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And the snow finally settles in…

We cyclists were pretty fortunate so far this winter. Aside from a few weeks of freezing-ass cold and choking, inverted smog in the air, October to January was pretty pleasant, and I continued to ride outside until about a week ago. Then, the snow came with authority. While decidedly un-Utah-like (wet, heavy, rain/snow mixture in the valley), what it lacked in predicatble moisture content it more than made up for in sheer quantity.

In the interest of not riding through a perpetual dust bowl this summer, I’m not too upset that normal winter finally came. But, I’m also a little upset that normal winter finally came. The appearance of snow coincided with new responsibilities at work, too, so far from being mildly entertained during the day and wishing I could duck out for a couple hours to ride, I’m quite busy and tired by the time I get home, and have little to no interest in occupying the trainer, given the resulting saddle sores that occurred during the last trainer commitment.

I’ll probably break out the skinny skis sometime in the next week, after I kick this cold that showed up on Friday. Maybe even give skate skiing a try, get my winter roadie on. Find a fanny pack (excuse me, ‘lumbar hydration pack’) and dial in my V2. Or something.

I have a pretty strong case of spring bike fever settling in as well. Big plans for an existing frame, and bigger plans for a new roadie and a new mountain frame. And some magical way to sell whatever I can to get the money for them.

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Post-Ride Coffee and Sugar

Double espresso, vegan ginger softie cookie, vegan soft serve.  At City Cakes and Cafe in Salt Lake

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Spelunking in the Pain Cave

I rode about 50 miles yesterday, something like 49.41. The MapMyRide app for iPhone is pretty awesome. Start and forget, and it tracks mileage, average speed, max speed, elevation, and all that good stuff.  Then it’ll upload that to the MapMyRide site so you can collect your rides and track your progress.

 

Anyway, the first 25 miles felt incredible.  I was fast, the weather was beautiful, and the pedals were spinning easy. Then the weather got a little stormier, the wind kicked up, and I ran out of gas. That was at about 33 miles. I suffered through the headwind, slowly leaking tire, and complete lack of food and water until about 42 miles. Then I stopped and got some water at a gas station, choked down some peanuts, and swapped out the tube. Struggled the rest of the way home, and then laid in bed for two hours until I felt a little better.

 

Lessons learned:

Potato-based breakfast at 10 am does not support a 4-hour effort starting at 2 pm

Bring more water

Sugar, not protein when you’re bonking. I was cramping, so I tried to find the saltiest thing I could, which was peanuts. They didn’t help that much. A coke would have been much more effective

Electrolyte solution in one bottle

Pay closer attention to tire pressure when it gets hard to turn the pedals

 

It was a rough one, hopefully I won’t be repeating that experience anytime soon.

 

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