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Epic Ride - 53 miles in 3 hrs 30 min...


Saturday, August 18, 2012

I finally worked out the kinks with my new time trial bike and took her for a spin, ride #2. I can sometimes be a little impulsive on my riding or anything else i do but that's just me. I know this wasn't the ideal thing to do since before doing a long ride you should rest the day prior but.....

yesterday i did one hour on the bike in the morning then 42 minutes in the evening the day prior to this long ride. not the smartest but sometimes i just like to unfurl the sails and let the wind take me wherever. The weather was perfect. 68 degrees and blue skies, low humidity...perfect.

I finally got the tire issue solved. At the suggestion of a fellow Sparker, I checked out Gatorskin tires. At $60.00 per tire, they were an investment for sure but WELL WORTH IT. Up here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, our best roads are pretty rough with lots of tire popping stuff so the extra durability was worth the price.
www.rei.com/product/6718
70/continental-ultra-gator
skin-tire-700-x-23-25


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One quick call and a trip to the bike shop and I was on my way.
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I was going to finally take this bike out for a real ride. I was wanting to see what it could do on it and how much I could push out. Sometimes I just like to find out where my limits are really at, to push the envelope. What's the worst thing that can happen? I just tune in to how I am feeling and I have a pretty keen sense as to about when I should turn around and head back and ration my energy accordingly.

Not the ideal way to train but i was more out for a joy ride than anything else....that was quite a joy ride...
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I finally got the kinks worked out of my bike and got everything tweaked to be as comfortable as possible and boy did it pay off. I was very comfortable in the aero position and made some serious time.
In case you don't know what the aero position is..


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also for those just tuning in, this is my new bike..

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All packed up.

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Fueled up..

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I also bought clip on shoes and pedals. they made a HUGE difference in my cycling efficiency! worth the price for sure.


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I got a headcover by Headsweats to keep the sweat out of eyes as well, also VERY WORTH IT! :)

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My final time on the Garmin..
If you cant read it, it is.. 53 miles, 3 hrs 30 minutes, average speed 15.1 mph..
not shown was the max mph on the ride. I took a hill in aero and got up to a blistering 35.7mph.

Felt like Anakin Skywalker in his podracer. :)

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The thing that makes this such an epic ride for me is that 4 months ago, i rode 56 miles in the same hard core head wind and turned in a time of 4 hrs 38 min.
here is a link to my previous long ride where I posted that time..
www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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based on this, a bike upgrade and some extra conditioning, in four months, i took almost an hour off of my time. If I did 53 in 3:30, 56 would have probably been in around 3:40 ish and WELL within the bike cut off time for a Half Ironman. If I could pull that off with just a minimum of training, what would I be capable of after a year of training and losing 30 pounds?

This was such a confidence booster in that I made the right decision in my bike selection and also my decision to pursue my Half Ironman dream.

I took in about 1000 cal on the bike and that may have been a little light on the fuel considering the distance but I fueled according to feel and didn't bonk.

I feel very natural on the bike and have always enjoyed cycling on an endurance level. I guess only another cyclist would understand the connection between man and machine and how it feels when it is a good fit. It feels like an extension of myself, to be one with the bike and flow with it.
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Tonight I will go to sleep with a real sense of victory and deep satisfaction of knowing that my Half Ironman dream is just that much closer to reality. To know I can do it is a feeling money cannot buy.

I can do anything.

Now if you will excuse me, there is a plate of spaghetti calling my name and yes, the noodles are multi grain. :)


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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/31/2012 2:50PM

    Awesome!!

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KWING517 8/26/2012 8:00PM

    That's so great!! I just have a Walmart Special mountain bike, but I would live on it if I could :)

Congrats on finising in such a great time!!

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SUNNYWBL 8/24/2012 7:15PM

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SLEEPYDEAN 8/21/2012 6:44PM

    I can definitely identify with you about the difference a bike makes. I just got my first road bike and now I find myself daydreaming about being on my bike when I'm out running.

This definitely inspires me as I set out on longer and longer rides for my 60 mile ride coming up in October.

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SNOWYOGA 8/21/2012 1:35PM

    emoticon Great job emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/21/2012 11:43AM

    Glad you got on it - practice practice practice with clip-in for sure - I have seen the best crash with clip-ins.

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SPIRIT42013 8/20/2012 11:57PM

    Spaghetti? Fine, but where are the veggies?? (Just teasing ya.) emoticon

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4RASCALS 8/20/2012 9:23PM

    Way to go!! I like that you are so positive. " I can do anything." Yes you can.
Thanks for inspiring us
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/20/2012 6:18PM

    You are emoticon , you are doing emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 8/20/2012 2:18PM

    That is freaking awesome. All those changes and hard work and you shaved an hour off your time. That is something to be so proud of. Way to go.

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KITHKINCAID 8/20/2012 2:10PM

    NIIIIIICE! That's all I got today - I just ran 16 miles myself yesterday. Endurance racing ROCKS. :)

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CHANGINGSAM 8/20/2012 10:53AM

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NANHBH 8/20/2012 1:14AM

    Awesome progress! Keep up the good work.
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LINDAKAY228 8/19/2012 5:12PM

    Congratulations on the merging of man and machine for a super new time! You really can accomplish so much more this year and pursue that dream!

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/19/2012 1:09PM

    Nice. Very nice.
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MANILUS 8/19/2012 1:06PM

    Congrats on living the dream, you are awesome!

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DUMBBELLE84 8/19/2012 1:02PM

  This makes me want to take up cycling. Good for you! I'm glad you are so happy with your new bike.

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DOTTIESPLACE 8/19/2012 9:30AM

    So cool and such an inspiration to a beginning cycler like me. Way to go!

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SKIRNIR 8/19/2012 9:04AM

    Great job. Puts my 40 miles on Friday in just under 4 hours to shame.

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MARATHONDAD 8/19/2012 8:06AM

    great job buddy

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SWEDE_SU 8/19/2012 2:03AM

    emoticon you were flying! and just imagine with more training.... emoticon

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LINDAK25 8/19/2012 1:45AM

    Fantastic! You are well on your way to Ironman status!

(68 degrees! I'm so jealous, we won't see 68 degrees for at least another 2 months! Then again, our winters are very mild. We get an occasional snow which is usually gone by 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning. Once in a while the temperature will go under freezing and stay there for a couple of days. Oddly enough, there are people here in the southern piedmont of North Carolina, who won't go out in such extreme weather!)

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BEECHNUT13 8/18/2012 11:25PM

    That sounds so fun! You're going to do great. :)

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/18/2012 10:15PM

    AMAZING! CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ROCK!

We went on a family bike ride today and went 10 miles. At that point my 9-year-old's legs felt like Jell-O. The weather was perfect and we had a great time!

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LKEITHO 8/18/2012 10:00PM

    Great job! Another step on the road to your half!

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LTMURPHY7 8/18/2012 9:52PM

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NDKARIKARI 8/18/2012 6:53PM

    amazing blog! amazing progress! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 8/18/2012 6:40PM

    You are amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon If I missed any encouraging emoticons, pretend they are here!

You are so inspiring! Great job!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 8/18/2012 6:30PM

    Great blog. It is not only the bike but also the "engine" - a good photograph is not only the camera

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FORBANDE 8/18/2012 5:34PM

    As always, AMAZING!!! The thought of going almost 40 mph on a bike completely terrifies me!! Let me clarify, the bike riding isn't terrifying. It's the stopping or falling off. LOL!

WONDERFUL JOB!!!

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KALANTHA 8/18/2012 4:55PM

    I'm in awe!

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LAURIE5658 8/18/2012 4:39PM

    Robert, I am so proud of you buddy and yes...RAWK!!!!!!!!!

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DUXGRL1 8/18/2012 3:40PM

    Good for you!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/18/2012 3:40PM

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SLIMLEAF 8/18/2012 3:03PM

    Well done - that's a really good effort!

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DEENANATAF 8/18/2012 2:42PM

    amazing! Great job! Great to hear about this.

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KDYLOSE 8/18/2012 2:11PM

    I'm so glad you worked out the tire problem. Enjoy the heck out of your bike.

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THESLIMMERME1 8/18/2012 1:11PM

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I have put 'pleasure' bike riding on my 'to do list!' once I have attained better physical fitness. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/18/2012 12:51PM

    Excellent News....

That "man and machine" thing sounds like where I used to be in "the Zone" with my art...

Maybe Zone is like Zen??

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But I can see your smile of bliss all the way down here!!

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STRIVERONE 8/18/2012 12:21PM

    I'm glad you are not second guessing your choice of bike. Don't you love the clip-in shoe. I use a pair of Sidi Dominators that I bought in 1994. They are on their last legs, but I will probably replace them with the current model when I can spare a few hundred bucks.

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THECRAZYMANGO 8/18/2012 11:42AM

    Awesome work, my friend!! Just so you know that I read that you did 53 miles in 30 minutes. Obviously, I was just waking up.. but I was like geez... that's fast, lol.

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RUNRAYRAYRUN 8/18/2012 11:15AM

    Congrats! You should be proud of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_MOBII_ 8/18/2012 11:15AM

    35 mph...on a bike! I would have piddled myself, lol!

Glad you got the kinks worked out and the tire problem solved!

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SUSIEMT 8/18/2012 11:07AM

    I can't tell you how good I felt about reading this blog! Just remember this you are an ironman right now! Keep up the good work!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/18/2012 11:05AM

    happy for you that you were able to work things out! Have FUN!!

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GREENGENES 8/18/2012 10:14AM

    Awesome!!

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MRSDAVIS09 8/18/2012 9:59AM

    Oh, you are making me miss riding a bike! I haven't owned one in years, and DH really doesn't want me to again. . .fibromyalgia and balance issues. But I LOVE riding a bike, even though I've only ever ridden for pleasure. Way to go on moving toward your goal. You ARE the man :).

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CLUMBOY 8/18/2012 9:14AM

    WAY TO GO!!!!! very very happy for you.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 8/18/2012 8:57AM

    That is awesome, Robert! I heard about it earlier and I, too, am very proud of you!
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