Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jun-17: I Thought of a "Clever" Title While Riding, but ...

I forgot what the "clever" title was. 

I thought about riding toward Huntsboro and Stovall to try to intercept YungFalbz as she neared completion of her third 200k Permanent in three days, but then thought that I didn't really know what pace she might be riding, and thought that she might prefer to complete the three day suffer-fest solo.  I also wasn't sure my legs had really recovered from Sunday, or that I wanted to tempt fate and give myself newly tired legs for this coming Saturday's Irregular ride.  In the end, I decided to just do my usual quickie mid-week ride.

The first few miles brought painful reminders of Sunday.  My left quad was decidedly still not recovered from the small cramps I'd experienced.  I hate to think what I would have felt like today if I had had serious cramps on Sunday.  Shudder.  (Look, Iva, something other than golf /:shudder:/ can make me shudder.  ;-) )

@ ~ 5.3 miles (turn onto Old Creedmoor from MVC), avg pace was 13.6 mph.  (And the legs hurt.)
I thought about shorting to a 10-mile "spin out the legs"; but decided to keep going.
@ ~ 9.8 miles (turn onto Coley from Carpenter Pond), avg pace was 14.4 mph.  (And the legs hurt.)
@ ~ 17.1 miles (turn onto Carpenter Pond from Coley), avg pace was 15.3 mph.  (And the legs hurt.)
@ ~ 20.1 miles (pause to drink and fiddle with water bottles on Panoramic Drive), avg pace was ~ 16.1.  (And the legs hurt.)  (Three miles in 10 minutes -- I'll take it.)
I didn't check the avg pace again until the finish. 
But I rode hard.  Maybe too hard.  What happened to my plan to "just ride cadence"?

Pretty wimpy performance given YungFalbz odyssey refered to above. 

But I did rescue a reasonably large Slider or Painted turtle just after passing PUE headed to finish at BJP.  It was moving fast when I saw it, but seemed to slow as it neared the double-yellow lines.  I decided to stop and see if I could encourage it to continue its trip across the road.  I tried the "pretend to be a predator and stand close behind it" tactic.  The turtle took off ... and U-turned ... and U-turned ... and U-turned several more times.  A couple vehicles came by, and were respectful.  I tried to pick up the turtle, but it would scamper faster than I could move in my cycling shoes and escaped my grasp several times.  It kept trying to stay near the double-yellow lines.  It was well above 90F, so he didn't need to be on the road looking for additional warmth.  I finally spoke to the turtle, telling him that he didn't need to stay on the road for warmth, and that if he did stay on the road, some jerk would aim for him with their car/truck tires and ... he'd be dead.  My advice seemed to make no difference.  However, after a few more scampering U-turns to stay near the double-yellow, Mr. Turtle seemed to have tired, and I was able to get ahold of his shell, pick him up and move him to the side of the road toward which he had originally been moving. 

Such stubborness to stay near the double-yellow lines.  Maybe Mr. Turtle was really a Miss Turtle. 

BJP:  Coley-Panoramic-U turn-straight back; 32.8 m.; 1hrs, 58min; 16.6 mph. 

Q-1 tot: 16 rides; __938.2 m.; _60 hrs, 39 min; 15.5 mph.
Apr tot: 10 rides; __717.9 m.; _45 hrs, 27 min; 15.1 mph.
May tot: 10 rides; __837.2 m.: _58 hrs, 42 min; 14.3 mph.
Jun tot: _6 rides; __385.5 m.; _24 hrs, 50 min; 15.5 mph.
YTD tot: 42 rides; 2,878.8 m.; 191 hrs, 39 min; 15.0 mph. 
 _ _ (time adj. to account for rounding "errors")  

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