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Sunday, September 03, 2006

144 MIles Turned Into 167!

There was a bridge out on the route I planned on my ride from Lafayette, Indiana to Syracuse, Indiana. %$@^ ROAD CONSTRCTION! I am home now and in EXTREME pain! I did a sub 12 hr 167 mile ride instead of the 144 I had planned. As I said, I'm hurting, but it hurts so good! Elapsed time on the ride was 11:30! Labor Day weekend traffic absolutely sucked. I was almost hit by an obnoxious teemaged driver getting impatient and passing and cutting back in between me and my SAG wagon, nearly hitting me in the process. I had the wife driving our van as SAG support, with Amber Strobes on the roof and a SMV triangle as well as a banner on the tailgate reading Cyclist ahead. I feel rather lucky I wasn't hit, believe me, there ain't no thrill like a car zipping by you at 70 mph on a country road with 6" clearance! I HATE TEENAGE DRIVERS IN SOUPED UP MUSCLE CARS....at least that particular one!

I wound up starting out just before sunrise, I wanted to get some miles in before the traffic got hairy. Temp was 54 degrees with a light fog. It felt COLD! The entire ride was done against a headwind varying between 10 and 15 mph. As the day progressed, the clouds and light fog burned off into a glorious sunny afternoon with 69 degrees as a high. I hit the wall about the 90 mile point and was getting pretty discouraged, but decided to continue after the wife reminded me I didn't have to do this if I didn't want to, that it was fine if I quit (God, I hate it when she uses that word, it's a spur in the ol' side if ya know what I mean! )

I ran through a couple of really nice towns (Townships?) around the west side of North Manchester. One was called Ijamsville, and the other was Lakewood. The Lakewood FD was out and offered me water and Gatorade, nice guy's! I was using primarily liquid nutrition this ride and my sugars held up really well! I did get close to bonking, and that's why I was a bit discouraged. I pushed a bit too hard, I think, but still made it. This was a new high mileage day for me. It feels great, and I'm still feeling pretty trashed, but recovering well. Hydratrion went well and I hit Syracuse hungry as a bear! All evening and most of today, I've been nibbling and drinking fluids. MY average speed was 14.52 MPH. Not bad for an old middleaged fart!


Dan said...

You are a wild man!

Mike said...

Sweet ride!!! I remember doing RAIN in the mid 90's three times. The area you rode is pretty, I recall a few races up that way. Impressive you kept going to the end, even if it was quite longer than planned.

Unknown said...

Thanks, both of you! I wanted to do this as a personal milestone. I wasn't about to quit!

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