First let me start off with one number, 7387. Thats the number of calories I burnt during this ride. As I write this the next morning, I can attest that my body is feeling the burn. I set a goal to complete the ride in 6 hours. My total time on the bike was 5 hours 54 minutes, but I spent way too long at some of the rest stops. During the ride, especially from mile 60 to 85, it felt like the entire course was uphill. There were no descents in site, at least any that I can remember now. Looking back, on paper, the course doesn’t look as hilly as it felt. I don’t know if it was the heat, or the cramping, which also started around the same time. My first 50 miles, I feel like I did well. I was averaging 20 miles per hour and it only took me 2.5 hours to complete the first 50 miles. The next 50 took 5 hours to complete. Way too long at some of the rest stops, but I will mention I stopped for abour 20 minutes one time to help a fellow cyclist with a flat tire, although he had the situation under control. He was riding with his 14 year old, and his 10 year old. Yes, that’s right, a 10 year old. Youngest rider to complete the Hot Hundred Century. Hats off to Mark and Eric from Velocity Pro Cycles, they completed the 102 mile course in 4 hours 20 minutes. That makes me sick! Getting back to the cramps, maybe I will learn my lesson. I did try to eat a lot of food at each stop. I did apply a lesson from the Ride of Love in May and put sun screen on my head, so there are no burn spots today from my helmet vents! Hopefully my legs will recover soon, but I think I’m going to take a break from riding soon, then start preparing for the MS 150 in September in Orange Beach, Alabama. Here are my stats from the Hot Hundred:

Hot Hundred Tuscaloosa Alabama

Hot Hundred in Tuscaloosa Alabama 

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Nothing felt right. It felt like I was riding in sand, my brakes were dragging, and I was pulling a chute all at the same time. For the first time, I felt really low on my bike. I don’t know why I was noticing it so much, but I just felt like I wasn’t in the proper position on the bike. I guess I’ll have to look at that more closely. I also want to look at were my cleats are positioned on my shoes, I still feel they are too far forward on my foot. I guess I was just in the mood to complain. Maybe it was the heat, because it was hot! Details are below.

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Hot. My numbers were not too bad, and I must say I’m impressed with my new water bottle purchase. I bought a Polar 24 oz insulated water bottle, and it worked perfectly. Really, to perfect. I froze the contents the night before, and 1 hour after riding, I figured it would be melted enough to be a cool drink. It was still frozen, solid! Next time, I’m only going to freeze half the bottle, but I do plan to purchase 1 or 2 more of these bottles. My stats below:

Sunday ride

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The 2008 Ride of Love has been set for May 17th. Stepahnie has set a goal to have 80 cyclists and raise $120,000 for Camp Smile A Mile. For more information about the ride of love and what it is, please visit the Ride of Love website, or Camp Smile A Miles website to learn how this ride offers programs and activities for children with cancer here in Alabama. A bit of the email from stephanie:

We have had more children at Camp this summer than ever before and we have had so many newly diagnosed children and their families to join us.  It seems strange to be excited for having a lot of children to attend our camp and even more so that more children have been newly diagnosed with cancer unfortunately childhood cancer is a part of life for some children and families.  I am just happy that they have an organization like Camp Smile-A-Mile to help them during this most challenging time.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—I wish I didn’t have my job—I wish there was a cure for childhood cancer but until there is a cure Camp SAM will continue to touch these families and the ROL will still ride in helping to support them!! 

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It was a hot one yesterday, but I didn’t do too bad. I tried to keep a slower pace and keep my average heart rate bpm down, which I accomplished:

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I wanted to ride 30 miles today, 1 mile for each year, but I ran out of time, plus, it was extremly HOT! I can’t believe I’m thirty years old. It seems like yesterday I was playing T-ball and life was easy. Now fast forward to today. Now it seems like every year that passes goes just a little bit faster. As for the ride:

Birthday Ride

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Not to bad of a ride today. It was a little hot, but the pace was ok. I can’t believe in 2 days I will be turning 30 years old. I guess it’s downhill from here! Ride Stats Here.

Todays Ride

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I rode a short but hilly ride today. The first major hill was a 16.5% grade and I made it with no problems. Coming back over the mountain, I made it to about a 9% grade until I had to stop. I seem to have problems when the grade gets any higher than 8%. Details from the ride are here.

Today's Ride

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A little better average today over a longer distance, but of course it’s much easier riding with a group. If you are in the McCalla Area and like to ride your bike, join us Thursdays at 6 at the Winn Dixie on Morgan Road, Exit #6 off I-459. It’s a good ride with rides for all levels of experience, and different distances as well. My ride today.

Ride 7-26-07

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A brief and quick ride today. I tried to push myself and have a 20mph average, but I just couldnt do it. I don’t know if it’s from not riding since Saturday, or if I just need more expierence and training on the bike, but keeping the average above 20 was just too much for me today. Statistics from the ride are below:

My Ride Today

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