Another record breaking week of mileage; 218.5 miles
Week #19 Highlights
- I’m mentally pooped!
- Air France pilots go on strike; the airline I chose to fly to France.
- Holy humidity batman; weekend temps and humidity were horrible.
This has been a tough week of cycling. I pushed it extra hard thinking that this is my last full week of training for the 2016 Allianz cycling tour. I found out Sunday night this wasn’t the case. I have another full week of training and was told by my training coach that my taper/rest would be while flying to France. Ouch.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016
|Avg Speed||19.1 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||214 W|
|Elev Gain||1,594 ft|
Wed, Jun 8, 2016
|Avg Speed||16.4 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||143 W|
|Elev Gain||702 ft|
Thu, Jun 9, 2016
|Avg Speed||19.6 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||182 W|
|Elev Gain||781 ft|
Fri, Jun 10, 2016
|Avg Speed||17.3 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||165 W|
|Elev Gain||932 ft|
Sat, Jun 11, 2016
This was a very hot/humid ride. I felt great for the first 2.5 hours of the ride and then things went quickly downhill.
When I was about 22 miles from the end of my ride my left inner thigh cramped up bad. I got off the bike and was crippled unable to move. I took 5-6 licks of my base salt in hopes of relieving the cramp. Finally it went away and I pedaled to the Charles City Courthouse. While there I sat on a picnic table under a giant shade tree trying to regain my composure. After 15 minutes of rest, I stood up to finish my ride and my thigh cramped again. It took another 15-20 minutes before I was able to get on the bike.
Once back on the bike I took it easy. Real easy. I even ran out of water. During a 4 hour ride I usually consume 4 24oz bottles of water/Gatorade Endurance formula. Today, it took an additional 32oz bottle of Gatorade and 3 24oz bottles of plain water. Damn it was hot!
My last stop for water was at was Momma Lonnie’s Country Stow. Momma Lonnie’s Country Stow is a must-stop family owned deli/convenience store located along the Virginia Capital Trail. They have VERY clean restrooms! Please leave a tip for the restrooms so that they remain open. After drinking another bottle of water I headed out for my last 4 miles of this miserable ride.
I finally make it back to the Four Mile Creek Trailhead and collapse at my car. The heat got the best of me.
|Avg Speed||16.2 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||124 W|
|Elev Gain||1,588 ft|
Sun, Jun 12, 2016
Another hot day of riding but no cramps today. I was hoping to average 17.5 mph, but was happy with 17.2 after yesterday’s horrible bike ride.
|Avg Speed||17.2 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||141 W|
|Elev Gain||1,142 ft|
Allianz Cycling Club Leaderboard
It was a good week to be on the Allianz Club Leaderboard. I’m not going to lie. Even with all my training I still get worried when I see how much climbing the Europeans do on a weekly basis. They simply crush my stats.
I’m glad this week is over! Peace out!