Just a Quick Ride

I’ve done a little bit of talking about Tour de Cure, but talk doesn’t really do me much good when it comes down to actually riding. 20 miles? No sweat. Yesterday I had an opportunity to take advantage of the streak of beautiful weather we have been experiencing and go for a quick ride on my new bike. I figured a few laps around the high school would be enough to get a feel of how the bike felt and determine if any immediate changes needed to be made to make sure I would be comfortable during extended rides. A few laps later…I got ambitious.

It’s not like Herndon is that big of a town. I know my way around the major and neighborhood roads. I know that if I cruise on a bike path for a while and pop out in some random spot I can quickly figure out where I am and most importantly, how to get back home. So a right at this intersection…another right here…oh look, the WO&D Trail, I’ve seen this thing everywhere…

After a couple of miles on the WO&D I made a left figuring it would start me off on the right path back home. Technically I was right, but my curiosity got the best of me as I was navigating a smaller bike path and exploring neighborhoods I was confident in my ability to Magellan (yes, that’s a verb. Trademark is pending). 15 minutes later I finally admitted to myself that I was lost I asked a father playing catch with his son for directions and eventually found my way home before darkness completely set in. (Funny, you never notice how quickly it can get dark until you are chasing sunlight.)

Mapmyride.com says I traveled about 7 miles give or take a few detours. That sounds, and feels about right. I know the ride isn’t until June but I have my work cut out for me if I’m going to finish 20 miles at a decent pace. There were plenty of times during my little excursion that I simply stopped pedaling or, because I didn’t want to get hit by a car, had to wait for traffic. I don’t have a set time that I want to achieve in June, but one thing I do know is I do not want to stop pedaling when I’m out there. As long as I keep at this whole training thing, I think that’s attainable goal.

Oh yea. When I finally got home my legs felt a little wobbly. I figured I could blame the fact that I was on a bike for the past hour or so but I know Wilford doesn’t play nice.

#bgnow After my bike ride. Yikes

So next time I will be bringing some kind of liquid safety net. Just in case.

To the more experienced Red Riders out there – do you have any suggestions for small storage on solutions? A quick googling suggests something like this seat wedge. Would I still be able to hear/feel a Dexcom alert if the receiver is hiding under my seat? I’m sure I’ll be coming up with more questions as I slowly figure out what I’m doing so any help would be appreciated.

Speaking of appreciated, check out my Tour de Cure page. Donations will be met with smiles and hugs where applicable.

4 thoughts on “Just a Quick Ride

  1. When I ride, I keep Dexcom in a small backpack in the pocket (the drawstring kind with a zip pocket towards the back) so it’s right on my back and I can feel it vibrate. I also stop every 30 minutes to test, no matter what Dexcom says, because nine times out of ten my bgs drop before Dexcom can catch them, especially while exercising.

    Before I started pumping, I would drink juice or milk before exercising to combat the lantus or leftover humalog. I actually worked out pretty regularly in high school, playing sports or whatnot. Before hitting the softball field, pool, or gym, I’d usually eat a granola bar and have a carton of milk I purchased at lunch and kept cool in the nurse’s fridge. It was the only way to keep from going low during practice/work out.

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  2. oo I just thought of this. It would be cool to figure out a way to mount Dexcom on the bike itself so you could see it, like close to where the speed/mileage tracker dohicky sits. I want to do ride for a cure this year too, that might be something to look into. Dexcom advertises that Charlie Kimball keeps his stuck to his steering wheel when he races. Really don’t want lows when you’re driving 100 miles an hour.

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  3. Hi Chris,

    I have an ‘under the saddle’ bag similar to the one you hyperlinked. I usually keep it stocked with spare tubes and tire levers but I have been known to stash it full of glucose tabs, granola bars and my meter when I don’t want to carry any extra luggage.

    If you head over to the DESA discussion boards, I remember there being a thread about cyclists who had rigged their meters onto their handlebars (using, for example, a bicycle computer mount). This is something I want to do in the near future; if I engineer a good system, I’ll let you know.

    Good luck with the Tour de Cure training! And, if you happen to find yourself on Vancouver Island, drop me a line. I’m always up for a ride!

    L.

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