First time blowing up on the bike – the lessons are in this description:
Yep, I totally blew up: Quad muscles cramping; like that was crazy. 😬 I slept late and then had a banana before my ride. (I should have had a pre-workout style smoothie). I had two bottles of water (one liter total) and I started the ride a little dehydrated (I hate having to stop to go pee). I was so hungry most of the ride (I forgot my cash and would have bought an orange juice for the gas station that was about 3/4 of the way along the route).
Things I should have done and to remember before next time: fuel better beforehand, energy gels would have been golden, electrolytes would have been nice too (hello, a necessity —> cramping muscles are the worst and totally slow you down.
What else? Um. 🤔I could have paced myself better or how about pace myself period. I felt so good I was sprinting up the first major hill. I pushed too hard from the beginning and I definitely don’t have the endurance for that right now – I was riding beyond my fitness level.
It was good though. After a period of time training for ultras, I did lots of long slow runs and always trained at my forever pace… Oh snap! This might as well be a blog post.
I’ve never been in that kind of pain before and I like to push myself to that point so I can appreciate how it feels. 🤔 to be continued….