Sunday, April 13, 2014

Day 430 - A Long Ride On A Long Trail.

April 12, 2014      251.6 lbs

Hello all!

A lot has happened over the past week. First off, my coach sent me an e-mail that said, "No excuses, you do every hour of training this week!" and then I immediately got a good job that had me working from early to late plus a few smaller jobs. So I missed six hours of training all together! But I sure was happy to work, I needed it.

Last Sunday, I decided that I needed to stop drinking all together.  .  .  so I did. I had a moment of clarity where I realized that I was drinking to avoid dealing with stuff. A dangerous thing for someone with a history of addiction. And I just didn't like how I felt.

So starting last Monday, April 7, 2014, no more. I started eating very clean as well. It was kind of weird as I quickly began craving raw fruit and vegetables. I ate some cooked stuff but very little oil, sugar or salt. Lots of filtered water as well.

Today I had a four hour Z2 ride so I went to Encanto Park and the San Gabriel River trail! I felt really good about my fueling. I ate cinnamon oatmeal with blueberries two hours before I got there and a Pure bar as soon as I arrived at the park. I alternated drinking Skratch Labs Hydration mix and filtered water, (three big gulps), every fifteen minutes. It seemed to work great! Then I got into a sprint contest with a kid on a single gear bike who was keeping up even though I was riding very hard and my heart rate zone was 5! This scrawny kid was drafting me as though it was not even difficult. On a single speed!

Sigh.  .  .  I never seem to improve.

Though I must admit that I was surprised at how long I stayed in the zone five heart rate, (175 bpm). I got to the halfway point and suddenly felt bad for a few minutes. Then all the sudden, I was fine again, I don't know. I've been reading The Feedzone Portables book where Allen Lim discusses eating about 400 calories per hour if riding at a moderate pace. This is a very general guideline.

One thing I noticed. Along the trail, all the sudden were many homeless camps. There have always been a couple but I was surprised at the number now dotting the landscape. I worry about this because so many of these poor individuals have very expensive bikes.  .  . 

I got to use my Christmas present from The Boss today. A bike multi tool. As soon as I began riding my left knee starting bugging me. It felt like the cleat needed adjusting. So I pulled over and adjusted it! Immediately it felt better. Thanks Boss!

Final stats: 4h 17min, 57.11 miles, 1148 elevation, 2192 calories burned.

Tomorrow is a bric workout of swimming and running.  Until tomorrow my friends!

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