oh man.. i'm so glad i stumbled onto this. i'm new to my area that i just moved to near blossom hill road and snell in san jose. will this garmin connect show me some trails to ride on? i know not all trails are safe to ride on road bikes, but hopefully there's better way to find out paved trails around this area.
Another highway ride out to the rest stop and back, after work:
73 miles @ 18.8mph
67% complete and currently in 21st place out of 5589 on the Nuun distance challenge, with 996 miles this month. I see two people have already hit 100%.
As typical, I reached the turnaround point at sundown. It was 84°F when I started, but there were some chilly pockets of air in the usual places, so I rode back in my jacket, then threw on a base layer before the final descent into Spokane.
Met up with a guy I had connected with from Strava this morning (we met on Sunday also):
Kind of a shake-out ride. Man was it windy! Wind coming from the east...we were headed right into it, when he said something about going behind me. I said, "why don't you go ahead?" It was almost like the wind disappeared
We checked out a crit course a local group uses, and he wants to go back tomorrow for speedwork. Not sure I'll like it, but figure that's good for me. He may do a real crit on Saturday, but I decided to pass on this one (I'm still very new to cycling, think I'll stick with tours/century-type stuff for now).
73 miles solo @ 19.4mph
72% complete on the Nuun/Strava distance challenge, currently ranked 15th of 5720 victims 410 miles to go with 16 days left.
I gave one of my waterbottles of Gatorade to a hitchhiker early in the ride (he later waved as he went by in someone's car). So I drank less, but came through fine on just two quarts of Gatorade (I mixed up some powdered Gatorade at the turnaround point) and the good karma points.
I know these ride are minuscule in comparison to most of the ride posted here but this was my first serious ride of the year so here you go!
Still sick from my sinus infection but I didn't want to skip the Ride of Silence. Before the ride we hit one of our local climbs and I managed a PR on the first mile of it. Not bad considering how crappy I'm feeling.
Met 2 other guys for a 'speed' workout last night:
I hate this type of workout, really despise them, for any sport, but I know in the long run it should help.
Comparatively, my run (I know this is BF but...) this morning felt surprisingly good:
(was my first non-hamster wheel run in about 2 months). yes, the MUP was busy.
My short ride from yesterday. Did a steep hill in Arlingon (Quincy St, also known as "Puke On the Top Tube Climb") and beat my best previous time by 27 seconds
I've been slowly getting better. The first time I did this hill last year I had a 6:02 time. Yesterday, 4:02 (2 minutes off). My ultimate goal is to be able to do this hill in 3:15
I weight 175 lbs right now and I suspect my ideal climbing weight is somewhere between 160-165 lbs.
My first ride with my new 500, and my first outdoor ride of the year. Felt great, so pushed further on this route than I had gone last year. Ended with 22 miles. Pretty good I think for me!
I don't have a power meter, so I suspect Strava might be underestimating. Someone who weights about the same as me (180-199lbs including bike) on the same segment came in at 3:29 and 415 watts (if there is a lightning symbol next to the wattage then it came from a power meter). The segment is .6 miles and an average of 8.5 % (with sections of 16-17%). I don't think a 130 watt difference would only make a 30 second difference.
Either way, I'm going to ignore the watts until I get a powermeter. As long as I am faster than I was last time and keep getting faster I'm happy.
From Strava, my 5 minute wattage is 272 Watts
I got off work early and set out at 4:30PM, giving me nearly 4 hours of daylight, and I had my pannier loaded up with ample cool-weather gear, so I was debating how far to go tonight. I sort of wanted to go out 60 miles to Colfax. But I also realized that would keep me out there long enough for the temperature to start dropping fast. Plus I want to ride serious mileage the next two days, too. So in the end, I made it a century:
http://app.strava.com/rides/8837533 17.5mph average, I wasn't performing too great. Ironic that taking two rest days turns my legs into trash, but that seems to be the case.
79% complete on the Nuun distance challenge, 310 miles to go. Hopefully I can get that down close to 100 miles left by Monday, because there's supposed to be a chance of rain for the whole week.
No matter your power, 120lbs, you must be flying on the climbs
Just finished the Bridge to Ridge ride. I was a little slower this year but considering how crappy I have been feeling I'm okay with that.
58.8 miles, 5,276 feet climbing, 17.3 mph avg, 185w avg. Not to shabby for a 205 pound fat boy.