2006-03-11

2006-03-11 Bike

Nice bike ride with Gerrit. We went south, and did a tour around Ski Roundtop, then took a quick tour of Messiah College (Gerrit's Alma Matter (sp?)), then up to Mechanicsburg and home.

It had been a while since I had done a ride longer than 90 minutes, and this one really took a lot out of me. I played racquetball for an hour earlier today, but I don't think my fatigue was from that. And I was eating/hydrating fairly well the entire ride, so I don't think that was a factor either. This one was pure Muscular Endurance (ME) failure. The 10 miles between miles 10 and 20 really nailed me. Lots of climbing, and I simply lost my ability to carry myself over the hills. My HR started spiking on even the small rollers. The second half of the ride was easier, but I was pooped.

Solid ride anyway. Definitely a fitness-improver. 42.5 miles, 2:40ish minutes, 3150 feet of climbing (which is actually quite a bit... Hrmm... my fatigue from this ride is perfectly understandable.)

I've said it before, but I'm saying it again: I need lower gearing. The hills in PA are killing me. There is no efficient way to pedal at 20rpm!