Contact Biking To Live

I realized today that I hand’t setup my Contact Me page yet so I took a few minutes to do that this morning.  Just navigate over to the Contact Me page, fill out the simple form, and click submit.  I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Why get in touch with me?  Who knows, maybe you just want to say Hi, or that you find my blog cool, or me cool, or that you have a stinky dog too.  Maybe you’d just like to offer me some good advice, words of encouragement, or perhaps you would like to sponsor my blog.  Whatever the reason, don’t hesitate to drop me a...

Biking To Live has a pain in the rear

No, it’s not my wife. I noticed it yesterday and today’s ride didn’t help. I think it’s my saddle. I had taken the saddle off that came with the Schwinn and put my old Cannondale Vetta saddle on and have been riding with it. I think it’s too narrow for my wide load. In an effort to find out if that’s the case, I visited the local Trek shop to have my sit bones measured. I went to the Trek shop for two reasons. First, I had never been in there and wanted to check it out, and two, it was right around the corner from where my youngest does ballet so before picking her up I thought I would check out the store. The store was nice and the bikes (Trek, Cervelo, Lemond) they had were nice. Upon arriving I asked where the road saddles were. I was escorted to the ‘road’ section of the store and shown a display of exactly 3 styles of saddles. All by the same manufacturer. I was like, “this is it?” Come on. After looking at the display I went back to the guy and told him I needed help getting fit for the right width saddle. Something measured in inches, not millimeters. I didn’t say that but that’s how I felt after thinking how much bigger I am now than when I bought my Cannondale 15 years ago. The guy said he was new and couldn’t do it. He’d have to get the manager. I say ok and wait. The manager comes out and looks like he just came back from...

Ride 9 – Week 3 of Biking To Live

I can’t believe I’m already starting Week 3 of Biking To Live. It seems just like yesterday that I was dragging myself out for that first ride but now I’m on Ride 9 and everything seems to be going good. The weather this morning was nice. It was partly cloudy but warmer than it has been. It was actually warm enough to be able to ride in short sleeves with no problem. It felt good. Starting out my legs felt heavy. I think I was feeling the effects of the 29 mile ride on the Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail back on Ride 8. After riding for about 10 minutes, though, they started to feel good. In fact, it was about this time I noticed that my speed was about 1.5-2 mph more than usual. That surprised me a little bit. It felt good but I didn’t want to push too hard because I didn’t want to falter in No Man’s Land. Besides, I was lengthening today’s ride just a little to push the morning ride to 11 miles. I decided to go ahead and ride how I felt. It turns out it was a good decision. Even though I lengthened the ride slightly, I managed to turn in my best average speed yet for a morning ride. Here are today’s numbers: 11.18 miles, 49:02, 16 mph max, and 13.6 mph average. I wasn’t expecting this good of a ride today. I’m not complaining though! I’m hoping it’s a sign of my strength...

Biking to Live Week 2 Summary

And so ends week 2 of Biking to Live. It was a great week. I got four rides in and two of them were with somebody else. I rode distances I haven’t ridden in over 15 years and rode new trails. It was a really good week. Here’s a recap of the rides this week. Ride 5 – Week 2 of Biking To Live Begins Ride 6 – Note to Self Ride 7 – A Ride for Two Ride 8 – Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail The total mileage for this week is 61.38 miles which is an increase of 13.01 miles over last week. Almost half of those miles came from Ride 8 on Saturday. I’m very happy with those numbers at this stage of my riding. Other great blogging articles I’ve seen this week: Got Wind at KC Bike Commuting Map Your Rides Online at Cycle Pig Which Type of Pedal at Bike Noob Next weeks goals: Increase my weekday morning ride up to 11 miles per ride. Start tracking my food intake.  I plan on using a free online tracker at Fit Day. That concludes this week.  Like I said, it was a great week and I feel like I’m making...

Ride 8 – Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail

What a great day! I had the pleasure of riding with a newfound friend from Bike Forums on a ride I’d never done before. Brian (Jaxgtr on Bike Forums) picked me up promptly at 8:00 AM and we took the 20 minute drive to the trailhead. The Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail is an old converted railway line that runs from Jacksonville to Baldwin, FL. The Jacksonville trailhead (Imeson Road Trailhead) is only five miles from downtown. The path itself has been paved with asphalt and is approximately 12 feet wide which gives plenty of room to ride side-by-side or in groups. About 95% of the trail is covered by a canopy of trees which has you riding in the shade for most of the trip. For the most part the trail is flat but there are a couple of areas that are slightly uphill and will get the heart rate up if you push it. Along the route there are benches and pull-offs if you need to take a break or just want to sit and enjoy nature. There are bathrooms located about 5 miles from the Jacksonville trail head and some port-a-potties at the Baldwin trail head. A couple of miles before the Baldwin trail head there’s an old converted train station that looked like it had a water fountain. You’d would probably be smart to bring two water bottles like we did. The round-trip distance is right at 29 miles. When Brian and I arrived at the Jacksonville trail head the parking area was already quite full. There were a few folks milling about the parking area but it...
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