Friday, October 16, 2009

A Long Time Ago

Wow, I looked at the last post date and realized I need to update this thing called a blog.

Work has been merciless, and my fitness has turned for the worse, but I look forward to the fall and winter for more detraining.

It's been a month and only 2 rides, but my HR this morning, laying in bed, was 51 bpm.

Maybe it won't take so long to get my cycling legs back...if I start riding again.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Riding in the Rain

While most riders don't enjoy the wet pavements, I find it therapeutic.

Crossing three ridges twice provided a good workout, and the rain freely washed the sweat and heat away.

Most of the time the rain was a light drizzle that kept the road wet, but there were times of intense downpour that filled the shoes with water. While you do have to be a little more attentive to drivers and road conditions, the road seems to smooth out, and it's much more difficult to overheat in a good downpour.

Looking ahead, Sunday's ride looks to be a leg burner, with 10 ridge crossings.

See you there!

Ride Stats: Riding in the Rain

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sufferfest, 15 Cows, New riders

Anticipating a good group ride, I was awake early (5:30am) and ready to go. It's been some time since I rode with the group and I anticipated a pretty good thrashing. At 6:20 when I stepped out the door I was met with an unusually warm blast of air, it was already 80°F.

There was one rider out with his first ride with the group, and another on his second. We started out with plenty of spirit, and everyone was staying close together. Turning right on Alabama rd, we hit the Red Clay climb and the group shattered, I was fortunate to stay with the first 3 riders. Regrouping we turned right on Wilhoit, and the pace immediately hit 26mph, slowed slightly at the intersection of Mt Vernon, then ramped back up. I stayed with the group for 23 minutes and an average speed of 21mph.

Not wanting to come home on a litter, I decided to drop off and find my own route.

I headed north on Carson/Wesslyann/Weatherly Switch. Dropping down the hill on the east side of Weatherly Switch, just passed the sharp curve in the road, I came across some cattle that had escaped the confines of their pasture intent on making the best of their freedom. Pounding on the farmers door early Fathers Day morning is not the best way to make friends, but they were grateful and quickly rounded up the strays.

Continuing to Blue Springs rd I headed north. Knowing my path might intersect the returning group, I paused on the corner of Blue Springs Rd/Bell and watched the very competent Rick H get top honors as king of the mountain.

After chatting with the regrouping riders, I climbed Lead Mine Ridge and spent an hour with my father.

After leaving my father's house, and adding 25 more meandering miles to the odometer, I returned home, very hot, and very tired.

Before leaving I weighed in at 215, upon returning I weighed 209. Adding the half gallon of water I drank on the road, I lost a total of 10 lbs while riding.

Planned Route:

Ridden Route:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dug Gap Road

This ride was a continuation on a theme; Ride with M.G., swap out 2 mile pulls, pull too hard, find a big hill to climb, try to make it back home.

Using Google maps to find a route we went south out of Apison, Bill Jones, Old Salem, Rifle Range road, and crossed over 75 to turn right on Bandy. Bandy turned into Old Ringgold, Old Ringgold turned into Tate, Tate into Lower Gordon Springs. On Lower Gordon Springs we were greeted by a chasing pit bull (slowed him down with some water in the face, but he didn't give up easily).

We turned left on Henderson Rd (Very rough) which soon deteriorated further into a mix of pounded pavement/gravel. M.G. wasn't too happy with this state of affairs but we didn't puncture and finally came out on GA 201. From there we headed east across the ridges to our Dug Gap destination.

Never having been in the vicinity, we didn't know what to expect from the climb. It didn't disappoint. The elevation gain started right after Hurricane Creek and got serious when the road turned north. I immediately found my lowest gear and started turning survival circles. Arriving at the top dripping from every pore, we stopped to eat and drink.

From there we dropped down the east face, skirted Dalton and rode up Crow Valley, past Lake Kathy, through Mt.Vernon Valley, and returned home down Apison Pike, tired and worn down, but grateful for another epic ride.

Dug Gap from the west is 1.75 miles of 7% grade, starting at 800' and ending 1453' for a 653' climb.

Climb Stats:
average speed - 5.8mph
average power output - 260 watts

Ride Stats:

Moving Time (h:m:s) 3:49:15
Distance (mi) 64.97
Moving Speed (mph) 17.0 avg. 46.1 max.
Elevation Gain (ft) 5,663

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Loosing Interest,

in blogging that is.

Last night was a typical training ride. Slow out of the neighborhood, a few hard sprints and pulls, return home at dusk.

25 miles/17+mph

Monday, April 27, 2009

Over a month later...

and few miles added to the count.

Yesterday was the kind of day a south-eastern cyclist dreams about. Sunshine in abundance, moderate temperatures and practically no humidity.

With few miles under my belt for the year, it was surprisingly comfortable to reel off 50 miles. The first 20 were a fair bit harder and faster than the final 30 due to the company of a couple of riders with Lots of miles in their legs. Specifically, they had done 3 back to back centuries two weeks before racking up some good mileage.

Hobbling around on a sprained knee for two weeks, I feel much better turning circles on a bike.

New helmet coming in the mail tonight!

Hopefully I'll be back on the bike tonight.

Ride Stats:

Time: 2:55:00 (h:mm:ss)
Distance: 50.13 miles
Average: 17.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 3681

Monday, March 23, 2009

Short Cruise

Awake before the crack of dawn, after trying to find all the bits and pieces of my cold gear, I finally got rolling at 7:42:55. The sun was not yet up, but I could see evidence that it would soon be sending some warming rays my way.

It was 4 degrees cooler than advertised by the weatherman, a cool 37°F.

The plan of the day was to ride an easy hour, return home, take my daughter to work, return home and wait for my son to get ready to go play, drop him off at the play field, return home and get another 2 hours in on the bike.

I got the first hour done, and didn't have enough gumption to get going again.

While I was out I saw one other cyclist. The rider was like a ghost carrot, never letting me close the gap. Not having the motivation to close any gaps, I was content to try and guess who was leading. Several things came to mind, the kid next door out riding his tricycle, my grandmother, someone actually pushing a bicycle...

I'm pretty much done with cold riding this year. I'm ready to bury my cold weather gear for another 12 months.

Saw one Tom Turkey at the usual spot on Ware Road.

Ride Stats:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Weights, Transformation

After 36 days of non-riding, I finally got out and cranked 30 miles, with a brief stop at one of my cycling friends house.

Considering the length of the layoff, I was completely surprised by the sensations of the ride. My legs and my lungs responding well, I felt as if I had been "training" for a month on the bike. Realizing that there is indeed a lot of work to be done, I am heartened by the fact that I rode 28 of the 30 miles with a 19mph average! AFTER 36 days of not riding!

For me, this indicates the value of weight lifting in the gym. More importantly, HEAVY lifting.

After the ride, I still had enough energy to lift a combined total of 65,555 lbs.

Lower body workout Summary - (lbs):
Abdominal Crunch - 8,790
Leg Extension - 5,400
Low Back Extension - 20,825
Leg Curl - 5,400
Leg Press - 21,700
Calf Raise - 3,450

There is some pleasure in the pain, the above numbers speak for themselves.

Current weight 216 lbs.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Max the Stack

Leg Press machine - 390 lbs 12 reps x 2 sets.

That will make you breathe hard.

In a few days I'll have my bike light finished and will post a lengthy design review.

Monday, February 16, 2009

It's been awhile...

since I put anything up here.

I've ridden my bike 4 times this year.

The most recent ride was this afternoon, with a bitter wind out of the north. I'm soooo looking forward to spring.

I did join a gym, and am spending time trying to build some strength.

The gymnasium has it's weight machines networked, and records all your settings and your workouts.

My last workout I lifted a total of 22,000+lbs, most of it was leg workouts.

I'll be back out on the road soon.