not bad, I’ll take it as a good starting point.
not bad, I’ll take it as a good starting point.
Riding 10-15 miles over lunch a couple times a week is an important part of keeping my weekly mileage around 100. It sure beats standing in line at the food court too.
I don’t have any pictures on account of the weather. Which was 47 degrees and pouring rain. I went with the summer weight tri suit because I am a glutton for punishment. I was the only idiot out there with shorts and no sleeves. It was cold and my run time was slow, but I am at my best on rolling hills and was able to overtake 8 places during the bike section. Long story short I managed to win my age group, not get hypothermia, and am still barely able to walk despite the stiffness in my legs from the run.
get this weekend ‘off’ then its on to the Tour d’Madision 66 miler.
Updated Updated Ride Schedule: More Pain, Less Lame
4/20/2013 App Spring Ride Rockbridge Vineyards, VA – DONE, 66 MILES
4/27/2013 Paul’s Ride for Life Reston, VA – DONE, 55 MILES
5/5/2013 May Day Duathlon Morgantown, NC (OSHT I have to run in this??!?!)
5/18/2013 Tour de Madison Syria, VA 100km
6/8/2013 Bike MS – DC National Harbor 100 miles
6/15/2013 Patuxent Rural Legacy River Ride Croom, MD 100km
6/29/2013 Two Rivers Century Centreville, MD 100 miles
7/27/2013 Shannendoah Vally Bike Fest Harrisonburg, VA 50 miles
8/3/2013 Tour D’Orange Hillsboro, NC 85-100 miles
8/10/2013 Ride to See Galena,, MD 100 miles (Thats 235-250 Miles 3 weeks)
8/24/2013 Lake Lure Tri Lake Lure, NC (run and swim? F:^oCK!)
8/25/2013 Race to the Rock Lake Lure, NC (25 miles of PAIN)
9/7/2013 Civil War Century Thurmont, MD (100 Miles)
9/21/2013 50 States Washington, DC (100km)
10/5/2013 Seagull Salisbury, MD (100 Miles)
10/19/2013 Shelter Metric St. Micheals, MD (100km)
Paul’s ride for life today. Did 55 miles like it was nothing, still felt pretty fresh afterwards. Or I thought until I took a 4 hour nap afterwards. Anyway, it was a great time – amazing weather, fantastic cause. I am an organ donor and I encourage anyone who is not to look into it.
In other news I am five weeks into a self imposed ‘fitness challenge’ whereby I am try to lose 30 pounds between March 24th and and October 31st. So far, thanks in large pat to the frequent long rides and low dairy diet, I have lost 16.4 pounds in the first 5 weeks while logging 379.2 miles.
My first organized ride of the year was this past Saturday somewhere in the
hills mountains of Rockbridge County, Virginia. Overall I have nothing but good things to say about the ride and its organizers. It was an extremely challenging course with lots of long, hard climbs. We opted for the 58 mile course (plus 8 miles of accidental detours) totalling to 66 miles in the woods. There was a 100 mile option for the more masochistic but this was after all the first ride of the year.
The day really started out the evening before with some of my favorite activity, carbo-loading. Made some home made sauce from oven roasted tomatoes and onion on some whole wheat pasta and a big bowl of vegan chili. Carbs in hand (read: stomach) I headed to bed around 9 so that we could get up at 4 am and make the drive to the starting line by 7:30.
After a drowsy drive of three hours we arrived at the start time find 45 degree weather and a stiff breeze. I cobbled together the warmest outfit I could with things I found in my car and came out looking like this:
Realizing that the only thing more
painful character building than hypothermia is total shame, I ditched the makeshift layers and went with my summer kit plus arm warmers, full fingered gloves and a hat and a cap.
The ride route was magnificent, with stunning views and challenging hill climbs punctuated by dramatic winding descents. I spent a lot of time in my 25t cog wishing I had a 28t cog, and much less time, but just as many miles wishing I was more flexible and able to get in a more aerodynamic pose for the downhills.
I thought that the good folks at Best of Virginia bike tours did a great job designing a route and providing amenities for the riders. My only complaint is that it was a quite small group of riders so we spent a lot of time riding alone and checking out GPS to make sure we didn’t miss any turns. Which we did. That’s not on the organizers though, thats on my fellow cyclists. Who says April is too early for a Gran Fondo? Get your rears in gear!
This first ride of the year has left me with a hunger for more (and terrible tanlines).
Tourist season in DC adds a whole new element of challenge to getting out of the
city on rides. Weaving between fat Midwesterners on defeats and clueless foreign tourists is a sport all to itself.
But you can hardly blame them, the city looks amazing!