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Did something a little different on yesterday’s bike ride…

Thursday, May 26, 2011 by  
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Classic cars and a tractor outside a farm house.

Classic cars and a tractor outside a farm house.

For some reason yesterday morning I had even more energy than usual and I was itching to get out on the trails and put the hammer down. I decided to bike over to Wekiwa forest instead of drive because it’s been awhile since I’ve done that and I wanted to get some road miles in. I did a total of 26.4 miles yesterday: 18.4 miles off-road, and 8 miles on the pavement.

On the way to the forest I felt absolutely amazing! I gradually increased my pace as I warmed up, and by the time I got to the trail I knew I was going to have a great ride. I did stop on the way to take a photograph of these cars parked outside a nice little farm house. ๐Ÿ™‚

My heart rate was over 180 BPM almost the entire ride, and I maxed it out (196 BPM) several times. Even with my heart rate around a constant 180 BPM I didn’t feel winded, and I certainly didn’t feel tired. It was like no matter how hard I pushed I felt like I was barely tapping into my power.

Wekiwa, May 25, 2011.

Wekiwa, May 25, 2011.

I stopped to take photographs a couple of times, but the rest of the time I was flying through the woods like I was riding for my life!

So after more than 22 miles of really pushing myself I still felt almost 100% fresh. I wanted to ride more, but I had to get back for work. I was actually a little frustrated because I still didn’t feel satisfied–almost like I’d not even worked out at all. I thought I’d like to try something new for the return trip home: an all-out 4 mile sprint. I decided that I was going to ride as hard as I could until I reached my driveway, and that I would keep my heart rate above 185 BPM the entire time.

There’s a climb right off the bat, and so I quickly had my heart rate up to 191 BPM. Unfortunately there is one crosswalk on my route that forced me to stop, but that was just for 20 seconds or so. Apart from that one stop I never let off the throttle, and my heart rate was hovering around the 190 BPM mark (give or take a tick or two) for the entire four miles.

There are two difficult climbs in my subdivision right near the end of my ride; these hills are in rapid succession, and a fair challenge under any circumstance. When I crested the first climb I looked down and saw 196 BPM on my Timex Ironman. I was breathing hard (of course) but I still felt awesome. Right after that climb there’s a nice downhill, but I shifted to 3/8 and peddled as hard as I could. I was going 34.2 miles per hour (almost 10 miles per hour over the speed limit) as I reached the start of the final (and steepest) climb. Half way up the hill my heart maxed again, but I felt like machine! It was like no matter how hard I worked I felt like I had more. Normally at the end of a 26 mile ride these hills just kill me, but not yesterday.

There’s no question in my mind that I’m in the best cardio shape of my life right now. I can’t even describe how satisfying it feels to be able to perform like I did yesterday. In fact, I’m craving that feeling right now, so I’m going for another ride this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

The rest of the photographs from yesterday’s ride can be found in this post to my photography journal.

John Stone Fitness Comments

3 Responses to “Did something a little different on yesterday’s bike ride…”
  1. Way to go John! I remember in my youth being “in the zone” like that. Its almost a feeling of invincibility. I’m no expert, but I think the better shape we are in allows more adrenaline to be released, which give us that superman feeling. I’m looking forward to my summer trip and concentrating on my cardio with a combination of biking and working out with my TRX straps.

    Looking forward to hearing your reports over the next few days to see if the feeling lasts.

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  2. You’ve got me pumped to get on my bike when I hit the mainland this summer. There’s some great MB trails in Colorado and Wyoming I’m hoping to check out.

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