Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tour de Cure, 77 mile record, and lots of FOOD!

Today was Tour de Cure. This is a charity ride for the American Diabetes Association. There are several different distances you can ride ranging from 25-100 miles. My group rode the 77 mile course. 77 miles is the longest ride I have ever done... and I survived... and even felt like I could have went further! Overall it was great. The weather was perfect, not too windy, and had some good laughs. Of the good laughs included:

1. Stebra trying out a new kind of shammy butter. This kind had menthol in it so there was a bit of tingling going on down there. This was a discussion topic for at least 10 miles.

2. Bulky's ideal man criteria was discussed for at least another 10 miles. Contents not being displayed for obvious reasons. :)

Today I was so worried about bonking that I ate a TON. When the ride was over I was so full I couldn't even think about eating one more thing. Of all the things I ate/drank were: 3 bags of veggie straws, 1 pack of tropical punch shot blocks, 2 1/2 pb&j sandwiches, 1/2 nutella sandwich, 5 oatmeal raisin cookies, 3 orange slices, 4 1/2 bottles Gatorade, and 1 1/2 bottle water. The veggie straws were a new thing... and a big hit. I am definitely buying them from now on. The salt on them really hits the spot. :) I guess they don't call me Snackie for nothing! Haha.

Afterwards the team went to the Nona Tap room for a team social. That was nice. By the time I got there I was starving again. We talked a lot. I don't remember half of what was said because I was so out of it at that point. All I remember was that my chicken sandwich was great and so were some nachos that were put in front of me. I left early, went home to take a 30 minute nap. I set my alarm. When it went off I didn't know where I was or what was going on so I went back to sleep. My 1/2 hour nap turned into 2 hours. After my ice bath and some ibuprofen I am starting to feel like a normal person again. :) What a great day!

Below is a pic of me and Hairy Scary when we were done.

Above is a pic of me, CL on the phone, and Stebra.

Today's Stats:
77.62 miles
Total riding time: 4:47  (about 6 hours if you include breaks)
Avg speed: 16.2 mph
Avg HR: 115
Total Calories burnt: 3583


  1. haha WOW that's a lot of food for a 77mile ride. I've heard recommendations of 200-250 cal/hr to consume on the bike and make adjustments from there. A lot also depends on your intensity. The greater the intensity, the more blood is going to your muscles and not your tummy so you can't absorb as many calories...this is where getting sick comes into play. Hope you had a blast!

  2. Surprisingly, I didn't have an upset stomach. I ate a lot because I was really hungry 10 miles into it. :) Normally, I eat/drink about 300 calories/hr and that is about right... but sometimes not enough. Thanks for the tips. :)