Friday, January 18, 2008

Cycling Tips: What Every Cyclist Should Know -

Some good tips here for cycling in the new year. Def. worth giving it a read.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lance at Dicks

I don't really shop at Dicks, and I'm not a huge Nike fan, but these are hilarious.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Rubber side down.

So with Noel being out of town this weekend doing the Goofy Challenge down at Disney World with Emma, Dave (Emma's Husband) and I are home by ourselves. Dave touched base with me earlier in the week and invited me to join him on a ride down the Mount Vernon Trail this morning.

It turned out to be a really nice ride. We rolled out of Dangerfield Island at 9 a.m. this morning heading south on the trail with Mt. Vernon as our destination. The ride went really well for the first half. After we got south of alexandria the Saturday morning traffic of runners on the trail thinned out a bit and we had most of the trail to ourselves. I hadn't headed this far south on the MVT in a while and was interested to see the work on the Wilson Bridge. Word is that some time in the future there will be cycle and pedestrian crossing on the bridge. That would be fun!! Trail improvements around the bridge seem to be coming along well.

The ride down to Mt Vernon was relatively uneventful. When we got to the end we bumped into a bunch of Team in Training marathoners who were doing a training run (presumably something with a little hill training in it.) We bumped into Shannon who runs with Noel and who has ridden with us in Davidsonville and Michelle who may sign up for this season's Tahoe. Yay. It was a nice surprise to see some team folks when we were down there.

After we headed back out the fun started. About a mile into the way back I lost my wheels from under me. I think I took the turn a bit too fast and with the ground being a bit wet one of my tires slipped out (oddly I think it may have been my front) and the bike started getting parrell to the trail slidding left while my body made a nice thud on the ground and started sliding right. I slid a couple feet along the trail on my hip and came to a nice stop in the grass. The weird thing is that I have two nive rashes on my thigh, but my shorts for some reason weren't shredded. I did shred the thumb of one of my gloves and the sleeve of my jacket a tiny bit. My thigh is a bit sore, but all in all there wasn't any real damage to me or my bike. I straightened out the shifters on my bike and hopped back on in a few minutes and finished up the ride.

Aside from the crash it turned out to be a really fun ride. The weather was great and Dave was excellent company. Hopefully we'll be able to do it again when the girls get back.

Map below.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What it looked like down at Hains Point Yesterday (New Years Day)

I'm not pictured but I do remember seeing these guys.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Century a month -- sort of

So far I've ridden every day this year. But as you might notice the year is only one day old. Considering how my legs feel I suspect that my streak will end quickly...although I should probably spin tomorrow to loosen up my legs.

So today I dragged my butt out of bed at 6:00 am and headed down to Hains Point in East Potomac Park - that in itself was a bit of an accomplishment.

The reason for my early ride was that some of the folks from BikeWashington and Potomac Pedelars have decided to challenge themselves to do at least one century ride (100 mile bike ride) a month. I thought maybe there was a possibility that I might be able to log 100 miles today so I headed down to Hains Point to join folks. But beforehand I came to the conclusion that I wasn't quite ready to log 100 miles and I didn't have enough time today to do it, but I did want to ride today so I figured that I would head down and put in some miles and see how things went.

There is a bit of a tradition in Washington that riders come out on New Years Day and head down to Hains Point and do laps around the 3.2 mile loop. I met up with Geoff the organizer of the Century a Month Challenge and after getting all my cold weather riding gear on we headed out for laps.

When we started around 7 a.m. ish the gates to the loop hadn't opened quite yet, but were opened within a few minutes of getting there.

There's not alot of exciting details to report about the ride - if was basically 20 laps.

Hains Point (right) is basically just two roughly 1 1/2 long straight flat drives that meet at one end. For the first 10 or so laps the wind was blowing in from southeast so the we had a tailwind as we were heading down the backside of the point. For a while the wind switched up and started being a crosswind.

At roughly 10, Tim from my office joined us for some riding. By the time Tim got down there the wind had started to switch to be coming from the NW and was now a headwind when you were heading down the backside of the point.

We all jumped on with the local racers for a little riding in the peleton. I was able to hold on for about 3/4 of a lap but was eventually spit out the back of the pack. Hopefully if I drop a bit more weight and ride regularly this year, I'll be able to hang on a bit longer next time.

The last couple laps of the day were quite a workout. The wind picked up to quite a strong headwind on the second half of the loop and I was pretty pooped.

I rolled in with 62 miles. A metric century (100 kilometers). I logged a halfway decent pace of 16.5 mph for 3 hours and 43 minues of riding. That's not a blistering pace, but I feel really good about holding it for 62 miles.

I think I will try to kick up the mileage in a couple weeks and see if maybe I can get things ready to that I can still log my January century.