Ride 13 – What a bike ride

After having three straight days off the bike I was ready to ride again. I wasn’t sure what to expect because of my short layoff but I was optimistic. 5:00 AM came bright and early and I was ready. I had a new set of bibs and a shirt come in the mail yesterday so I was eager to try them out. I’d also installed a new front light to increase my visibility to oncoming traffic. The air was a little chilly this morning but not bad. Once I got to spinning I warmed up quickly. My first long straightaway I was cooking. I was averaging around 14 mph which is about what I saw on my last couple of bicycle rides. Traffic seemed rather light this morning and I wasn’t complaining. As I neared my first turn I couldn’t believe how good I felt. The bibs felt good, the legs felt good, and I was movin’. The rest must have done me some good. During this stretch I’m pushing along anywhere from 14 to 16 mph. As I neared my turnaround point I slowed down a bit due to a little uphill work and because I wanted to conserve my energy for the second half. Once past my turnaround point and approaching No Man’s Land, I began to wonder if I could really push it the rest of the way in. I felt that good. I took a good sip of water and settled in for the push. Once I entered No Man’s Land I shifted into my smallest cog on the middle gear and began cranking it....

Yesterday was LIVESTRONG Day

Yesterday was LIVESTRONG Day and I had no idea. LIVESTRONG is the foundation established in 1997 by Lance Armstrong to help and inspire those affected by cancer. Lance is a cancer survivor and 7-time winner of the Tour de France. From the LIVESTRONG website, LIVESTRONG Day is: “…the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s one-day initiative to raise awareness and funds for the cancer fight.” Lance himself attended events in New York, Ohio State University, Denver, and Las Vegas. In addition to these events, many other events were held all over the country in support of LIVESTRONG Day. You can read about these events on the LIVESTRONG Blog. Sadly, this is another significant bicycle related event that I knew nothing about. Some of you may think I live in the dark ages with no Internet or TV but that’s not the case. I just don’t think the information about these events is getting out in my city. I’m really beginning to think that bicycle awareness in my city is non-existent. Did you attend a LIVESTRONG Day event? If so, post a comment and tell us about it. Do you live in the city of Jacksonville, FL? I’d like to hear your opinion on bicycle awarenss in our...

Did You Know That May is National Bike Month?

Not only is May National Bike Month but May 12-16 (this week) is designated as Bike-To-Work Week and Friday, May 16th, is designated as Bike-To-Work Day by the League of American Bicyclists. Did you know that? I didn’t until just recently. I’m surprised I hadn’t seen or heard anything about it. Not only have I not heard much about either of these two events on the Internet but I’ve heard absolutely zero about them in my hometown. I find that amazing. These types of events won’t gain popularity unless the word is spread. A quick check of the Internet has yielded zero events in my hometown for National Bike Month, Bike-To-Work Week, or Bike-To-Work Day. That totally blows me away. I believe I may have a mission for next year. Is your city putting on any official events related to National Bike Month? If so, please tell us about it by leaving a comment...

Biking to Live Week 3 Summary

It’s hard to believe that 3 weeks have come and gone since I started Biking To Live. It’s just flown by. The rides this week went pretty good with me feeling great for Rides 9 and 10 and Ride 11 and 12 being hampered by winds. The total ride time for the week topped out at 3:23:21 and mileage ended up as 45.72 miles. I’m not too happy with the 45 miles but the wind on Saturday made me cut the ride short. The wind today was even worse with gusts up to 30 mph. I’ll get up in the morning but if the wind is still blowing like this I won’t be riding in the morning. One other thing that disappointed me this week was my weight. It stayed constant from last week at 273 even after tracking my caloric intake (which is much less), watching what I eat (which is much better), and riding better (for the most part) this week. Now, even though I didn’t lose weight I have noticed a significant change in the fit of my clothes. I know that sounds weird but I can only call it the way I see it. Because of my increased mileage (and perhaps increased fitness) I may have added a little muscle this week which would explain the steady weight. We’ll see how the weight goes next week. It’s important for me, personally, to not let my weight bother me. I’m a historic scale watcher and get discouraged easily when the weight doesn’t come off. I made a commitment early on to only weigh myself once a...

Ride 12 – Earth, WIND, and Fire

I had good intentions for a longer ride today but my good intentions quickly changed to just making it through a normal weekday ride. Starting out it was overcast and looked like it might rain. The wind seemed to be blowing a little but nothing too bad. With a high of 94 predicted for today it was also starting to warm up. I met my brother-in-law over at his neighborhood and we started out. The first leg was ok with us moving pretty good. Traffic was a little heavy but not too bad. We actually saw a couple of bikers headed the other way. As we made our first turn we were hit square in the face by a stiff wind. The wind started to pickup and we were struggling to maintain any kind of speed. The clouds to the west were starting to look a little more threatening. At this point we decided cut the ride short and head back after just doing the normal weekday ride route. So, that’s what we did. Am I disappointed? Sure. I wanted a longer ride today. I had planned on riding over to the University of North Florida, making the loop around the college, and then heading back home. Should have been in the neighborhood of 20-25 miles. To make matters worse we were passed by a guy on a bike easily 25 years my elder. He was riding a real road bike and we weren’t pushing it at all so I don’t feel too bad about it. Maybe it made the other guy feel good to pass us young whipper...

World record for riding stationary bike in progress

I came across this article while doing a little browsing: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/health/chi-cycling_09may09,0,5550228.story Mr. hood is attempting to set the world record for consecutive hours of riding a stationary bicycle.  He expects to break the record sometime on Sunday, May 11, but wants to ride another 20 hours to make sure the record lasts a while.  According to Guinnes rules he gets a 5 minute break every hour and can carry those 5 minutes over if he wants to skip one.  He’s maintaining 12 mph which I find amazing.  A more mind-boggling number is the number of calories he’s expected to...

Ride 11 – Know which way the wind blows

I got to bed at a decent time last night and felt pretty good this morning as I set off from the house on my morning ride. The weather was great with it clear and warm. Definetly short-sleeve weather. I get to the first point where I have to cross a busy road and surprisingly had to wait a couple of minutes for the traffic to die down. It’s usually not this busy at 5:15 AM but for some reason there was traffic this morning. I guess it was everybody going in early on a Friday so they could leave early. As I get started on the first long straightaway I’m feeling great. The legs feel a little heavy but not bad. I cross under a street lamp and catch a glimpse of my speed – 16 mph. Wow, I’m cookin’! I keep going and the speed continues to stay up there. At about the half-way point I make a turn to left and start heading almost due west. That’s when it hits me. The wind. It wasn’t strong but it was heavy enough to affect my speed for sure. Now I know why I was doing so good earlier. I hadn’t noticed the wind at the house (must have been sleep walking still) but I apparently had a tailwind for the first leg of my ride. That explains the increased speed. At my turnaround point I’m expecting the wind to move to my rear again, but no, the wind is in my face again. I was thinking, “what in the world is going on?” I turn South preparing...

Six month checkup complete

Yesterday I had to go do my six month checkup with the doctor.  For those that don’t know me, I absolutely hate going to the doctor and hate hospitals even more.  I needed to go back in to have my blood pressure checked.  My blood pressure has never been really bad but always borderline.  Couple that with my horrific family history and I’m on blood pressure meds. The nurse checked me in, took my BP and pulse, and I waited for the doctor.  He came in and said my BP and pulse were excellent.  We talked about my recent return to bicycling to lose weight, how I’m doing it, mileage so far, diet modifications, and weight goals.  All-in-all it was a very good talk.  I guess I was fortunate that I had to have this visit and it coincided with the beginning of Biking To...

Ride 10 – Pushin’ the Big Gear

Boy was I tired when I woke up this morning. I felt I got enough sleep because I did get about 7 hours. I had the yawns though! BIG TIME! I couldn’t stop yawning until about 5 or 6 minutes into my ride. It was unreal. Once I did get riding though I felt good. Real good. The weather was ok. There were no clouds but there was a lot of dew and a little mist. Just like Ride 9, I found myself going at a very good clip to start with my speed up around 13.5 to 14. I’m hoping that this is an indication that I’m starting to develop a little bit of base fitness. These last two rides have just been awesome with me being able to push it and not tire out. Man it feels good. As I approach the 5 mile mark I spot another rider come out of a neighborhood entrance a few hundred feet ahead of me. This isn’t the guy on the recumbent that dusted me back in Ride 2. He’s on a normal road bike and is wearing a cycling jersey. I’m able to keep him in roughly the same position ahead of me until I get to my turn-around point. It felt good to be able to maintain my position. It’s very likely that he was just warming up though and was taking it easy.As I near No Man’s Land, I see the same guy every morning walking his two dogs. I say “Goodmorning,” as always, but he doesn’t say anything-as usual. Maybe he’ll warm up someday. As I...

The Cycle People Press Release

Free listings on TheCyclePeople.com! During the month of May, bike shops, tour operators, and accommodation owners that link their site to TheCyclePeople.com will get free listings for the remainder of 2008. Manufacturers have already uploaded thousands of products to the site’s database, making it easy to search for the latest cycling gear. And over 7,000 US and UK bike shops are listed as well. Shop owners that take advantage of this opportunity will get an enhanced listing for their shop, complete with details on the product lines they carry. Tour operators and accommodation owners can upload photos and detailed descriptions of their offerings as well. It’s a completely risk-free way to gain exposure to over 1.5 million cyclists this year, on a site dedicated to becoming the one-stop site for cyclists around the world. Businesses wishing to take advantage of this offer should visit www.TheCyclePeople.com/Advertise – offer closes May 30th, 2008. About TheCyclePeople.com: The portal for cycling enthusiasts allows users to search by product (more added weekly), to search for a bike shop anywhere in the US and UK (expanding to other countries), to find cycling holidays and accommodation worldwide, and to access the forums (link) for interacting with other cyclists. Over 20,000 businesses are currently featured. For more details about TheCyclePeople.com or the May Free Listings Offer, please contact...
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