I don't know if it was the heat, the fact that I hadn't ridden the road in a while, or some combination of the two... but I was hurting. To add to those two factors, I drank coffee prior to the ride. No, I didn't have to make a potty break! I don't typically drink a ton of coffee because the caffeine really does get me jittery, leaving me feeling a little weak with jello legs. It was no different under effort. Not exactly a desired state to be in on a road bike... jittery, jello legs, with cold sweats ON TOP of the hot sweats from the heat... it was bizarre so I had to stop and eat something to try to get me out of the mess of a state I was in.
Luckily, after my stop, and a quick pep talk from my coach, I was feeling refreshed and powered on.
|Strategerizing with my Coach.|
When I got home from my road adventures I could feel the cramps coming on. So I quickly got to downing some post ride potions. I had my half milk/half water protein shake. Finished another bottle of water. And a tablespoon of mustard for good measure. As soon as I had the mustard all threat of cramps vanished. It's absolute magic I tell you!
Then it was time to stop sweating and wait for the group ride. I could still feel the toll in my legs so I was glad it was a social ride. Still a bit of slippage in the EBB (although maybe not as bad) so it looks like I'll give the Glow Worm a nice cleaning today and dismantle it in preparation for a new arrival.
The idea was bikes, beers, and burritos. Instead we ended up eating italian... yeah I know, weird. BUT, thanks to the culinary misadventure I now know where in Charlotte all the pimps go for their cleaning needs. Yes. I said pimps.