Mile Bike Ride, Part 1

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Yesterday, praise be to God, I took my last training ride before the Paul Bunyan Double Century on June 19. I have a whole lot to say about this one and so I'm going to spread my thoughts out over three days. Today I will blog about the basic facts of the ride, tomorrow about the nature of the ride and how I felt along the way, and the next day about my training plan. So with that here's the first part of what I wrote in my biking journal.

Yesterday was my last training ride for the Paul Bunyan Double Century and I almost didnít get it in.

The alarm went off at 3:50, I rolled out of bed at 4:00, and already I could hear the thunder and see the lighteningónot a good sign! But I went through the morning routine anyway just to mimic next week one more time and attempted to drive up north to check out a possible alternative route around the south side of Lake Mil Lacs.

However, the rain was coming down so hard that I couldnít see more than five car-lengths in front of me and my little 1990 Honda Accord was beginning to hydroplane so I decided to head back to Elk River, stop by Anytime Fitness for a quick walk, and get a drink at Caribou in the hope that the weather would pass. But the rain just kept pouring down!

So I decided to just try to get in as many miles as I could, when I could, and thus headed home, checked a few of my favored weather sites, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the weather was going to break around 8:30 and stay relatively dry for the following six or seven hours. Seeing that, I decided to squeeze in a fairly fast-paced century but about 30 miles in I realized that I didnít have the strength to ride fast for that distance and thus backed off to a pace I felt I could hold.

When I checked the weather after my first 39.2 mile loop, I saw that it was likely going to remain dry into the night and therefore I adjusted the plan one more time and decided to go for the full 150 miles. I resolved to finish the ride on the trainer if the storms fired back up or if the sun set before I was through, and I felt thrilled that I was going to be able to complete this final training ride.

As for the route, I used the house as my anchoring place and took three loops. I began with a 39.2 mile loop which I completed in 2:24:12 at 16.2 mph. I then took a 57 mile loop, with a rest stop in the middle, which I completed in 3:57:04 at 14.6 mph (cumulative 96.2 miles in 6:10:51 at 15.1). Finally, I took a 53.8 mile loop which I completed in 3:49:01 at 14.0 mph (cumulative 150.0 in 10:10:23 at 14.7 with 2 hours of rest at 4 stops; I hit the century mark in 6:38:09 at 15.1).

Tomorrow I will share my thoughts about the nature of the ride and how I felt along the way. I'll try to put you on the bike with me!

God bless and thanks for reading.


If it was just rain...

Friday, June 11, 2010

If it was just a little rain I would ride today but given that there is lightening and intermittent sheets of rain I will have to delay, or cancel, my 150-mile training ride. I still hope to get some miles in here and there today, and I do think I'll be able to do the 150 on Monday, but that concerns me a bit as the big event--200 miles in one day--is next Saturday. That would only give me 4 days to recover which is not much.

But circumstances are what they are so I will thank the Lord, do the best I can, and take all the joy I can out of being on my bike to the glory of God!

I thank you Lord for sunny days and rainy days because in all things you are good and wise and gracious to us in spite of our sin. Oh how I love you for your mercy in Christ and give you my thanks for whatever cycling I can squeeze in today.

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TWINS4EVER79 6/11/2010 8:47AM

    Oooohhh I didn't read this before I commented on your comment! LOL!

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Ride 150-Miles in the Rain? Not Sure

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I'm scheduled to ride my bicycle for 150 miles tomorrow as part of my training plan for the 200 mile ride on 6/19, however, the forecast is for 1-2" of rain, 15-20 mph se winds, and high humidity. It will take me over 9 hours to ride that many miles and I'm not sure I'm up to doing that in the pouring rain. I actually like riding in the rain but again 9 hours is a long time! So we'll see, I won't make the final decision until 4:30 a.m. tomorrow.


Two Days off the Bike

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Well, I'm going to attempt a 150 mile bike ride this Friday and thus I'm taking today and tomorrow off the bike. I had a very good, intense 21 mile ride yesterday and now I need to heal up and focus my mind--150 miles is a very long way to ride a bike!


I'm Sleepy

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Trying to wake up here but I'm so sleepy today. Oh well, I'll get going eventually! On a brighter note, I'm down a pound this morning and I'm feeling positive and happy. Hope you all have a great day.

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MAYBER 6/8/2010 11:31AM

    Good day with quiet cloudy rain to sleep in if you can
Nice thing will not have to water yard or flowers
One day at a time

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