Sorry, mostly boring post just so I can journal what worked today.
Winds: 8 mph
Distance: 40 miles
Avg. Speed: 14.2
Max Speed: 19.6
I'm still having some trouble with my low gears (damnit!) makes it hard to shift as approporiate to keep cadence. All-in-all, for riding alone and lack of training, not bad for me.
I focused on fueling every 10 miles (that's the distance between the stops at the MS150). I used "X-tend" recovery drink, which I seem to get better results with, as opposed to Cytomax. I did down 24 oz. of Cytomax before I even started riding today. I supplemented my liquid recovery with my favorite Snackin' Flax and some mediterrainian apricots (low on the glycemic index, but quick to your muscles).
Breakfast was 2 slices of sprouted grain bread and 1.5 oz. of low fat Cheese. About an hour later I had Nonfat yogurt with Blueberries. (Seemed to work)
Last night my trainer had a "newbie" shadowing our session. He told her I'm the second strongest woman in my gym, benching 135... my competition benches 155 and presses 800 on the leg press. She's competing in a bodybuilding competition at the end of the month. Not to toot my horn, but that kind of put things in perspective for me! Wow... maybe I am strong. Maybe I do have muscle underneat this coat of loose skin and flab. ;-)