Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's At Home?!? D'oh!

Ride Day

time- 56min
distance- 20mi

The ride started out so nicely. I felt like I was banging along, holding a good pace and feeling stronger than I had felt up to this point on the bike since we got back. Part of that, I think was my seat adjustment. I've been slowly raising my seat by a few inches, trying to get myself into the proper position for effective aero-ing and pedaling. I think I'm at the sweet spot, or very nearly there. Might need to move the seat forward a teensy bit. And yes, in cycling a teensy bit is the correct terminology for measurement as far as you know.I'll check out one of my many books and get back to it.
Anyway, things were going swell. (How often do you get to use "swell"?)
Until I nearly killed an old woman. I swear it wasn't my fault. We have bus stops here that flirt with being off the road, but aren't really. Which means that when handsome young man on bicycle and big ass bus come to occupy the same spot at the same time, handsome young man needs to choose to go around to the outside and in to traffic, or inside and thread the needle. I went inside because there was, well, traffic. And in my path, not standing in the boarding line, was an old woman. Now, when I say she was in the middle of the open space I don't mean middle-ish. I don't mean middle-like. I don't mean near-middle. I mean she was in the exact center of the open space, as if if was an assignment. As if someone had told her to stand there and she came early, brought with her a map, yardstick, a chalk liner, maybe a GPS, possibly a star chart, and a graphing calculator and determined the exact center of that space of road. And she wasn't moving. The only other possible explanation for her total lack of reaction as I zipped by her was that she was actually a mannequin left on the side of the road after the failed escape of a poorly-planned mannequin heist. I imagine it went something like this:
"All right, we'll take the bus to Sears, run in, grab the mannequin, and be out before anyone notices us."
"Will they let us bring the mannequin back on the bus with us, boss?"
"Sure, why wouldn't they?"
Some time later: "Hey there now, you can't bring that mannequin on the bus!"
"Noooooo! Foiled again! Leave it! Just leave it. Here come the Five-Oh! Drive, damnit, drive!"
"Fare, pleaase."
That's really the only two options.
The ride recovered after that near-hit (a "near miss" is a hit) for about five miles. Then, POP hissssssssssssssssssss! I made have let loose a few choice words which would call for a penalty if said during a race. No worries, though. I'll just pull over, pull the spare tube and flat kit out of my seat bag and oh yeah I left my seat bag in the living room after adjusting my seat. Cue more choice penalty words. How frustrating. So I called Super Awesome Wife and she came to the rescue with my truck. A good ride spoiled by lack of preparation.
And finally,
Good news, everyone! Yesterday I registered for my first century ride, the Honolulu Century. I've been planning on getting in on this for a while now and finally heard back from the HBL about my membership information and got in on the ride. There are plenty of distance options: 20 miles, 50 miles, 75 miles, or the full 100. Well here at Dirtbag Fitness do not do things part way. Of course I signed up for the full century. My training has already begun. The hardest part will be not jacking distances too quickly. I have seven weeks and am at 35 miles right now. I want to be at at least 85 before I attempt the full on September 25th. Just adding 10-15% every long ride out. And its not the distance that has me worried. Its working out my nutrition plan and practicing that. I'll have to do some research. I have no time or average speed expectations. I just want to be out with a bunch of other cyclists in a non-competition event and enjoy being on the bike in Hawaii. Looking forward to it. Much thanks to my Dirtbag Sponsor, Background Profiles, for helping make participation in all these events possible.
Oh yeah, and I'll keep a spare with me now.


  1. EAT A LOT!!! Of good, smart calories. Nuts, veggies, protein, pasta, peanut (or almond) butter. You're probably burning about 800-900 calories an hour while cycling (you should get a smart HRM to calculate based on HR and body weight) and make SURE you're eating all of those calories back. You should track for awhile, see how many you're eating. Myfitnesspal.com

  2. A HRM would be cool for just that reason, but the nice ones are $$$. I might have to cut your salary.

  3. Thought this was a good listen http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/episode-157-the-death-of-gatorade-should-you-stop-using-electrolytes-during-exercise/#more-5262

    I don't think you should worry too much about nutrition for the century ride. You'll pass by a lot of parks and stores to buy stuff from if needed. I'd be more concerned about flats and stuff.

  4. I'm more concerned about nutrition leading up to the ride, during training than the actual ride. You can get a decent HRM for 40-50 bucks

    I'm listening to the podcast, admittedly with a biased ear. But it seems like this guy has never been at football two a days in Fresno in August with full pads. Guys would lose 10+ pounds a day in water weight. I've seen plenty of guys become "dehydrated" and respond very well to increased fluid intake (water, gatorade, pedialyte or otherwise), never have I seen an athlete get worse with increased hydration. I'm not done listening yet, but he also has not addressed the issue of energy drinks and soda on the levels of hydration in the body, which is a huge issue on confusing thirst.

    Soapbox over for now.

  5. Haven't checked out the podcast yet, been busy. Think I'm pretty good about staying hydrated though. Plenty water. Also, I'm looking at Heed as a replacement for Powerade. Don't know a ton about it but what I do know sounds positive.
    I was also more concerned with nutrition during training rather than during the actual event. Keeping calories up during those long and longer training days on the bike so I don't bonk.
    And I'll look into the HRM. No promises, even though it is probably a good idea. I'm trying to train with few tools, going by Perceived Exertion for the most part. But I'm sure a HRM would have its place. My birthday is coming...

  6. @Summertime


    1:11:52, mentions 112 deg F. Never been to Fresno but is the weather comparable to that in SA? Were these players hydrating before practice? I can see them becoming "dehydrated" if they haven't drunk anything all day.

    He doesn't mention anything about energy drinks/soda on levels of hydration in this podcast. I did find a few articles regarding this.




    I feel that the hydration issue is just like the barefoot vs shoe debate. It will never end.

  7. @ TriCook, I agree with you, there will always be people on both sides of the fence. And maybe if I had more experience with elite level endurance athletes whose bodies are far more efficient than the population I'm used to working with, I may feel differently. But I am extremely hesitant to tell me high school level athletes who are generally not in wonderful shape and sometimes overweight to not consume fluids. Now, I don't particularly like the "Drink to tolerance" mindset, I think drinking to thirst is adequate, unless I have a history with a particular athlete to think differently where prior encounters have shown increase in performance after hydration treatments. But I fully admit I will be one of the last ones to be fully convinced that NOT hydrating is the way to go, regardless of how many studies I read, until I see it first hand that it is safe in my setting. Too many kids die every year on the field linked to dehydration, energy drinks, and supplements.
    I enjoy a good debate though. :)