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Another Bicycle Ride - AdrianG [APOD]
May 14th, 2005
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Another Bicycle Ride
I've just finished another bicycle ride. This ride was 21.9 miles, according to my GPS receiver.

I live close to the halfway point (as far as I know) of a 20 or so mile bike/walking trail that winds through the Kansas City suburbs of Olathe, Overland Park, and Leawood. This trail stays close to Indian Creek for most of its length, and they on the far Eastern End, it follows a tributary called Tomahawk Creek (gee, what imaginative names). So I can hop on the trail and ride around 10 miles in either direction and then back along the same route. This time, I rode East. The Eastern end of the trail used to end at the bridge where Tomahawk passes under Roe Avenue. I've driven over this bridge, from time to time, and I've always glanced over at the end of the trail to see if the City of Leawood was going to extend it, and recently, it looked like they had. So I've been looking forward to a chance to ride to the end to check it out. It turns out that another mile of trail has been added, so that it now ends at the Nall Avenue bridge over Tomahawk Creek. All three suburbs have been extending their networks of trails over the years, and I'm hoping they will keep adding onto this end of this particular trail. The other end may not lend itself well to extension, but I think the area in Leawood could support at least another mile of trail.

22 miles feels pretty close to my limit, for now. At about mile 16, I started slowing down quite a bit. Determination was enough to get me home, but when I got here, I was having trouble with simple things like maneuvering my bike so that the pedal didn't catch on the door frame and keep me from rolling it inside. It may be a while before I come back to the halfway point on the trail and am prepared to ride out in the other direction.

I have a Polar heart rate monitor, now (thanks, lightning_rose, for the recommendation), and got my first chance to play with it, on this ride. It lets me enter my birth date, and it makes a recommendation for the range of heart rates I should try to maintain. At 144 beats per minute, it emits this tiny little beep, to tell me to easy off, a bit. At first, I didn't even hear it. I got used to listening for it, after a while, although if my wrist is turned away (it's basically like a watch), I can't really hear it at all. At the top of the biggest hill on the Eastern route, it showed my heart rate at 160 bpm, but in each direction, by the time I got to the foot of the hill on the other side, my heart rate has dropped back down into the acceptable range, which is probably about what it should do.

Now, I just need to make sure I keep up the rides and get some other exercise between rides.

Adrian

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From:cognizance
Date:May 18th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
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I just wanted to come and wish you a happy birthday! Hope you have fun stuff planned. ^^
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From:adriang
Date:May 19th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I have any of a number of books about various sciences to read. To me that really is fun. 8-)

Adrian
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From:moonwalker
Date:May 18th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
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I've come to wish you a happy birthday too. Your bicycle ride is pretty impressive to me; I'm so out of shape.

Mary MMM
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From:adriang
Date:May 19th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
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Thanks.

Actually, I'm still at a point where it's easy to make improvements. One of the good things about exercise is that the more out of shape you are, the easier it is to make progress. It's only those poor fools who train all the time who really have trouble making improvements. I'm far short of the point where I would have to go to a lot of trouble to make progress. I really only need to bicycle around the block for 20 minutes to benefit from the ride, but I enjoy bicycling enough that I over do it.

You and Dave should consider walking and/or riding together. You might both enjoy it, and you really don't have to go far for it to be fun and helpful.

Adrian
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From:noveldevice
Date:July 5th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
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If you don't do so already, be sure to take some kind of food along with you--if you're having trouble performing simple tasks, you're probably bonking. I like the Berries'n'Cherries dried fruit mix, but trail mix, nuts, performance gels, and other dried fruits (mmm, figs) are good too.

A bag of Berries'n'Cherries once saved my life on the Katy Trail. :)

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From:adriang
Date:July 5th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
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That's is a good suggestion. As it turns out, I do bring food along, on most rides. In that regard, my problem is more about trying to substitute determination for good sense. I really ought to stop and eat some of the food I take with me. 8-)

What's the Katy Trail?

Adrian
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From:noveldevice
Date:July 5th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
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When you start shaking, are unable to think, can't perform simple tasks, legs feel like lead, you're bonking and probably just need to eat a little something and stop for a minute. I remember listening to someone I knew talk expansively about how there was no such thing as bonking and people who hit the wall are just out of condition, period, and nothing will help. I shouldn't have listened--when you run out of available fuel, you've bonked, and no amount of conditioning will keep you performing at your best when you have run out of glycogen and blood-glucose and can't metabolize fat fast enough. If you aren't feeling your best, stop, take a drink, and eat a few bites of something. Chances are you'll feel 100% better when you start off again.

This is the Katy Trail.
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From:adriang
Date:July 6th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
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My symptoms aren't that pronounced, at the point where I should do something about it, but I suspect I would still benefit from eating something. I typically ride out and then back along the same trail. I ought to plan on stopping at the point where I turn around and eating something then.

Thanks for the link. I'm no where close to being ready to ride that trail, but it's good to know about. It looks like that's something that would take several days, even for someone in much better shape than I am.

Adrian
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