Conditioning Speed

Today’s ride was supposed to be between 75 and 85 km. I was looking forward to the distance, but the few days before the ride didn’t lend themselves to good conditioning. I was working lots, not eating very well, and definitely not drinking enough water.

Still, I got a good sleep last night, so I hoped that would be enough. After a good breakfast I was out the door and riding. I met up with a friend and we started off. Once we got to Prospect Lake road though, I started to feel my week. My legs didn’t have much power and my heart rate rose pretty quickly. I powered up a few hills and willed myself to keep going when I really wanted to take a break.

I’m pretty happy with the ride stats though. 80 km, average moving speed over 23 km/h. Max speed of 63 km/h, weee 🙂

By the time I got home I was thoroughly exhausted. I had some lunch, had a nice, long, hot shower, and now I feel much better.

The big decision I have in the upcoming weeks is what do I do about the Tour de Victoria ride. Do I do the 90km ride with Sue, or do I push myself a little and try for the 140km ride?

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Total Distance: 80.99 km (50.3 mi)
Total Time: 3:47:04
Moving Time: 3:28:02
Average Speed: 21.40 km/h (13.3 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 23.36 km/h (14.5 mi/h)
Max Speed: 63.00 km/h (39.1 mi/h)
Min Elevation: -17 m (-55 ft)
Max Elevation: 247 m (812 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1149 m (3768 ft)
Max Grade: 15 %
Min Grade: -16 %
Recorded: Sat Apr 16 08:36:53 PDT 2011