Plan A was heading out along the Quimper Peninsula, but I wasn't feeling well so I tried a simpler ride to South Prairie. I still had to turn back early at Sumner.
More after the break…
Ever since a couple days after getting home from the the STP, I've had trouble keeping electrolytes going properly when at rest. I kept ending up sick to my stomach and dizzy a lot of the time, and had to go pretty overboard with sports drinks. It's been far worse on days without riding, or with only my commute. I didn't have the energy for my original plan.
Been having electrolyte and hydration issues far worse than usual all week. Going to do a less ambitious ride than I'd originally planned.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
Had to drink a whole pot of tea to clear out the sick feeling this morning. If it comes back while I'm riding, I'll turn back early.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
Deciding to just ride to South Prairie and back for safety, I left a half-hour late.
There are many bus options on this route, so it'll be fairly easy in that event.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
Laced up my Brooks saddle yesterday, and it needed to go down 3mm afterwards.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
The ride went okay, but I definitely was having trouble beyond pedaling. Minor dizziness kept me on my toes the whole time, too.
I'd normally be inhaling food about now after riding this far, especially with the caffeine. I'm only eating half-heartedly.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
Stomach isn't taking too kindly to real food.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
When I stopped to refill my bottles at the Starbucks in Kent, I got a half-caff americano to give me a small boost. All it really did was clear out most of the bad physical feelings, and my mood wasn't fixed at all. I took this as a sign.
Just a tiny boost. (@ Starbucks in Kent, WA) https://t.co/DuOmUM4uoq— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
I think I'm going to turn back at Sumner. I started off not feeling up for today and that feeling has never really disappeared.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
I took the West Valley Highway because I was feeling pretty emotionally dead and didn't want to deal with bits of no shoulder on my usual route along the East Valley Highway.
I stopped at a cafe in Sumner and decided to get bacon and a malted hot fudge milkshake to give me a stronger kick. Pretty much anything is healthy when exercising like this!
Turning back here. (@ Berryland Cafe in Sumner, WA) https://t.co/dkBX3Gzdq4— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
The kick didn't really fix my mood, but I started on my way back nonetheless. I decided to go via the Sumner business park and the Sumner Link Trail, then along back roads through Pacific to the C Street Trail to Auburn. I really felt like getting some coffee in Auburn, so I went to the Green River Cyclery as the folks there like to chat.
Still feeling pretty bad. Coffee to get me home. (@ Green River Cyclery and the Busted Bike Cafe in Auburn, WA) https://t.co/7gEB0uQyeO— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
I noticed a lot of cool cycling books among the tables, including a few issues of Bicycle Quarterly. I also saw pamphlets for the Courage Classic, which a lot of locals are doing. In fact, a number of the customers who stopped by the shop while I was there were also doing it.
Rather then head back the way I came, I went out along the Frager Road to the Green River Trail. The caffeine was definitely doing its thing and my mood was finally where I wanted it.
Frager Road is a gem of a bicycle route, and it isn't closed for levee work all the time! #seabikes— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
The fact it took a milkshake and two shots of espresso to fix my mood shows how awful I was feeling earlier.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
I hope I don't end up regretting it later. Definitely going to bed early tonight.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
I stopped by a park along the trail to eat, and ended up chatting with a number of folks training for the Courage Classic.
Eating still isn't fun.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
Chatted for a while with a lady who replaced her Brompton with a Gunnar Hyper-X at @MontlakeBikes.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
After they left, I started on my way back north as well, taking the Green River Trail all the way to South Park. Something that caught my eye along the way was the very low level of the river.
While I stopped in South Park to get a Gatorade and more water, I called up Cyclefab to see if they were open, as I had been talking to them about a rack modification on the bike I had been riding. Oddly enough, they actually were open, and I headed their way once done with my drink.
I had work scheduled on this bike anyway. (@ cyclefab in Seattle, WA) https://t.co/z02LBYyYL9— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
Bus Ride Home
With that, the only real option was a bus ride home with all four of my bags. I started to feel worse along the way.
The caffeine is wearing off. I feel sicker than when I started this morning. Expected this. Ugh.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
First time being on one of the RapidRide XDE60s.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 23, 2016
I got home fairly early and finished my day soon after, as I was pretty much done with the day.