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Sunday, June 17, 2012

One of Those Ughhhh Days

Heat. Humidity, Wind. 73 miles. Now that's a combo meal. At a few points, the heat radiating off the pavement made me feel like I was sitting in an oven. Thankfully the wind helped keep the heat from totally swallowing me up. By the time Sebree, KY loomed in the very short distance, I had given in and was pedaling just enough to create forward movement. Today I was bad. I didn't eat nearly enough for the mileage. I had the usual peanut butter and honey sandwich, along with an orange, for breakfast, and that was good for the first 20 miles. At the rest stop, after 27 miles, I ate a chocolate bear claw and some chocolate milk. Not a good choice at all. What I should have done is gone across the street to the diner and eaten a full breakfast of eggs, potatoes, and toast. That would have given me the fuel for the next 20 miles. I was okay when I reached the next rest stop at mile 47, but again, all I ate was a banana, some watermelon, and a handful of cheese crackers. By mile 65, I was hurting. My stomach was saying, "Feed me, Fool!" and my legs were saying, "Sheesh, you'd think she'd know better at this point." So I ate some GU jellies, drank some water, and wished Sebree would actually be only 70 miles by my Garmin, rather than the 73 written on the white board in the trailer. Unfortunately, it really was 73 miles. As soon as I arrived, I showered, dressed in my awesome "No one puts Baby in a corner" shirt, stuffed the tablet and my phone in my backpack, and headed to the Mexican Restaurant for a real meal. Now, after a very delicious vegetarian quesadilla with squash, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers, I am feeling the energy I should have had during the ride. Tomorrow, I vow to eat much better all day long. With the next two days being more of the same as today, food is the best weapon I have to deal with the heat, humidity, wind, and mileage.

5 comments:

Rich Peraud said...

Food, and the support of your friends. Carry on knowing that you are not riding alone!

JK said...

Thanks, Rich. Hope you're well and getting some mileage in yourself.

J said...

Yes, eat better! Even if you don't care about food. Remember all those lessons you learned as you were training.

Thryn said...

Think of every chew of real food as lapping up a real mile! :)

Feed your face and feed your soul every day my friend. You can do this! I'm so proud of you!

JK said...

Since that day I have been eating so much better and feeling the difference. I'm going to use the "feed your face and feed your soul" as my mantra. :)