8/4/06: Highway 92 to Stevens Creek (53 Miles)

Today I rode 53 miles and I am pretty wiped out. I think tomorrow is definitely going to be a rest day, although I may do 20-30 minutes of low intensity training to loosen up my legs if they are sore.

Today I went out to Highway 92 in San Mateo and then back to the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino. I rode Alameda de Las Pulgas to Woodside Road. Next I took Canada out to Highway 92 and doubled back to the town of Woodside, where I took Mountain Home Road over to Portola. I rode Portola to Alpine road than took Arastradero to Purissima. I made a right on Robleda and a left on Elena to Foothill College. After quickly cutting across campus I made a left on S. El Monte and then a right on Summerhill. I took Summerhill to Magdalena and the popped out on Foothill Expressway. I rode Foothill to the base of the Stevens Creek Reservoir and the doubled back on Foothill all the way back to Palo Alto.

I was feeling tired after about 16-17 miles and the wind on Canada road, which is normally strong, especially gusty. Yet, today was about putting in some base miles and not about speed so I just backed off and kept pedaling. I was slow and tired up all of the rolling hills but I wasn’t concerned because I was prepared to take the next day off to recover. One small frustration was that my heart rate monitor / cyclocomputer was definitely on the fritz. Numerous times through out the ride it measured my heart rate as zero for extended periods of time. Each time I double checked my chest strap but it always seemed to be correctly in place. Also at one point coming down Alpine Road, it flashed 58.8 mph for a second, which I’m certain was incorrect as it was otherwise reading about 30 mph. So of my stats below the max speed, average heart rate, and calories burned are all off by a significant degree. Typically I burn 400-450 calories per hour on the bike with a heart rate ranging between 130 – 150 and I suspect both of the recorded numbers are low by about 1/3. I am confident that the distance is accurate because I’ve ridden this route numerous times in previous years. Also, the average mph looks right based on the distance and ride time so I am confident it it as well.

Here are today’s ride stats:

52.81 miles

14.9 average mph

58.8 max mph

109 average heart rate

164 max heart rate

1109 calories burned

3h 32m 28s ride time

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