Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Century #4

Well, the Big'nDummy 1/2 looks like it may have been moved to Monday now. I thought that I wasn't gonna get a long ride in this weekend, so I did a century yesterday, and was pretty pleased with the results.

The goal was to keep the HR between 130 and 140. I did have to take a potty break and refill water a couple of times - but it was nice, again, to do a non-drafting, lonely Century.

That is, until other bikers started showing up. With 20 miles to go, the roadies arrived - particularly Mike, who's training for 6-gap, and doesn't understand that slow for me is painfully slow for him. I kept on having to say, "um, Mike, my HR is 150" and then he'd back it down.

For the final 6 miles, a peloton of riders rode past the water point (yea, I had 6 to go and was filling up - I was that parched...) and I guess it was on. We mounted back up and rode after them - caught the first group in 2 miles, and the second a mile later. I pulled them for about 2 miles (my last 2 miles) and totally blew up, but was really surprised of what I still had in my legs for that last 6 miles. Usually I'm a mess at that point.


Speaking of messes....I was threatened to be "outed" last night amongst spouses of Ironman trainees. TriSherpaDi's got a blog and she ain't afraid to use it! Yes, even the.bigun was too tired to put out. I can hardly believe it myself. Is there some support group I can go to?

12 comments:

blink140pnt6 said...

Sounds to me like you were putting out. You pulled a train ya big slut.

Support group? Pansy! You just need to mount up and ride... if you know what I mean.

Btw, wear your heart rate monitor, we want graphs.

momo said...

looks like a really good, even paced, ride. i would love to average 18.5 for cda! nice work, bigun!

Comm's said...

that'll happen

Fe-lady said...

Great pace...even with the water and potty stops!
You are SO ready!

excel man (aka overdistance man) said...

Shouldn't you be doing 150+ mile rides? ;^)

Bigun said...

Excel Man: Shouldn't you be eating a big 'ol helping of "Shut-the-hell-up", with a side of "bite-me"? =:-)

excel man said...

It's on the menu for dinner tonight. Don't forget the 5k swims too! LOL

Tea said...

Oh, you're only swimming 5k's?

Don't worry, I'm sure you'll be ok at CdA.

excel man said...

Hey Dude -

You may not know this, but as a certified USAT Level III Overtrainer and Ultracyclist I can tell you that spending a long time in the saddle frequently results in nerve impingement issues that can cause temporary performance problems. They go away after a few hours. After that you can follow Blink's advice - we do want to see the graphs.

Ryan said...

Nice job on the mid-week century. It will pay huge for you, come IMCdA.

Anytime I'm over 5 hours in the saddle, I coat "the region" in desitin(diaper rash cream). Let's just say, it must transfer the smell of "Sorry Honey, Not Tonight."

That is my passive-aggressive approach.

S. Baboo said...

Support group, yeah it's called anyone who has trained for an IM.

TriSherpa Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

LOL Funny guys!!! LOL