Tuesday, January 20, 2009

C&O Riding Today


C&O Riding 026
Originally uploaded by Tom H. Jones
After sleeping through the inaugural speech I got out on the road and headed over to the C&O Towpath for some riding next to the frozen canal. The ride was a race against sunset and wasn't terribly long but it was pretty cool to get out there and see kids playing ice hockey on the canal with their dads and skating with their moms.

The photos are along the ride path in the map below. Enjoy.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Much Better Garmin - Slipstream - Chipotle

Team Garmin-Slipstream introduces new kit for 2009
January 16, 2009 - Boulder, CO – Pro Tour Team Garmin-Slipstream unveiled its 2009 team kits today. The new team kit highlights title sponsor Garmin’s leadership role, while also bringing attention to Slipstream and its focus on ethical sporting and developing the next generation of American champions.
Much better Garmin - Much better.   I'm much more pleased with this kit than the one they uneiled last year after adding Garmin as the name sponsor.  This kit brings back the orange from the previous SS/Chipotle jersey while still prominently displaying the Garmin logo.  It also has a stronger argyle element to it.  Enhancing the argyle design element is nice in light of how prominently the argyle motif features in the fan base.    I'm very pleased with this one.  I'll be interested to see what the rest of the kit looks like and to see how the national champion kits look. Kudos Team Garmin.  Wouldn't mind picking up a long sleeved version to diversify my wardrobe.  

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Running

I know. I've never been a big fan of runners, but I have to say that this 5K class that I am taking is really making running quite enjoyable. I am finding that now that I seem to be able to manage the shin splints with pre-run stretching that I can actually have quite enjoyable runs. And since running is a little easier to do in a pinch (no getting the bike off the car finding somewhere to ride, etc.) I think I might be able to tuck in workouts a little more regularly.

Most importantly I have discovered that running can be alot of fun with music. I hit the treadmill the other night with the iPod and really enjoyed running with the Kaiser Chiefs blasting. I did end up listening to some good songs that were sadly not particularly running friendly. Good music and all, but not much to run to. So to keep a steady beat in my ears, I made a playlist. I know you want to know and without further ado here it is:

Friday, January 09, 2009

Gearing Up!!

Have I used that pun before?   Yeah well - had to at some point.

So I got in a nice ride last night.  Josh met me at the parking lot of my office after work and we headed up to Proteus.   He took me up there via some roads and trails I hadn't traveled before.   I think we hit the NE Branch trail for a bit and then jumped onto the roads behind Rt. 1 in College Park for a little bit.  It was cold but it was a pretty clear night and the wind wasn't too terrible.  Josh loaned me a light and we were able to get up there pretty quickly.

We hung at the shop for about 3 1/2 hours or so while Josh replaced the drive train on his MTB.  Due to some overly aggressive tightening of the bottom bracket in the past by Josh, extraction of the cups required the use of vise grips and the application of some serious leverage in the form of an improvised lever and some serious umpth from Ben.   It was a sight to see, and quite an impressive mechanical feat.   After 4 slices of pizza, a few beers, 3 chain rings, 2 derailleurs, 1 bottom bracket and a little bit of football we were able to get back on the road and head southbound towards the city.

We rolled out just before 11 and almost immediately discovered that our lights didn't have much charge left.  This made riding the wooded trails back prohibitively dangerous and/or slow, so were went with an audible and headed down Rhode Island avenue back towards home.  By this time of night Rhode Island was almost deserted, so it was a cold and lonely ride back - but a good crisp ride.  I split with with Josh at 1st and RI  NE and he headed back to his house and I headed back to the car and drove home.   Map below.   And oh yeah -  Josh discovered today that he was riding last night on a broken front axle.  Not good. 

This weekend looks like running on Saturday morning in yicky  weather and then some riding on the C&O on Sunday - possibly in residual snow.  

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Still on the Road

I haven't been doing a ton of posting lately.  There has been periodic riding over the last week or so, but nothing too exciting.  I've also been keeping up with my running program, which gets me on the treadmill twice a week and on the track once.

Riding wise I am just planning on riding out to Proteus tonight with Josh, which should get me in a nice 30 miles out and back.   Josh says the roads are pretty decent, so if I get run down its all his fault.

Other than that, I appeared in Roll Call earlier this week.  Photo of me below.  Link to the article here.