Saturday, May 22, 2010

It's Official

Sat, May 22, 2010 - 65.53 km [Cycling]
65.53 km in 02:34:45 hours at 25.41 km/h on Orbea Volata. [Cycling] It's official. I'm switching to metric. I'm tired of riding my bike and not being able to compare my rides to the races I watch (currently the Giro). So I shall hence forth record and report my rides in Kph and m. On the upside, it makes me fell like I'm riding much faster :)

Today I got my 66 km in to get on step closer to a century (miles - ok ok so I'm not completely switched over yet but by next week I will). Put in 50K tomorrow and I'll have my first century week of the year. Wee.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Reedy Creek - it's not as hard as it used to be

Fri, May 21, 2010 - 30.60 mi [Cycling]
30.60 mi in 01:49:06 hours at 16.83 mi/h on Orbea Volata. [Cycling] Wanted to put in 30 miles to start my first century week and it felt good. I focused on keeping the climbs on a high cadence (88-91) and in the 90-94% MHR. Very successful.

The hills that used to seem so daunting now seem much smaller (I've even stopped calling them climbs). Only the final 100+ feet @ ~8% on the Hope Church climb are tough now. Time to start ramping up my efforts.

On the final hill I focused on keeping the cadence steady and the MHR in range. "Keep it steady, keep it steady. Dial in back. Ramp it up, don't crank it up", I kept telling myself. It felt quite rewarding to successfully accomplish that tiny little thing.

On the final descent I've been practicing not braking and leaning into the turn. Scary as F*** and I did brake a little but each time.a little less. Quite a rush when I whip around that corner and make the next 90 degree turn at speed. ,

Oh yeah, I almost forgot.... a new personal best time. Previous was 16.82 mph and I wasn't trying for a personal best. a nice little capper to the day
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Monday, May 17, 2010

I don't think so

This is me thinking about riding in the rain and how I might feel while on the road.

Eek & Eww

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sat, May 15, 2010 - 15.90 mi [Cycling]

Sat, May 15, 2010 - 15.90 mi [Cycling]
15.90 mi in 01:02:52 hours at 15.17 mi/h on Orbea Volata. [Cycling] It just gets better and better. Just as I get the rim tape situation sorted my front d�railleur, which has been giving me grief for a few months now, decides to go kaput. I had hte MOB guys have a look at it a month or so ago because I was having shifting issues on both the front and rear and chain skipping but they seemed to only fix 2 of 3. I went to shift down as I was going up a hill and Lady Orbea would have none of it. I looked down and saw the front d�railleur was sitting at an odd angle. Hmm.

I stopped and hoped it was just bent but no. The whole thing was loose! Not wanting to chance getting stranded like I did last week, I quickly changed from my 30 mile plan to the turn here and get home ASAP 16 mile plan.

I was stuck in the big ring the whole way but I did OK up the two larger climbs but it still sucked big Wazooties. I was hoping to get my first century week in this week. Ah well. Maybe next week.
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Proper terminology usage

For some time now I've referred to myself as a bike geek. Not a Nerd or a Dork but a Geek. I've got my bike Geek T-Shirt
and my bike geek bottle , and I wear/use use them with pride. However, while the distinction is clear to me, I have difficulty explaining it to others. Until today. I truely believe this shall live on as a classic cartoon, posted with pride on academic doors, computer science hallways, and whereever geekdom thrives. Enjoy.

P.S. for added nerdosity see Jason's comment @  1:02pm. Absolutely priceless.