I decided to head out to Ramona again this morning. It's a great challenge, hard to get lost on, and is close to home. Knowing that my legs were going to get over strained on this ride, I should have prepared for this ride better this morning. I only has some water, a peach and an apple before heading out. Well, I paid the price for my foolishness. On the way back home, I could feel my calves starting to seize if I pushed it too hard. I had plenty of electrolytes and water, just not enough nutrition to meet this kind of challenge.
My average speed was about 1.5 mph slower than last time. Which is a significant difference spread over a 40 mile course. Although my max speed was the fastest it's ever been on this course (39.5 mph).
Then to make matters even worse, I got stung by a bee at the most inconvenient time. I was starting my decent down the Poway grade (heading West), and then POW a big stinging hurt came over my inner right thigh. Thankfully I was able to keep my cool and slow down quick enough with traffic passing by me with little shoulder on the side. The bee was still attached, so I pulled it off. Good thing I'm not allergic to bees, or I would have been in a world of hurt. Good thing I only had about 5 miles left, because the pain interfered with my peddling. The stinging still bothers me 12 hours after it happened.
My body started to bonk the last two miles, but I made it home safely. After taking a shower, I proceeded to take a nap. I probably would have slept all day long if I didn't have so many things left to be done.
Well, at least I can say that I did go out and ride today.