There's something you just don't hear a lot of people sayI will try to get it up somewhere so others can enjoy it.
Suzy Creamcheese, what's got into you?
10/23 Rode 24 miles after work in downtown Chicago. Had to cut the ride short after I realized the city shut off water to the water fountains. I only carried one bottle since my battery sits in my second cage...and I forgot my id and money in the car. I love riding along the lake in the fall. It's flat, the scenery is nice, it's flat, path isn't crowded, and it's flat.
Taken near the Planetarium
Because it was a little chilly yesterday, some motivation was necessary before riding, so while getting ready I gave myself a little boost by watching a DVD of Rammstein as they played "Du Hast" in the POURING RAIN and drank 1/2 a can of NOS energy drink.
Rammstein + Nos??
I was bouncing off the walls !
In my zest, I tackled my Calhoun Park loop in New Berlin which has 1400 ft of climbing in 23 miles including the dreaded Tans Hill (mile 4), Big Bend Rd (mile 11) and Prospect Hill (mile 22).
I actually felt pretty good until that last pitch to the top of Prospect Hill at mile 21 which has got to be 15+ %. Holy Heart rate, that was hard. I even tested my vocal cords and did some finger exercising when one of the local commuters didn't like the fact that he had to slow down behind me as we climbed a blind hill with a double yellow line down the middle of the road. I told him to "Stick that horn in your *** buddy !" (or something along those lines). <rant>Don't mess with me when I'm hypoxic and amped on Nos and Rammstein. At 6'5" 275lbs, I've got no problem wasting an nice Zefal pump on 'ya if provoked </rant>.
(side story: that happened once when a friend and I were out xc ski training on a sunday morning. We were roller blading with ski poles up one of these same steep hills, totally redlined and hypoxic when someone behind us couldn't pass and started blowing his horn. There was no way I was going to stop and let this guy by when we were almost at the top. Well ... it was a local sheriff ... and he was PISSED!! But, he didn't give us a ticket and let us go)
Anyway, 'twas a great ride for mid week.
Taking today off to work in the yard and prob. ride again tomorrow.
(shot this on the way home)
Last edited by John Wilke; 10-25-07 at 09:29 AM.
I wussed out this morning. Woke up at 5 to do the commute and just didn't feel like beating myself up. Panniers were loaded with 3-4 changes of bike clothes - just too much to bother with. Looks like I need to run for a week or two to clear the mind.
I went mountain biking today for the first time since july, it was a nice change of pace from riding rollers for the past couple of weeks
i rode a 30 today and hated almost every moment of it. once again i didn't dress correct i was ok at first but the wind caught up to me an hour in and froze me.... i think its time to just give up and buy a trainer lol
Uphill Grind Now OPEN Cross Plains, WI finally has it's own Bike Shop (my shop). CyLowe97... I finally did it.
It's sweet, I have combo Coffee/Bike shop which is full service on both sides. I will host fair weather group rides this Fall-Winter-Spring and use the shop as a meeting place. I am also starting a library of mapped rides on mapmyride.com. If you go there, just search for "cross plains, WI" and I put in all the long rides. If you ever come this way, pop in and say hello.
By the way... I did ride yesterday. I test rode a Blue Competition RC6. A positive torch transfer, all-day ride.
Uphill Grind Ice Coffee... Caffeine for the addict!
If the weather holds, I was hoping to get up that way just one more time this year to see if losing my riding fitness in the last month will have any adverse affects on climbing Observatory, Barlow and Garfoot. Will definitely stop in for a pre/post ride cup of coffee.
I always wanted to set up virtual racing using banks of Computrainer's setup. The hardware isn't that expensive, and I always thought you could bring in certified trainers and coaches to do training on the equipment when it's not being utilized for a winter nightly indoor crit , etc....
I've spent years thinking about it. Wife says "OK" as a hobby when I retire....as long as she has control over the "real" money.
Rode the local bike trail (JOLT Trail) then in and out of the Root River valley (not very deep) for some climbing followed by a few laps around the industrial park to get my 20 miles in. Right across the road from where I park for the trail, is a small cemetary, and beyond that is a private lake. I grabbed the camera and walked over, shooting a few pics of the geese. I was just about to leave when it all came together for my picture of the day!
No No ... you've got me all wrong!
Actually, I don't know why it's called the JOLT Trail and as far as the NOS goes ...
boy that stuff has some KICK! and it tastes pretty good too. Don't be surprised if
you see me with a bottle of that stuff in my jersey pocket next year when I start
riding with you guys.
Petaluma area, nice cool day.
Point reyes, Petaluma St.
Hicks Valley Rd.
Pepper Rd... the rest is more downtown commuting. All was around 40 plus miles starts downhill, flats out then kicks with two hills in Hicks Valley area and many many rolling hills in Chileno. One of my favorite days as it was not hot, no major bugs invasion, no cow smell at all.
Want to go cycle today but have been back to back since thursday, maybe today sunday go for an easy ride.
I rode from the parking lot over to the cyclocross course today with the trailer. That doesn't really count, but it will work for me.
33 miles this morning with the wife. Not the fastest ride nor the most challenging, but I really enjoy spending the time with her on her road bike. That and I took my Pedal Force ZX3 group buy bike out on its maiden voyage...mmmm carbon fibery goodness.
Metric Century.....I met up with the Lorain Wheelman At 8:30 this morning. 37 degrees and blue sunny skies with just a little breeze. We pre-rode the route for next weeks Red Flannel Metric ride to make sure all the turns were marked and that there would be no surprises. It was a very nice route with some challenging hills and lots and lots of country roads that wind through the corn fields. By the time we got back to our cars some 4 hours later the temps had climbed into the low 50's but the winds had picked up considerably. A nice way to spend a Sunday morning.