Saturday, January 31, 2009
About 10 of us showed up and all we could do was talk and smile. Nice easy pace out to Excelsior on the LRT. Just gorgeous! About half peeled off at Lake Minnetonka.
The rest of us got off the trail on to paved roads and that itch became a little more noticeable. Tail wind, louder tire hum, not a whole lot of chatter, harder to breathe, heart beating faster, and then there was a gap! Uh oh, this wasn't a friendly winter ride anymore.
I usually like to inflict the pain, but today I was hangin' on for dear life. Two more dropped off. Somebody said, "Ok let's really hammer now". I'm thinkin', what were we just doing? We played hard. I figured, Ok you want to do this, I'm sittin' in, I'll just hang on. We were rarely below 20 mph as we went through Baker. Remember it's January, cross bike and studded tires. I didn't see it today, but it's always beautiful through Baker. One of my favorite places to ride. It didn't take long and we were in Wayzata and the two that dropped off were there. They looked a little surprised that we got there so soon after they did. The ride from Wayzata home was tame.
Lots of activity on the lakes today, including a bike race. We stopped and watched for a while.
A Crowded Calhoun
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Took a break from the single digits, and broke a sweat that didn't freeze to my outer layer. The promise of temps in the teens tomorrow, got me through today's two hours on the elliptical.
I'll be out tomorrow.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
We left the cafe mocking the weather, laughing in it's face, undaunted and confident in overcoming the negative numbers. By rides end the temps had succumbed and retreated back into positive territory. We had six! six! whole positive degrees.
Lots of fun today. 38/13.2
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Start Temp: -5 Finish Temp: 0
Start Wind: W at 10mph Finish Wind: WSW at 10mph
Start Windchill: -22 Finish Windchill: -16
Start Pressure: 30.59 falling Finish Pressure: 30.51 falling
Start Visibility: Forever Finish Visibility: Forever
Start Level of Insanity: High Finish Level of Insanity: Low
Ride Start: 11AM Ride Finish: 2PM
Ride Time: 2hr 40 mns
Dress Time: 30 minutes
Post Shower Time: 20 minutes
I started out heading west on the greenway. I wore glasses under my ski goggles, but soon my glasses had fogged up, so I stopped to take them off. After about 5 miles, I was tired of fighting the wind, so I turned north and took the Cedar Lake Trail and looped back to Lake of The Isles and the Midtown Greenway. I did a lap around Isles and hadn't gotten tired of the tail wind yet, so I continued west to the Mississippi. From there I did my typical route and followed the river to the falls, along the creek back to the lakes.
I felt good, and never got too cold. The trails were in ideal winter riding condition. I stopped once to mark my territory, and was chilled for about 10 minutes after that, but as I worked Old Blue's massive stud embedded tires I had no problems generating enough heat to warm myself back up again.
Very few people out today. Maybe a handful of joggers and only 2 or 3 dog walkers. I did see some skaters on Isles, and a few kids sledding on some of the banks of Minnehaha Creek.
It was one of those incredibly vivid days. The sky's blue was bright and brilliant, and the snow's white hurt my eyes.
One criteria I consider to determine ride quality is, if I want to come home. I wanted to ride more, and wasn't ready to come home. I decided to play it safe, because of the extreme temps and call it a day at 35 miles with a 13.0 mph average.
Very Very Nice!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The weather man is predicting it all comes to an end later tonight.
I'm pretty sure I'll take tomorrow off, and then break out the old sub-zero ride recipe, for Saturday and Sunday. 20/12.5
Along Minnehaha Creek at Cedar
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Coffee with schmoozing in Wayzata, then 4 of us continued around the lake. The sun came out and bank signs were showing 30. Chris hung back with Amy, the girl, and her new freckles. Steve and I talked about our kids and grand kids.
Almost forgot I was riding a bike, so nice, so easy, so comfortable. Biking with friends...it's really hard to beat. Thanks to everybody. 43/13.1
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This is what freedom looks like.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
This is what -20 looks like...beautiful and dangerous. The Minneapolis skyline from Lake of The Isles last night at about 8pm.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Wrap rider in:
1 R.E.D. Frequency snowboard helmet
1 pair ski goggles
1 Gore windstopper balaclava
1 hooded jersey
1 long-sleeved winter jersey
1 base layer
1 Pearl winter jacket with windstopper front panels
1 pair bib knickers
1 pair Pearl bib tights with windstopper front panels
2 pair knee-high wool socks
1 pair Lake boots
1 pair toe warmers
1 pair hand warmers
1 pair glove liners
1 pair Scott -32 gloves
Place rider on 1998 Canondale F2000 MTB with drop handlebars and studded Nokians.
Add a little insanity and a lot of passion.
Crank at about 60 rpm or 12.2 mph for 1 hour 45 minutes.
Remove rider from bike.
Toes and fingers should be red and tingly, but not white.
Immediately remove all wrappings from rider and place in hot shower for no less than 45 minutes. A little pruning of finger tips and toes may occur.
Wrap rider in warm dry clothes and place gently on couch.
Let rest allowing all endorphins to flow freely.
DO NOT disturb rider.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Three of us made it out to Wayzata navigating through about a 1/2 inch of new snow. Everybody stayed up, although a foot or two may have been put down once or twice. It's amazing how the slightest incline, this time of year, feels like a monster climb.
We left Wayzata with four of us (I know). Apparently someone was a little late for the start, but got to Wayzata just in time for the important part of the ride...coffee. We all noticed the ease of the ride home with the aid of a slight tail wind. No sun, but once again good friends and fun chatter made this a delightful ride. 31/12.5
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Five or six of us started our windless and cloudless ride from the cafe and wound our way along the river and creek. One peeled off at Calhoun as the rest of us continued past the Cedar Lake Monster and into the flat ski country of Theodore Wirth Park. Then another turned and headed back to the city.
Bright sun, pale blue sky, and snow that returned the sunlight back two fold accompanied every turn of the trail and road.
Perfect chatter, perfect company, perfect winter weather, perfect ride. 40/13.1
Friday, January 9, 2009
Not Bike Related Warning
After a while...[there] is simply too much: too much religion and not enough gods, too much news and not enough wisdom, too many weapons of mass destruction-or, for that matter of private destruction..., too much entertainment and not enough beauty, too much electricity and not enough light, too much lumber and not enough forests, too much real estate and not enough earth, too many books and not enough readers, too many runners and not enough strollers, too many freeways, too many cars, too many malls, too many prisons, too much security but not enough civility, too many humans but not enough eagles. And the worst excess of all: too many wars, too much misery and brutality [too much greed].
- Bill Holm
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Pretty lucky! I get to be out on my bike and then I see scenes like these. 22/12.4
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Riding out of my 65 degree garage, the first breath of sub-zero air was like swallowing ice shards, scraping, scratching, spreading, then penetrating into my lungs. Blood vessels turned into chilled capillaries sending near freezing fluid flowing into my arms and legs. Trying to fight off the icy violation, my body seized, rebelled, rejected, and retreated to coughing, twitching, tingling, anything to fight off the invading cold. Unwilling to yield the muscles, lungs and limbs fought the immobilizing invader for almost 2 hours.
After circling lakes with only a few other warriors battling the elements, I retrenched back to headquarters, hot chocolate with coconut flavored rum, resting, relaxing and observing a battle of Vikings and Eagles. 16/11.0
So bright so ineffective!
Luke, I am Your Father
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Just as we started out we came up on some Mormon missionaries. They weren't very talkative, but shadowed us up to about 55 on Theo Wirth Pkwy. I think they were intimidated by my atheistic riding style.
Lynne had the great idea of getting off the ice rink path and ride on the dry clear road. It was nice that someone brought their brain along for the ride. With very little traffic and even a few thumbs up from some motorists (they did have bikes in racks on top of their cars) we were having a great ride.
We got out a little early to avoid the predicted snow storm, that still hasn't hit, and were a little surprised by the lack of the usual joggers and dog walkers. We came back into downtown Minneapolis along the Mississippi River fighting a pretty nasty little head wind out of the southeast. It sure was nice to be able to tuck in behind Lynne and get out of it. Along the StoneArch Bridge the jogger count started to rise. We cruised along the east side of the river through the UofM campus and up hospital hill. When we got to Lake Street Lynne called it a day and enjoyed the wind at her back along the greenway all the way home.
I continued along the east side of the river to Minnehaha Falls, west along the creek to the lakes. It was one of those days when I really didn't want to stop riding, but I've been feeling so run down lately that I thought I better be smart and head home. As I cruised along the west side of Calhoun, past the kite-boarders, I talked my self into one lap around Isles, before I called it a day. 36/12.3