100 KM ride yesterday on Michelin Pro4s; Less than 6 pounds to go…
Yesterday I went for a solo 100 kilometer ride on a warm and somewhat windy day. I planned a route that took me through some stunningly beautiful areas of Mount Dora and Tavares before heading south to hilly Clermont.
The first part of my route was a scenic tour of some of Central Florida’s most beautiful lakes. I rode along/past Lake Ola, Lake Carlton and Lake Beauclair en route to the always enjoyable spin around Lake Dora.
I continued west and, as Lake Dora receded into the distance behind me, I enjoyed an aromatic jaunt through acres of orange groves before brushing up against massive Lake Harris.
My “Tour de Lakes” concluded with a nice view of the diminutive Lake Idamere just before I turned to the south and began pedaling towards Astatula and the hills beyond.
It was a warm day, especially for mid-February. My Garmin Edge 500 indicated an average temperature of 84° (F), but with the unobstructed sun beating down on me it felt more like 90°+. I consumed right at 100 ounces of water, and still finished the ride down 1.8 pounds.
The winds were not too bad, but they were against me pretty much the entire way. The winds coming off the lakes were especially strong, and none of them were behind me.
I was riding solo and had no one to share the workload; so between that, the heat and the wind it was a fairly tough training ride. My average heart rate was 164 BPM over the 3:24:35 riding time (Strava 179 “Extreme” Suffer Score). Added to that, my legs felt pretty dead. Today will definitely be a light recovery ride.
Incidentally, the new Michelin Pro4 Service Course tires (see yesterday’s blog, “New road bike tires: Michelin Pro4 Service Course“) performed very well. I felt like the ride quality was about on par with the excellent Continental Grand Prix 4000S, perhaps a smidge harsher, but I’m splitting hairs. The tires felt very stable as I bombed down the rough and bumpy steepside of Sugarloaf Mountain at speeds over 70 kilometers per hour. Corning was outstanding. Finally, no flats. So far so good!
My caloric intake yesterday wound up being quite low, especially considering my activity level. On rides under 4 hours I never take anything more than a single Clif bar, a couple of GU energy gels and a packet of GU Chomps. When I got back from the ride I was feeling like I needed some fast calories, so instead of a solid meal I had a Nitrean + raw oats smoothie. Then, for dinner, I had the delicious (but low calorie) Spicy Lime Tilapia with Baby Spinach, Asparagus and Scallions dish along with a cup of brown rice.
So, between yesterday’s high activity level, my low caloric intake and the net water loss on the ride, this morning I woke up to a scale weight of 165.6 pounds. That, friends, is the absolute lightest I’ve been (by almost 1.5 pounds) in about a decade. I’ve now lost more than 20 pounds on this cut, and am fast closing in on my goal of 160 pounds. With less than six pounds remaining, I suspect this cut will be in the bag very soon–possibly even early March.
I should point out that I am still feeling great. I’m about to smash my single month cycling distance personal record (as of yesterday I’m at 1,050 kilometers for the first 19 days of this month), and I’ve set 24 personal records for time so far this year. Energy levels remain high, motivation is through the roof and I am feeling positive and generally friggin’ awesome in just about every way imaginable! 🙂