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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lunch time ride

Saturday is coming soon! I am excited but a little scared too. I know I can so 62 miles because I did 72 last weekend. However, it was really hard! Of course, some of that could have to do with the fact that I had only eaten two pop tarts before that ride. I've learned a lot more about how to prepare my body and maintain my body during the ride... though there are still some unknowns -- primarily Paris Mountain. What shape will I be in when I reach the base of the climb?

I am drinking plenty of water these days before the ride and I plan to eat a big pasta dinner Friday night. Saturday morning I'll have some oatmeal and a banana. During the ride I plan to take a banana and some energy bars. I'll be taking advantage of the stops for more fluids as I go along. My goal is not to be the last person in from the Paris Mountain route!

Training has eased a little here toward the end. Part of that is because I don't have as much time, the weather has not been good, and I want to have fresh legs when the time comes. However, I didn't want to go a week without riding. So, today I went out during my lunch break and knocked off 11 miles. No heart monitor. I just went out for the joy of riding. Didn't look at the computer. In the end, I averaged 16.2 mph for 40 minutes. My max speed was 36 mph.

Also, during the ride I went over 600 miles on my Allez -- and since I started riding on August 2.

I'm sitting in my office right now and I feel great. That is one major benefit of staying on the saddle. Bring on the metric century!


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