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First Bike Ride Of The Year...

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Before I get into anything else I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who took the time to read and comment on my last blog, Attitude Mass Index. I was really surprised how it took off and the response I got from readers. The other side of that story is that I was at work at the time on a 12 hr shift. I was sitting in the truck waiting for a call and that thought just came to me, so I pulled out my phone and started tapping it out. Funny how some of the best material seems to spontaneously come from the heart rather than investing tons of time deliberating and editing. Anyway, thanks so much for the great response.

After many delays and a bout of extremely uncooperative weather, I finally hit the road with my bike. It has been a long time in coming but the weather has been unreal. We had 70 degrees a few days ago then pow, snow!. Us folk from the UP of Michigan are a hardy bunch but I think we can all agree that enough is enough.

A few days before heading out, I got my bike formally fitted to my specifications...ie.. fit to ME. It would take alot of geek talk to fully explain the process but, in short, making sure the fit is correct is crucial to good form and good form is crucial to long course riding. I just purchased this bike last year and rode it quite a bit without a proper fit. It is hard to believe that I got the distances or the times that I did with such a poor setup but unfortunately, I didn't know any better not ever having ridden a tri bike before.

My best times last year:
For distance - 75 miles in 5 hours avg speed 14.9 mph
for time - 42 miles in 2hrs 29 min avg speed 16.9 mph

another note worthy ride.. 53 miles in 3hrs 30 min avg speed 15.1 mph
All of these rides were done in areas that have some pretty epic hills

This year, my first ride of the year was surprisingly good. I have done very little cycling on my indoor trainer and this ride was also after work so I was already tired.

38 miles in 2hrs 23 minutes avg speed 15.9 mph, max speed 33 mph, my average speed on the flats was a respectable 23 mph - ME power! ... lots of hills too :)

The ride itself was tough because a front moved in close to the end. When I started it was 55 degrees but then about 25 miles into it the temps dropped to about 42. With the wind chill on the bike, it didnt take long for my hands and feet to go numb. I called for pickup at mile 30 and went another 8 miles when my wife showed up... aaaah heat!!! I love my heated seats.

I did get some questions about what a tri bike was so here are some pictures of what it looks like.

Proper Form..aero position... (not me btw, maybe someday...)


My indoor cycle trainer stand by Cycle Ops

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Other bike views...





The best rough road tire I have ever used :)


Clip pedal

Bike Shoe


Switching to clips and the clip in bike shoe was probably the #1 performance enhancing upgrade I have made yet. Because my feet are attached to the pedal, I get power on both up and down strokes not just on the down. - just remember to unclip before coming to a stop.... I came close to falling over but haven't yet... its easy to do until you get used to it.

This is me when I first got my bike last year, now my smile is even bigger because it is set up right and so much more comfortable in the aero position..



Anyway my confidence is pretty high that this up coming triathlon is going to go really well.
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LLS8000 5/24/2013 11:24PM

  Great job on the long rides!, I consider myself a 'biker', but don't usually venture over 40 miles per ride. This summer, I'd like to do at least 50. Biking is the exercise that I like the most. Stay safe, hope your helmet is well fitted too. : ) And I love my clips on the fitness bike, I haven't put them on my mountain bike yet, I still need to be able to get my foot down in a hurry on the mountain bike!

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MANILUS 5/24/2013 12:03PM

    Great news, you are awesome! Of course the triathalon will go well!!!

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DDOORN 5/20/2013 12:48PM

    Kudos to your first ride and all of your enhancements!

Me? I'm still passing on clips...not looking to break any sound barriers...lol! I like to keep it plain & simple.

I finally got in my first ride a couple weeks ago:

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SUSIEMT 5/19/2013 8:57AM

    Good for you!







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JOELEVENACIOUS 5/18/2013 6:56AM

    Ready to roll. I like biking too, but not at that level. I have a beat mountain bike that is probably 6x heavier. I have ridden with a group that has racing bikes but it is not that much fun lagging behind at a different pace totally. You guys are in another world. Enjoy

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LRSILVER 5/17/2013 7:09AM

    Wow. Excellent times.

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LINDAKAY228 5/16/2013 11:51AM

    Congratulations on your bike ride. Great to get it fitted correctly. I'm always in awe of anyone who can type a whole blog on their phone. I hate the little keypads and only type (like when texting) what I have to. However my smartphone does come in handy for so many other things. Music, tracking distances, reading books, and a whole host of other neat things (including phone calls ha ha). I think I actually use it for a lot more other things than for talking. What did we do before we had so many other things we could do with our phones????.
Have a great day. Your blogs always inspire me!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/16/2013 10:39AM

    Congrats to you for your bike fit.

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Good for the body and good for the soul!! Keep up the great rides!! My BIL rides up to 100 miles in a day when the weather is good. He loves it too.

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PATRICIAANN46 5/15/2013 5:33PM

  emoticon I can feel your enthusiasm through your words. You are doing an emoticon job!!!!!

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JIBBIE49 5/15/2013 5:31PM

    emoticon great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an inspiration you are to others.

The guy on the bike, who isn't YOU, has to "back off from the donuts" like all people who are fit. emoticon

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_JODI404 5/15/2013 5:17PM

    Having the bike fitted is definitely worth every cent!! Hubby did that when he got his bike a few months ago.

I'm happy to hear that your weather is cooperating and your first serious training sessions are going so greatly!!

You are going to rock out that 70.3!!

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    Getting the right fit does make a huge difference. emoticon on your training! It sounds like it is going awesome!!!

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    Love the foot wear!

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MOMMY445 5/15/2013 2:45PM

    such great pics! congrats on your ride! have an awesome day!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 5/15/2013 2:33PM

    Epic bike, epic guy, epic attitude.
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CHARTHESTAR 5/15/2013 2:31PM

    thanks for all the information on this. I didn't know there was so much to know.

YOU LOOK GREAT ON YOUR BIKE! love the smile. It game me one too!

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SANDYCRANE 5/15/2013 2:13PM

    I have always loved bike riding. When I was younger I used to ride around Lake Antoine 3 times a day. Now that I am retired I am biking again, but I only have a ladies Schwin. Someday i hope to ride a more advanced bike. Keep up the good work.

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ONTHEPATH2 5/15/2013 12:14PM

    Way to go! Proper equipment sure enhances the outcome! Do you like the indoor bikestand? I have been contemplating one, but haven't done it yet. Better than a stationary bike? Not quite where you are on the cycling road yet, but I'm right here in the pack behind you. One of these days, I may catch up!!!

Glad you finally got some warmer weather to ride up there, I'm in Grand Rapids, and spring here was a long time in coming too! Ride safe!

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DIANNEMT 5/15/2013 11:03AM

    DD goes to school at Tech--yeah this winter was epic.

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    Very nice! Good for you!

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  good blog

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PATTISTAMPS 5/15/2013 10:13AM

    That is so cool! You are achieving your dreams right before our eyes! I am THRILLED for you! Keep that Spark burning, my friend!

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PS.
.. Maybe you should make that your profile photo! Great shot!

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ROGUECHIP 5/15/2013 9:47AM

    Great Job! The first of the year is always a great feeling no matter the weather, how long or how sore you feel afterward. That smile of yours makes it all worthwhile. A friend of mine and I rode from Menominee to Mackinac (and back) as part of a six-week bike tour way back in the summer of 1974. We were broke high school kids and the people in the UP were some of the most friendly people I've ever met - ever! Go get 'em pal!

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GINGERHAWK 5/15/2013 8:53AM

    Those are some really impressive rides - nice job on getting the first one of the year under your belt. I can't wait to continue to follow your journey - it's so darn exciting!

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