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60 year-old rainfall record broken, I rode in it (video); A week of PRs.

Monday, October 10, 2011 by  
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Bike on a Trail for October 8, 2011. Not a great shot, I know, but I only had a point and shoot and it was raining very hard.

Bike on a Trail for October 8, 2011. Not a great shot, I know, but I only had a point and shoot and it was raining very hard.

Last week was simply an incredible week for me!

For starters, I broke my 4.5 mile XC mountain biking timed run record–twice. On October 5, 2011 I had an amazing ride, shaving yet another 30 seconds off my previous best time. My new record is now 24:07, and my average heart rate was just 179 BPM (down from 182 BPM from my previous record ride). Just two months ago (using the same bike and pedals) my time for this same course was 33 minutes, and I’ve been consistently improving on that time with hard work. Details on the my new record-breaking ride are in my October 6, 2011 blog.

Also on my October 5, 2011 ride I broke my previous best distance record for a single off-road mountain biking session. My old record of 36.9 miles was set back in June, and on Wednesday I racked up 37.84 total miles.

Last week I also broke my single week off-road mountain biking total miles record. On Saturday morning I was ready to break the 100 mile mark, but the Central Florida area saw record-breaking rainfall that day. The old single-day rainfall record of 3.29 inches was set back in 1954, but on Saturday that long-standing record was nearly doubled when we received 6.16 inches of rain in a single day! The rain was coming down in buckets nearly non-stop all day long, and the wind gusts were frequent and strong. Like I said, I really wanted to break 100 miles for the week, so I said, “What the heck!” and decided to go ride in the storm. I went out to Wekiwa and did 18.1 miles in the pouring rain. My rainy Saturday morning ride brought my total mountain biking miles for the week to a new personal best of 104.34 miles. 🙂

Over the years I’ve been mountain biking under most types of weather and trail conditions (except snow), but I’d never been riding in a rain storm before. You know what? I loved it! It was fun, exciting, challenging and new.

I normally take my DSLR camera to Wekiwa, but I decided instead to take my GoPro HD in its water-proof housing and shoot video of Saturday’s ride. The rain doesn’t show up all that well in the video (it was raining much harder than it looks), but you certainly get an idea what it was like out there. Because it was raining so hard my vision was affected (I didn’t wear sunglasses), and the roots were slicker than ever. Even when they are wet I’ve never fallen on the tricky roots out at Wekiwa, but on Saturday I overlooked a single root on a very easy corner and wrecked. I racked myself pretty bad when I fell, and this morning I have a bruise on the upper inside of my thigh that is literally in the exact shape of my bike saddle. The wreck is in the video, so please enjoy my pain. 🙂

You can watch the video below, or directly on Youtube.



Also, while not a record for me, my resting heart rate is finally below 40 BPM again! I’ve been stuck at 40 BPM all summer long, and so seeing that “39” on my Ironman yesterday morning when I took my weekly stats and measurements was very, very nice. Must have been all those hard miles out on the trails. 🙂

Well, I want to ride today, but last week I skipped my leg workout to go riding. I really need to get that workout done today, so that’s what I’m going to do right now. Have a great day!

John Stone Fitness Comments

4 Responses to “60 year-old rainfall record broken, I rode in it (video); A week of PRs.”
  1. I take it your resting heart rate at or below 40 indicates your overall fitness? Or how well your heart is processing oxygen?

    Mine is at 40 most of the time, I think its because I bike 50-100 miles a week. My wife wants me to see a doctor about it.

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    • Athletes who do frequent and intense cardio exercise typically have low resting heart rates. Our bodies simply adapt to what we’re doing, and our cardiovascular systems become very efficient. Some elite athletes have recorded resting heart rates in the 20s! Considering that you put in 50-100 miles every week, a HRrest of 40 is not unexpected.

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  2. John,

    Looks like you need some elevation changes. Might be road trip time. The only thing more gratifying than climbing a monster hill with switch backs is reaching uncontrollable speeds on the other side.
    Love your posts, I’m 35 and got into mountain biking about the same time you did. Not many people understand why when I come into work monday morning with bruises and scrapes all over my body that I must have had an awesome weekend.

    Thanks for doing what you do.

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    • Hi Andy,

      There are some pretty decent elevation changes at Wekiwa (and even more at the trails in Mt. Dora, which I frequent). I didn’t include the climbs in this video because they are boring to watch (for most). 🙂

      I’m really looking forward to hitting Santos when I’m vacation. There’s some crazy stuff there, and some really fast downhills (after the inevitable climbs, of course).

      Thanks for your comments and for reading. Ride on!

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