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Monday, August 07, 2006

Say hello to rubber legs

I went out today determined to do 40 miles. To be safe, I just did laps in Cleveland Park. That way if I tanked at any point in the ride, I wouldn't have that far to go. My goals were to make 40 miles and attempt to maintain a 17 mph speed. Things were going great until about 37+ miles into the attempt.

I had started wearing riding gloves to help take out some of the vibration and to keep my handlebars from getting slimmy with sweat. However, the left glove caused my wedding ring to cut off the circulation in my finger. So, as I was climbing up the hill behind the park, I attempted to take the ring off. It came off, but I dropped it! I lost my wedding ring!

I had to turn quickly to make sure I could do a U-turn and when I looked back I could not see the ring. Assuming that it rolled down the road I coasted back to look for it. Nothing. Finally, I put the bike down and searched for it for about 10 minutes. It was getting dark and I decided to come back and look for it tomorrow in the light.

As I climbed back on my bike, I prayed, "Lord, you know the ring is worth more than just the money that was paid for it. If you want it to be lost, then that is okay, but you know how much it means to me. Please, let me find it." I had no sooner settled to be content with it being lost when I looked up and there it was. Right in the middle of the road.

So, I am a happy man! I got my 40 miles and found my ring. I'm also willing to bet that had I not coasted around, I could have picked up that .1 needed to have averaged 17 mph. Oh, I also hit 183 for my max heart rate. I'm still willing to bet it is really closer to 185.

Today's Training Line:

Distance: 40.70 miles / Average Speed: 16.9 mph / Time: 2:24:29
Average Heart Rate: 166 bpm / Level 5: 1:46:40* / Work: 2796**

* 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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