Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Again

A beautiful flat weekday ride, that's what I do. 20/16.0

Above the Falls and Along The Creek


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spectator

Got my 20 in and then went and watched some teammates at a time trial in Medina. 20/15.8

Amy and Brian



Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday

Weekends seem to be getting shorter. Just ridin'. My usual weekday 20. 15.9

Good Sunday

Perfect temps. I love riding when it is 60 -70 degrees. The sun was warming with the temps just on the cool side. Got some solo riding in, hung out with Elijah, and an evening with Penny. Very nice! 47/17.3
A Beautiful Ride Today




Saturday, July 27, 2013

Confused

What to wear? Change the route? What to eat? These questions rarely need review. The eons of  accumulated cycling  experience between me and Amy have, pretty much, fossilized the answers, but 55 degrees, rain and wind, IN JULY had Amy and I rethinking the usual.
The north wind just kept getting stronger, rain was up ahead, and temps were reminiscent of late September. No Hanover today. I wasn't prepared to get wet in 55 degree temps. Turned early and rode into Rockford to avoid the rain we sighted. This kept us dry and we didn't have to fight a headwind anymore.
It took us about 15 minutes to warm up after our Delano stop, which is typical for fall and winter riding. Although we no longer had to fight a headwind, the crosswind was still plenty nasty.
Not the cheeriest of rides. We did avoid the rain, but came into Wayzata behind some so we still got to enjoy road spray.
The cool temps brought on another tough choice: chocolate milk or hot chocolate. I opted for chocolate milk. I just couldn't bring myself to putting down some hot chocolate in July. I did wind up spending a good amount of time in a hot shower though.
Kind of a nasty ride, but I was riding with Amy, which is always good. 85/18.3

Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Need a Week!

It takes a whole week now, for me, to recover from a moderate century. That just sucks. Felt good tonight, even had a little giddy up, which only means I didn't feel like walking up Sabo Bridge. 20/16.4

Greenway and Minnehaha Creek

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Good Life

Summer is taking a bit of a break. Temps haven't gotten out of the 70's for the last couple of days, and it's predicted to stay this way through the weekend. July and August are Minnesota's hottest months so a cool break is welcome. 20/16.3

I live about 50 yards from this bike trail. I can see it from my balcony. As a friend put it; it's like a surfer living on the beach.
http://blogs.citypages.com/dressingroom/2013/07/usa_today_names_midtown_greenway_a_top_urban_bike_path.php

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

God I'm Tired

20/15.8

Minnehaha Creek on Tonight's Ride

My Requisite Sunset Photo For The Evening

And The Moon Just Starting Its Wane

Monday, July 22, 2013

Beautiful Monday

Creek is running fast and I'm riding slow. 20/15.3

Sunday, July 21, 2013

One Of Those Good Days

50 miles with Amy. We met and watched Gabrielle race Southside Sprints then got in our ride. Last year Gabrielle got lapped and finished next to last at Southside. She took 4th today! That's some impressive progress in a year.
Gabrielle, Her Mom, and Me

Elijah and I got in some serious 4 wheelin' action this afternoon.


I even got in some camera time tonight.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Me Time

Opted for a solo effort today. A lot can get worked out and much clearer over 100 miles. I'm just one of those people that need some solitude regularly. A bike is perfect for finding it. 100/18.7






Friday, July 19, 2013

Just The Two of Us

Spent the evening with my daughter Britney. No ride, no pics, only heaven.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Addicted To Ride

Two days, two rides, two flats both requiring new tires. I use Conti 4000s at $75 bucks a pop (pun intended). The addiction runs deep. 20/16.3

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

More Summer More Heat

Still not over our winter so this heat is still feeling just fine with me. 20/16.0

The Sun Sets Every Night

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Little Steam

Heatin' up out there. 20/16.1

Minnehaha Creek

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Recovery

Got in a few miles with Amy. Always nice. 24/15.7

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mid Summer Beauty

Slept in and got a late start. I was also a bit delayed by the Tour. Sprint finishes are exciting, but there is nothing like watching a mountain finish play out. 50/17.4

Just an Incredibly Beautiful Sunday Ride






Saturday, July 13, 2013

Windy

Forty miles into a tough wind was pretty unpleasant. I am not exaggerating, but I had to pedal down a hill, with some effort, to maintain 19mph on my bike computer. Almost came to a stand still on the climbs. You gotta measure the effort you put out. If it's too much you blow up, with nothing left to get you home. Just a couple of us today. Amy and Adam turned back early....Adam had time constraints, Amy is tapering a bit for a TT on Tuesday. Me, all I gotta do is ride. Life is good! 85/19.1

Steven and Brian just before climbing out of the Minnesota River Valley near Jordan

Tailwind Heading To Carver

Thursday, July 11, 2013

All 80's

The summer weather continues, and so do the rides. Very nice out there! The high temps in July have all been at 80 or above. Three of the days have been over 90. Keep it coming! 20/17.0

Isles

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fire Sunset

Had to ratchet it down a bit tonight...still hard to do, but I seem to have no choice. Working on changing my attitude and just enjoy the beautiful summer evening. 20/15.7

Fires in Canada Brought Us A Nice Harriet Sunset