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  1. Last summer I did a few keto endurance rides- seems that I am somewhere between y'all. Hard rides i'm in the 150 BPM range, easy spins in the 130's. The hotter it is, the less I like to eat. Before a good endurance ride I like to indulge in carbs and ride them off. It is not unusual for me to eat a carby breakfast and consume 2 gels on Georgetown Loop. I don't eat the carbs as a performance thing, it is my inner chubby girl's reward for being keto the rest of the week. Some longer gravel rides I have had very few gels. Some days I wake up with dead legs, but that really just affects my motivation to ride, not my actual performance. This happened less after started paying attention to rest days, and a Zwift Trainer Program. I tried to go back to a balanced diet and I am really unhappy with the weight gain. We decided to return to keto, the 10-15 lbs lower weight that I can maintain keto with has a huge ROI on my enjoyment of biking. I am faster, can make more tech climbs and am more agile. It is simply not as much fun and a lot more work to bike slower. The weight loss seems to offset my loss of top end that I have when I eat carbs.
  2. Keto Meals in Austin: Tumble 22: Cobb Salad Halal Bros: and of their meats over salad. I dig the chicken and beef but the lamb is prolly better for fat/protein Jason's Deli : Club Salad with a protein SouthSide Market: Club Salad with Brisket or Sausage Pok-e-Joe's : Chef's Salad with Pork Ribs Ramen Tatsu ya: Mi So Hot with no nudes and add some veg. Interested in trying with Pasta Zero DiMassi Mediterranean Buffet: self control is key in avoiding the pita and rice Freebird Burritos: Keto bowl with cauliflower rice Chipotle: Lifestyle bowl P Terry, In and Out: Lettuce Wrapped burgers Hopdoddys: Burger Bowl Pluckers: hot wings or a dry rub wings Olive Garden: Chicken Alfredo over Broccoli - want to try, saw on tik tok Chick-a -filet: Breakfast Scramble without potatoes - their salads are kinda sad First Watch: omelettes with side greens Wendy's: Breakfast Baconator Lettuce Wrap D'lites: still want to go, softserve keto And now there is a whole Keto Restaurant.
  3. Jessica

    Aspen CO

    So it seems that the new hire process may be a little longer than I thought- looks like I will make use of the Santa Fe thread and wait to do this trip when it makes sense. I would also lose my precious little heat acclimation.
  4. Jessica

    Aspen CO

    Where can I find these? Did my first pass at HEB and didn't see this. I'm delighted that I found a chef boyardee cheeseburger mac in the can. I didn't find any Pad Thai that was simple to make. Found some interesting instant mash, ramen and stovetop.
  5. Jessica

    Aspen CO

    Thanks for the ride report! The climbing at altitude is no joke. While it is true, I do enjoy a good climb- the higher altitude I get out of breath and my legs are fine. Thanks for the time benchmarking for the climb- I don't expect to get much better timing. Those photos are awesome! Seriously thought about starting out in Telluride with the gondola assisted downhilling until I got adjusted a little, and then I recalled the million dollar highway. Hard pass on driving that road. Were there any sketchy drives?
  6. Jessica

    Aspen CO

    That is quite the ride for those boys!! Best of luck with landing- manufacturing hiring went from 0 to 100mph in a week. I figure that I will have all of the pre work paperwork done by Tuesday or Wednesday. I hope to leave by Thursday the latest. Cheers to you!
  7. So, I accepted a verbal offer for my next job and since my start date is in two weeks, Barry suggested I take a solo bike trip. Can't believe it didn't occur to me. After doing a bit of research, I think the Aspen area is a place that I could keep busy riding all the blue trails and camp at trail heads. The weather isn't Austin hot there and promises to be comfortable riding and camping. Anyone have any car camping hacks that you learned from the school of skinned knees that you care to share? Camping Options Found this nifty website that allows the user to view National Forests with biking trails and campsites together. https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/ While some campsites can be reserved, quite a few are first come first served. These campsites are ideal due to price and bathroom/shower situation There are regular camping sites in the "city"- but I think finding an open FCFS by the trails is better - bringing the telescope. Food When Barry and I travel we eat a mix of fast food and restaurants. Since I want to keep this relatively cheap, I am bringing a small burner I got at Hana Market (thanks Hanjing). Breakfast: Egg-cheese sammies, french press, maybe instant grits/oatmeal Lunch Since I will be riding through lunch (at a higher altitude these rides will take me the better part of the day with photo taking and daydreaming) it seems like Perpetuum is the way to go with some gels. Dinner Canned chicken creations- Pad Thai, Knorr Pasta Sides, Stovetop, and some Ramen. Easy to make after a long day of riding and doesn't take up room in cooler Maybe beanie weenie, whatever I can get in a individual serving that is shelf stable. Biking I was originally going to do a hiking and biking trip- but soon realized I would not feel comfortable with my bike locked to my car while I went to check out pre Columbian Architecture. I also wanted to minimize the time I spend driving and get the max benefit from the altitude training. Since I am riding alone- nothing more challenging than a blue trail with a black feature. The Goal is to ride as many of these trails in no particular order: Aspen https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7005156/sky-mountain-park-loop https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/3633466/lincoln-creek-road-to-ruby-ghost-town (not single track but cool ride-good views recovery day) https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7054374/crown-tour https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7018198/the-up-n-over-aka-rock-bottom-ranch-aka-crown-cruise https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/951198/rim-trail-loop with this one https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7020270/seven-star-trail Buena Vista- way back home stop possibly https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/3733565/buena-vista-singletrack-loop Bike Tools/Spares This is where things get internet dependent. I will need to video chat with Barry if I need to do a serious repair or YouTube. Barry's list for me Extra tires and tubes. Lube. Multitool. Extra bacon. Extra quick links. Shop rag or 2 Silver floor pump. Derailleur and Derailleur Hanger Now to finish that new hire paperwork.
  8. I'm following the Spinstry, not sure if bikepacking is right for me. I really like not having to bring a lot of items, and I really dislike being hungry or uncomfortable. I could see CC Touring for a week going from city to city, or a supported tour, but I didn't have to carry that much stuff. What's PBP? Another thing that Barry and I do is a riding tour of our favorite food places. Over the summer we will do tacos, ice cream and beer rides. When covid is wrapped up we plan on setting up a few of these days if anyone is interested. 50+ miles at a party pace. Full disclosure I do not do a party pace to ice cream, that is a sprint for me. North Austin is great for brewery crawls.
  9. We stayed at a Day's Inn- I like to be stumbling distance from dinner/drinks after a long day. I have found on our trips we are too tired to enjoy a real nice room, we try to keep it in the $60 range. There were a bit of compressed gravel roads, but nothing too crazy. Lots of county roads and farms. I did a Zwift training plan to prepare for this ride and was really glad that I did. Sometimes these rides can be a real sufferfest- besides some chafing I was relatively pain free but at my comfort limit. Never too soon to start training for this kind of ride. https://sanjuanhuts.com/
  10. I'm 5'4" with a 29 inch inseam. I ride a medium Santa Cruz HighTower with a 29er setup and a 54cm Specialized Sequoia. Some bike shops wouldn't size me on these sized bikes, but it I feel cramped in smaller bikes. My previous bikes were smaller and hurt my posture on longer rides. Barry does spec all my parts and did put really short stems on both bikes, but I find the handling of shorter stems preferable on squirly and DH shit. Arm length- reach and inseam make a big difference on some bikes. I literally can't stand over a Gorilla Gravity medium frame with the tires inflated. Always demo a bike on a reasonable ride.
  11. So we finally did it and it was everything that I hoped that it would be. So few things in life as this way. Remember that song "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce? The dreamlike afternoon of being in the middle of nowhere Texas with @Barry felt like time saved in a bottle. First of many trips to come. We were able to bring all the things we needed to stay in hotels without bringing too much to carry. Doing hotel laundry is a must. When we got to Killeen, Barry's shifter cable for the CH broke and he had to single speed the route to the hotel and the entire ride home. I did my two longest rides back to back without considering the uncomfortable 2/3 of the second day. Luckily Barry's single speed was enough of a bunny for me to chase without getting too exhausted to be frustrated We could have called this the taco-coffee tour. We stopped on average every two hours for either tacos or coffee. Total mileage 147 miles with 5400 feet of elevation in 31 hours.
  12. I use my smart phone(Pixel 3XL) on a quad lock for zwift, my phone isn't compatible with my monitor. I really dig Zwift and the fitness gains are serious. I get more in a 50 min zwift training plan workout then I do a WC loop for sure. I sure was late to the zwift party but I'm all in. I dig hear training, so this is an addition to trail riding when I recover and can ride outside again, I had one glorious ride until my cardio proved stronger them my handling- Zwift related from a previous injury.
  13. Jessica

    Car Glamping

    Found a photo of our tent. We run an extension cord/power strip from the Jeep to fill the tall Q air mattress and charge phones. Propane burners from Hannah Mart is easier than a grill imho.
  14. Since you want a hard tail, a steel Chumba may be the right bike for you. They go for about 1500 new and it's a really great bike for this area, local too.
  15. Jessica

    Car Glamping

    We started doing stealth car camping in NY. We would go to Ellicottville NY, ride the trails- park in an abandoned parking lot half a mile from the brewery for post ride dinner -back to the car to sleep on an air mattress in the back of our Jeep with the bikes locked to the rack. The second day of our trips, we would hit up Jakes Rocks Pa. In Texas we started doing a little car camping in the interior of BBRSP. I do a bit of solo car camping- Barry really was hung up on running water for a while. This winter we upgraded to a tent and queen sized air mattress from the full size that we were limited to in the Jeep. Most camp sites have showers so this is a pretty good plan until we upgrade to a 5th wheel.
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