Monday, May 22, 2006

And I'm ready to Go!!!!!

Training is complete for the season.  If I'm not ready now, I'm never going to be ready!  (I'M READY!!)

I've turned my bike in .....  it'll get on a truck on Friday and head off to Tahoe. 

I'm feeling super good about it.  I've also raised a decent amount of money for TNT to help the LLS find a cure for blood cancers.  I don't know the exact figure but with I am guessing that the Baltimore Tahoe Team raised somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000 to help find a cure for blood cancers!

Thank you so much for your support and interest in my ride.   It keeps me going on the road knowing I am spinning for a good cause and that I have the support of a bunch of folks. 

Next post from TAHOE!!!!!

I've been hugely delinquent on posting.

I've had a couple good rides since I last posted.  I apologize for the sometimes slow posting.  My voicemail has been full with messages asking me when I am going to get the next post online.  I'll give a quick rundown of the recent rides.

The most notable was a ride two Saturdays ago out in B-more county.  It was a pretty rigourous ride hitting some dreadfull hilly roads.  I was happy to say though, at the end of Corbett Road I felt pretty decent.  The workout was hard, but I only had moderate use of my granny gear.  I will say though that the road seemed like it would never end.  The cue sheet schedule called for a right off of York and a left on Old York.  I kinda a assumed Old York was near new york.  The road kept on going so far that I actually stopped at one point and turned around .... fortunately I caught up with ken who I had been riding with and since he had done the road last week, I was pretty confident following him.

I was pleased to hear that during that ride we did more climbing than we will do out in Tahoe.  I was particularly pleased when I noticed my final pace was 14.6 mph, and my pace for Tahoe last year was 13.4.  Its good to see I am improving and my legs and heart are getting stronger.  It was a rigourous ride and I feel good about completing it well.  While I wasn't really interested in doing another 30 miles right then and there, if I had to I certainly could have.

This weekend was a good ride.  I was out on the eastern shore of Maryland with my folks for the weekend, so I missed the weekly ride with the Team, but I was able to get in my own little 75 mile ride.  All in all also a very good ride.  A few problems here and there with my right foot getting a hot spot and my left calf getting a little sore.  The hot spot went away when I took my shoes off at lunch time and the left calf just seemed to work itself out after about a ten mile spot in the 50 to 60 mile area where it bothered me.   I also wore my heart rate monitor and it was nice to notice that I was in the low 160 bps range which is ~84 % of HRM (heart rate max) and is a pretty decent work out zone for me. 

I've has a good few rides during the week just keeping me in shape.  Training went really well this year and I feel good about things. 

I'll be reporting back from Tahoe soon!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Less than month to go!!!!

Well it has been way too long since I've written. I have a bunch of things I want to update everyone on.

We're closing in on the ride here. Less than a month to go -- 3 and 1/2 weeks in fact. Its getting very exciting though. I am still feeling pretty good with my training and am riding very regularly. Things are going well.  We'll see when I hit those first switchbacks, how my training has gone!

Since we last spoke though, I have had to replace my rear rim. As you may recall from previous posts I have been having a bit of trouble with spokes breaking. I had a second spoke repaired, at which point the local bike shop wrench told me it was a pain to true and (his words) was "on its last legs." Well he wasn't lying. Two rides later when I was rolling down Independence Avenue, which is like riding on an asphalt shapei, and I heard the familar metal "CLANK" of another spoke breaking. Anyway, I got the rim replaced and have been broken spoke free since then.

The rides have been going well. We're coming up to the last two of our group rides. I will be riding 70 miles with the group this week and then probably another 75 ish miles the next week, although for scheduling reasons I might not be riding with the group again for the last ride.

All in all things are going well prepping for the ride. The evening rides have been around Haines Point, on the Mount Vernon Trail and I have hit a couple up in the Annpolis area. I was pleased to discover that the Edgewater community has a nice bike lane on the new Sections of Solomon's Island road. The bike lane can be ~3 foot wide in some parts but it was good of them to put it there when they repaved the road. Since the asphalt is new it is a really nice ride.

I expect it will be part of my buddy rides for the Seagull Century, which I will be mentoring for during the fall season. If all goes well I will put back three centuries this year, Tahoe, Seagull and hopefully the Reston Century...which I still need to sign up for. --note to self --

Other than that I am getting pumped for the ride. Riding this weekend will be fun and if the Weather Service goofs the forecast I might actually get to ride outside tonight...otherwise its a night on the trainer.

Tom