I'm not publishing as the The Paleo Cyclist these days. I'm saving it all for the ebook. Instead, I will just throw out samples like this one once in awhile.
Meanwhile, I HAVE been doing a bunch of reading about the Paleolithic (the actual epoch, not the diet) and I gotta say, maybe we should have quit while we were ahead.
More meanwhile, if you find your eyes glazing over when it comes to the statistics stuff, don't worry. I don't read them either. Much.
FRI September 13, 2019
Miles: 18 Time 1:40 Average Seed:12.9 Weight: 228lbs
I did the same ride with the same mileage and time as yesterday...actually, I was a bit slower this morning, owing to a headwind and I took my time getting from the trail to the trailer. I plan to ride the same 17.5 mile route for ten days then step it up to 20 miles. I think I overdid it last month by trying for too many miles too soon. Also, my average time is inaccurate because my time and speed on the trail is adulterated by my time on the 3 miles out and back from home to trailhead.
I am thinking about pedaling the NoName bike to the shop/trailhead and starting my time/distance/average speed just based on trail time only. A bit clunky but if I am going to keep records they might as well be accurate. I could drive to the shop, also...
Another concern based on recent experience is that I am having trouble getting out of bed in the morning, and when I do get up I have zero energy. I slept through the alarm this morning and that is VERY odd. Diet? Old age? I don’t know. But it seems highly unlikely that I will be doing any morning riding once the work-a-day starts back up...but if I drove to the trailhead I could do a brisk one hour on the trail, clean up and change at the shop and go straight to work.
Hmmm...well, it’s worth a try.
10 almonds 60
2 bananas 200
Big Salad 475
4 beers 400
On another note, I have been somewhat troubled by a very dark brown, low volume urine situation. Normally I pee all the time and a lot of it but the last two days I haven’t filled a teacup, and what I did produce looked like...well, tea. Based on internet research it seems to be dehydration accompanied by too-strenuous exercise. That seems to fit in with my other symptoms of the last couple days (fatigue, mild confusion, stumbling around on weak legs)...disconcerting, to be sure...thus the beer and I am chugging as much water as I can stand. If things don’t clear up (sorry, I can't help myself sometimes) I will be seeing the VA Doc. I have high hopes though. I HAVE intuited that I have maybe been pushing a little too hard.
UPDATE 620 pm After sitting on the porch for the last few hours, chugging water and three (soon to be four) 16oz beers I just urinated in an empty water bottle with the top cut off (plenty empties lying around here) and my urine was a glorious bright yellow. Not clear, but a definite improvement over the root beer I was pissing earlier today. Still low volume, but overall, a vast and welcome improvement. So there ya go: dehydration and strenuous exercise.
SAT September 14, 2019
Miles: 14.40 Time: 55 Average Speed: 15.1 Weight: 230
Not much to say. I am weighing myself daily now because that’s how I did it last time. How did I gain two pounds since yesterday? The four beers last night? I hope not because I’m sorta planning on doing it again tonight. Hey, it’s Saturday night. Today I rode NoName to the trailhead (my shop, by some special grace bestowed on me, is RIGHT THERE. I changed into my bibs and jersey at the shop, laced up my shoes and headed out. The trail is the only way to go; I have one busy road to cross but all four directions have “yield to cyclists” signs so it isn’t too much of a deal to cross, except that it is also a main road to the local high school so ya got that to consider...but once clear of that road (Mission Road) you are mission clear for as far as you can go; the trail, this miraculous rail trail that starts RIGHT AT MY SHOP goes over fifty miles with ZERO crossings of any significance.
I remember five years ago saying “Man too bad I won’t be around when they finally get the trail up and running...but guess what? I’M STILL HERE! AND IT”S DONE! It really is too good to be true. And today I did a solid 55 minutes at an average speed of 15 mph. My decision to limit my record keeping to just trail time is a definite payoff. While blasting along on flat, almost windless (trees) tarmac (or whatever it is) I would glance down at my speedo, see 14.9 mph and then get down in the drops and pour it on.
I think this is the stuff. I think so...