Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Where Is My Bike?

It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm ready for things to relax a bit and to get into the cycling season. But before I do that I've got one more ski focused trip to take, as we are jumping on a plane tomorrow (K, the girls, and I) to head out to Colorado for a visit with my sister and to get in some skiing. I know I should be taking my bike, but just wasn't in the cards for this trip.

But when I get back it'll be full on cycling season with a few trips up to Mount Washington thrown in for good measure (and fun). Hopefully we'll also be looking at some dry trails within a couple of weeks- so the mountain bike can come out of hibernation as well.

Until then...


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trail Booty

Not really sure of the proper spelling for "booty", maybe its "bootie" either way I found some on my ride today.

I put my road bike on top of the car this morning when it was 18 degrees out hoping the weatherman was right and temps would rise to almost 50 by late in the day. By about 3PM I still had not made it out for a ride. I must have been acting miserable or maybe I was being mean to my secretary as by 3:30PM she told me to leave and go for a ride and that she would see me tomorrow. So I took her order and threw on some lycra and headed out.

Turned out as a very nice day. Temps were in the high 40's with only a light breeze. I ended up riding not far from the office looking for a few small hills to climb and then recover. After about 45 minutes I figured it was time to head back so I could change and head home.

As I was about 2 miles from the office I saw something laying right along side of the road. It looked like a book or magazine. I got closer and saw that it was a magazine indeed. As I we right above it I was the cover and almost crashed into the ditch laughing.

I realized that I needed to loop back and take a photo of the trail "booty" that lay at my feet. I have found CD's, money, sunglasses and all sorts of stuff while riding. Things that fall off cars or people throw out windows, but this was a first.

True Trail Booty

My first trail porn.


Monday, March 23, 2009


I'm finding myself looking more and more at dual squishy 29er frames. Is it just a curiosity? Is it just to know what the rest of the sane world gets excited about? Or is it the beginning of bike lust? Hmmmmm. I've already bought my one bike for the year, so I have a while to let these fleeting feelings run their course without any concern of pulling the trigger!

I think I just need to get out and ride my trusty SS, that will fix everything!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pretending to be a cyclist

I've snuck out on the bike a few times this past week as I'm realizing that I've got a lot of work to do to get fit, or even remotely fit.

Here is Sunday's ride
and then today.

Been out on the Surly with cross tires and damn it's heavy, I'm ready to get out on the road bike and maybe, just maybe feel a bit faster!

That's it at the moment- more to come now that I'm thinking about the bike a bit more.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Time to get crackin'!

Well it's rain/snow/yuck outside right now. This weather doesn't get me excited for much other than going back to bed.

Road a bit this past weekend, here is Friday, and here is Saturday. Friday was a good day, as I also skinned up and got in a run at Shawnee Peak first thing in the morning (tougher now that the clocks went ahead).

So I haven't totally been sitting on my butt, well I have the past couple days, but that will need to change and quick.

So far here are the confirmed races for 2009
Crank the Kanc
Mount Washington Hillclimb- foot race (WTF?)
Four on the Fourth foot race (WTF again)
Newton Revenge- a bike race up Mount Washington
24 Hours of Great Glen
Porky Gulch Classic (which includes the Toughest Two TT up the first two mile of the Mount Washington Auto Road)

I hope to add to this a 12 hour race and a number of XC races as well as cross season. We'll see how that all adds up!

Anyway that's it for now- time to go to work.


Sunday, March 01, 2009

Frozen gravel

First ride for me outside since dislocting my shoulder last weekend. It felt good to get outside and ride for a bit. Spent about an hour out and rode up a pretty good hill and back. Was going to ride some snowmobile trails but they were a little too soft and I was sinking in too much to make it any fun.

Ride Elevation

Summary Data
Total Time (h:m:s) 1:09:20 7:09 pace
Moving Time (h:m:s) 0:56:20 5:48 pace
Distance (mi ) 9.70
Moving Speed (mph) 10.3 avg. 29.0 max.
Elevation Gain (ft) +962 / -961

Avg. Heart Rate 143 bpm Zone 3.6

Temperature (°F) 24.8°F avg. 24.8°F high
Wind Speed ( mph) N 5.2 avg. N 5.8 max.

Ride map

It was a little chilly and after about 45 minutes my feet were getting pretty cold. Need to get me some of them fancy winter riding shoes that DEA has.

Supposed to get another dump of snow tonight, really want to get in a powder day but should probably stay off the snow for another week and rest the shoulder. We shall see.....