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I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As earworms (i.e. songs that get stuck in your head) go, "I want to ride my bicycle" (or most of the Queen greatest hits for that matter) is a lot better than the soundtrack to Frozen (after hearing it 6 times on a road trip to PA, it was hard to shake "Let it go" and some of the other songs out of my head...)

I have been increasing my running a bit in the last 2-3 weeks. I wanted to work out today but needed an off day from running, so I hopped on the road bike for a lunch time ride. There are a few really nice rides around here and I opted for one of the more challenging ones that I can do from the office.

It is a 20.5 mile out and back ride that features 1750 ft of climb, most of which occurs on a single 5 mile stretch. From West Point, you bike down route 9W south towards the Bear Mountain Bridge. At the BMB traffic circle, proceed straight into the Bear Mountain State Park and start climbing. And keep climbing. Then climb some more. You get the idea. There is a nice viewpoint at the top that, on a clear day, you can see down to NYC. It was a bit hazy, but you could still see the Manhattan sky line. Stop at the view for a water break then turn around and head back.

I did not bring a camera, I should next time I ride the route. I did get an overview of the route from

I ended up doing the 20.5 miles in 1:25, about a 14.5 mph average. Not bad.

A few observations/lessons from today's ride:
I am not as good a climber as I used to be.
I need to give my road bike a tune up, especially the brakes.
I am not as confident descending as I used to be.
I need to included more biking in my workouts, at least one ride a week. (not including my 20 min bike commute too and from work here)
Have a healthy snack ready for post work out to avoid the I'm-so-hungry-I-will-eat-every
thing-in-sight feeling.

We have a new batch of instructors this summer. I know some of them bike, both road and trail. Today's ride was solo, but I am looking forward to getting in some group rides soon (both kinds). I am really looking forward to getting back on some singletrack, there is a super MTB park just over the river in Peekskill, NY.

Take care!
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