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Not a Bad Ride!

Nice 50 miler ride at Harbins Park today with SBM friend, Ansley and the Expert.

Good map…except where I forgot to turn on my watch on the 3rd loop for 6 miles… 🙂

This was the first time that Ansley and I have actually met, though we have chatted a few times and live only a few miles from each other.  We are going to start sharing childcare on long ride days too… whoop! That’s the money, honey!

We had a GREAT time and ride, and although the Expert won’t admit that he likes riding with girls, he had a great time too. Ansley is training for Ironman Augusta 70.3also.

This ride, I focused on fueling well. I ate real food (peanut butter and jelly on english muffins) and only 2 gels instead of trying to ingest my energy with babyfood textures. I learned this last weekend at the metric ride, and I think it really helped to eat food.

Today was no joke, with about 2,500 feet of elevation gain – most of it in a 200 foot climb at the end of each loop. Total brutality.

I have noticed that a few times we’ve ridden… that there is a house with a nightgown hanging in the garage – like in the entrance to the garage.  When Ansley, the Expert and I did the first loop, I was telling Ansley about the weird nightgown.  Well, on the second loop – the nightgown showed up!  The Expert shouted from up ahead – “The Nightgown!”

The Nightgown!!  What does it mean? What does it mean? It’s like the Double Rainbow!

At the end of the third loop, I went to the well water pump and soaked down, head to toe, it was so hot and I started to feel the heat. Even though I was completely soaked, I cooled down and it helped during the last loop. It was a hot one out today.

The biggest accomplishments about today:

1) Riding 50 miles with that kind of elevation gain. This time before 70.3 Miami, the Expert and I had only ridden 50+ miles a few times, and always on flat road. We are putting down respectable 50+ rides now with hills. Glad for that (since my run sucks!)

2) Eating well after the ride. Instead of eating a giant burger and fries (which I wanted), I had soup and a grilled chicken salad.  It was actually quite delicious and I am impressed how full I was.

Yay. But I am tired of hauling this extra weight around. Not even speaking of aesthetics, I would like to lose weight so I don’t have to climb this much weight up hill. The Expert and I are making a commitment to clean eating until Augusta. Please feel free to call me out for shenanigans if I mess up.

Time to cook some salmon and sweet potatoes for dinner.

The boys are resting. Okay, the Expert is down right snoring. But I love two boys sharing the pink blanket. [Have a great week everyone!]

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6 Comments

  • Jillian

    July 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    On the bike I prefer solid foods over gels or blocs.I started eating Honey Stinger Waffles right before a ride and every 20 miles after that. Has worked awesome. Still do gels on the run, but since I do the waffles on the bike I don’t have that gross gut feeling starting the run

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    • Andrew

      July 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      I just tried the Stinger waffles too and I’m a big fan. It’s nice to eat some solid food on the bike. Before the waffles it was usually gels, Clif Blox, and Carbo Pro.

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  • sugarmagnolia70

    July 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This is where I need to improve (eating on the bike). I love the idea of real food….but how did you carry it? Did you cut the English muffins in small pieces and put them in your back pocket? I have no clue where/how to carry food like this. I DO have a small bento box, but it won’t hold tons.

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    • Swim Bike Mom

      July 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

      I cut up the english muffin into quarters and put in a ziploc. I also have a small bento…. i will not lie, it was messy. But it was so worth it. I fit the sandwich, 2 gels, car key and phone into Bento… so it’s possible 🙂

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