Thursday, April 11, 2013
I rode home along the north side of the river. That's my normal route, but it's very exposed to the wind. The south side of the river has more protection from the wind, but that route adds four miles to my commute.
The waves on the river were about 8" high; every now & then, I'd see waves 1' tall. No, that's not a big wave, but the river is only a half a mile wide. That's not much of a fetch. The wind was 25-30 mph, with gusts that I'd guess were close to 40. It was a brutally slow ride.
I was surprised to see other people out on the trail, but all I saw were walkers & runners. Most days, I see a few riders that appear to be out on training rides. What better conditions to train in than brutal winds? No, it's not a lot of fun, but it's a heck of a workout!
I bought a Fitbit recently. I had it tucking into my bibshorts on the way home. It logged my 10.4 ride as 8000 steps & 23 flights of stairs. Interesting. I like the Fitbit, but if I sync it with SparkPeople and then log my bike ride, I'll end up with a completely wacky calorie burn count.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Here's the forecast for today:
SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS AROUND 40 MPH.
I still plan on riding home this afternoon. On the plus side, there won't be many people out on the trail.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The Hubs and I spent last weekend at a lodge near 49 Degrees North ski area near Chewelah, WA, with one of his sisters. I love 49 North - lots of terrain, laid back atmosphere, rarely a wait to get on a chair lift. They don't charge for lift tickets the last week of the season. Usually, the skiing is still pretty good. The slopes face north, so the spring sunshine doesn't melt them.
This year, the rain melted them. It was the worst end-of-the-season week I've seen. Our host said it was the worst she's seen in 15 years. The snow was really wet & heavy (not something we're used to in the Selkirk Mountains!) On one particularly bad run, I found myself fearing I was going to blow out my knee and by doing so ruin my cycling season. No injuries, though. We quit while we were ahead.
On the way home, we stopped at a store in Spokane that sells Costco returns & overstocks. We found a discontinued Teeter HangUps inversion table at a really good price. I used it few times yesterday, and I'm really looking forward to using it a lot! My back was so stiff when I first got out of bed this morning that I could barely walk. I went for a leisurely walk this morning, then hung for a bit. Although there is still some pain in my back, I have complete range of motion. (I'm using at about a little less than a 60 degree angle. I plan to work up to full inversion over the next several weeks. My back feels better just thinking about it!)
No ride home tonight (I have to pick up our CSA box - first asparagus of the season!). Tomorrow should have me back on track with the bike. I still don't feel ready to run again. Not sure why, but I figure it's best to listen to my body. If I'm getting exercise on the bike and by walking, the running can wait.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
I've been a lot more active this week. My allergies are ramping up a little, but the cold is gone. I've encountered a few other people who had the same symptoms: the cold hit like a freight train, no fever, but extreme tiredness. Dunno what it was, glad it's over, hope it never comes back!
Last weekend I planted sunflowers, some pumpkins, and romaine lettuce. Started celery & watermelon inside. Cleaned up the patio & front porch furniture. Even got a blackberry pie (with a lattice crust) and some sourdough bread baked.
More importantly, I have energy again. I rode home from work on Monday and into work Tuesday morning. I'm riding home tonight, and I'll be riding to work tomorrow. If I have the legs for it, I'll ride home tomorrow night and into work Friday morning. I walked twice on monday and today, and once on Tuesday. I won't be able to do that tomorrow. We'll see about Friday.
It feels great!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
It's a beautiful day here. High 60's (so far), sunny, light variable wind. My throat is still a little scratchy from the Martian Death Cold I've had for over a week, but I needed to get out and ride. And I was richly rewarded. Over the first 64 minutes, I averaged 15 mph - that's a couple mph higher than usual. (I averaged 14.8 over the 70 minute ride - still pretty good for me.) My lungs and legs felt the workout, but I'm ecstatic that I finally got to ride.
And after burning 900 calories on that ride, it's time for lunch.
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