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Thursday Evening Ride…

Thursday evening ride… No run necessary!

I got home last evening not knowing what I wanted to do on the bike and whether or not I wanted to run afterward. Wednesday’s power was way down from the big ride on Tuesday night. I had just upgraded my free Endomodo to the paid Pro version so that I can follow routes – and compete against previous times I’ve ridden the route in real time. I also programmed in my 100km route for next Sunday because I really don’t have a good grasp of the area anymore – now I can follow the red line with turn by turn directions. Very cool – and I won’t ever have to worry about getting dropped on the Tuesday ride, hoping for a slower rider to hang with to help me back with directions.

I picked my best time on my 16 mile route earlier when I transferred the route to my phone from my lap top so I’d have a good baseline to start with (it’s a lot easier than it sounds, it takes about twenty seconds, they really thought of everything).

When I walked out the door at ten to five, it had just stopped sprinkling maybe twenty minutes earlier, I still didn’t know how it was going to go, I just didn’t feel as giddy as I normally do before a good ride – that’s about the best way to describe it.

I hit the “countdown” button and did my fifteen second warmup – and I was off. I started in an easy gear and worked up to a cadence around 100 and it was just too easy, I shifted up, then again and again…I was back. I ticked off the first mile in 2:56, no wind – I ticked off the second in 2:58 and the third in 2:48. I got lucky at a busy intersection that I normally have to stop for and thundered through at full speed. Fourth mile in 2:36 and I’m smiling now – it’s on. I got stopped at my normal left turn light and my auto pause didn’t kick in so mile five was in 3:06. The wind started picking up and I was headed into it, add to that some trouble making it across three busy lanes of traffic for my second and last left of the trip and 6 and 7 were at 3:08 and 3:03 respectively. I was back on it for mile 8 at 2:56. Traffic lights and a wheel bender of a train track crossing slowed 9 and 10 down to 3:12 and 3:18, but the sun started peaking through the clouds – I looked at my time for the first time into mile ten and I was just over a minute ahead of my best time. I put the hammer down, mile 10 would be my last mile over 3:00. Mile 11 was 2:48, 12 was 3:00 even because of a light, 13 – despite a stop at that busy intersection was still 2:45 and 14 was my fastest at 2:36 (almost 25 mph). 15 and 16 were 2:53 and 2:57, As I finally passed my driveway, grinning ear to ear, I’d beaten my best previous time for that track by just a touch less than three minutes.

My final average speed was 20.5, with stop lights, stop signs and one gnarly train track crossing – for those of you who would suggest I bunny-hop it, that’s a great idea but the pavement leading up to it is just too choppy – I can’t get the speed needed to clear that distance, but that’s a good idea for sure.

Endomondo Challenge update:

Cycling Challenge: 566 of 15,359

Calorie Challenge: 1,200 of 22,970

I’ll be dodging rain today, so I’m heading out for my first morning ride of the season today – this one will be slower, I may even take the fat wheel bike out to take the pressure to perform off.  Tomorrow promises to be perfect (if a little chilly), sunny and 53 so it’ll be perfect for a nice long day

I Actually Find Time To Read Too…

First of all, I apologize to everyone who gets an email for every post that I put out – I’m undoubtedly choking your inbox today.  It’s just a busy day.

With that, I do read on line quite a bit, especially with the 80 blogs that I follow, but when it comes to books I just don’t get around much with one exception:   Jonathan Maberry.  If you’ve read a few particular posts of mine, and my “about” page, you know that I’ve got a bit of a dark side that I like to keep malnourished but alive nonetheless.  Mr. Maberry writes scientific fiction novels that center around, amongst other things, zombies.  Zombies happen to be a favorite lately (see Zombieland with Woody Harrelson for a shining example) because you can shoot the hell out of them without making one special interest group mad – hell you can blow away a female zombie in a movie and nobody bats an eyelash.  His books, while one could make the mistake in judgment from the titles, are not just about gore for the sake of gore either, they’re incredibly intricate stories and the only books that I’ve read since Steven King’s Gunslinger Series that I can’t put down.

I just downloaded my fourth Maberry book in an ongoing Saga, Assassin’s Code, to my iPhone Kindle and absolutely can’t wait to get into it (it was just released yesterday if I’m not mistaken).  His first book, Patient Zero, starts off with the whole zombie theme and his hero, Joe Ledger is born.  This is a series, so if you’re a shoot ’em up, special ops, underground action hero lover, do check out his books.  They’re fantastic.

Just start out with Patient Zero first, then The Dragon Factory (this one was awesome) followed by The King of Plagues and finally Assassin’s code.

Happy reading.

My Fittest Month Ever…

Up until February of this year, my best month (highest mileage) was last September at 386 miles.  Not coincidentally, I bought my first road bike on September 1st.  Last August was second best at 348 miles.  Prior to last June, when I bought my first real mountain bike and started riding, I would peg my highest mileage month at about 80 miles so the addition of cycling in all forms was a really big deal in my fitness life – and my overall enjoyment of life altogether.  I managed to spin in my office through the winter so when March rolled around, I hit the ground with my wheels turning to the tune of 410 miles.  This month will be another record for me – I’ve already got 310 miles in and I’ve got my first 100k on the 29th…  By my best guess I should be able to (conservatively – depending on the weather) fit in another 130 miles in on top of that for a 500 mile month.

Worth its fitness weight in gold

This all added up to something special for me this morning – I just realized that I can no longer see my knees when I look down at my toes – and it’s not because I’ve got a dickiedo…  I can’t see my knees because my legs are so fantastically well bulked up, the bulging muscles hide my knees from my line of sight.  This is all kinds of awesome when I look back to my knock-kneed childhood, then through my short (but ugly) chunky period.

What’s a dickiedo?

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My blog has been recently accepted  for inclusion in Alltop. They ha’ve added the feed to the Triathlon topic:


That’s good news for me and my blog, because Alltop is  much like the New York Times Bestseller List. They do the work to find good reads from different niches and help readers find those sites by displaying them on a single, aggregated page that lists the latest five stories on those sites. It’s a great way to check out your interests without managing a ton of blogs and sites.

So I am really exited about that, because English is my second language and one of the rules of a site to be accepted is that it should have quality content.

The most common reasons they reject a submission:

  • There’s an error reading the feed
  • The site has not been updated recently or on a…

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Well…An Addendum – As if on cue. This is what I was talking about in my post yesterday – Fantastic!

The Road to Cat 1

Last race’s long breakaway got me thinking about some of the techniques used when riding in a small group.  I am also racing a Team Time Trial this weekend where some of these techniques will be applicable.

The basic version of the technique is riding in a single or rotating paceline.  However, a situation like a breakaway in a criterium includes corners, ever-changing wind direction, and the constant reminder that your friends will soon become your adversaries.


On a technical course, unless the breakaway is quite large (perhaps > 10), then it will be best to negotiate the corners single-file.  This will allow the group to take the ideal racing line and preserve as much speed as possible.  This is one of the key advantages the break has over the chasing peloton, so keeping the speed high is very important.  Riding in a single paceline is ideal, with…

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