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

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8 Comments so far...

What’s Next? » Recovering From Saturday Night Says:

24 June 2007 at 11:13 am.

[...] There must be something in the water - like The ZappoMan, I had to force myself to get on the bike this morning to blow away some of last night’s cobwebs - in my case a little too much of that nice fizzy French wine, washed down with some other wine (hic!) [...]

Lisa Sabin Says:

24 June 2007 at 1:08 pm.

Those kids parties can be exhausting. We used to have gymnastics parties and jump on the trampolene at Leading Edge. The parents had as much fun as the kids!

It can be frustrating when people clog the trail. Lots of accidents waiting to happen.

karlmccracken Says:

24 June 2007 at 3:31 pm.

Nunc bibendum est!” If it’s any comfort, I know the feeling. Kinda reminds me of the gag:

- Bar Tender! What’s good for a hangover?
- Well sir, our clients generally say that lots of red wine washed down with whisky does it for them . . .

gardenmentor Says:

24 June 2007 at 4:27 pm.

There must have been something in the air this weekend…sounds like more than one of us indulged in the less-than-healthful food & drink this weekend. I discovered a new wine that I can put away like soda water, which is pretty scary. This slightly effervescent Vinho Verde from Portugal is available at Ballard Market (unless I just cleared out their inventory) or online from Broadbent. Be warned, its dangerously easy to drink quickly on a warm summer day!

Brad Hefta-Gaub Says:

24 June 2007 at 4:34 pm.

Sunday update… got in my 50mile ride… but didn’t have time for a brick… hopefully I’ll run later tonight.

That being said, I’m still feeling the effects of Friday night.

This is one significant downside to less body fat… not nearly as much little sponges in the body to help soak up the toxins!

I’m not actually complaining… I’m just saying… there’s a downside.

Fitness Over Forty Says:

24 June 2007 at 8:15 pm.

Okay - this is exactly why I tell you “no” when you ask if we want to ride together :-)

This is your recovery ride!!! 37 miles at a 17mph pace. I’d be estatic if that was just my good ride. . .

The Clydesdale

Brad Hefta-Gaub Says:

24 June 2007 at 8:29 pm.

Just ask Jeff, I am good about riding slow when the company is worth waiting around for. For you Mr. Clydesdale, I’d wait. I might do hill repeats while I wait… but I’d wait. ;)

Fitness Over Forty » Tour de Blast - Done!!! Says:

24 June 2007 at 9:20 pm.

[...] The last third is a race back to the starting line.  Starting at the top of Elk Rock, it is mostly a downhill ride back into town.  I suspect we averaged around 20 miles per hour on this part (almost fast enough to keep up with zappoman on a recovery ride). [...]


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Me in 2002 - 200lbsThis is my fitness blog. Some people who knew me a long time ago may wonder, what the heck I'm doing writing a blog about fitness. Many of them wouldn't imagine that I'd have anything to do with fitness. You see, up until age 34, I treated my body very poorly. I sat around at home, at work, at play. I ate junk food and lots of it. And the result was what you'd expect 5'4" and 200 lbs with 36% body fat. (more...)