Saturday, November 10, 2007

A man's got to know his limitations


Famous quote compliments of "Dirty" Harry Callahan in the movie "Magnum Force".

I did the Prescott loop Friday after work, and decided to skip the rest stop in Prescott, in the interest of less time riding in the dark. What a mistake. I bonked hard. I went deep into my reserves in order to get home.

Saturday, I washed the outside of all the windows on our house, then convinced myself to do the Prescott loop again. 5 miles in, it started raining, and my legs were so far gone, I almost turned around and went home. For some sick reason, I kept going. By the time I got to Prescott, my legs came around a bit. I stopped this time, and refueled. What a difference. I felt like a new man on the rest of the ride. Lesson learned.

2 comments:

bob_rolle said...

Of course you always have the option of being pedaling grocery store like I am anytime I ride over 3hrs: 3 bottles, 3 gels, 3 bars at a minimum when I start. At one point before I started racing, I did a solo century just about every weekend during the summer. I bonked at 85 miles so bad once (yes, I remember looking at the odometer), I had to call Jess to pick my pathetic butt up from the side of the road. I wince just thinking about it. Never again;)

StevenCX said...

Food = good. Why would anyone need to ride for more than 45 minutes + 1 lap? ;-)