How to Time Trial Faster

How to Time Trial Faster

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Multiday Solo Bike Ride: 573 miles

Multiday Solo Bike Ride: 573 miles

After completing a simple point-to-point 100k ride this morning that began around 10 AM I took a little rest stop in Washington Crossing, PA for a few hours before beginning this ride sometime after 4 PM. I was expecting a pretty straightforward self-supported ride that would take me about 60 hours to complete. I had checked the weather forecast and it appeared that the low temp tonight would be in the 50’s. Little did I know that it would actually get down into the low 40’s. That caused me a little bit of a problem.

I treated this ride as a bikepacking adventure. I had no plans to stay at motels at night. And I did not stay at motels during the ride ever. I brought along a very light hiker’s folding chair that weighed something like 1.5 to 2 pounds and folded up and fit in my backpack. It was used for “sleep” at certain rest stops. The weather was great during the daylight hours except it got a little warm on the final day. I got lost on the third day too because I was a little sleep deprived. But I was able to take a 1.5 hour break, get rested, and finished the ride in about 63.5 hours.

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Thursday Morning Solo Bike Ride: 124 miles

Thursday Morning Solo Bike Ride: 124 miles

Today is Day One of a 3-day bike ride I’m doing. I’ve combined this 100k ride with a 913k ride that I will commence later this afternoon. This ride starts in Princeton and ends at Washington Crossing, PA. And the 913k ride will begin and end at Washington Crossing, PA. The weather is simply marvelous today for this introductory 100k ride. I was riding my Felt CX bike again. It seemed to be running OK, but I probably should have cleaned it up a little better.

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All-Day Solo Bike Ride: 187 miles

All-Day Solo Bike Ride: 187 miles

The weather was supposed to be dry so I thought until I looked at the weather forecast this morning before I departed on this ride. I got hit with some light rain for 45 minutes this morning. And I got hit with some heavy rain for the last 2.5 hours of the ride. I was riding my Felt CX bike again since it’s the bike with lights and I departed this morning before sun up. This was the first ride in the rain for me this year. It would have been quite an achievement getting through the entire year without getting soaked. But today put that “dream” to rest. Next up will be my 1000k ride from home that includes the NJ 900k perm Andreas Prandelli created earlier this year.

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Saturday Night Solo Ride: 187 miles

Saturday Night Solo Ride: 187 miles

Basically another night ride in order to avoid the hot part of the day. I was riding the Felt CX bike again. Took a 3 hour nap from 1-4 before departing on the ride sometime after 5. Started out with no arm covers, but eventually it got cold enough to force me to put them on. I was tired during this ride. Hard to concentrate on leg spin and leg speed. It wasn’t until mile 90 or so that I finally got some kind of groove. Just one more of these 300’s to go before I tackle the NJ 900k perm.

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Thursday All-Day Solo Bike Ride: 250 miles

Thursday All-Day Solo Bike Ride: 250 miles

Not one of my better rides. I didn’t plan too much for this one. I got up early on a Thursday and had chores to do. Then at noon or so I departed on this 20+ hours ordeal. It was somewhat windy. The temp in the afternoon got warm. And then in the evening it got colder than I thought it would, i.e., 54 degrees. Had to take a nap in Chatsworth around mile 180. I was riding my Felt CX bike as usual since this was a partly a night ride.

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Monday Solo Bike Ride: 63 miles

Monday Solo Bike Ride: 63 miles

Only once before during THIS year have I done two rides on back-to-back days. That happened in late July. The ride I did this morning marks the first time this year that I have done a ride three days in a row. And I doubt I will do it again this year.

Today I rode the Felt CX bike again. It was pretty foggy out during the ride. I completed the first half of the ride before the sun came up. I wanted to avoid the heat. I actually did not want to get up and do the ride this morning. The first third of this ride was basically in a funk. I was awake enough to ride, but not really awake. I think I had a mild headwind on the way out. Made the return trip kind of easy.

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Sunday Solo Bike Ride: 93 miles

Sunday Solo Bike Ride: 93 miles

This was a plug ride. And it’s my go-to ride when it is super hot outside. I rode my Felt CX bike again since I left early in the morning before the sun came up.

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Saturday Solo Bike Ride: 65 miles

Saturday Solo Bike Ride: 65 miles

Since March I’ve been regularly riding long slow bike routes with the hope of getting rid of dysfunctional mitochondria. Until mid-July or so I was able to keep upping the duration of the rides without too much trouble. But I don’t do well riding in the heat. I can do it. But it’s really a hassle to do so. When my rides started taking 20 to 22 hours to complete it was impossible to cut out the hot part of a mid to late summer day. But I needed a ride today. So I opted for one I’ve never done before.

Chris Slocum designed the route with a start/finish in Tom River. I redesigned it a little so it began and ended in Roosevelt. I started early, and the short ride just zipped by for me since the hot part of the day never hit me. It was super short by RUSA standards – just 65 miles. I was riding my Felt CX bike since I needed a headlight at the start of the ride. I began before daybreak. All in all, it was a very enjoyable ride. Of course, it was much shorter than I would have liked.

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Sunday Solo Bike Ride: 125 miles

Sunday Solo Bike Ride: 125 miles

I had planned this year to do the Jenny Jump Forest 200k perm I created a few years ago. I didn’t know exactly when I was going to do it, but today seemed like a good day. The weather was supposed to be clear, and not overly hot. It did heat up at some point because I was complaining about the heat on one of the tough climbs included in this ride. I was riding my Cinelli road bike, and I finished during daylight hours. I did not have a headlight installed on the bike.

This 200k perm is probably the toughest route that New Jersey has to offer with regard to RUSA rides. And I am not known for my hillclimbing ability these days. I’m getting my overall health back by watching what I eat and when I eat it. And by increasing my exercise durations and being regular about my exercise. All in all, I think this ride went pretty well.

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