Wednesday, January 31, 2007

C - O - L - D

Well boy was it cold out Sunday morning. I don't remember the exact temperature, but I would say it was probably in the low 30s (although still above freezing because the snow didn't start until 15 mins after my ride) and rainy when I headed out a 8 a.m. Noel had emailed me that it was drizzling out a little bit so I figured I would head out in spite of the overcast sky. A little rain never hurt anyone. An additional motivating factor was that we had had dinner with a bunch of TNT marathon buddies the night before and I had told them that I would be riding the next morning -- so I figured I had better show up lest I incur the ridicule of runners.

Anyway the ride was pretty good. I went up Beach Drive, down the Georgetown Branch of the Capital Cresent Trail, and then down the CCT to Fletchers Boat House and back up to Bethesda. All told it was about 20 mile ride.

We popped into the coffee place afterwards with our friends and grabbed some joe. Since I had stopped moving this was the part where I started shivering. In spite of the fact that I was wearing a rain jacket, I pretty much got my self soaked to the bone and I was now ice cold. It took me a good 45 minutes, a large americano, and an ET with egg & swiss to get some color back into my body. It was good to get out though, and since I want to maintain some winter fitness I need to ride whenever I can!

Other than that the riding is going well. Its a bit rough finding time to ride, with the lack of light, but the days are getting longer and they should warm up in a month or so.

I went to the TNT kick off this Saturday and it was great. We have a huge team this year. Looks like somewhere in the 50 rider range, which is really exciting!! We have some great captains on our team and everyone seems really excited for the season. The first training ride should be in a few weeks. I'll keep you posted. Other than that, the only big bike news is that I purchased a Garmin 305 GPS cyclocomputer. Should be very helpful in keeping better track of my training. (you will soon see maps of my rides on these blog posts!!!!!)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Starting out the New Year

Things are going well this new year. I have gotten in a few ride and my body is feeling relatively well. I haven't gotten in any long rides (>40 mile) but I think I am putting together a good base to be ready for the TNT summer 2007 training.

The unseasonable warm weather ( loving that global warming ) has given me more opportunities to ride lately.

I was able to head out of the office Tuesday night and head down to Hains Point for a few laps. I lucked out and got stuck with a cross wind across the peninsula so I pretty much had about a 20 mph blowing into me on both sides of the peninsula. Oh well. I was good and I have the place to myself (actually it was just me an one other rider) that night.

I rolled out this afternoon from Noel's place and headed up Beach Drive to the as yet unfinished section of the Capital Crescent Trail. Since it is basically only hardpack, and it has rained the last couple days there was a good bit of mud between Beach Drive and the CCT. After getting to Bethesda I took the CCT down to Georgetown and then headed back up Wisconsin Avenue to Noel's. All told a nice round 20 mile trip.

On a large note I think I am going to try to aim for 3000 miles this year. I think I did roughly 200 this year. I had 2415 on the bike at the beginning of the year so we'll have to see how I am doing at the end of this year.