When was your last Awesome ride?

Saturday saw me return to the local shop I’ve been riding with for group rides. I hadn’t given the ride too much thought throughout the week but it turned out being Awesome with a capital A. That’s why I capitalized it if you didn’t notice. At the start of the ride we rolled out with about 15 folks. A group of about five took off pretty quickly so we’ll call them the A group. The rest of us kind of fell into a group of our own, at a slower pace, so we’ll call ourselves the B group. There were a few people in the group I hadn’t seen before so I don’t know if they were brand new or just hadn’t been out with us in a while. We had two ladies in the group. One who is a very experienced rider while the other is relatively new. We also had two riders from the shop – one of the mechanics and the shop owner. Both great guys. All-in-all a pretty diverse group. After leaving the shop, getting past a stoplight, and then a stop sign, we got onto the main route and settled into a paceline at about 18-19 mph. I pulled for the first three or four miles before letting one of the ladies pull a bit. We stayed together like this for the next ten miles or so with each person in the group sharing the pulling although the pulls I took were quite a bit longer than most which I was happy to do. We eventually upped the pace to the 20-21 mph range....

New Phase of Training Started

With my century attempt behind me, I took about a week off the bike to rest up but it’s time to get started again. This gives me the perfect opportunity to start a interval training program I’ve been wanting to do for a while that’s specifically put together to help people, like me, who need to lose a lot of weight. Summer is starting to settle in here in North Florida with it getting into the mid-to-upper 90s everyday. That means it’s hot which makes me happy I do my riding in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still sticky as a sticky bun at 5:30 AM but it beats sweltering heat. Speaking of riding in the morning, with the school year drawing to a close daughter #2 is done with high school except for graduating which means I can sleep in until 5 AM before getting up to ride. I may hit the snooze once, or twice, but I don’t have to be rolling now until about 5:30 AM. That’s a great time of morning as the eastern horizon is just starting to get light this time of year and by the time I’m done with an hour ride it’s getting downright bright out. Makes me not feel like a vampire so much. With a full six or seven months of great cycling left I decided to get started on a 15-week interval training program I’ve been wanting to do. It comes from Selene Yeagers book Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike (review coming soon) and is...

What does Biking To Live Mean?

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve slightly changed the look of Biking To Live over the last couple of weeks. Nothing major – still using the same theme, same colors, and stuff like that. I have tweaked some of the visual elements though and they are most evident on the homepage. First off I switched out the logo. The one I had up sucked and I know this one isn’t a huge improvement but I think it’s better for now. It’ll work until I pay someone to design me a professional logo. Second, you can see that the layout of the homepage is totally different. It’s more of a landing page split into areas including the featured article slider, an About section, and a widget showing posts from the blog. All of the blog posts are still available from the homepage by clicking on the Blog link in the menu. Another minor tweak I made was to get rid of the shadow on the font that was used. I always thought it was hard to read the text in the articles because of the shadow so I got rid of it. While talking with an online buddy recently, I was asked the following question: Does the image [About and/or Logo] make you think about Biking To Live? That’s a tough question and I believe the answer for both images (the logo and the About images) is a resounding ‘No.’ I asked the same question to my followers on Facebook and got these two responses (now would be a good time to ‘Like’ the Biking To Live page on Facebook if...

Tour de Cure Ride Report

Saturday saw me attempt my first century ride. While I wasn’t able to complete the full 101 mile route I did manage a decent 80 miles. Having had a day to think back on the event, I wanted to tell you about the ride. My wife and I showed up at the starting point around 6 AM and it was already starting to get hot. I got ready to ride while my wife went to check-in at the volunteers table. She worked the first aid station at the start/finish line from 7 AM until 4 PM. The ride started promptly at 7 AM for those riding the 101 and 71 mile routes. I’m guessing there were a couple hundred riders doing the two routes. I was a little worried about the mass start but it ended up being fine with nobody doing stupid stuff that would cause problems. The route was marked pretty good with signage along the road and we had police support at all the major intersections along the entire route which was great. The first rest stop was only about 10 miles into the ride so I decided to bypass it. It turns out they had rest stops about every 15 miles which was awesome. I would really rely on those later in the day. I can’t say enough about the volunteers at the rest stops. They were all very helpful and accommodating. Each of the stops was well stocked with food and liquids. I rode the first 50 miles at about a 16 mph pace into a head wind coming out of the South. I...

Preparing for the End

As I’m sure you already know, and are tired of me telling you, tomorrow is my first century and I’m super excited. I’ve spent the week tapering my mileage and gettin everything ready for my epic ride. Stuff like fuel, early check-in yesterday, cleaning the bike last night, and so on. Not until yesterday though did I realize there was one thing I hadn’t prepared for tomorrow. The end of the world. In all my preparation, training, and excitement I had forgotten that the world is supposed to meet its doom tomorrow. I’m not sure how I could forget something like that. I forgot an anniversary once and thought the world would end then. It didn’t so I was spared until tomorrow. Or at least that’s what some of the groups promoting our destruction tomorrow will tell you. While I have no plans to meet my maker tomorrow, I thought it prudent to take some preparations just in case. You know me, I like to be prepared. Here’s some additional items you can do to help prepare for tomorrow if you’re going to be out riding like me: Pack a Zombie Survival Kit. If the world is ending you know there will be zombies. I’m not sure what the fascination with zombies is but if we go by what all the movies suggest it’s a no-brainer. There will be zombies. Your Zombie Survival kit would include items such as a chainsaw, machete, shotgun, and perhaps a bazooka. You should be able to outrun them on your bike though because we all know zombies can’t move very fast. They basically...
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