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60 Miles

by Meghann on August 9, 2013

I have a new PDR! I rode 60 miles on the bike today! Woo hoo!

Never mind that’s still only a little more than half of what I have to do in November, but hey, it’s a start!

I set out today with a goal of four hours on my bike. I set my alarm for 6:15 and made my favorite yogurt pancakes with walnuts, almond butter, and strawberries before heading out. I love these pancakes, they’re so filling and keep me feeling energized for all my bike rides. We’re staying at a condo for the IM and these pancakes will definitely be a pre-race requirement on race morning.

Wake up –> pancakes –> prep water bottles –> load car

I made it to the trailhead around 8 and was thankful for picture perfect blue skies. I’ve encountered rain on my last few long bike rides and lucked out without any today. However, I didn’t get as lucky with the wind. I had a horrible headwind for the first 15 miles. Blah.

I find long rides are easier when I break them up a bit, so my first goal was to make it to 15. At 15 I stopped and had a Clif Fruit Rope.

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A random grab when I was at the grocery store last week. It was pretty tasty and fit easily in my back pocket.

Once I passed mile 25 on the trail I was officially in new territory on the trail and exploring parts I’d never seen before. For instance, I had not idea my super flat trail eventually does get hilly the deeper you go into it. Good. I really needed some hill training anyway.

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I stopped again when I made it to mile 30 and took a little breather. The sun was out and it was HOT. It was nice to have some shade. I also ate a Luna bar.

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I favor my right water bottle on my back cage when I ride. It’s easier to grab the right bottle over the left one for whatever reason, so I always switch them when I stop at the halfway mark to give them both some love (plus my right bottle was empty).

The back bottles were filled with Gatorade and the new right bottle (former left) also had a packet of Endurance Gatorade Gatorlytes.

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“Gatorlytes” is a electrolyte powder blend specifically formulated for cramp-prone athletes. My sister had used salt capsules for the first time on her last long ride and raved about how much of a difference they made with her energy levels. Since Gatorade had sent the Gatorlytes a few weeks ago I thought I would try them to see if they had the same effect as the salt capsules had with Kelly. I do have problems with cramping a little when I get off the bike and was hoping this would help.

The directions were simple, add one packet to a 20 oz bottle of Gatorade.

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I had a 24-oz bottle that I added the packet to before I left. The packet wasn’t really much of a powder, it resembled salt more than anything else. I gave it a good shake then packed it for the ride without tasting it.

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I had my first sip of the water bottle with the added Gatorlytes after my turn around. It tasted like salty Gatorade. I’m pretty sure all I did was add salt to my Gatorade. The first couple of sips definitely threw me off. The salty flavor was pretty overpowering. However, I did eventually grow used to it. I did stop at the water stop at mile 7 to add more water to my bottle to dilute it just a tad. I know it says that one packet is good for a 20 oz bottle, but I think I would have better luck dividing the single packet over two bottles. You know, spreading the salt out a bit.

On a plus side, I really think the added salt helped. My energy levels never dipped and I felt pretty good the remainder of the right. I had my final stop at mile 7 to refill my bottles and suck on a PowerBar Energy Fruit Blend.

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According to my pace I would be back at the trailhead around 1:00. Since I had to be back at my house at 2:00 (and it’s a good 30 minute drive from the trailhead) I was really debating whether I should run or not. I was throwing out every excuse there was to get out of the run (too hot, I want real food, I’m going to miss the repair guy at 2:00, etc), but in the end I decided to go for it and just run. It was just 2 miles – 20 minutes top! – i knew I would only be hurting myself if I didn’t run.

So I got back to my car, changed my shoes, grabbed the rest of my salty Gatorade from my bike, and took off.

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Minus the horrible sun and heat, my run wasn’t bad, especially considering I was just on the bike for four hours. My legs were ready to move and easily kept a sub-9:00 minute pace. If I had the time, I could have easily gone a little farther. Turns out the salty Gatorade really did make a difference. Rock on.

BIke – done.

Run – done.

Time to head home and eat!

I had some leftover pork in the fridge I had been fantasizing about the entire second half of my ride. When I got home I made a naan pizza with the pork, bbq sauce, leftover roasted broccoli, and goat cheese.

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Seriously amazing. Totally hit the spot.

Overall I was really happy with my brick today. Not the fastest time ever, but I never felt burnt out and didn’t cramp. Win-win.

However, I did end up with one temporary souvenir…

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I have shorts tan lines too. Eh. What can ya do.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caroline August 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I try to remember to bring salt out on long runs or rides so I don’t get cramps. I’ll have to try this new product out and see how it works. Congrats on the new PDR!
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2 Becky @ Olives n Wine August 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Love the tan lines!! I get those too during the summertime. It’s like a temporary fitness tattoo, or at least that’s what I tell myself πŸ˜‰
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3 Tori August 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Is that the Suncoast trail? If so, I ride the north end pretty regularly (til they closed it for construction few months ago, grrr). It is the hilliest place around here for miles. I always go there instead of another local trail when I need a good butt kicking.

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4 Tori August 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Also, congrats on your distance record. I’m a regular reader–excited for your Ironman journey. I’ll get there in a few years–got to get the kids in school first.

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5 Farah @ Fabulously Farah August 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Nice work! I’m glad the salty Gatorade ended up working for ya πŸ™‚

I’m looking forward to trying the yogurt pancakes!
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6 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun August 10, 2013 at 12:38 am

Oh I have the craziest shorts tans and sports bra tan line as well ! I say that is what makes you great! haha πŸ™‚
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7 Christine @ BookishlyB August 10, 2013 at 1:13 am

I started riding in April and I’m up to 30- 60 seems really long and really far away for me! Do you wear padded shorts? Any recommendations on brands?
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8 Mary August 10, 2013 at 3:04 am

I’ve spent all Summer trying to adjust my tan lines, but all I end up doing is mixing it up with random lines all over my arms, legs and back! The trials of a runner… πŸ™
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9 Andrea R. @ Morning Runner Girl August 10, 2013 at 5:35 am

That pizza looked amazing!!! I gotta try at-home pizzas!
Great job on the bike and fantastic job getting out there on the run afterward! So hard to convince yourself to do! Endurance sports are mind games πŸ™‚

I use Nuun tablets on my rides and after my runs. I have never tried the gatorlytes, might would be interested to see how they do!
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10 Victoria August 10, 2013 at 6:57 am

Nice PDR on that bike! Salt makes SUCH a difference for long bricks in the heat. If you don’t like the super-salty taste of the Gatorade product, look into Saltsticks – they’re just pills you swallow so you don’t taste anything.
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11 mary @ minutes per mile August 10, 2013 at 7:27 am

are those brooks pureconnects?! i have the same pair :). wow, that is a lot of exercise for a day! i don’t know if i could go bike to run. awesome job
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12 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

Congrats on the new distance! That’s awesome! I can’t imagine riding 60 miles, though this morning I couldn’t even get my butt out of bed. πŸ˜‰
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13 Amanda August 10, 2013 at 8:35 am

I sunscreen pretty religiously and still have racer back tan lines. Eh, what can ya do?

That salty Gatorade is pretty cool! Who knew? I love nuun!

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14 Molly @ There Goes Molly Rose August 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

Congrats on the PDR! Was that the Suncoast?
My hubby cramps up real bad just after playing recreational sports. He takes salt tablets and is just fine though (with a lil stretching help from his therapist wife too πŸ˜‰ But perhaps we’ll try those gatorlytes to see if they’re any different! Have a good restful weekend!
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15 Megan (The Lyons' Share) August 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

Way to go, Meghan!! You’re amazing! I also have killer shorts tan lines πŸ™‚
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16 Sarah123 August 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I would love to have some of those trails close to me – looks like a good time!

Please be careful with sunburns. A couple of friends of mine recently had to have moles on their back biopsied due to excessive burning over the last 10 years worth of summers. That’s only from Canadian sun – I know Florida is way hotter. Just keep safe, lady! πŸ™‚

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17 Steph August 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Awesome job!!!
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18 Ashley August 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Way to go! You’re absolutely into IM training now…it’s gettin serious!
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19 Danielle @ Long May You Run August 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Hey, that looks like the Suncoast trail where my parents live. I’ve done quite a bit of running on those hills- near SR 50 right?

Have you tried Hammer’s e-caps (or s-caps)? I found my stomach can only handle so much Gatorade (4-5 hours and I’m done) but taking the e-caps helps tremendously to replenish my sodium loss. Check them out.
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20 Meghan August 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Sunscreen??? Awesome job. No regret for running is always a great feeling πŸ™‚
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21 Katie @ Live Half Full August 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I want to try those Gatorlytes! I’ve used salt tabs before but these sound more appealing.

I have matching tan lines! My shorts tan is the worst- my knees are so tan from biking and so I basically have stripes on them. Really attractive when my skirts hit right above it.
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22 Sarah August 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

Sounds like a pretty awesome day!!!! Great ride!
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23 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen August 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm

congrats on the new PDR!!! You are awesome!!!

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24 BroccoliHut August 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I have the WORST shorts tan going on right now! My family and I went down to the lake for this weekend, and I was so embarrassed to put on my bathing suit and show my awful running tan lines. Ah well…all for a good cause πŸ™‚
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25 Katie D. August 12, 2013 at 8:43 am

When it is really hot, I often drink poor man’s gatorade on my run – Lemonade combined with Salt. It really helps, as I’m a super salty sweater and I can adjust how concentrated the lemonade and salt is depending on my needs.

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26 [email protected] August 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Holy Moly that is a serious workout! Congrats!!! πŸ™‚

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27 amyt August 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

There are some really good rails to trails in Florida!! When I was in the Army – we had Victory Punch….it was salt added to Kool aid………uhhh yea gross – but being at bootcamp in August….salt added too kool aid ended up being yummy – we would drink the mess out of it, after a while, you couldn’t even taste it. Your body just craved and needed that salt. πŸ™‚

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