Average Miles in a Typical Thanksgiving Dinner

Healthy living diet and weightloss guru Lisa Griffis reminds us today that there are 4,000 calories in a typical Thanksgiving dinner.

That big number didn't mean much to me until I converted those Thanksgiving calories into miles.

Thanksgiving Dinner is 150 Miles

A cyclist burns 25 to 33 calories a mile depending on weight (both self and gear), grade, wind, etc. That 4,000 calorie Thanksgiving dinner works out to be 150 miles of riding for me. The meal it would take an hour or so to eat would take nine or more hours on the bike to burn.

I'm going to think twice before going back for a second helping of my Mom's Oyster Dressing.

'On Your Mark' Hosts Thanksgiving Ride

A bike shop on PGA near the Turnpike, On Your Mark, is hosting a 65-mile ride leaving from their shop at 7:00 am Thanksgiving morning. There is a maximum speed limit of 20 miles an hour and the target is 18-20mph. There are a number of places along the loop up to Jupiter and back where they will pause if needed and allow everyone to regroup.

A 65 mile ride is a great way to start the day, especially if you plan to eat the American average Thanksgiving dinner.


SportLegs: Try the Supplement for Free from PBBT

SportLegs: Elixir of the Gods


We ran out of free SportsLegs in March 2009. Some of you have apparently read the word “free” and didn’t make it down to the bottom of the piece where we pointed out that we don’t have any more to send out.

So, here’s an update at the very top: We’re out of SportsLegs. Sorry.

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the supplement SportLegs allowed me to ride further more comfortably. I went so far as to suggest you run right out and buy SportLegs.

A couple days later, we got email from Carl Holmes of SportLegs thanking us for the review and offering us some SportLegs. Sure enough, we got a care package from our new best buddy Carl.

Print Journalist or Wild West Blogger?

As a former print journalist who was always guided by ethics and bound by strict rules designed to prevent the appearance of impropriety and ensure fair and balanced reporting, I’m not exactly sure how to handle getting free stuff from people on which I report and review. As a blogger, I could just take the upwards of $70 worth of SportLegs stuff and still feel good about myself.

Maybe I’ll split the difference?

Since Marathon Man Scott turned me on to SportLegs, he’ll get a heaping helping. I’m going to abuse my position as a product reviewer and grab a third of the loot. That leaves a third of our allotment for loyal readers of Palm Beach Bike Tours. The first ten readers to contact me get the goods. The rest earn only disappointment.

Get Free SportLegs Here

Step One: Use our Contact Form to send us your name and full postal address. (No spam, I promise.)

Step Two: We will mail you two five-capsule single-dose packets.

Step Three: You use SportLegs on your regular ride and pay attention to how you feel and your overall performance.

Step Four: Leave a comment here, your blog, in an email to your cycling or running group — wherever — letting everyone know your results. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter.

If SportLegs proves to be a life-changing event much like the birth of your first child, let us know. If they cause your bowels to open up and you leave a brown streak down the road, let us know that, too.

You aren’t going to hurt my feelings if you express a different opinion.

Matt’s Product Review Policy

If you send me something, I’ll try it. If I like it, I’ll let it be known. If I hate it, I’ll let it be known. If there are metrics that can be applied to your product to give an unbiased view, I’ll let the metrics be known regardless of if I like or dislike your product that way others can judge for themselves.


(UPDATE: We are all out of SportLegs. Anyone who requested them should have received them. I do, however, note that no one has posted a review below or sent me a link to a review elsewhere. Not cool. March 15, 2009 / Matt)

SportLegs: Ride Further More Comfortably

Summary: Buy SportLegs to go further more comfortably.

Sports Supplements are Snake Oil

Unless a substance is banned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling’s governing body, the substance is probably not worth using. If a pill you purchased at the local running or cycling shop actually made a measureable improvement in performance, why wouldn’t it be banned?

Over the years, I have read a lot claims from supplement manufactures and they all seem like total fantasy. I’m a skeptic to say the least. It wasn’t until last year that I came to believe that Gatorade instead of simple water might be helpful on longer (over 30 mile) rides. To this day, I feel like an idiot for taking a generic multivitamin every day.

Anonymous Baggy of Pills

A Monday morning in August, I arrived at work to find a small baggy of non-descript pills on my desk. They only note attached was ‘sportlegs.com’. They were from Scott.

Scott is our resident marathon man and overall athletic overachiever. He is a runner who has completed a number of marathons. In May he bought a bike and since then he has pounded away more miles more quickly than any of the Palm Beach Bike Tours staff. Since July, he has done two triathlons and has a half-Ironman scheduled for November.

We hate Scott.

In any case, when Scott drops something on my desk, I don’t immediately laugh in his face.

Scott’s testimonial was simple: a few of his triathelete friends recommended SportLegs so he tried them. After running eight miles on Sunday, he felt as though he could run another eight miles. That evening and the next day, he felt great and didn’t cramp up. Coming with Scott’s seal of approval, I gave them a try.

SportLegs Test Ride

I picked my 30-mile Saturday ride as the test. Having done it just about every Saturday since May, I have a good idea about how long it takes and how I feel afterwards.

SportLegs: Elixir of the GodsFirst, let me tell you what SportLegs isn’t. It is not a performance enhancing substance. I wasn’t any faster because I popped four SportLegs pills before the ride. My turns at the front may have been a little longer but at no point did I feel as though I wanted to pick up the pace. (We generally cruise at 18-21 miles an hour.)

On the other hand, I felt as though I was coasting the first 20 miles. My cadence was hovering near 100 RPM instead of my usual 85-90 RPM. Turning the pedals felt effortless. At the end of the ride, I wished I had time to loop back and do it again. At no point did my legs give me the little twinges that indicate pain or cramps to come.

Correlation doesn’t prove causality, of course.

My effortless 30-mile test was on an exceptionally nice day — 78 degrees instead of the usual 91 degrees. Still, the results were good enough to give SportLegs another shot. The second test would be on my own dime.

Speaking of my own dime: Ouch! A 120-capsule bottle of SportLegs costs about $25. You take one capsule per 50 pounds of body weight per two- to three-hour period. The $25 buy-in was difficult to swallow for a still-unproven product. But, I went ahead with the purchase. (Doing the math in my head, each pill is about 20 cents. For me, $1 a dose, give or take.)

What is This Stuff?

SportLegs: Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and Lactate.

Apparently, the magic is the ‘lactate’. Other supplements use lactose. What does that mean? I have no clue. The SportLegs web site has a chemistry lesson which I’m not even going to pretend to understand.

Test Two: Hilly Memphis MS-150

More than Half Way and Feeling FineI foolishly signed up to do an MS-150 in Memphis this year with my Uncle Mark and the Bad Dog cyclists with whom he rides. Living in Florida, I never see hills. Memphis to the Mississippi river and back has a lot of hills. The Bad Dogs know hills. I was pretty sure I’d need a banned substance or two to keep up with them. Alas, all I had was SportLegs and a pocket full of Espresso Love GU Energy Gel.

Surprisingly, I did very well on the ride.

On my flat as a pancake 30-mile local loop, I generally average 18-19 miles an hour. For Saturday’s 77.5 miles of rolling hills and 20 mph sustained winds (thank you Hurricane Ike), I averaged 16.1 miles an hour. To lose just two miles an hour in the hills and over a distance more than twice as long is really good.

Best of all, I wasn’t beat when I got to the finish line. My legs didn’t cramp either on the ride or afterwards. Unlike previous long rides, I didn’t wake up in the night with cramping legs. The next morning, I felt great. Continue reading “SportLegs: Ride Further More Comfortably”

BurritoVille: Good, Cheap and Biker Friendly

With two fixies parked out front in the bike rack, how could I not stop at Cape Girardeau’s BurritoVille?

This morning, I took a 14-mile spin around Cape, picked out a few choice hills along the Mississippi River (at near flood stage, by the way) and rode hard. By noon, I was very hungry mucho a lot.

Good Food, Cheap

BurritoVille T-Shirt LogoI had the $4 Buffalo Chicken Burrito. I’d be surprised if it weighed less than a pound. The chicken was spicy and plentiful. Sarah had the BBQ chicken Burrito, also packed full of yummy goodness. Malcolm had the chicken nachos with better than average cheese sauce drizzled on top.

The tortilla chips were crisp and fresh without even a hint of grease. The salsa was fresh and cool and the tomatos were still identifiable as such instead of just being piles of mush. Some would say it had too much cilantro. I say there is no such thing as too much cilantro, spit in their face and then run like hell.Malcolm, Lost in the True Bliss that is Sour Cream

The three of us ate a lot of good food and each had a beverage for just under $23.

Take Me to BurritoVille

913 Broadway Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-5422

Review: 50% longer with SportLegs….sort of

[Editor’s Note: For a full review and discussion of SportLegs, please read SportLegs: Ride Further More Comfortably.]

My brother, Matt, passed me a baggie yesterday with some pills in it. He told me that they are completely legal, called “SportLegs” (What is Sport Legs?) and will keep the lactic acid from building up in my legs, as quickly as normal, if I take them one hour before exercising.

I figured that I would give them a try this morning, because I would be pushing myself with a six-mile run. Six miles is the most that I’ve run so far – I’m working up to 13 miles for the Miami Half-IronMan this November. (For those keeping track, it took me just under 60 minutes to complete the run.)

I missed the one-hour mark, but I did pop three of the SportLegs pills about 20 minutes before going to the gym. When he handed them to me last night, he also mentioned that I should take ONE pill for every 50lbs and to not take too many at once, because there was the potential for getting ‘the runs’.

It had been three weeks since I had done any type of physical activity, because of a busy work schedule and a vacation mixed in there, too. So, I was surprised that I managed to get my 5K distance done two minutes faster that normal and still felt really good. When the clock ticked past 45 minutes, I was 4.5 miles into my run – a solid 10 minute mile pace. About this time, my legs felt a little fatigued, but I ran through it and started to feel much better with about 10 minutes to go to hit my goal of six miles.

I’m pretty sure that’s when the SportLegs kicked in. I was actually able to raise the pace from 6 mph to 7 mph. I think my legs could have taken more, but my heart rate was getting very close to my max. About 5 minutes before the 60 minute mark, my stomach started to feel ‘strange’.

I slowed the treadmill down to about 6.5 mph and had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment. I decided that I would power through it and get to my goal of a sub-60 minute 6-miler. I finished, did a quick cool down, practically ran to my car where I had a pretty good stomach cramp. Needless to say that I rushed home as quickly as possible. I’m glad that I was on the treadmill at my local gym and not running in the middle of nowhere.

So…. Can I go further with SportLegs with less pain and a quicker recovery?

While my legs felt GREAT comparatively to what they normally feel like for that distance at that pace, my stomach wouldn’t have let me go any further. After the ride, my legs feel very little pain. I think that I’ll try it again with two pills instead of three. At this point, the jury is out on SportLegs.