Paceline Podcast 160

Paceline Podcast 160

Selene is tough. We all knew that. But last weekend, she went to Oklahoma for an event known as Tulsa Tough. The question of the day? Which is tougher: Tulsa, or Selene?

Easy there, champ.

Patrick’s idea of a hard ride has been downgraded since Dirty Kanza. He’s still in serious recovery mode more than 10 days after the event. He’s contemplating new recovery strategies like vampirism and caffeine drips.

We also just received our first-ever Paceline kits, produced by Primal. They’ll be up in the RKP store for sale soon.



Show links:

Primal Wear

Specialized Roubaix

Tulsa Tough

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  1. Michael Bell

    Congrats on the DK finish! Glad to hear you had the presence of mind to adjust your goals on the fly.
    I didn’t know this in the lead up to the race, but a woman who graces our Tuesday shop multi-surface rides did DK this year, beating the sun in the process. She was at this weeks ride, looking fresh as a daisy. I was feeling good, hanging on to gravel bike wheels whilst on my Epic, until my legs cramped halfway into a 38 mile ride. Same planet, different universe!

    Nice kit pictured above. Having just gotten back into working the sales floor at my local bike shop, I was perusing your T-shirt collection, thinking they’d make good work attire. How is the fit on those? I’ve worn XL for a long time, but several years back on the bike finally have me south of 170.

    1. Author

      Beating the sun. Fresh on a group ride. Neat trick. What’s that like? I can’t even imagine.

      And thanks for the kind words.

      If you’re south of 170 lbs., not stone, then a large will definitely do you; you could even slip into a medium if you wanted something a little more fitted.

  2. tominalbany

    Selene and Patrick:

    Interesting, brief tale of my own. This past Sunday, I rode the local Tour de Cure half century. Typically, I do the full but, family needs rerouted me. I began with a couple of colleagues. They knew I was on a schedule. So, after a quick pit stop at the 13 mile rest stop, I decided I needed to ride away. My goal was three hours of riding time with very efficient pit stops. I ended up riding the entire thing solo. No drafts until the last mile. I didn’t turn myself inside out but, I kept pressing.

    I did accomplish the three hour goal. On my rides this week, I discovered I had nothing left. I have been sleeping terribly. I’ve been dragging. Is it really possible that I emptied myself that much on a three hour ride? My mid-ride hydration was good. I ate well and made sure I had plenty of protein and carbs for the rest of the day.on Sunday. Note: my 16.7 mph average was 1-2 mph faster than my typical ride. The course wasn’t hillier than what I’m used to, though there was a good one in the middle! I guess my question is, should it really take me a week to recover from that effort? (I’m 54 and my weight/fitness have been pretty constant for the last 30 years…) What constitutes a ‘big’ effort from which I takes a Planned Recovery?

    Great podcast, as always!!!

    1. Author

      The short, easy answer is yes. And the proof is how you feel. There is no better indicator of your fitness than what you feel when you go out there. As Selene has noted, just getting people to really be aware of their bodies can be a huge hurdle. It sounds like you’re listening, even if the message isn’t one you like. But more important than the fact that you’re not recovered, for your body to respond that way means you did some great work. Those are the days that make you stronger.

  3. Michael Bell

    Padraig, thanks for the feedback. However, I’m still a few thousand miles from wanting to wear “fitted” T-shirts!
    Anyway, you’ll soon have some RKP shirts roaming the home of “Breaking Away” and the Little 500.

  4. Dave Poquette

    In a recent podcast, you mentioned that you took a trip to see your mom. Did you take your own bike? It seems like a lot of effort for only 2 rides.

    1. Author

      Yes, I took my Seven Cycles Airheart, the bike with the S&S couplers. I was able to fly it for free, so why not bring it? I enjoy the time I spend assembling the bike; it’s calming and meditative, which is something I really needed on that trip. As to whether two rides is worth it or not, I’ll say that for me and my mental health, even one ride would have been worth it.

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