Month: June 2014 (page 2 of 2)

May Bike Loot

may bike lootI apologize for being late with this review but life happens… Anyway lets get to it!

This months Bike Loot surely won’t disappoint with 5 pretty interesting products.

First we have FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix – Cinnamon Apple flavor. These looks pretty good. Pancakes with 15g of protein, ¬†what more could you ask for out of your pancakes? I think this weekend I will be flapping some jacks…

Next in the box was a packet of Bottle Bright which is a bottle cleaning tablet. We’ve all suffered from that bottle funk and these cleaning tablets claim to be THE BEST bottle cleaner… EVER! My go to bottle these days is a Specialized Purist so I don’t suffer from bottle funk any longer but it also can clean stubborn coffee cup stains – so you know where I’ll be using this!

bike loot hello

I was no stranger to the third item in the box – Honey Stinger Vanilla Organic Energy Gel. As I have said before, I love me some Honey Stinger and always carry a gel or two with me on those long bike rides – I always carry extra energy products with me just in case someone else in the group needs a pick me up. It’s an all organic product and tastes yummy too. What more can I say. Get the Buzzzzz.

The fourth item in the box had me sending out an SOS. No not that type of SOS – SOS Rehydrate Electrolyte Drink Mix. This sounds pretty interesting as it’s a fast-acting electrolyte & hydration drink that has been engineered by a leading doctor, athletes and a military medical officer. It claims to give you 6 times more electrolytes, 20% more hydration and 75% less carbs. Sounds like a good alternative to just plain water if you don’t want to take in all those carbs of a typical sports drink. I might just try this when I’m working outside in the heat and not while I’m on the bike.

Lastly this month we have Movit Energy Gummies. This is a new and fast growing energy company. These have been scientifically engineered for optimal performance and delivery. The citrus flavor sounds appealing so I can’t wait to give these a try and will certainly see how they stack up to my regular go to energy chews.

May Bike Loot contents

50 miles – longest ride to date

Tour of Litchfield HillsThis past Sunday¬†marked a milestone for me, I completed my first 50 mile ride and also did the most climbing I had ever done with ~3600′ which included the longest continuous climb I have ever done. We weren’t even a half mile into the ride before the first and biggest climb of the day. It’s a little over 3 miles up the side of a small ski slope which Strava categorizes as a Cat 3 climb. Whew! That got us warmed up quick. But it didn’t stop there as we had another couple of shorter climbs to contend with before we caught a break with a nice downhill and then some rollers before we made our first rest stop at around mile 18. From there we traveled on some backroads with minor hills to our lunch stop which came around mile 30.

Now, I don’t mind stopping for a brief snack – an energy/protein bar, rice cake, fruit, fluids, etc… but I don’t know how people can have large sandwiches and meals before they head back out on the bike. If I tried that I’d be tossing my lunch up a mile down the road.

Long stops also tend to tighten me up as I’m sitting down. This wreaked havoc on my legs on the last 20 miles and caused a bit of knee pain. With 2 climbs right out of the gate I just ended up slowly spinning at the back until I got loosened up again and could go at my normal pace.

In any event, while it was a challenging ride, it was also a great ride with a great group of riders. It certainly was an accomplishment for me.

Next on the bucket list is a metric century!

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