Saturday, April 28, 2007
Where was I? Oh yeah, running was good this week. Knocked out 7 miles yesterday to get my 15. This morning it was up and out the door on the road bike. Man I love riding early in the morning. The Sun was out with the temp around 50ish when I left and 60ish when I got back. I went for a new route and ended up taking a wrong turn around mile 20 that put me back on my old route? Crazy how that worked out. Anyway, this new route has some potential with some nice rolling tree lined roads along the Fox River.
I was surprised how well my legs reacted after Fridays running efforts. They really wanted to go, so we went. My fifth ride of the season produced and average speed just over 18 mph. This number and myself didn't cross paths last season until late August. It is going to be a fun season.
The Stats: 45.06 miles, 2:29:44 time, 18.1 mph avg with 27.3 max, 129 avg HR with a 158 max, & 81 rpm avg with a 110 max.
Tomorrow the plan is for another early morning ride of 40 to 50 miles. Next Sunday will be my first Organized Century of the year. Just a ho-hum 100 miles in one day. Good times.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
The BFNIC Spring Metric Classic ride was yesterday. It was up in the lovely Crystal Lake area, which means hills. Yes we have some here in Illinois. We don't have any around my riding grounds, but they do up yonder. Hum, that seems like excuse number one? Here go two and three:
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- Prior to this I had only three rides for 118 miles.
- No trainer for me means no riding legs at this point in my season.
The weather was great. The ride and route were very well planned out. It was great seeing the other BFNIC'ers for the first time this year!!
Now the suffering. As this group normally goes (fast) we started out briskly. Especially considering it was the second thirty mile loop that included the hills. We bolted out of the start consistently in the 17 to 21 mph range like it was late season. This pace was cool with me at first, but I did pay later in the ride for it. Plus, I was struggling with finding the right gear. I like to spin, but today I was trying to ride mostly in the big ring with less spinning. I just couldn't find my sweat spot.
After the first thirty'ish mile loop the legs were burning. I regrouped at the stop and things went well until the hills around mile 60'ish. While I couldn't hang at the front I was still maintaining a nice effort up to this point. The last hill at mile 65 finished me. I have limited cycling experience, 1 year for 2500 miles, and none with 15% grades! I think my main missteps were standing too early and not attempting the "serpent weave" back and forth across the rode. See, at the steepest part I was already standing to keep the cranks turning. The legs basically wanted nothing to do with this and shut down. I had to stop and unclip before I likely fell over due to lack of movement.
I felt a bit bummed about having to stop. I mean I am in the best shape of my life, as the saying goes. I am lighter, stronger, and more fit then ever. I think my actions show I may be a bit smarter too. It's early in the season. I just didn't have the legs and more importantly the technique to tackle that hill at mile 65.
I think I may be back to this Bull Valley and that 15% grade. This ride was only 2800 feet of elevation gain. I have one slated for June with over 10,000 feet!
69.29 miles / 4:02:24 ride time / 17.2 mph avg with 34.5 max / 125 avg HR / 65 rpm avg with 115 max / 3300 calories burnt.
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Friday, April 20, 2007
Allergies can kiss my arse though. I have had three very solid runs this week. A hard effort, a recovery effort, and you ho hum nine minute per effort. The legs have been very responsive.
Only three measly runs? Yep, because today starts three consecutive days of cycling. Spring is back in Chicagoland and I will be head out shortly for a nice 30 miler. Tomorrow is the BFNIC Spring Metric Classic and Sunday will be a nice afternoon recovery ride. Good times.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Yes, I rode my bike today. Still recovering from the flu, been on primary baby poo and vomit duty (ha i said duty) three days straight, only two rides under my bum, AND I still organized my gear Saturday night and headed out Sunday at 8am.
It was cold, sunny, windy, miserable and fabulous all at the same time. The stats will not WOW you, but are decent based on the facts already presented.
My Sunday Stats
Of course, now my throat, head, and lower back hurt, AGAIN. All signs that the flu I was just about to kick really enjoyed the 40 degree and 15 mph NWW wind riding companions. So be it.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
It is mid April and 30 degrees. I have the flu. My daughter has the flu and is puking and number twoing every hour on the hour like a freaking machine. My bike has seen the road twice this year and it is Mid April already. We had snow yesterday. It is raining now. I am still sick. I blame it all on Al Gore.
Nope, that didn't help.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
That being said, I did log 6 miles running. Sported some new sneaks, Mizuno Wave Creation 7s. I picked the shoes up yesterday from a local Dick Pond store. While they told me nothing I didn't already know about my feet, running style, and type of shoe needed. I did get to test run 6 different pairs before pulling the trigger.
Back to the run. It was my best run in a while. I guess since the half marahon on 3/18. Shoes were good, body was good and mind was good. It felt satisfying to have a solid longer effort. One my outburst.....I just wish I was riding more. Come on Summer!!!!!!!!