Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Humble by the distance.

I use gmap pedometer and measure my route. It comes to 240 km (150 miles). Holy freak. This will be a long long trip. I asked for an adventure and I got one. This ain't a walk in the park.

This morning, I remembered the time I went to PEI by myself, rent a bike and rode for three days. It was an awesome experience. There was no cars, no traffic, no street noise. Just quietness. It was ackward...but in a good way. I missed that a lot.

It was a bit scary. I mean, I was all by myself. If I fell into a ditch, no one would know. I could simply disappeared off the face of the earth.

The longest I had ridden before was two years ago. Me and my buddy rode 180 km (112 miles). Back then I have no clue about nutrition. We would ride for 4 hours, stopped at McDonalds and rode another 4. It was a chilly day to ride. In the mid 40s *F (about 8 *C).

If I could do it then, I could do it now.

This Sat will be a great day. The weather is perfect.

24 comments:

Rachel said...

sounds like an awesome ride. hope the weather holds up.

Hilda said...

Nice to see how you are planning since many days ahead this that will be a great birthday... I'd like to plan something like that to celebrate too!

jessie_tri_mn said...

Maybe you should have planned 260K in honour of your 26th birthday? Just kidding, 200K is going to tire you out plenty.

What a way to kick off a new year of life!

You're brining a camera right? We want pictures of your journey, of course ;)

Habeela said...

Enjoy. I'm sure it will be great!

TriSaraTops said...

Awesome! Very exciting--can't wait to hear how it goes!

qcmier said...

Enjoy the ride!!! Are you taking a camera?

jameson said...

CHARGE IT!! can't wait to hear about the ride.

Mike said...

Epics- you gotta love'em! Once you get into your groove, that rolling meditation is a beautiful thing. Here's to great weather and tailwinds on your ride!

William said...

Good luck Cliff. Ride smart.

Papa Louie said...

Have a safe and fun ride. You may want to pay attention to nutrition and I don't mean mcdonalds.

stronger said...

If we don't see a post by Monday we'll all come looking for you!

Thomas said...

Have a great trip, mate. I'm sure you will have a blast.

IMmike said...

good luck cliff. bring more food than you think you need.

Susan said...

Have a great day Saturday! Enjoy the weather.

IMmike said...

Cliff, I would try and bring about 300-400 cals per hour. Bring some solid food. A really good source of carbs are fig newtons. (50 cals per newton) - I use the store brand. Take a box and throw it in the back of your jersey. You never know what will taste good after 6 or 8 hours. You may hate gels by then. Also, powerbars work. I use this product called infinit nutrition. You get your stuff custom made. Works pretty well for me and I would recommend it.

Also, if its colder, then you need to consume more cals since your body is working to produce heat to keep warm.

Chris said...

You're a glutton for punishment! But have an awesome ride! And make you you start eating before the four hour mark this time. Maybe something other than McDonalds? :)

Al Carter said...

Can I come too?
I love love love long rides...you are going to have such a blast - what a perfect day.
Sending you best wishes for your birthday!

Rae said...

Have an awesome ride! I can't wait to hear about it!

Shelley said...

Wow...good for you!! Have fun and celebrate!!

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Enjoy the ride!

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