Eric D. Schabell: Another long ride

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Another long ride

Today I took a ride on the bike to Nijmegen and back, total distance was just over 109 kms.

The trip over was great, left early with a friend that wanted to only tag along until Oss (about 20kms) but he ended up making the entire trip to Nijmegen. We went much slower than I would normally go as he is just starting out, but it was nice to have someone to chat with and he knows the route really well. He spent time in the Dutch military stationed at an old base on the route to Nijmegen. It took us around 2 hours and 45 mins to get there with a break for breakfast at about the halfway mark.
The trip home was warm but with almost no wind I was able to keep my speed up to 30 km/hr or more most of the way (used my largest outside gear blade most of the way). Made it home in 2 hours and 05 minutes! I was much more carefull of feeding and drinking this time and consumed over the entire day the following:

  • 5 peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches
  • 4 packs of yogurt strawberry drink
  • 1 liter of Gatorade
  • 700 ml of drink mix (water and syurup)
  • 4 slices of ‘pepperkoek’ (sort of dark sweet bread)
  • 2 egg sandwiches and a bowl of soup for lunch
  • 2 snickers
  • several cookies

What amazes me is that I was never full the whole day, just hungry! ;-)
Next week I have a fitness test schedualed at the hospital, something just to make sure I am fit for such exertions and that nothing is wrong with my heart, lungs, etc. The test is the same needed for a Dutch Cycle Racing License, so should be good enough for me!