Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
I have to say the weather sucks, but my bike feels and rides so good. I noticed it several times tonight, just a good, solid, quiet, and a nice responsive ride. I love my bike. Don't get me wrong, I love all my bikes, but my Orbea... 37/17.2
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
This is after my repair and how I had to ride it home.
This is the boot that made it all possible.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Lots of cyclists out tonight. I also saw Scott and Laura from Birchwood.
I just took it easy trying to keep the legs moving, not wanting to work too hard before Ken Woods. I'm already over 300 miles for the week. Great weather, good conversations and lots of people out, always make for a good ride. 44/17.7
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Took it very easy today and avoided all hills. 37/17.2
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Great people, pleasant route out around Lake Minnetonka, nice conversations, and we even mixed it up a little playing hard a couple of times. 60/18.8
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I rode to White Bear Lake with everyone, and then turned up North, and rode to Marine on St. Croix. This is some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Rolling hills, with lakes everywhere. Pine trees that look old and gnarly, and farms that look even older, but somehow quaint and serene. Even the dilapidated barns have a look to them of reverence and awe, for what they once were.
I came out of Marine and up pine tree lined Nason hill. I'm getting old, but the tail wind was rejuvenating as I picked up speed moving south towards Stillwater. I stopped in Stillwater for the requisite Gatorade, Rice Krispie Treat, and Baby Ruth Bar, which today wound up being a Snickers Bar.
I was having a hard time deciding if I was going to go all the way to Afton, but the tail wind kept telling me it would be fine. Once across 94 the scenery gets better again, and I enjoyed descending along easy curves into Afton. What goes down definitely goes up again, and with 75 miles on the old legs, the two climbs out of Afton, although picturesque were challenging.
Now that I'm worn out from the hills I get to head East and fight a cross wind. It really wasn't that bad, but being tired made it seem worse than it was. The thighs started to moan a little, they weren't screaming, but I knew they were a little displeased with me.
I got into St Paul and decided to come across on Summit. I don't know why I decided to go up Ramsey Hill, but I did. I have always hated that hill. With 95 miles on my legs and 4 good sized climbs behind me, my hate has not been tempered against Ramsey.
Along Summit and the Greenway I got a little spring back into my legs, and it felt like I had a helpful tail wind.
I pulled into home with 110 miles a 19.3mph average and one of my more enjoyable rides. I'll be out on this route again soon.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
A buddy came over tonight and we put a new bike together for him. He was cool and very grateful. He even left me a 12 pack of Fat Tire. I work slow, but I don't think the bike will fall a part, at least within the first hundred miles or so.
Felt a little wussy when it seemed cold riding this evening. It's great being out and I love how long it stays light. 40/18.1
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I shouldn't complain. I went out in shorts, so everyone got to see my knees. That hasn't happened since November 2007. I'm proud to say they were very hairy, and will stay that way. No pretty boy, silky smooth, looks great in high heels legs, for me.
Road up into Theo Wirth Park to St Anthony Park Way. Came down along 2nd Street into Downtown Mpls across the Stone Arch Bridge and over to East River Road to the Ford Bridge and then basically along the Parkway home. Great ride! 40/18.8
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The farther north I went the more snow was still on the ground. Some of these areas must have really gotten dumped on 'cause there was a good 4 inches still on the ground. I came home from Rockford along Pioneer Trail to Hamel Rd, and then took Tamarack down to Long Lake. It is so beautiful with little if any traffic...so nice!
Unlike yesterday, the closer I got to the cities the more cyclists I saw. Yesterday no one else was out, but today the roads and greenway were crammed. I got a hey Tommy or two from some of the people I knew.
I got home with 81 miles and a 19.1 mph average. I'm very pleased with that. I went out on my De Rosa fixie for an additional 10 miles just to check out my new adjustments. I like that bike a lot. It was nice to be movin' slow on the bike paths around the lakes, and enjoyin' the scenery.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I went across the Stone Arch Bridge, and noticed the Mississippi much stronger over the Falls than the last few days. It's a beautiful city scape, with the dam, the falls, all the bridges, the mills, and the skyline. 38/18.0
Monday, April 7, 2008
It was cold, but the bike felt great. I enjoy all my bikes, but the Orbea is the one that fits me and rides exactly the way I want it. 43/17.5
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I continued to head North out of Stillwater into some nice rural areas. It's was very scenic with lots of pine trees, rolling hills, and lots and lots of birds to listen to. It was almost noisy. I guess now that it's Spring those birds have got one thing on their minds, and they're letting everybody know. It was delightful. I saw rivers, lakes, egrets, hawks, and wild turkeys.
One of my goals this year was to do a solo century at a 20 mph average speed or better. I figured I'd do it some time in June. Well, when I went through my cycling computer readings at the end of my ride today I had ridden 100 miles at exactly a 20 mph average speed. A cool surprise!
I really wasn't trying. Like I said, I was just trying to learn the route out to Afton, for myself. I was hoping to come in with a 19+ mph average. As the ride progressed I obviously got more tired, so I wasn't even feeling like I'd get in a 19 mph average.
So you want to know my secret weapon? I guess there are two. Don't shave your legs (think Sampson), and I will swear by Gatorade, Rice Krispie Treats, and Baby Ruth bars. 100/20.0
Friday, April 4, 2008
Got parts in for the blue De Rosa today. I think I'll spend my Friday night getting dirty doing some frame fondling. I'll put pics up in a day or two. I still don't have a saddle so, it may be several days before the bike is ready for it's debut.
Nice Friday ride today, even though I got wet. At least I could see, and keep my eyes open. 25/14.1
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Just did a nice easy 40 on the greenway around the lakes and over along the Mississippi. 39/16.0
It's official, I HATE SNOW!