Monday, December 26, 2011

Feet so warm...

Socks purchased just now at Folsom Bike:

Second Christmas weekend ride...

Looking forward to group and training rides in the new year, but I'm going to finish out Christmas weekend with a 50 mile ride to Beals Point and back. Its my "easy" ride. There are few hills and I know the route by heart. A pleasant, if cold, day today: about 47° F, sunny, no wind. My goal is to do it in 3.5 hours, including stops.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Trev and I in Folsom

Nice ride today. A bit cold, but had a nice pace and great conversation. Looking forward to more rides in the new year.

On the ride

Stopped at Folsom Bike for warmth and shopping.

Sick but Healthy

Had to put my rides on hold this weekend. I have a cold and sore throat. Nevertheless, I'm going to try my typical 50 mile ride to Beals Point with my friend Trev. I hope that I'm not too slow, but know I won't be able to do my typical time. If I can average 15 mph and do it in 3.5 hours, I'll be pretty happy.

Last night was Davey's birthday, and we ate lots of rich, expensive food and drank rich, expensive alcohol. So I need to burn those calories off!!

Speaking of healthy, I'm very pleased that, though I've been slacking a tiny bit on my training (doing only about 110 miles per week), I've not gained any weight and hover at about 173 lbs. My goal by the end of winter is to lose another 10 lbs. I hope that weighing about 160 will help my speed and overall fitness.

But today is all about having a nice ride with a friend, and burning a few unneeded calories.

See you on the trail!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ride from Guerneville to Duncan Mills

22 miles, 1 hour 10 minutes, AVS 18.1 mph, MXS 28 mph. 55 deg F. I turned around after 11 miles because I felt like I was going down hill all the way to Duncan Mills and was afraid the return trip would be hard -- turned out that was wrong. Lol.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Today's Ride

Went on a 50 mile ride to Beals Point and standard ride. I meant to take a picture of the mistletoe which adorns the trees in several areas, but I couldn't bring myself to stop.

It was cold (about 62° F when I left and about 55° F when I returned) and clear, but very windy. The trail was strewn with leave and branches which crunched under my tires sometimes pleasantly, sometimes disturbingly. There were not many other riders out — maybe there was too much cross- and head-winds for most riders.

But my time was on-par with my average times. I did the 52 miles in just about 3 hours, with an average speed of 16.5 mph (max 33 mph).

I'm planning on riding 30 milers on Sunday and Monday, for a total weekend ride of 110 miles. I hope I can make the time to do so.