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Ride? Drive?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The weather was beautiful yesterday afternoon, so I rode home on the south side of the river (a longer route than my usual). My speed was pretty good. I kept feeling a twinge in my right thigh (I think it's my adductor longus).

This morning, I'm wrestling with the decision to call it quits for the week and drive, to ride back forth, or to just drive today and tomorrow morning and then ride Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Calling it quits for the week would give me a solid 48-72 hours off the bike (at a minimum). I usually take Friday and Sunday off the bike, but I only occasionally take two days in a row off.

My rational brain knows that my next ride will feel better if I take a couple days off. It always happens that way. But my rational brain doesn't shout as loudly as the voice that wants to ride everyday until I'm exhausted. I guess it's fair to say I've already made my decision; the difficult part will be actually carrying it out!

Heck, I fought off the Frito urge yesterday. Surely I can fight off the I-must-ride-my-bike urge.

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2WHEELER 6/11/2013 6:05PM

    As I get older, I find the wiser choice is to lay off a day--even if it is hard to do.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/7/2013 6:17AM

    I think when you get in the exercise groove, the problem is you are afraid to stop because that means "you are lazy." Total crap, everyone needs rest days. Take it if you need it.

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BILL60 6/6/2013 8:15AM

    I find it real tough to lay off for one day, much less two. Good luck!!

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Sweet ride

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

This morning, I averaged 15.6 mph on the way to work. I was even speeding in a school zone (22 mph in a 20 mph). No worries though: in two & half years, I've seen a sheriff's deputy monitoring that school zone ONCE. No speeding ticket for the Trek.

There wasn't any wind, but for an occasional breeze from the north. So I can't say my speed was wind-aided. Maybe this just happens when my weight drops below 190. emoticon

It was a gorgeous morning: sunny, in the 60s, no wind. The temperature should be in the high 80's this afternoon with just a little wind. I just may take the long route home tonight.

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MISSG180 6/4/2013 12:17PM

    What a fabulous ride! And how exciting to be speeding!

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Mediocre Motivation

Monday, June 03, 2013

I went for a ride Saturday. I'd hoped for about 45 miles; I decided to ride just 29. I had a hard time pushing myself out the door, but I knew that once I started riding, I'd be happy I did. And I was right. Once on the ride, I lowered my expectations for a couple of reasons. I'd been riding my mountain bike to & from work, and my legs were kind of weary. I knew there was a lot of housework to do once I returned home. (The Hubs was tackling the yard work.) I'm sure I could have ridden the 45 miles I'd planned on, but it would have left my legs weary and my motivation to do housework completely sapped.

I went for a walk this morning, as well as one at lunch. The lunch walk was longer than my usual lunch walks. It's a lovely day outside, and I don't have court this afternoon. I'm looking forward to my ride home this afternoon (even though I'll be riding in my running shoes because I left my bike shoes at home).

I'm sure my weak motivation is due to my upcoming surgery. I haven't thrown in the towel, though. I haven't gained any weight, and my diet is still pretty good. I don't have a strong desire to sit on the futon and watching "Hoarders" all day long; I'm just having a hard time caring about working out.

On the plus side, I know this will pass. It could be a lot worse - I'm fighting against a blasť attitude, not recovering from a catastrophic injury. I just need to figure out what buttons to push to get back into gear.

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BILL60 6/4/2013 8:55AM

    Hang tough and work through it.

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MISSG180 6/3/2013 7:18PM

    You are absolutely right to hang in there with the exercise. It's frustrating to know that you are facing a setback like surgery, but the better you go in, the less ground you will lose.

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JANET552 6/3/2013 4:54PM

    Good for you for listening to your body and making a conscious choice to both ride and then cut it short. Good luck with your surgery! I don't know what you are having done but I can tell you after having foot tendon surgery before Christmas that I believe it takes extra calories to heal. After either sitting or having significantly reduced mobility for two months, I only gained 1.5 lbs. and that could have been because I ate something very salty the day before I weighed myself.

Take care!!

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My bike is home!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I picked the sleek red beauty from the shop yesterday. New derailleur, new cables, new chain, new front tire (unrelated to the carnage - I just took the opportunity to replace it) - $180. That's three tanks of gas, or god only knows how many cases of SlimFast. It's a bargain.

The shop couldn't find an Ultrega derailleur for an 8-gear cassette. Shimano doesn't make them anymore; in fact, Shimano is moving to 10-gear cassettes for its Ultrega gruppo, so even the 9-gear cassettes will be obsolete soon. (If you've got one, buy a derailleur now just in case.) We opted for a Sora derailleur, which is certainly adequate to meet my needs.

I told the LBS guy I dread the day I need to replace this bike. Buying a hand-built lugged steel frame bike is going to cost more than my car is worth. (Heck, a low-end hybrid is worth more than my car!) At that point, the LBS guy mentioned "We sell Bianchi and Raleigh's high-end steel bikes. One of them has the Dura Ace gruppo, you know...." Nooooooo! (Okay, so I'm really tempted, but I just looked up the retail price for that bike: $6500. *sigh* Okay, I see why people buy carbon.)

The rear cassette is shiny clean. (They do a much better job cleaning it than I did!) She's beautiful. When I hoisted her up onto the bike rack on my car, I thought, "Wow! You're so light!" My road bike is about 23 pounds ~ NOT light, but compared to mountain bike, she's a wisp.

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BILL60 6/2/2013 9:32AM

    Enjoy your bike and ride it bunches. I took mine in for a small tune up yesterday and am waiting for the rain to stop so that I can check it out. I make it a habit of slipping my mechanic $20 each time to takes care of my baby. In the ned, I end up getting plenty of additional goodies for free and my bike gets looked at immediately. Something to keep in mind.

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CBLENS 6/1/2013 6:04PM

    Enjoy the "lighter" ride to work.

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SANDYCRANE 6/1/2013 2:23PM

    Nice bike. I love bike riding and I go about 3 to 4 times a week. For me it is the most enjoyable form of exercise.

Happy riding,


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I miss my road bike

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I rode home last night and to work this morning on my mountain bike. It's about five pounds heavier than my road bike, but the big difference is the tires. Those fat, aggressive treads create much more resistance. It takes a lot more work to move that bike forward. I keep reminding myself how fast my road bike is going to feel when I get to ride it again.

It was raining this morning. That is not a common occurence here. We average 8" of precipitation a year, including snow. When it does rain, it's usually a light sprinkle. We occasionally get gully-washers, but our rain is generally benign and brief.

When I saw the rain, I debated wearing my completely waterproof but not breathable bike rain slicker. I decided against it because it was already in the high 50s, and I knew I'd get soaked in sweat. My lightweight jacket is minimally water resistant, but it dries very quickly. Usually, if I encounter rain on a ride, my jacket is dry again within minutes. Not so today.

I got soaked to the bone. Even my bra was soaked. It rained the entire way. And there I am, with these big knobby tires that throw up tons of spray. It still beats driving.

I'm debating if I want to ride home. I feel kind of icky (allergies, most likely). If my bike clothes are still damp, it's going to be a very hard sell to convince me to put them back on at the end of the day. I'm coming up with all kinds of excuses to not ride. We'll see which part of me wins out.

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CBLENS 5/29/2013 3:11PM

    ugh...good luck on the ride home. Hang in there, the sun will come out.

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