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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Quick and lightening!

Well, I guess I can just throw out today's ride.

I got off work a little early and came home to grab some time on the bike before going to a meeting this evening. The plan was to ride for about 45 minutes or so, get back to the house in time to shower and get ready for the meeting at 6:30.

Things started out pretty well. I made it to Cleveland Park with a good average speed. I knew I wouldn't get a lot of miles in, so I was concentrating on trying to get a good time.

Going into Cleveland Park I felt a big drop of rain hit me. No big deal, it had been threatening off and on for several days and nothing drastic had happened. By the time I reached the opposite end of the park, the bottom started to fall out. Rain, rain, rain and more rain! However, there was no lightening, so I kept riding. Might as well learn how to ride in the rain sometime.

Anyway, it destroyed my averages. Just as I turned for home I heard the first peal of thunder. Then the rain came down even more. We're talking flash flood type of rain. The lightening and thunder was coming more frequent now. I kept telling myself, "As long as I can see the lightening, I'm okay." Still, it made me duck everytime I saw a flash (as if that would help).

Going up Lowndes Hill, I could hardly see. I was about to just pull over and try to find some shelter when I heard a car horn blowing. I looked up and it was the beautiful red head who came looking for me! She turned around and I loaded up the bike and enjoyed the car ride home.

Wow, that was exciting! Though, I think I'll just stop next time. Even if you don't hear thunder or see lightening when the rain starts, it probably means that it will be coming. You don't want to get caught out in one of those things!

Today's Training Line:

Distance: 12.31 miles / Average Speed: 16.9 mph / Time: 0:43:43
Average Heart Rate: 157 bpm / Level 5: 0:12:48* / Work: 851**

* Level 5 is the time heart beats between 165 and 183 bpm
** Comparative number to measure exertion during different sessions

Data collected by Sports Instruments ECG Pro 7 heart rate monitor and Cat Eye Astrale 8 cyclocomputer


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