So today is supposed to be my off/rest day according to the 1/2 Marathon Training Plan we are following. But since I have a Sprint Triathlon coming up in less than a month I need to keep logging miles in biking and swimming so I do not completely embarrass myself at that race!
I got up early today (early for a Sunday!), 6am, and had a 600 calories breakfast: Whole Wheat Bagel with peanut butter and a Muscle Milk protein drink. After that I strapped the Quintana Roo to the back of my wife's SUV and headed out to the boonies for a long ride. I am still getting used to my bike so I spent a lot of time just tinkering with everything today. From arm placements, to gearing and shifting, to standing and pedaling ...etc. You name it, I tried it!
This is the longest ride I have every done and was unsure how it would go? I loaded up my jersey pockets with GU Gels and my water bottle with Lemon Gatorade so I would have enough nutrition throughout the ride! I was able to ride pretty much the first 26 miles on the small ring of the gears. It went very well and when I pulled into the parking lot where my car/refueling station was parked my legs felt extremely fresh? Weird, I know!
I packed a cooler and tossed it in the pack of the SUV. I had a big jug of Gatorade in there with a Balance Bar and some more GU Gel. I ate the bar and drank about 8 oz of Gatorade and refilled my jersey and water bottle. This worked out well! I then got on my way for the 2nd 26 mile loop of the day. I started out in the large ring to really try and get my heart rate up and make myself ride in the uncomfortable anaerobic zone. I did this for about the first 10 miles and had to back off some. I was still feeling okay but I was really working and my legs were burning pretty good. I was fearful at this point that I wouldn't make it back if I didn't pace myself a little more. So, I geared on back down to the small ring and focused on keep my cadence fast.
Overall, the ride was awesome and I cannot wait to do it again. My average speed ended up being 17 mph. My top speed was 28 mph on one stretch. This is the stretch where the big, mean looking Pit Bull came flying out of a barn and chased me down the road. I pedaled like my life depended on it and that damn dog held on for probably 2/10ths of a mile - it was moving fast and it wanted me for breakfast! According to my Garmin I burned 2110 calories. According to my quick math I took in 300 cals in Gatorade, 300 in GU gels, and 210 in the Balance Bar for a total of 810 calories.
Now that seems like a decent amount to take in but if I am going to go even longer I may have to force myself to consume even more. Also, I am not really sure how accurate the Garmin is for tracking calories being burned. That just seems like an excessive amount?
Tomorrow is an early morning run ... I think it is for 50 minutes, but will have to check the plan later.
Thanks for Reading,