2 Wheels of Fun

Mountain Biking, Road Cycling & Dirt Biking

Cinderella Classic Training Ride #6

Miles: 40.0

TTL Mileage for the week: 40.0 (Rebuilt the bike this week)

Weather: 55 degrees, overcast with a bit of fog in the hills

Food: McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg for breakfast. GU Gel on the ride along with Cytomax in water bottle #2 (this is now replacing the Nuun I was using). We got Starbucks 1/2 way so I got an Iced Tea. Cytomax after the ride.

The Ride: Great ride with about 1500′ of elevation change. We started out from Bayfront Park in Menlo Park and rode into the Atherton hills. From there we looped around and down to Los Gatos then back to Bayfront. We did a big figure 8 around the area going up and down hills with 4 – 5% grades. We didn’t do a ton of extended climbing so we had some nice down hills throughout the entire ride. The cycle computer said my max speed on the ride was 35mph!

What was great about this ride is I was able to stay at the front of the pack up the hills and I had ZERO issues with my asthma! At one point about 1/2 way up the 5% grade and I actually started felling the burn in my legs. Usually my lungs have blown up before I get to the point where I could feel any real fatigue that wasn’t from having an asthma attack. Anyone who has asthma can tell you once an attack starts your energy is zapped. You can no longer deliver enough oxygen to the muscles and bad things happen.

We lost a woman about 1/2 way thru the ride who had to be turned back and taken to her car because she couldn’t hang on the hills. Hopefully next week she can drop down to a less aggressive group and have a great time.

Lessons Learned: Don’t waste time with an 8 speed bike if you have even a small idea that you could do some serious mileage on a bike. Making the jump to a 10 speed cassette definitely made my ride easier.

FitBit Data: http://www.fitbit.com/user/227W42

GPS Data: GPSies - Cindy Training 7 - Actual Ride Data


February 22, 2010 - Posted by | Cinderella Training | , , ,

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