Thursday, July 17, 2008


and one sore ass later my latest UT Cycling study has begun. Honestly, my decision making abilities need to be revoked. I've said this before (in another post I can't recall) and I'll say it again. I may need someone else to tell me if I'm making the right decision or not. I say this in jest...

A few weeks ago i got an e-mail from Lynne over at UT wanting to know if I had time to do another cycling study. If so, was i still cycling. Well, if you count my ride at the Katy Flatlands last July as still riding then yes. Ok, so I didn't tell her that part. I vaguely payed attention to the length of the study and all it would require. As a student all I saw was the dollar amount and followed by a 'yes, I'd love to participate.'

So yesterday was the 'practice' ride. Seriously, why didn't I read that e-mail. I'm thinking no biggie I've fasted for these things before I've survived, how bad could it be. Way worse than my crazy head could imagine! After fasting for 12 hours and waking up hungry I had the privilege of riding a bike for 3 hours. Yeah, you read that right 3 hours on an empty stomach. Have I mentioned my bony butt...I think now is a good time to do just that. I have a very bony ass. When I drove from San Francisco to Austin every night I landed in a hotel I had to lay on my stomach and massage my ass back to life. In fact, I need to make a butt pumper. Something that can fluff a person's bony ass back to life.

Ok, for starters Lisa left my watch on...I love it when I sneak my gigantic watch by the timing Nazis. About 1.25 hours into my ride Lisa sees it and confiscates it...damn it!!! I really need to know how much longer I have on this bike. Now we'll get back to my bony ass. It's a total toss up in what's more miserable my growling stomach or my numb seat bones. I kid you not my butt was numb around the half-way point. The good news is you're able to stop and take a potty break. This proves to be a good thing. Gives me a chance to pump some life back into my bony ass. Again I need to make a butt pumper. I took 2 potty breaks. 1. because I actually needed to go and 2. because sitting on a bike for 3 straight hours is wrong!

By the end of the 3 hours my arms couldn't even hold the handle bars anymore I was so hungry. Normally I'm not one to want food directly after a hard work-out. Yesterday was different. The second I jumped off that bike I started slamming calorie drinks along with the biggest PB&J my eyes have ever seen. Lynne makes a wicked PB&J. By the time I finished stuffing my face I looked like a 6 month old pregnant lady in cycling shorts...not a good look for a single person;-)

The good news is I can bring my own bike seat with me next week. I think bike shorts and bike seats deserve their own post along with my bony ass;-)


IP Maggie said...

you're hilarious girl!
I cannot imagine
a)fasting for 12 hours
b)not eating as sooon as I wake up
c) doing a 3 hour w/o on an empty stomach!!

I would die. LITERALLY! and that would be death from my migraine from lack of food for longer than 3hours.

great job!!! I'm impressed!

Buzz said...

I think that 90% of cycling is getting used to being in that position. What a tough ass, no training and you pull off three straight hours on the bike, impressive!

Erin said...

You're in!! Yay!! The $$$$s help ease the pain. :) And so do the calories, which will make you feel like a different person for your next rides.

Lynne does make a wicked PB&J, doesn't she? Believe it or not, I miss those studies... Tell them I said hi! :)

holly said...

I tried to do a similar study last year for Lynne. Fasting for 12 hours before a hard workout is hard. They made me stop when my blood sugar dropped to 39. I got kicked out of the study.

You should totally invent a butt pumper.

Thanks for making me laugh :)

Lulu said...

After my last fasting ride I ate two of Lynne's PBJs. Awesome. Tell them I said hi too!