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A record month

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

July was a record month for me: I rode 732.8 miles! Helping to bring my mileage total up were some club rides, a century, and of course, the 160-mile Ride Across INdiana. But the thing that has done the most to increase my riding was getting a road bike.  Speaking of which, I have almost 1000 miles on the Bianchi since I bought it in late May. I’m amazed at how much faster it is than the Trucker. Riding long distances, and climbing big hills, got a lot more doable.

I’ve acclimated to the heat better this year than ever before. It’s a combination of riding more in the heat, and being more aware of hydration/nutrition on the bike. The most useful thing I’ve discovered to that end is Endurolytes. They’re little capsules for electrolyte replenishment. I take a couple capsules per hour, and they help keep my electrolytes in balance. This helps immensely with hydration, and also makes recovery go smoother. I have also been using gels and blocks occasionally, but only as a supplement to real food. I used to eschew most of this stuff, but I find it really helps, especially on longer rides in the heat.

I’m still commuting by bicycle, of course. I’ve found that my commutes have not been much fun lately. It’s just been too hot. I don’t mind getting hot and sweaty when I ride, but I don’t like showing up at work that way. I find ways to deal with it, but it’s just not a lot of fun. I’m not going to stop commuting by bicycle, but I’m not enjoying it as much right now. I’m sure once it cools off a bit I’ll be feeling better about it once again.

12 Responses to “A record month”

  1. Myles/ rattrappress Says:

    That’s alot of mileage for one month! Thanks for the info on Endurolytes.

  2. Chris Says:

    “I’m amazed at how much faster it is than the Trucker.”

    Any theories on why that is? Is it weight, or tires, or racks/baggage…or all of the above? Do you think you could lean-up the LHT and speed it up?

  3. Apertome Says:

    Chris: good question. It’s a combination of different factors, but I’m convinced that the geometry plays a big role. I think I could speed up the LHT to a certain extent by removing the fenders and rack, and getting lighter/skinnier wheels and tires. All of that would definitely help. However, I really think the sportier geometry on the Bianchi is a big factor. I can’t quite explain why, it’s just a gut feeling.

  4. Tim S Says:

    Congrats!

  5. John Says:

    s is a great summer for biking isn’t it? I bike everywhere now and it’s come to the young girl at the store up the street asking me if I owned a car. Retirement is a hoot.

  6. John Says:

    This is a great summer for biking isn’t it? I bike everywhere now and it’s come to the young girl at the store up the street asking me if I owned a car. Retirement is a hoot.

  7. Bill Lambert Says:

    Awesome!

  8. Steve A Says:

    Do you go anywhere special for those Endurolytes? I think they’d be perfect for the Hotter ‘N Hell 100 later this month.

  9. Apertome Says:

    Steve: unfortunately, I’ve had a hard time finding Endurolytes locally. Some bike shops carry them but the ones in Bloomington either don’t have them at all, or have been out of stock. I did find some at a bike shop in Indianapolis, and you can also order them online. Ordering online is probably easiest.

  10. Doug Says:

    Congrats on the mileage. You’ve turned hard-core on us with all these century, or longer rides this year.

    A century on one weekend followed by a 160 miler the next. That’s hard core!

    I had my biggest mileage month of the year in July with 628 miles. My other big mileage month was March when I rode 610 miles. My mileage is definitely down from several years ago, but I’m having more fun.

  11. Errin Says:

    Wow! I’ve only managed to ride 676 miles in one month, and that included a double century that month. I don’t know how I could do that again, although I’d like to try for 1000. Not sure that I could that AND work. Congrats!

  12. Apertome Says:

    Thanks, everyone.

    Doug: that century and RAIN were both difficult, but I spent the week between them mostly resting (commuting still, but only one ride other than that I think), and I felt refreshed by the time it was time to do RAIN.

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