Saturday, April 04, 2009

Call Me Stupid

Cadence training went well yesterday.  I went up to Hobgood Park for a thirty minute run around the soft ball fields.  I thought that I would use the first lap to recalibrate my Garmin Forerunner 50.  The distance has been a little long since I've shortened my stride with this cadence training.

On faith, I went ahead and set the metronome to 90 beats per minute.  This is actually a huge jump from 84-85, and I would have been wiser to stick with plan of 88.  Even with the shortened stride, the 90 steps per minute had me gasping and clawing for breath.  Um, warm up anybody?  After one lap of the track, I stopped and tried to set the Garmin.  Something strange happened.  It didn't "set".  Off I went again and did another lap.  This time, I was careful.  I set it, then I went back to review it.  The calibration was set to 1.0.  This is the factory default.  Arghhhh!!!  I decided to give it one more try.  After I did  the loop, yet again, I was very careful to make sure the Forerunner saved the actual distance.  Yes, it told me saved.  When I looked at the calibration, it was 1.0.

Stupid me...  Evidently, at a cadence of 90, the factory default is the correct setting.  Hahahahaha!!  I finished up my thirty minute run.  I did two more loops at a cadence of 90.  I was able to keep my HR in Zone 2, at about a 10 minute pace.  There is still work for me to do there.

I got up early this morning to meet the Outspokin Bike guys for the 8 AM Hickory Flat ride, described as intermediate to advanced.  I got there early, but managed to find a few of the early birds.  The 7 AM beginner's ride was obviously still out on the streets.  It was about 43 degrees this morning.  I was very glad that I had gone back inside to get my tights.  Some of the riders, about 14 all together, looked like they were set to ride the North Pole.  I had on two shirts, gloves, bike shorts, tights, no socks, shoes, and arm warmers.  This was actually perfect.

The group left the Publix parking lot and headed out.  I found myself pulling up behind the front three riders.  Josh, the guy from Outspokin, is a great cyclist.  He was pulling the group.  Honestly, I didn't know what to expect from this ride.  I knew nothing about the pace, the route, nothing.  After a couple of miles in, we hit the first set of hills.  I managed to hold my place in the group without much trouble.

At mile 10, we hit Mount Doom's great great great grandfather.  In my exuberance to stay with the group, my heart rate hit 177.  This, my friends, is the very top of Zone 5a for my runs.  Ya...   I know.  Shortly after that, I was dropped like a rotten sack of potatos.  Lucky for me, there were a few other guys that didn't see the need to leave my ass behind.  I was not worried though.  I had my cue sheet.

At mile 16, my stomach started to rumble.  Evidently, two granola bars is not enough fuel for a two hour ride.  Are we starting to see a pattern here?  I valiantly rode on with my new found friends.  Near mile 20, one of the guys sez, "This is where I turn into a mouse.  I hate this hill."  Oh great, I thought.  As I neared the top of the hill, in granny gear, I thought, this isn't too bad.  Then, I made the right turn, and the hill kept going.  Straight up.  By the time I reached the top, I was beating myself, screaming in my mind.  You idiot!  ROFL...  My left quad was cramping.  After resting for a few minutes, I managed to continue riding.  The quad was fine as long as I didn't try to straighten it out.

The next 11 miles were easier.  I struggled to keep up with the self admitted slow guy.  By the time we pulled back into the Publix shopping center, I was ready to eat my tire.  I thanked the gentlemen for keeping me company, packed up the car, and headed to the nearest gas station.  I rushed inside and grabbed some apple juice and what ever else appeared appetizing.  On the way home, I stuffed my face and drank my juice.  It was only afterwards that I thought to check the packaging and see exactly what the hell it was that I ate.

That was the best 1000 calorie breakfast.  Ever.  

29 comments:

Stef said...

Wes this post had me rolling on the floor laughing. Thanks for that!

Especially the part where you were ready to eat your tire. No wait, it was where they dropped your ass like a sack of rotten potatoes. No it was where you were working hard to keep up with the self admittedly slow guy.

Ha! I could see all that (and maybe more) happening to me on a group ride.

Kudos to your 1000 calorie breakfast!

Annette said...

Love the name of the bike group! :) Nice job on the ride - overachiever (and under-eater!) :) How about a real breakfast before your ride next time? Sounds like you held your own for the most part. Keep it up, tri-guy!

Makita said...

Love it! A 1000 calorie breakfast is nothing when burning that much. I wish I had used as many calories as I had consumed at breakfast during our family snow shoe walk. :D

Missy said...

So do we get to call you a Garmintard too??? I kid...I barely know how to turn mine on. I'm sure there's all kinds of fancy schmancy stuff but I don't know how to use it!

I just got my ass handed to me on a ride today, ugh. How fast it goes...Way to get out there and conquer those hills.
PS - Did you see Marit, 2nd place AG!!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Sounds like there's all kinds of lessons in there for next time. LOL

Girl on Top said...

Great job on the ride. Way to stay strong.

A bike is on my wishlist!

Lily on the Road said...

You sir, crack me up!!

You are the second person that I read today that went out to ride with little or no breakfast! Not good...tsk, tsk...

Michelle said...

HAHA you crack me up Wes!!!

1000 calorie breakfast huh? I sure hope it was really tasty!!!

Sarah said...

That's awesome. Funny how when you're so hungry after a workout the calories go in FAST! Um, chocolate milk anyone??? Awesome job on the ride though. I love Carbo Pro mixed with my GU20 on long rides.

Runner Leana said...

Wow, that sounds like quite the ride! Way to hit some high heart rates. Glad you had some company along the way.

What all did you eat for your 1000 calorie breakfast?

Jess said...

Too bad you didn't get those 1000 calories BEFORE the ride, eh?

Kim said...

soooo ummmm how does the cadence thing on the garmin work? i didnt even know that was a feature?!!!! great job on the bike despite the hunger and pain :)

Borsch said...

That sounds like a good day!

I hope you go back!

lolive18 said...

you are hilarious.

But seriously, email me the bike group information please.

7am bike rides? that's right up my alley.

p.s. 1000 calorie breakfast literally made me laugh so hard.

Jess said...

Hahaha your 1000 calorie breakfast kind of sounds like my crappy eating this weekend....oops!

J~Mom said...

I hate that feeling of being so hungry!! LOL You are funny!!

There is a cycling group here that has three speeds 20+, 25+ and 30+ or something like that..cracks me the heck up.

BreeWee said...

ha ha, I could eat my bike every now and then tooo!! I am so interested in that cadence running, coach has me trying to pick it up, so it was good to read this...

Stuart said...

Ah the famous gimme food breakfast, been there done that!

Gotta Run said...

First, i am not changing my GOTTA RUN to GOTTA BIKE.... I am still a running girl after all :)

Welcome to the hills of pain... or shame... or whatever they are called. it is work but I LOVE the rewards.

WAY TO GO WES!!

Shannon said...

I would never call you stupid (to your face) my friend!

1000 calories! What did you eat a bear claw covered in bacon grease?

Guess who's on a 1300 calorie diet for two weeks? :(

Michelle said...

I wouldn't call you stupid, but riding in 43 degree weather is crazy! I'm a wimp when it comes to biking weather - I still haven't broken out my bike yet this year!

Carolina John said...

haha, a 1000 calorie breakfast? holy cow. glad you hung in there with the slow people.

scott keeps running said...

:) I wasn't going to call you stupid, but...

Darrell said...

Not knowing what you're in for can be kinda fun. Loved the telling!

cool link last post on training tips.

Andy said...

Where in the heck is the hickory flat ride at??? Why have I not heard of this one... I switched my run to Saturday, and then rode 70 miles in Roswell on Sunday (doing Martin's landing twice sucked!!!) Got the whole weekend off to train! What do you have planned?

Kevin said...

Sounds like an interesting ride. Might just have to try it out some time. I picked up a tempo trainer (same thing as a metronome) and plan on starting cadence training too

Mary Gee said...

I love eating 1000 calories at a time - when I know I still have a net deficit. Good for you.

teacherwoman said...

The only time I have used a metronome was in preparation for my yearly piano recitals when I was growing up. Never once thought, hmm, I could use this same principal for running!!

Marcy said...

LOL Wes you're so cute!

Dang 1000 cals, eh? Actually who am I to talk. I probably downed 1000 cals right now with all this Easter candy :P