Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Today it was 21 degrees with a healthy NW wind creating a windchill of 9. I was out in it. I was able to keep everything warm, mostly because everything stayed dry. Old Blue and his Nokians kept me upright, on the snow packed trails. 21/13.9
Yesterday, Taylor got her cast off. Her femur and other bones are healing up nicely.
It's pretty rough on all the one year old guys out there, now that Taylor is showin' some leg.
Her dad took this.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is on TV tomorrow night, my all time favorite Christmas show. That abominable snowman is really scary. It's that time of year. Here's some more Holiday cheer, brought to you on bike parts only.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Just played around the city today, with studs and evil. Rode into downtown then over to the University of Minnesota, river, creek and all the lakes I could fit in...probably 6 of them. When you live in a state that has over 10,000 lakes it's pretty easy to find a couple on any given ride. 32/14.4
Lots Of Ice In Old Man River (lake street bridge)
Saturday, November 27, 2010
About 15 of the 50 miles were on unplowed trails, but my speed didn't pick up much once out on the roads. And Christmas Lake Hill...there was no hohoho or anything very merry about that. It had about a half inch of slush and snow on it...I had the rear wheel spinning a few times, even with the studs.
Feeling better now that I got some hot chocolate in me. I'll be out doing it again tomorrow. I'm just a glutton for punishment. 48/14.1
Most of the lakes are sporting thin layers of ice now. This is Long Lake out by Wayzata.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Isn't that beautiful white sand inviting, and the water so blue. Can't imagine why the beach is abandoned. 21/13.0
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Incredible parents that exhibited total devotion, love and kindness to me and my siblings.
Children and grand children that bring me joy that exceeds anything I ever imagined possible.
Friends that are good, good people.
The ability to ride a bike, breathe real air, and see...life.
I woke up to a beautiful sunrise. Pulled out the thick tights. Temp when I got on Old Blue was 5 degrees, with a windchill of -10. Snow on the trails had that cold crunchy squeak to it. Breath was visible and started to accumulate on my glasses and freeze there.
Last night's snow hadn't gone anywhere, still brightly resting on branches and boughs.
Rode with Steve for about 10 miles. It was a ride that deserved two cups of hot chocolate upon arriving home. 21/12.2
Met my children and grand children, for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, at their mom's house. Laughed, reminisced, shared hugs, love and the most recent happenings with each other.
Ethan took this picture of the Thanksgiving table.
We'd wished the tryptophan had had more of an effect on the grand kids. When told "no rabbit" ears so we could take pictures, they all magically sprouted some.The evening was full of play, smiles...
Thomas the train...
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Lake Harriet Succumbing To Winter's Icy Grip
Monday, November 22, 2010
My daughter, Britney, and her newborn son, Elijah, 8 years ago today.
Happy Birthday, Elijah!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Every time I put a foot down it slipped on the ice that was just below a watery top layer, but the studded Nokians bit, and would not let go carrying me upright all the way to Excelsior. Even the crushed limestone of the LRT had a slick icy layer on top of it.
Just an out and back, but Old Blue, with his studs, always provides a good workout.
Solo effort today. 21/13.7
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Amy, Steve and I had our sights on Stillwater. I was grateful for the enthusiastic and positive response I got to my suggestion of taking 3 miles off the ride. That might not sound like much, but those miles were straight into the wind, with no cover, and there was a nasty climb waiting for us.
Oh! the sweetness of that tailwind. The moans of relief were sounded in unison. Made a quick stop in Lake Elmo. The lady at the gas station was appropriately impressed with our frigid trek, and was respectful enough to keep her thoughts about our lack of sanity to herself. The look on her face said what she didn't.
Gotta admit it was kind of a harsh ride today, but staying in, or working out at the gym would've been so much worse. These cold rides will be somewhat easier to handle, in the future, as the old hairy blood thickens up.
A ride well worth the level of its unpleasantness. 60/16.8
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Lots of people out there in cars tonight thinking they were on their own road. On the good side of the ride, I did wear out a train. The greenway is an abandoned railroad. It runs alongside an active line. I hopped on the greenway at 169 and a train was heading my direction. This is great because I'll have railroad crossing lights flashing and barriers down at all the road crossings. All I had to do was keep up with the train. Summer would've been no problem, but today, the 30 degree air rushing through the 98 degree old hairy lungs was pretty unpleasant, and the train was doing 25mph WTF!
Got across Blake matching the train's speed, then made it to Wooddale, but gave a little ground to the train. Fortunately trains are a little longer than bikes. After Wooddale the train got tired and started slowing down, and at Belt Line I had gained back what I had lost and then some. Even at 19mph I was making ground. That's my story and I'm sticking with it! 30/17.2
Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Here's some of what I saw.
Lake Of The Isles
Sun At 4:30
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The plan was to stay on paths, but everything had cleared off, and melted so quickly that we rode out to Wayzata, on the roads. Amy was chompin' at the bit, and would've liked to go around Lake Minnetonka, but I was doggin' it with Old Blue. Still turned in a very nice ride and decent miles considering yesterday's storm. Barb and Bruce rode with us for about 6 miles, then it was Ellen, Amy and me to Wayzata and back. I'm pretty sure I'll be road bikin' it tomorrow. 40/14.5
Hung Out With The Grandlumps Tonight
Saturday, November 13, 2010
What else is there to do on a Saturday? I went down a few times. As you can see in the pictures below, the snow stuck to everything, even clogging up the wheels bringing them to abrupt, unexpected stops.
It was just Amy and me slogging it out. More than one growl was heard from both of us. I never got it into my big chain ring. My max speed for the two hour plus ride was 13.4 mph. Average speed was 7.6 mph for a whopping 17 whole miles. Just a little shy of last Saturday's 76 miles.
It really was nice to be out. Just beautiful, but I sure would've liked a few more miles. At the end of the ride I had to carry my bike because the wheels wouldn't move anymore. I'd clear the packed snow away and within a couple of revolutions I was stopped again. Hopefully I'll be able to get some larger miles in tomorrow.
Old Blue Handled It Like He Hadn't Missed Last Season