Drafting for Speed

I woke up bright and early this morning to meet with Mark for a bike ride! The metric century is in two weeks, and I need as much time on the bike as I can get!

 

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We intended on doing 25-30 miles at a steady pace, but once we realized that we only had a little over an hour, there was no way that we could finish in time to make it to class. Instead, we decided to pick up our pace a bit for our normal 15 mile route.

 

Normally it takes a little over an hour to complete the 15 mile route, because we are usually riding side-by-side and chatting. Today, we finished in 53 minutes, a whole 9 minutes faster, by riding in a single-file line.

 

By decreasing wind resistance, the back rider(s) use less energy to maintain a higher speed. This technique is called Drafting. Being less than a foot away from the other riders tire is a little nerve-wrecking, so its important to communicate if you need to slow down, or stop.

 

 

We were able to maintain about a 17 mph pace for the majority of the ride. I noticed that when I was following in the back, my heart rate dropped significantly, and my legs felt like they were getting a break. Crazy how it works!

 

 

Before I left, I had a cinnamon swirl bagel with a hefty serving of PB.

 

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After our ride, I made smoothies for us!

 

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I love my green smoothies, but after drinking soooo many for Project Glow, I wanted to switch it up. I combined:

  • 1 cup whole frozen strawberries
  • 1 whole frozen banana
  • 1 container Stonyfield vanilla fat free yogurt
  • 6 oz pineapple juice

 

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The picture above lies… I used frozen bananas so that I wouldn’t have to add ice.

 

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It was SOOOO good. I will definitely be making this again.

 

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Even though I have the day off of work (for Good Friday), I have a lot to get done! I feel like its so much easier to be productive on Fridays than it is Saturday or Sundays.

 

❤ MegaNerd