Monday, July 24, 2006

The weekly long ride

On Sunday Ellie and I rode the same course that David and I did two weeks ago - a 78-mile loop that finishes off with a lovely ferry ride across the Tred Avon River. YES, we started out at about 5:30 AM again! We get extra points for that, plus a few extra training points for riding part of the way in the rain.

Here's Ellie's bike Hot Flash resting up at our first quick stop about 8 miles into the ride at the landing at Claiborne. David joined us a few miles down the road on the return trip from Neavitt.

Refueling is important, says Ellie!

Buttercup is happy that I finally gave her a matching yellow front tire. You can see I'm down to my last half-bottle of Gatorade after 73 miles!

This is David's Ironman refueling secret. Breakfast of champions! I'll bet that's what Floyd eats.

Fortunately, Ellie didn't get a photo of how my ride ended. I was so tired at the end of the ride that I couldn't swing my leg past the saddle and I ended up taking a tumble all tangled in the bike on my front lawn. I was just glad it didn't happen in transition during an actual triathlon.

Ellie's version of the day's events, along with a cute photo of me and my girls, is here.

Ride notes: Felt stronger at a slightly faster pace (16.4 mph average) and still without drafting! Uncrusteables PB&J work great for road food. Powerbars are still tough to get down but work great for staying power. Didn't eat quite as much when I drank Gatorade instead of water, but no big bonks along the way. Last time I stiffened up on the ferry ride, but this time we had a shorter wait and I felt good when we rolled off.

17 comments:

beru said...

hello from France ! very nice blog !
see you !!

Mojo said...

Great pictures! What is David actually eating? A danish?

Uncrustables is a great idea during long rides, thanks.

TriBoomer said...

Great weekend ride!

Stay tuned...

nancytoby said...

Mojo,
Your guess is as good as mine. It looked gooey.

Iron Pol said...

Now I REALLY want yellow tires for the Pol-R Express. I keep thinking about that, and now I KNOW they are needed.

Sigh!

Flatman said...

Wheeee! Great ride.

Downhillnut said...

Any ride that includes a ferry and a danish sounds fun to me. Hope you didn't hurt yourself much when dismounting. Great photos!

Cliff said...

Next time i will pack a danish in my bento box. Good idea :)

Starting at 5:30 am is extra points for sure..u guys woke up like 4 somethign :O

mipper said...

great job! and the pic of you and the girls on Ellie's blog is wonderful! That needs to be framed for sure. I am all about candid, not looking at the camera shots. you can tell you adore your babies.

Habeela said...

What an adorable picture of you and your girls!

Sherri said...

such a cute picture of you and your daughters! they are adorable! great ride, nancy. and loving buttercup's tires =>

Geek Girl said...

It's so cool getting to spend vacation time with folks isn't it? Glad you're having a great summer!

Sara said...

May be you should place one of the thingies that you hook to your bike to train inside on the ferry. Then you could keep warm during the trip.

TriFeist said...

16.4 is a great pace for 78 miles. Well done!

beru said...

thank you to post on my blog !

Bolder said...

have i mentioned that you have a de-lite-full level of bike porn in your posts...

The Big Cheese said...

Nancy you are really looking fit in this picture!