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Catching Up…

It has been about three weeks since I last posted, so I figured I’d put something together to let you know what I’ve been up to…

EmigrationFullMileage

Probably the most noteworthy piece of news is that in the last three weeks I decided to start training to ride a Century (100 mile ride) at the end of September. I have become comfortable with 25 mile rides, and figured that it was time to take things to the next level.

The less noteworthy part of that same news is that in the same three week period I decided NOT to train for said Century ride. It goes like this…

Several weeks ago I decided that I’d do a 50-60 mile ride on a Saturday morning to start working up my mileage. I was a little intimidated by that mileage, and rightly so, since my biggest ride at that time was about 25 miles. I checked out a few route possibilities, and decided that I would ride from my house to the top of Emigration Canyon, and back, which I figured was about 60 miles. (You may remember that Emigration Canyon is where I rode with my friend Dave, but we started from the parking lot at the bottom of the canyon.)

The ride to the canyon was great, but once I hit the grade on the way up, I started running out of gas quickly. I took a break about halfway, caught my breath, and then proceeded on to the summit. I paused at the top and took a picture to prove that I had been there.

EmigrationMileage

The speedy ride down the canyon was effortless, and fun, but I got so comfortable that I almost crashed when I underestimated my speed and overshot a corner, missing the edge of the asphalt, and the rock filled ditch, by a few inches. At about 30 mph, that would have been very, very bad.

I had a steady downhill for the next 10 miles or so, and felt pretty good, but then I started hitting a wall. I had to do a few small, but fairly steep hills on the way home, and each one of those seemed to empty my gas tank. I had to take multiple breaks along the way, but eventually made it home. I took the picture at the top of this post, showing the 55.01 mile odometer reading, to commemorate my weary victory.

Looking back, I think the biggest problem I had was that I wasn’t drinking or eating enough. I started experimenting with Hammer Nutrition products a couple of months ago, and I’m very happy with the results, but I’m still figuring out how much water and fuel I need on a long ride. I think if I had fueled and rehydrated more regularly I probably wouldn’t have “bonked” so hard.

Anyway, I was so blown out by that long ride that it took the wind out of my sails for a bit, so I decided to postpone my first century ride until next year, when I can follow a more gradual training program.

In the meantime, I did a nice 35 mile loop on the following Saturday, heading downtown to the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market. I was determined to enjoy this ride, so I slowed things down a bit, and tried to eat and drink more. I stopped at the dog park and snapped a few pictures, which made things fun. I had some soreness in one of my knees, but all in all it was a good ride.

FarmersDogPark

Along with these weekend rides, I’ve continued my regular commutes to work on Mondays and Tuesdays, and I’ve been able to enjoy riding with a couple of regular commuters that I’ve become acquainted with on my route.

I’ve also noticed that there are a LOT more people riding their bikes these days, and most of them look like they are commuting. Vive Le Revolution!

Lastly, I figured I’d share a picture I took yesterday morning. I went to my gym for the early (5:45 am) spinning class that I hit semi-regularly. It is an intense class, and the trainer who leads it is an avid biker herself, so she makes sure we get a good workout. I was thoroughly exhausted when I left the gym, but this is what I saw…

LifetimeFitnessSunrise

That was a nice way to start my day.

Thanks for reading. Keep riding. Stay safe.

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5 Comments so far
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nice sunset! the closure of the day only means a new one iwll begin tomorrow, and that means more coffee and more bikes.

cheers form SF/ m

Comment by meligrosa

Nutrition is key. I take advantage of the opportunity to indulge in M&Ms with peanuts! Power pellets, I call them. It gives me a good excuse to ride. I sometimes use the gel products or stop at convenience stores to refuel. Nothing worse than running out of steam on a long ride.

Comment by Greg

I make these almost every time I pull a 50+ mile ride. They’re freaking awesome. Hence the name… (I’d give credit for where I found the recipe, but honestly I can’t find it.)

Awesome Bars
————
-2 Cups of oatmeal (I use uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats and it works great)
-1 1/3 cup of dry (not evaporated milk)
-1/2 cup of peanut butter
-4 bananas
-1/2 cup of either honey or sugar
-2 teaspoons of baking powder
-2 teaspoons of baking soda
-2 teaspoons of cinnamon
-4 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 before you start mixing the ingredients. Mash the bananas in a bowl until their nice and liquidy. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it’s uniform. Grease a 9×13 pan and dump the mixture into it. Pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes and you’re done.

It’s super easy to make. It’s got tons of good energy in it and a good deal of potassium from the bananas to help keep you retain your hydration. I’ve been thinking about putting almonds or something in there to add a bit of crunchiness, but nutritionally it probably wouldn’t add much.

And even if you don’t use these for an energy bar you can eat ’em as breakfast bars or something. They’re pretty delicious.

Comment by Jake

Found the source!

I modified it a little bit to make it a double batch and put it in a 9×13 instead of an 8×8…but here’s the original to give credit where credit’s due.

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1625,159161-237198,00.html

Comment by Jake

Sounds tasty! Thanks for the recipe Jake.

Comment by Scott




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