April 2012 Stats

For the month of April, I biked 196 miles. Given that I didn’t bike at all for a week and a half while I was recovering from dehydration/rhabdo after the 200K in March, that’s pretty good.

I didn’t actually participate in the 30 Days of Biking Challenge, but if I had, I biked 18 out of the 30 days this month. That’s slightly under the monthly average for me, but I’ll take it.

New Gear

I’m always on the lookout for gear that makes my bike riding easier!

Based on the recommendations of MG and Mike W., I got the Camelbak Aurora to help keep me hydrated throughout my ride.

This Camelbak holds 2 liters (~70 ounces) of water. It also has two zippered pouches in which I put my wallet and keys. I was a little concerned about the weight on my back, but I hardly even notice that it’s there, even when it’s filled to capacity. I think it has something to do with the fact that I typically carry ten times the weight with my backpack when I do my short commute!
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Ocean to Bay Ride

Not the most flattering shot of me. Photo by R

This past Saturday, R and I rode the Bethany-Fenwick Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. This was our first ride together this year, and the first time either of us has done this route. We met up with my good friend Steve, who had suggested the ride, and with his friends from Philadelphia.

It turned out to be a lovely day. Temperatures were in the 70s. The skies looked a little dark at times, but the sun was out and the rain held off for the duration of the ride. It was nice to do a ride without wearing several layers to stay warm!

We opted for the 50-mile option. Compared to Urbana, this ride was a walk in the park– flat and fast! Some notes:

1. I fully understand what Mike W. meant when he said that he prefers hilly rides to flat rides. I did not do much coasting at all on this ride– it was pedal pedal pedal all the way home. That was both good and bad– I would have liked to coast a little when I was tired, but it was much less taxing because there wasn’t much resistance. I kept a steady pace and didn’t overdo it. I felt a little sore, but pretty good throughout and afterwards.
2. I couldn’t help but be a little antsy from taking time at the controls— I mean, rest stops. But there was no deadline to meet, so no hurry, unlike a brevet.
3. The rest stops were inadequately stocked. There weren’t enough port-a-potties, so there were long lines. They ran out of water, and people were justifiably upset. Luckily for me, I brought along my new Camelbak (see photo– review to follow) and was sufficiently hydrated throughout the ride.
4. There was a contingent of Deaf cyclists at this ride. It was interesting to watch them sign and cycle.
5. Despite the name, you could not see the ocean or the bay during the ride, which was disappointing.
6. It was so nice to bike with R and friends this time around– much better than biking alone.

The best part of the ride was at the end, when we went to Rehoboth and had celebratory beers and lunch at Dogfish Head Restaurant!

I had a great time, and am looking forward to doing more biking in warmer weather.

Health Update

When I went to the ER after the ride, the doctor diagnosed me with rhabdomyolysis. I have stayed off the bike and drank lots of fluids.

I had a follow-up visit with my primary care physician. She pronounced me fit to ride after seeing me. However, I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand. I’m wearing a brace, and am doing exercises.

Getting back to commuting tomorrow. I’m taking it easy for now.

March 2012 Stats

For the month of March, I biked 272.4 miles. This includes the 200K brevet. Compared to last year, this is a great improvement! However, I need to get some training rides in this month, and my weekends seem to be spoken for already….