23 June 2007
Recovery Ride - Recovering from Bacchanalian Excess
Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Cycle.
I wasn’t recovering from a hard effort as much as recovering from a long afternoon/evening of great food and wine… followed by waking up early (9am?) to round up the kids and take them to our 5 year olds birthday party with too much pizza and ice cream cake.
Granted, the birthday party was at “Pump it up!” a local kids birthday/party hall where they have inflatable bouncy houses, the moral equivalent of a padded cell for 5 year olds. And as my wife said after bouncing around in “The Jousting Ring” for about 5 minutes… “WOW! That’s a workout!”
But the result of drinking at least half a bottle of wine (although I suspect I drank more than double my share) last night… along with at least one Kamakaze (not exactly my idea of a cocktail [1, 2, 3] , but that was all the house had ingredients for)… has left me sore and grumpy.
After getting home from the party, and fighting with Network Solutions to transfer a domain registration over (they really make it hard and then after talking to a customer service representative they still sent me three automated email messages suggesting that “if I had simply switched my ISP there was no reason to stop using them as a domain registrar”… No duh… but the fact that you charge 5x the amount of the same service at 20 other registrars is a perfect good reason to do so!)… I was finally able to muster up the stamina to get on my bike and head out the door for a ride.
I knew I probably needed a nice flat ride, and I needed to be willing to go slow. I made it 13 miles at about an 18.5mph average, which I later found out was assisted by a tail wind. Around 13 miles, I got passed by some guy, so I sped up to catch his wheel. We rolled around at around 21mph, and then as we rolled down a small hill, and up it again, I took the lead on the up hill. He grabbed my wheel, and I decided to drop the hammer. (I may be hung over, but I’m still competitive.)
Anyway, we rolled a couple miles down the road with me pushing harder and harder, and then right in the middle of the trail was a family with a pre-teen girl with her bike parked lengthwise across the trail. Of course I saw her maybe a tenth of a mile away (or more) and so I signaled to the rider behind me that there was a hazard approaching. And I called out “Heads up!” to which the girls reaction was to lazily turn to face us and roller her bike further across the trail now blocking the entire trail. That’s smart!
We slowed, and missed any issue, but as we rode past her father yelled out at us “Slow down!”… Now honestly, we may have been traveling a little fast. But the truth is we were in complete control, and there was no real danger (because both of us were pretty aware riders), but this girl was in fact being reckless and had other more careless riders been passing there could have been serious injuries.
After passing that mess, the momentum was broken and the other rider and I had a chance to chat. We exchanged compliments about each others level of fitness (although I didn’t admit to being burned out from the night before) and exchanged names and numbers. Maybe we’ll meet up for a ride sometime. It’s alway nice to meet friendly skilled riders.
Of course, after another couple miles, I turned around and slowed my pace to more like 17mph. I also felt I owed penance for my erroneous 8% grade claim from the other day, so I forced myself to ride up the back side of Simonds Road. Which, at 5% grade (I checked this time) is not nearly as steep as the West-East direction… but still a nice little hill climb.
Tomorrow… I hope to ride at least 50 miles, and run at least 10 miles. No wine tonight!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 06/23/2007
- Time: 15:00:00
- Total Time: 2:10:00.00
- Average Heart rate: 130
- Max Heart rate: 160
- Distance: 37 miles
- Average Speed: 17.08 mph
- Max Speed: 36 mph
- Average Cadence: 90
- Max Cadence: 120