"Beauty confronts us with the requirement that we place ourselves among...the redeemers, the leaders in the protection of life. Once you have seen the bush on fire, you are not going to get out of the assignment unless you close your eyes to the beauty.... [You] either have to close your eyes or go back to Egypt and set the people free." - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, "Rising to the Challenge of Our Times"

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Decades come and go, but a century is a long time

Lessons learned over the weekend:

  • 100 miles of biking doesn't hurt as much as 26.2 miles of running.
  • I arrived at the rest stops at pretty much the same time as everybody else from our group, regardless of how fast I tried to go, because they were smart enough to stay together and draft while I was riding off into a headwind.
  • It's a bad idea to schedule things after a century ride that make you feel like you need to hurry up and finish it already, because:
    • people think you're showing off (and then it's harder to get sympathy when you're tired);
    • you are in danger of missing the things scheduled afterwards unless they're happening at the place where the century ends.
  • The fun of riding as fast as you can for as long as you can keep it up (relative concepts; my all-out 'fast' would be a leisurely spin through the orchards for others) is costly, but the fun of having friends with whom to ride, through the good stretches and rough patches, and with whom to go to In 'n Out after two days of riding, is better than finding a sushi polka-dot jersey on sale.
  • I can go farther than I ever thought. A nice motorhome with a fridge, or even a motorcycle, would be more comfortable, but there's probably lots of time to spend being comfortable.
  • You can't bring too many snacks. A rider in our group said that her heart rate monitor said she burned about 2600 calories in the 8 hours it took us to finish (about six hours of actual riding and two hours of rest stops). Maybe I'll start wearing mine so I can calculate the number of In 'n Out menu items I can consume and still be in a calorie deficit.
    • That would be some clever fast-food marketing...to hand out free heart rate monitors to people that track their exercise and how many calories they've burned, and for every 10,000 calories burned, you can get free stuff. Energy trading.
So next Sunday I've got a chance to apply some of what I learned. Maybe I'll start working on the Energy Trading project too...hello, In 'n Out Headquarters?


adam said...

I love In 'n Out. N and I always stop there when we're in Reno or NorCal.

hmr said...

I think she said 4600 calories. That's almost halfway to your free meal.

Emily said...

Wow. That's right, I'd remarked that it sounded like more than two days' worth of calories.

That's a lot of french fries.

I love cycling.

Emily said...

For a lively description of the century ride, complete with actual photos, please visit Rolling through the miles.

George said...

Wow, I am inspried. Here I am in my office looking out at cold grey skies with another storm coming. Maybe Saturday I can get the recumbent out. I miss it. The roman chair is getting a work out every day though.