07.17.09

Type: Bike
Distance: 40.25 miles
Time: 1:55
Average mph: 21.00 mph
Average Heart Rate: 148 bpm

Finally! I averaged over 21.0 mph for an extended ride! The stars just aligned and I really pushed the pace, expecially on the second half. I think at the turnaround I was about at 59 minutes, so that means I negative split the ride in a big way. I averaged about 21.7 mph for the entire ride back. There aren’t many huge hills on this ride, and the wind was calm, so I just rode hard on the way back. I did catch every light and the sign people let me through at the construction zones. Both of those fact definitely helped my average pace.

I spend most of the ride back with my heart rate right on the border of Zone 4 and 5. My legs are still a little tired, but I am estatic with the results of todays efforts.

Sad news on the TdF — American Levi Leipheimer withdrew from the race because of a broken wrist he suffered from a crash at the end of yesterday’s stage. See the story here. He was in 4th place in the GC and was in contention for the overall win. It is a shame to see him have to pull out, but can you imagine racing at that level with a broken wrist? Especially going into the Alps, the amount of pain he would have to endure to even ride let alone race would be unreal.

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...