Saturday, April 3, 2010

My Accidental 70 Mile Bike Ride

I'm not going to lie, I'm not feeling super intelligent right now. And I am feeling a bit of burning when I pee in my legs. This morning I biked 70 miles (well, 69.55 but I am rounding up for effect). A new distance record!

69.55 miles, 14.4 mph (4:48:58 total time)

This weekend, I wanted to do a long bike ride. I had mapped out a route that would take me mostly through the reservation so that I could avoid as many stoplights as possible....and maybe if I was feeling lucky hit the casinos and rub elbows with the old ladies. The great part about this ride was that it was only supposed to be 55 miles. Not a SUPER far ride but far enough that my ass would hurt afterwards. Nothing like a little 'tactile feedback' to tell you that you rode well.

Well, turns out that Google Maps had different plans. In the below planned route, I marked the 'issue' point with a star.



Turns out that what looked like a road was actually a Jeep dirt path. Not so good on the road bike. I actually did ride 2 miles each way on the dirt path to see if it would magically turn into a road, but it didn't - not even when I made dirt bike noises! *Rarrrrrr VVRRoooooommmm*

Below is the actual route that I ended up riding. You can see around mile 35 when I had a short out and back on the dirt road. Where the city ends, reservation begins.



Let me tell you this ride was tough. The most frustrating was that I needed to get back to the hospital and was really trying to push the pace. This of course caused me to crash around mile 60 or so. My Average miles per hour went from 15.0 all the way down to the 14.4 where I ended up overall.

But, I suppose I got the 'tactile feedback' that I was looking for. Not only are my legs still tired and sore, my ass DOES hurt! So, on that scale I suppose it was a good ride.

18 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Wowzer, a 70 mile bike ride!! Rock Star!! Does your ass hurt?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend...have fun with your Easter company:)

Psyche said...

See, if you had left off the Raaaarrr, and just said the VRRoooooommmm, I'm pretty sure it would've magically turned into a road. (The Rraaaar made it think it was a tiger-duh!)

70 miles is a looooooooooooooooooooooooong way.

ShutUpandRun said...

Hope the Easter bunny brings you something for your hurting ass. 70 miles is far. Hell, 55 sounds far enough to me.

Barefoot AngieB said...

wow! I am impressed! Easter candy is the best and I have heard it is good for taking the focus off of a sore tookus!

RunningLaur said...

Wait. You went from Gilbert past Laveen and back?!?!???!? Laveen is on the otherwise of th universe, and you live even further away than me! That's insane

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

That is epic! Sometimes getting lost can create quite a workout. I've done it myself. Still, great job getting it done!

Running Through Phoenix said...

Who cares about your ass, how's your foot?

Jamoosh said...

Remind me to never do a long run with you!

Razz said...

My stalking is almost complete. Now I've got it narrowed down to the South Mountain area. Next week: I stop by for dinner.

Glenn Jones said...

Nice ride Adam! Way to pull it off!

Running Through Phoenix said...

The little side route is obviously your sub-conscious telling you that it is not a good idea to go find young single cocktail waitresses for your pal Jeff. give it up friend and listen to reason.

Pat said...

Another mile or so and you would have hit the road. I can't believe you went all the way around south mountain. How'd you like riding on baseline south of downtown Phx?

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Hahaha, rounded up for effect, loved that! At least it was on a bike and not during a long run! Sheesh!! :) Hope walking isn't too much of an issue today!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I cannot fathom riding 70 miles on a bike. Go buy yourself a Livestrong shirt if you don't already have one.

Garden Runner said...

Congrats on your accidental distance! How's your butt? No riding for at least a day or tow I'm ASSuming, right?

Whitney said...

I intentionally did 70 miles last summer... and my butt hurt like crazy for a few days afterward. Hope you feel better fast!

RunnuRMark said...

Wow...i don't even want to think about why my ass would feel like after that. That's double my distance PR. And something tells me that the wife won't give me an extra 5 hours or so to try that anytime soon!

Running Through Life said...

I don't know how you handled 70 miles. Your ass must be pretty sore for sure! I hope you get back to running again before you have an ass injury.