After doing my famous “I did a long (insert form of physical activity here) last weekend, I deserve a break. So I’m not going to work out for two weeks” jig, I decided it was time to get my butt back in gear and do another 40 mile ride. A coach of mine used to tell me that doing something once is luck, doing something twice is habit.
I decided it was time for me to form a habit.
I stuck with the same route as last time to compare my times. What I later realized is that these rides wouldn’t be comparable. This ride, my meal planning fell short. I didn’t eat nearly enough dinner the night before, and I was severely dehydrated. My muscles felt like they just hit a wall after the hills. They didn’t have anything left in them. That didn’t end up stopping me (I think I was too stubborn to quit), but the rest of the ride was much slower and much more painful than I would have liked.
In addition to not eating well/enough, my pacing was horrendous. I pretty much sprinted up the hills (I tried to keep a 10 mph pace going up really horrible hills, and when my average on a flat road is around 14 mph, that’s pretty significant), then had barely anything left for the next 30 miles.
I’m also trying to experiment with food during the ride. I ate two bananas (for the potassium), and a granola bar loaded with carbs during my two breaks. I also tried to only drink 1/2 of my liquids as Gatorade this time. I realized that this wasn’t the time or place to do that either. As soon as I switched to 100% Gatorade about 3/4 of my way through the ride, I could feel some of my power coming back. It was a hot and humid day. I was going for at least a 3.5 hour workout. If there’s ever a time for Gatorade, it’s now.
tl;dr: I need to work on eating better. And hydrating more. And maybe not taking 2 weeks off long rides. But it’s getting better!
Next weekend I’m going to try to break the mental block of 50 miles. Stay tuned to see what happens next!