JKG Poker Ride
First I want to say thank you to Jason for organizing this little get together as well as thanks to all those who manned the stops. This last Saturday was a beautiful day to be out on the bike, a couple of layers and you were in good shape to enjoy the crisp air and plentiful sunshine. I’d guess there were about 30 or so people doing the ride, kinda hard to tell since groups left whenever they were ready. The above pictures from Jenifer and Evan show just how much fun we all had on this ride. It was a great day for a relaxing ride; get out and stretch the legs a bit but without turning it into a hammer session.
I rolled out with Evan, Ryan, and their dad Dave. We kept a brisk pace but nothing killer and for the first time this week I could feel that my fitness was coming back to normal. We chatted all the way to the second stop at Saguaro National Park East where we caught up with one of the larger groups. It was funny how each stop turned into an opportunity to sit around and chat, like we weren’t all chatting away while on the bike. There were a total of five stops and we covered a total of 33 miles, I have a moving time of 1:50 and an elapsed time of 2:41. This ride really fostered the social aspect of cycling, which is one of the great things about group rides to begin with. Yes it’s fun to hammer away with a group of friends, to make them struggle for a while, to have the hurt heaped back on you, and we do that a lot but rides like this really cement those relationships.
New Rubber for a New Season
There is something very comforting about putting new tires on your favorite wheels. Maybe it’s the fresh rubber smell, or the sheen of an unridden tire, or the confidence gained by the lack of flat spots (I guess spots isn’t the right word since it goes all the way around the wheel). It’s probably some combination of the three, but whatever it is it seems appropriate to don new tires at the beginning of a new season.
Two Easy Rides
It’s amazing just how quickly you lose fitness when you take a little time off the bike. Never the less it’s good for you and leads to significantly better performance later in the season (I learned this lesson this summer and am trying to keep it in mind). So After taking last week off almost entirely I’ve been doing hour long endurance effort rides to get ease back into riding while avoiding any real taxing efforts.
To that end I’ve been riding the new TT bike to get used to it and its drastically different position. I took it for a spin Wednesday morning on a route I do often, usually takes me a little less than an hour but it’s a good time to just get used to the way the bike handles in different scenarios (wind direction, pavement conditions, left turns, right turns, etc…).
On Thursday a cold front moved in and temps dropped from 50ish in the morning to 33 Friday morning. Since I don’t officially start training until next week I decided I didn’t want to mess around with temps that cold and set the TT bike up on the trainer. A bit ironic that my last post (which I had forgotten was queued for today) was about how terrible the trainer is, and it wasn’t even all that bad today since I was watching the 2013 Ronde Van Vlaanderen (I could watch spring classics all day long and never get tired of them). It also gave me the opportunity to tweak the aero bars a bit more (I’ve gotten them close to where I want them but they are still putting some strain on my wrists).
Watching my heart rate and power levels I really noticed a difference from El Tour. At my peak for El Tour when I was riding in Zone 2 power my heart rate would be in upper Zone 1, now I’m solidly in Zone 2 HR, same thing for Zone 3 PWR I’d be in upper Zone 2 HR, now I’m middle Zone 3 HR (I even saw Zone 4 pop up on the HR monitor a few times). This kinda annoyed me at the time but I just need to remind myself that better to rest up a bit now then burn out later.
I don’t normally care to much about the challenges unless there’s something to earn, not that I don’t join them. Its just I find rest always wins out vs. completing some crazy mileage challenge. I also find that I haven’t had enough notice to plan for it, but if you throw a little incentive in there its a whole new ball game. Sure it’s just a stupid little patch but its just different. Its like a badge of honor, or the way a boy scout feels about their badges ………..?I wish other challenges did things like this. I only wish I started a month earlier so I had a chance to get the Battaglia in Montangna jersey!
I really like the stories that go along with the patch to. When we all did Rapha Rising it was cool to check out how many feet people had and their plan to get it done. That whole week was awesome………….and the final Lemmon day was priceless……..except when I almost made out with a deer. Its funny when I tell people what I did to get my patch- Windy Point, Windy Point, Malino, Malino, 7cats, observatory, Windy Point in 8 days!
Is there a patch for this years Festive 500? I might consider doing it if there is, Like you said sometimes it’s just a little extra incentive to get out there and get the work done.
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I always find these great times to talk. When you have kids it’s almost the only time you have that it’s just the two of us.
Yeah I love these rides, sometimes it irks Katie that they are recovery rides for me but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
El Tour de Tucson 2013 107 mile race start. I am some where in middle of the 2nd group that passes. Thank you to Mike Waskowich for the video!!
I just found this video of the start at El Tour, I go by in a green jacket at 0:16.
TT Bike’s Maiden Voyage
So I got a Retul fit done on the new TT bike by Mike at Trisports last Tuesday but was out of town for Thanksgiving so never got a chance to take it out on the road. So I finally got a chance to take it for a ride tonight. I took it easy, I’m taking off last week and this week before starting up again for race season, focusing on getting used to the handling and the fit. Due to my decent flexibility I was able to get a fairly aggressive position on the TT bike and need to get used to it. I’m not sure yet if the ISM Adamo I have is the perfect saddle, its going to take a little while to get used to not sitting on your sit bones but its not uncomfortable. I’m also going to need to adjust the aero bars a bit. On the trainer it seemed perfect but out on the road I am feeling tension in my wrests from guiding the bike. So other than that minor thing I feel real comfortable in my aero position. I’ll go back to Mike and get that tweaked and then I’ll need to put in a bunch of miles to get more comfortable with the bike, especially going through corners.