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66 Miles to China

Posted May 01 2011 8:00pm

Another weekend just zoomed by!  There was some gardening, some listening to music, some bagels, and oh yes – a bike ride!

We decided on a longer ride, but with shorter breaks.  The plan was to go after an early lunch.  I started out the day with a big bowl of banana custard oats:

John mapped out our ride.  Here is the elevation map:

The first 2 “bumps” are to Lake George and back around.  Since the plan was for 65 miles, I wanted to front load my calories for the day as I have trouble getting in enough calories during the ride.  Shortly before the ride, I had some chicken.  Preride calories were around 800 total with breakfast.

We set out on the path:

At mile 15, we arrived to Lake George.  The lake was very high from all the rain and snow melt:

Normally you would see the legs on these piers.  We had our first snack here:

Me and my best friend:

Stores were sprucing up getting ready for the season.  John said you could just feel the lake getting ready for the tourists.

We didn’t stay long.  Just to snack and make a potty stop!  We then left and headed back up the long hill and to Saratoga.  We had a nice tail wind on the way down there and make quite good time.  Normally the wind comes from the other direction.  We stopped for another snack at mile 32:

Pear Power!  Legs were feeling good, although my quads were kind of achy, which was weird.  What a gorgeous day, too.  Mid 60s.  If  not for the wind, I don’t think a day could have been more perfect for riding.

At mile 42, we reached Saratoga.  Of course, you know what that means!

Cupcake Lab !  Normally we have lunch and then cupcakes, but we ate lunch before leaving.  I have to say that the granola bar and the pear were just barely enough to get us through 40 miles, even after eating lunch just before leaving.  Still learning about how to fuel before and during these really long rides.  I was ready for a big carb hit!  I had 2 cupcakes.  One was Saratoga Whiteout, which was a chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache filling and white buttercream icing.

With some coffee:

Thank goodness for hats.  No one wants to see my helmet head!

The second cupcake was a Mocha Espresso, which was a coffee flavored cupcake with chocolate bits in it. Buttercream frosting, which may have had a coffee flavor to it as well, but I can’t remember right now.

The pistachio cupcake is my very favorite, but I think this one edged out the raspberry to become #2.  Yum!

After a nice break here, we filled up water bottles and headed back home.  This became a tough leg.  The wind was stiff and in our faces.  Normally we make up a lot of time on the way home because it usually is at our backs.  Our average speed on the way down to Saratoga was 12.6 mph for the first 42.  It fell to 12.2 by the time we finished the last 24 miles!

Stop for my favorite beverage at the top of a hill at  mile 54:

I got my second wind right here.  I knew there would be no problem for the last 12 miles after this.  I sing to myself a lot when riding.  Maybe that helps.  I sing things like “Just keep peddling” and “You can do it”.  And then I was singing “I want to ride my bicycle” by Queen! :mrgreen:

We took one last break at about mile 62. Just to stop from the wind.  It was really brutal. Especially when we got to some open flats.  That was the least enjoyable thing about this ride.  I actually got wind burn on my face.  I finished up my coconut water here, but I had no appetite at all – and I really should have if you think of the calories burned and what I took in.  These long rides suppress my appetite like crazy.

Then we did the last 4.5 miles home!

Ride stats:

Total miles: 66.6 – more than a metric century!

Ride time: 5 hours 35 minutes (not counting breaks)

Average speed 12.2 mph (darn wind).

Top speed:  26.2 mph (wheeee!!!)

Calories burned: 1997  (wow!)

This is what I look like after riding 66 miles.

Now for something you just never see on this blog.  After cleaning up, we decided that a really long ride day was a good day to do this for dinner:

Unassuming sign, but we think this is the best Chinese buffet in town.
I had a lot of calories to take in.  I figured I had consumed about maybe 1700 calories for the day – (guestimating about 250 calories for each cupcake), and with burning almost 2000 on top of a normal daily burn, I had to eat.  I still wasn’t that hungry until I took a bite of food and then my stomach woke up!

Lots of seafood on this buffet, which is really nice.  I had another plate, too!

Crab rangoons are my favorites!  I also stole broccoli out of the chicken and broccoli for both plates. Probably not kosher, but I wanted it.

Okay – I do need some help with my fortune, though.  What the heck does this mean?

I feel like I am missing the fortune that came in front of this one to make any sense of it. LOL!

All in all a great day!

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