My wife and I decided to buy some mountain bikes to take with us when we went to the beach many years ago before my now 21 year old sons were born. After their birth, we bought the obligatory baby bike seats for each bike and would take them for rides around the neighborhood, but we never really got "into" riding much. I was a runner, for goodness sake. Why would I ride for excercise? Then it happened. I got a little slice of hell called plantar fasciitis. I battled the pain for weeks and weeks and finally stopped running so I could let my heel heal. After 5 or 7 weeks, I had gained about 7 lbs. That was enough. I lubed up the chain on my old mountain bike and took to the roads of our rural community. I was doing 5 miles, then 10 and then 15 on a ride. But the mountain bike on the roads was kind of grueling. I was up in the ATL and went to an REI and took a look at the bikes they had and decided I'd go with a Ghost Speedline 2. I have changed the pedals, gotten a better headlamp for the handlebars and then took the headlamp I got to do a camp/hike for the Grand Canyon this summer and put it into the regular gear for my rides early in the mornings. Most weekday mornings a short workout is 15 miles (a distance that seemed like a long way 3 years ago). A decent weekend ride will be 40 miles. I stick a handful of smarties in one of the pouches on the back of my shirt (See the weirdest energy food thread) and a couple of bottles of ice water and head out for the next 2.5 hours. Most of the time it is just me out by myself at 430 am. But don't worry you'll see me with two headlights on the front and blinking lights like a Christmas tree on hooked the pockets of my jersey in the rear. I only run now when I am out of town on a trip. But riding has become a life saver for my sanity.
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This is not an impromptu choice as much as a normal energy food choice as was recommended to me by my friend, Mike Beeman, who has completed 40+ consecutive Boston Marathons. Smarties. Each one is pure sugar with a little bit of citric acid. They have about 50 cal. for each roll. I'll take out a handful and start popping one after the first 10 miles and hit another one every 5 miles after until I run out.
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