“Extreme” suffering on yesterday’s ride nets a few PRs; Earbuds destroyed
For yesterday’s ride I decided to head back to the West Orange trail for the first time since The Wreck. I had about 2.5 hours to ride, so I decided to do the West Orange Trail and also the South Lake trail–about 45 miles.
I’m not sure why, but I was feeling a little off yesterday. I rode the West Orange trail from the Temple to the South Lake trail–a little over 13 miles–at a fairly moderate 19 MPH pace. My legs felt good, but my heart rate was higher than usual for that level of effort.
Even though my cardio was feeling a little shaky, I decided to attempt to reclaim my KOM on the 18 mile “Entire South Lake Trail (out & back)” segment, which I’d lost a few day ago. My PR/KOM time on that segment was 55m23s, and that time was beaten on October 13th with a time of 53m43s.
I remember when I set my PR it was a pretty tough ride. I knew I was going to have to really dig deep to take another couple minutes off of my time. With my cardio feeling off and my heart rate running higher than usual, I figured I was in for a painful hour…
At some point after the turn-around I passed a rider on a climb. A short while later I had to go around some runners, so I glanced back to make sure I was clear to move left: the guy I passed on the climb was about 10 meters back, trying his best to pull me back in. I used this as motivation, and rode even harder. Man, I was hurting, but I just ignored the pain and Pedaled Faster, Damn It. The next time I had to look back before a crossing, I saw that I’d increased my lead over the other rider. I still didn’t let off at all.
When I completed the segment I was pretty much destroyed. My average heart rate over the segment’s 18 miles was 183 BPM, with a maximum HR of 194 BPM. I managed to shave more than two minutes off my best time, and reclaimed the KOM with a time of 53m09s.
I owe the guy who trailed me during the second half of the ride an assist, as he definitely kept the pressure on me. I beat the previous KOM time by just 34 seconds, and that little extra incentive provided by the chase may have been what got me there. Thanks, dude–good ride!
I’ve actually set quite a few PRs since my rear Zipp was returned to the factory for crash replacement. My temporary rear wheel is a cheap and heavy $100 boat anchor, so I guess what they say is true: you can’t buy speed. It’s mostly going to be the engine. That said, I’m very much looking forward to getting my Zipp back. Should be any day now…
I rode at a moderate 18.5 MPH cool-down pace back to the Temple, but my heart rate was still quite high. My average heart rate for the entire 45 mile ride wound up at 170 BPM for almost 2.5 hours. Ouch! That earned me an “Extreme” Suffer Score (click to enlarge):
In addition to reclaiming my KOM, I set several other PRs yesterday. It was a good ride. Here’s the entire ride on Strava.
There was one casualty: my earbuds. When I ride with earbuds I always twist the wire through the knot in my Halo skullcap just in case the earbuds pop out. Problem is, when I finished hammering South Lake I stopped to wring the sweat out of the skullcap, and when I put the Halo back on I forgot to put the wire back through the knot. Well, when I was riding back to the Temple it was fairly windy, I was sweaty and my earbuds (the inexpensive, yet excellent, Panasonic RPHJE355R High Fidelity Ergo-Fit earbuds) popped out of both ears at the same time. Because I forgot to wrap the wire around the Halo knot, the earbuds got wrapped up in my spokes and were instantly destroyed.
This is why I don’t buy $100 bluetooth earbuds.
Anyway, I really liked the Panasonic earbuds, but I did find that they often would slip out of my ear or need adjustment when I was riding–especially in the wind. I decided to try some earbuds that were designed to be worn during physical activity, MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones with Memory Wire. Hopefully the over-the-ear fit will solve that problem. I’ll follow up once I’ve had a chance to ride with them.