Saturday, January 28, 2006

If this is Global Warming errr... Climate Change ... gimme some mo'

Wasn't actually on the bike today but boy was it beautiful out today. I didn't quite make it into shorts today, but I did slip into my America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride long sleeve t-shirt and I couldn't help thinkinhg about how ampped I am for teh trainging and for the ride.

I took the girls to the playground at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis this afternoon and we had a ton of fun. There were tons of bikers in the park today and I so totally wished that I had a child trailer for the back fo the bike so I could throw the munchkins in an go riding. I'm thinking that needs to be one of my next acquisitions.

It was a great day today and I am looking forward to the ride in June. can't help but think we're going to get a huge storm soon. Going to be great fun!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Unacceptable at Tahoe

After a comprehensive and sometimes contentious discussion with the officals at America's Most Beautiful Bike ride, I have been informed that this bicycle is not approved for climbing Spooner Junction.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bambi Beware

Hit the capital Cresent Trail again Monday night. It was a pretty nice ride and good litle adventure.

Rolled out after work with with Noel (my GF) and headed out from her place in NW up to the Bethesda enterance of the CCT. Climbed on our bikes and headed out into the cold. As it was Sunday night it was pretty dark and relatively cold (low 40's with mild winds). I headed out on the trail leading the pace, but by the second intersection where the trail intersects Little Falls Parkway (the cross walk in the map) Noel took over the lead. (Also a note for riders & runners as you can see in the map, there is a left turn right near this intersection, this can be a bit of a blind corner, so make sure to stop -- safety notice completed --.)

Anyway after we got back underway Noel set the pace. It was good pace and kept me moving well. We were heading down hill towards g-town. I'm thinking about halfway down the inbound Noel said somethign about Bambi. Now she insists that she was no where near the furry creature, but I suspect that the headlamp on her bike wasn't bright enough to dazzle the deer and it scampered away before she could catch it. I do remember her mumbling something about venison in the car ride up before we rolled out of the parking lot.

Other than the little critter the ride was good. We rolled down to Water Street and turned around and headed back up the trail. As you might know, the CCT a rails to trails project and has a slight grade heading north. Its about a 1% grade. We did pretty good heading back up. Noel did great. I was following and she wasn't coasting at all...very impressive. She also had good climbs on the overpasses, not having to get out of her saddle, and she muscled up really strong.

The north-bound portion was uneventful. We rolled into the parking lot about an hour and some change after starting and headed out to panera. Noel had the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich and I had the Papperblue Steak Sandwich. Umm yum!

Milage and pace info is unavailable becuase we were both in such a hurry to get riding that we forgot to reset our computers. Won't happen again.

Monday, January 23, 2006

D - A - R - K

Did a short training ride last night, approximately 14 miles.

I rolled out at approximatelty 7:30 last night, headed up Wisconsin Avenue to Bethesda Road to the Capital Cresent Trail. That was a relatively uneventful stint. I then jumped on the CCT and quickly discovered that it was really dark. My halfway decent light threw out roughly 10 feet of usable light. It was enough to see ahead a little bit, but not enough to allow me to clearly see down the trail. Fortunately I am pretty familar with the trail so I knew what was coming up ahead. Additionally I had the trail all to myself, expect for one guy with an extremely bright light that cycled by me about halfway down the trail, so I could basically use the trail dividing line as a guide and know I was in the safe.

But after an undefined large woodland creature scampered off the path just in front of me, I decided the best call was going to be to bail off the trail. So when I came up on Fletcher's Boathouse I decided it would be wise to get some illumination and hit the roads. The darkness almost got me on the way out of the parking lot though, when I almost clipped a braided steel wire that was blocking enterance (and my exit from) the parking lot. Fortunately, my headlight saved me.

Other than that the rest of the ride was uneventful. Cycled down canal road for a bit, and then across M, and then up Wisconsin to the Cathedral. The highlight of the last portion was the aroma of sizzling burgers wafting across Wisc. Ave as I climbed out of G-town. If only there were someone standing on the curb handing out quaters of medium rare burgers to hungry cyclists (a combination of the supporters at rides who hand out goodies and the guy at teh mall who always gives you the free sample of bourbon chicken). Alas it was not to be.

Oh yeah and once I got off the trail it started to rain. Only a sprinkly though.

A good ride and a nice way to wrap up a nice weekend.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hawai'i not so bad. DC Cold.

Things are going pretty well with the training. I'm feeling better and stronger on my bike.

I was in Hawai'i last week for work and was able to get in about an hour on the stationary bike. I would have loved to have ridden more, but we were scheduled pretty tight and there weren't weight rooms at everywhere I stayed.

I got in another training ride yesterday in NW Washington. Pretty uneventful ride up until the end, where I threw in two hills. I was pleased that I was able to climb the first hill a lot stronger that I did the last time I climbed it a couple weeks back. Hopefully in a few weeks I'll be able to muscle it out without having to climb out of the saddle. (for you Washingtonians, I'm referring to the hill that takes you from the Rock Creek Parkway Trail, up onto Calvert Street) I also powered up the second hill slowly but fairly easily.

All in all a good ride.

The downside to the recent trip to Hawai'i was that the co-workers who joined me on the trip all brought chocolate and other yummy stuff back from the trip and I have been snacking away all day. The upside is that I work with a bunch of guys who act like they've never seen a good meal, so all sight of chocolate should be gone by tomorrow morning. I am going to at least make an attempt at focusing on nutrition this year.

Hopefully I will get a ride or two in this week and am shopping for a trainer so I can ride when the weather's bad or time is tight.