Monday, May 30, 2011

Shoe for sale

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Long Ride in Kansas

Today was a great day for riding. A little windy but the warmest day of the year. I took off from Newton heading west on 12th street. 10 miles with a SE tail wind out to Halstead Road. I headed south on Halstead road. I really felt great for most of the southern trip. The problem did arise that I don't know what the hell I am doing when reading a map...I read a map earlier on the computer thinking/remembering to head south on Halstead road but no...I missed it by a mile. Halstead road is a great surface for riding and was not too busy but I wanted to cut to the east at or near the Sedgwick county line or 125th street to head over to Sedgwick. Unfortunately, there is no east west paved road on 125th like I thought. I had to ride south to Bentley before heading east but could only ride east on 117th street for a mile then jog around adding many miles before I got on the right road.

I was at a little over 30 miles when I took a break and bought another Gatorade in Sedgwick. Filled the bottle and left to go fill the other with water at the park but the water is turned off there now. Finished up by heading to 81 highway and heading north with wind finally pushing me instead of holding me back. Got buzzed by a motorcycle going over 100 mph. He came about 3 feet from hitting me. The jerk did it on purpose, speeding up way back when he saw me and moving closer when he had 3 other lanes to choose from. Gave him the finger and anger powered me home.

45 miles but it took me 4 hours of real time and 3 hrs 30 minutes of ride time. Still kinda wiped out. I also told my wife, I would be back in 2 hours but was gone 4 hours. ...on Mother's day....also I figured out I am a Dick....sorry honey. Did I mention I am married to an amazing woman that I hope will forgive me soon.

This ride was the first since Thursday since I had to go out of town for a tournament. I ate way too much and will pay for it when I weigh in the morning. To bed. good night.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Training Rides

I have signed up for a ride in Colorado coming up in June. 62 miles in the mountains in Castle Rock, CO.
I have never ridden in the mountains so I am looking for a way to simulate the mountains and lack of oxygen. The ride we are doing is 62 miles and starts out at 6200 ft above sea level and up to 7500 (close)
There is one section that is 12 miles of uphill climb. I am pretty sure the ride will be doable but still kinda scared. I am taking my children to visit my brother in law, Ryan. Ryan asked me about signing up for the ride and my wife said ok. I am convinced she approved only because her Dad and brother were jazzed about it. The kids will not ride but are going to do some cool tourist stuff while in Colorado Springs.
I am training with a new training partner who rides really well. Lloyd races most weekends and I am recovering from a hard Friday ride. Gardening and an easy spin ride yesterday left me pretty wiped out. Got a little sun when it was warm yesterday but now it is really cold.