More wind and a face full of snot

I’m really finding it amazing at how much the wind is blowing everyday. Winds today were 20-25 with gusts a little higher. I road around White Rock Lake again and it could have been called White Cap Lake. It was ridiculous. There were a couple spots when I would come upon a point in the lake, riding into the wind, and could barely manage 10 mph. I’d like to think it was the wind but it was probably my pathetic abilities right now. I’m pretty sure it was the wind though. Even though the wind was bad, I was determined to get two laps around the lake in. Just like Monday’s ride I set myself riding into the wind for the first-half of the loop so I could have it at my back on the return. That worked out good but that second lap was difficult. I found it harder on my rear than anything else. I may have jumped into longer distances too fast and I’m experiencing a little discomfort down there. Ok a lot. I feel like I was sitting on top of a 4×4 post. Oh well, just gotta take it a little easier I guess and let my rear-end catch up. Image by Getty Images via Daylife About a half-mile into the second lap I’m riding into the wind again. It’s coming in off my right shoulder. There’s a guy just ahead of me running. I call out “on your left” as I start to go around him and this guy decides to blow his nose. It wouldn’t have been bad if he would have...

It’s time to get serious about cycling (my weight loss)

In ten days Biking To Live will be one year old. I feel like over the last year that I’ve I’ve failed to accomplish what I set out to do. I gave it a good shot the first six months or so but ever since last October I’ve been hit and miss. More miss than hit. That said, I figured with the one-year anniversary of Biking To Live coming up I need to actually step up to the plate and take cycling (my weight loss) serious. I say cycling (my weight loss) because if I can step up my cycling to the levels I want to then my weight will take care of itself. Now, the big question is how do I get serious about my cycling. I’ve been thinking about this for a little while now and have come up with a few things. 1. Join a cycling group. Cycling alone makes it too easy for me to blow off riding. I’ll have some accountability if I have a couple of group rides a week that I’m committed to. I did my first group ride (I know it was only three people) this past weekend and I was consciously watching what I was eating and drinking the day before so I didn’t spoil it. I need that type of motivation. 2. Up the mileage. Because of my current living situation there’s no reason I shouldn’t be riding at least a 100 miles a week within a month. It won’t take me much longer to get back into a rhythm on the bike which means I should be riding...

There he blows!

Image by Floyd Nello via Flickr Today I was determined to get a ride in. I’m very anxious to get back into a routine riding and with me only getting two rides in in the last two weeks I figured I needed to start today. I also had to stop using the wind as an excuse because if I continued to do so I may never get a ride in here in Texas. That said, I got home, changed, make the quick drive to the train station, rode one stop to White Rock Station and rode around the lake. Immediately upon setting out I wondered if I had made a mistake because the wind was stiff out of the South. I intentionally set myself up to ride into the wind for the first half so I could have it at my back on the second half but I was feeling it. Then I started to feel my legs. They were pretty heavy from the 29 miles yesterday. Oh boy. It was about this time I realized I didn’t have a water bottle with me. I couldn’t believe it. I left them both in my room. Note to self: keep a bottle in the car. I just gritted it out to get to the South end of the lake so I could get the wind at my back. It helped when I made the turn but the road makes some turns that put the wind almost off right shoulder which still made it tough. I managed 10 miles in 45 minutes. There weren’t many people out today but there were...

Cycling Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: April 2009

I decided to try something a little new and put together a Cycling Desktop Wallpaper Calendar. I got the inspiration from over at Smashing Magazine where graphic artists each month submit desktop wallpaper calendars for users to set as their desktop backgrounds. All of them are awesome but they rarely contain graphics or subjects that interest me. That said, I thought I would create my own using my meager photoshop skills. Below is the cycling desktop wallpaper calendar I created for April 2009. April is the month of the Spring Cycling Classics so I focused the wallpapers theme around that. To the left of the calendar is this years dates for each of the cobbled and Ardennes races that make up the spring classics. If you have suggestions, like it, would like to see future months, or hate it, please leave a comment below. The wallpaper’s size is 1024×768 because that’s what I use on my laptop. If there’s enough interest I’ll make some other sizes. Just click on the picture to get the full size. If you reached this page via a search result and want to see all the Cycling Desktop Wallpaper Calendars created, including the latest one, just visit the Desktop Wallpaper Calendar...

My first group ride

Image via Wikipedia I was invited to meet up with Cliff and other members of Team Bikin’ as they did a pre-ride of the route for Tour Dallas next weekend. Tour Dallas is a ride put on here locally in Dallas and attracts as many as 3000-4000 cyclists of all skill levels. It’s not a race but a tour and is meant for every one to come out and have a good time. It’s been very successful in the past and promises to be again this year. When I arrived at the designated meeting place Cliff was already there. A few minutes later Fred of Nearly Famous Fred showed up and we waited. Turns out we were it. I think the cold may have had something to do with it since it was only about 34F this morning. It was due to warm up later in the afternoon but it was a chilly start. I actually had to go buy a long-sleeve jersey yesterday since I didn’t own one. I just never needed one down in Florida. This was the first true group ride I’d ever done. I did a bike trip from Connecticut to Ohio back in 1995 but I didn’t do any group training for that. Needless to say I was pretty nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. We took off from a parking lot on the South side of White Rock Lake and Fred, who’s the route director for Tour Dallas, had us deep in neighborhoods in no time heading to downtown Dallas where Tour Dallas would start. The route wasn’t entirely flat either....
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