Sunday, April 23, 2006

Getting up there on the mileage

Well I've been a bit delinquent in my blogging lately. Which if anyone has noticed will be remarkable in itself. (LEAVE COMMENTS PLEASE!!!)

Anyway, what exactly is it that I have been doing? Well I have been riding my bike quite a bit. I am a bit ahead of schedule on my training regime. We're currently supposed to be at 50 miles in our training and I banged out a nice 60 miler Friday morning. I'll go over relatively quickly the most recent rides.

I've done a few rides here and there during the week. Noel has been really good about pushing the miles a bit so that we get in a bit harder work out than prescribed by my training schedule. I've had three significant rides since my last blogging entry so let me attempt to update folks on them.

The first ride was the "Don't be crabby, get crabs ride." Joel sachs from my team organized this and it was basically a 45 mile ride with a trip to Cantler's crab house at mile 40. We rolled out of the Navy-Marine Corp stadium in Annapolis and followed this route. The route took us up through millersvile across through severna park down the B&A trail and out to the Bay and then back to 'nap town. The visit to the bay was really nice. We visited one of the old piers on the south side of the bay bridge, shot over route 50 and then made a quick jaunt over to Sandy Point State Park, which Noel remembered because it was where we took the kids New Years Eve to observe the Christmas lights. All in all it was an excellent ride. I would caution fellow rides to not make the lunchtime pit stop at the bottom of a hill. The lactic acid had settled in my legs during lunch and my thighs felts like two bags of wet concrete trying to bike back up to the roadway.

The second big ride was two weeks ago when we headed down to my parents house over the Easter weekend to hang out and do a little flat land bike riding. The ride was alot of fun for the most part. The eastern shore is pretty slat...in fact according to scientists, it is flatter than a pancake. Noel and I did about 55 miles with the halfway point being the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. Apparently there are endanged squirells out there, something which shocks me having always lived in a city where they're in abundent supply. My folks recently had installed a new hot tub, so it was nice to soak my legs in some warm bubbles after a long ride. Was great to hang with my folks and do some bike riding in the same weekend!

Finally I knocked out a metric on Friday. I guess technically it wasn't a metric since it was actually only a 60 mile ride...I think there are .62 kilometers per mile so technically it wasn't a metric century..oh well it was a good ride regardless.

I headed out of my apartment roughly 9:30 a.m. and headed towards downtown Annapolis. I realized within about a half mile that I hadn't put my gloves on. Turned around grabbed the gloves and headed back out. I was planning to head right to the B&A trail, but I got lost and ended up putting a few extra miles in before I got to the trail. No big deal though and it actually helped me get to the nice round 60 I was aiming for. Once on the B&A I shot up to the BWI Trail, which is basicly a loop around the BWI Airport. Turns out that right when I hit the airport trail, 29 miles into my 60 mile ride it begins to rain. I guess it was G-d telling me there is no way you're bailing on this ride, by sticking the rain right smack in the middle of the ride. Turns out the rain didn't last too long and wasn't too hard. The biggest issue was being able to see. I had to take my glasses off so that I could see. For a while between miles 45 and 55 my legs decided to express their lack of enthusiasm about this part of the ride. I think part of it was that I was about 3 1/2 hours into the ride and I had only eaten one GU and didn't have a huge b-fast. I think my legs were looking for fuel. I will pack more GU next time.

I was very pleased with this ride though. I stopped only for ten minutes to refill my water bottles and kept up a moderately respectable 15.5 mph pace considering all the stops on the B&A and the BWI trail. I was pretty pleased with it and my legs aren't really complaining about it two days after. It did lack much in the way of hills, but I did attempt to hammer it for most of the ride to make myself work.

I'm feeling pretty good with my training. Going to have to focus on making more times for riding now that the training schedule has picked up a bit. Fortunately my last hearing for a while at work is this week!

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