Enjoying life one day at a time

Friday - May 17

Bike #1
  • 39m 50s
  • 19.70 kms
  • 29.67 KM/hr

Another headwind this morning and cool. Pretty morning, but just not as warm as I'd like.

Took the shortest route into work this morning as I was a little late. Made good time though, even against that wind. I don't like the traffic on this route as a lot of these people drive VERY dangerously. Had several close calls... but I'm not yielding to these idiots... ever!

In zone: 24:54
Calories: 385

Bike #2
  • 39m 30s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 34.28 KM/hr

DAMN... I love tailwinds. :)

I knew there was a tailwind tonight, so I decided that it was time for a good hard ride. I made an effort to keep spinning big wagon wheel pedal strokes and keep the gearing manageable, yet tough. Once I got out of town, I was warmed up and really started riding hard. On a section of my normal ride, according to Strava, I CRUSHED a segment. I have KOM now by a good 10 seconds over the next fastest time. I knew I was moving well along there, but 41.3 km/h average over 3 km... WOW!

Then, on the segment that I knew about and really tried to put in a PB, Strava has deemed it as a dangerous route and no leaderboard shows up now. WTF??? It was fine earlier this week... did some one complain about it, because their time wasn't fastest anymore?? I can see some other segments in the area, but this one is a truly epic segment, with 3 climbs over 3 km and generally into a wind. It's a good workout, but it does have some blind hills and for riding single it's fine, but if you're riding with a group, could be a little dangerous as people tend to pass when they shouldn't. So I think Strava... or some one is trying to keep cyclist's safe? Sucks though, because now I can't even track my personal stats anymore. :(

On the final straight-away into Baden, I rode a steady 40-45 km/h... and by the time I reached the slight grade in town, I was spent. Still the fastest I've ridden that strip of road in a while. Was funny watching cars coming to the stop signs at the off ramp, a couple of them weren't sure whether to wait or go... but by the time they made up their minds, I was already heading past them.... I was really flying tonight. :)

Now, I hope to have this kind of power for Sunday's Pursuit. The race coordinator, on the strength of my TT two weeks ago, has moved me up. I'm now in faster company... I hope I can keep up with them. I'm not sure I'll be able to catch any of the guys in front of me... but I'm going to go HARD if/when the faster guys catch up to me. This race is in my old neighbourhood... we're going to be riding through my old home town (past my brother's house) and down the main street where I used to ride my bike as a child... so this is a route that I'm VERY familiar with.
This pursuit will be tough though... do I go hard and try to catch a couple guys in front of me and get a group working together? Or take it easy and let some other guys catch me so I have some power to keep up with them? Tough choice... I want to do well... but 60 km is a LONG way and it's all open farm country. The wind is supposed to be South East, which will mean a long, open straight away into the wind, followed by the hilliest section into the wind too. Oh well, I'll see how the legs feel on Sunday.

  • Calories out: 4482 From lifestyle:3004, From activities:1478
  • Health data: Hours slept: 6

Thursday - May 16

Bike #1
  • 41m
  • 22.57 kms
  • 33.03 KM/hr

Speedy little ride into work... I think there was a light tailwind, but mostly this was me pedaling with some speed. I worked on my leg speed this morning, keeping the cadence high. I kept it in the small ring though, but I can get the speed up to 40 km/h in the small ring with a cadence of 100... so I'm not a lot slower, specially on Xena. :)

Feeling strong now, it helps that I'm not wearing half of my cold weather clothes either. Being bundled up slows me down I feel.

In zone: 27:57
Calories: 409

Bike #2
  • 46m 35s
  • 21.20 kms
  • 27.31 KM/hr

Stiff headwind, slow ride. Took my easier route home as it's a little shorter. TT position as much as I could, just grinding it out as best I could.

In zone: 34:47
Calories: 472

Time for the morning ride is watch time... Strava time is longer because I have to start it recording before I'm even close to the bike as it's in a back pocket, under my jacket. I start it in the house and stop it when I am at my desk, so it's always reading a couple minutes longer... as I'm moving, but not riding. The watch time is from start of ride to end of ride, including stops and starts. This morning, I only had to come to full stop 2x and rolling stops 3x... all lights were green and all round-abouts empty... so it was a smooth ride in. :)

  • Calories out: 4615 From lifestyle:2997, From activities:1618
  • Health data: Hours slept: 6

Wednesday - May 15

Appointment immediately after work, so I have to drive today. Good thing too, because it's thunder & lightening out there.... not an ideal day to be riding. Later on it will be lovely, but right now... not so good. :(

Tuesday - May 14

Bike #1
  • 46m
  • 22.57 kms
  • 29.44 KM/hr

C-0-L-D.... WTF it's MAY already!! Why do we need to suffer through almost freezing weather. I had to have my cold weather jacket, and pants on this morning... couldn't find my booties and wish I had them. Upper body and legs were fine, but my feet were cold.

I'm working on my leg strength again, so on the hills I kept the gearing heavy and hard. I just pushed through and kept the pressure up. It felt good and my legs are fully recovered from the harder effort on Saturday. :)

Wasn't a super hard ride either... I really need to learn how to push past my comfort zone. I will work on that tonight... morning commutes aren't the place for that as I need to have some brain cells for 10 hours of work.

In zone: 23:24
Calories: 422

Bike #2
  • 42m 16s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 32.04 KM/hr

Hard ride home... but there was a helping cross-wind and tailwind, so wasn't too bad. My backpack was full though, from all the extra layers that I wasn't wearing from this morning. I attacked all hills, pushing big gears again and rumbling along on all the flats. About half way home, I had to slow down for a semi-truck that pulled out of a side road when I was very close to the intersection. He was leaving me the lane, but I figured, he would be passing me shortly (and it would have been on a hill) so I slowed right down and let him go. Wasn't too upset with him, because he as trying to be considerate, but still, he shouldn't have even started the turn. Oh well, no harm no foul and my legs were thankful for the break.

On the final straight-away into Baden, with a good tailwind, I was able to maintain 40+ km/h for the entire section... until the hill up to the turn... at that point I was wasted and just spun easy for the last 1 km.

Good tough ride, need more of these.

In zone: 35:00
Calories: 456

  • Calories out: 4294 From lifestyle:2997, From activities:1298
  • Health data: Hours slept: 6

Monday - May 13

Swim
  • 50m
  • 1500.00 meters
  • 03m 20s /100 meters

No real plan, just swam... did a warm up from one workout, build up from another and then decided to swim a TT of 750m (16:34)... I think that's my best time for 750m, I'm pretty happy with that, my swim strength hasn't suffered too much from lack of swimming. I was starting to fade at the end, but pushed through. My Aerobic capacity was fine, was just breathing hard and not gasping at the end... so my limitation in the pool is upper body strength and that's to be expected with the amount of time I spend in the pool (next to nothing). ;)

  • Calories out: 3493 From lifestyle:3027, From activities:466
  • Health data: Hours slept: 6

Sunday - May 12

Happy mother's day to all the BT Mom's out there... I hope the family treated you royally! :)

  • Calories out: 3067 From lifestyle:3067, From activities:0
  • Health data: Hours slept: 6

Saturday - May 11

Bike
  • 3h 20m
  • 100.70 kms
  • 30.21 KM/hr

Centurion Ontario Pre-ride.

My cycling buddy and I went out for a pre-ride at the Centurion Ontario route at Horseshoe Valley resort. It was exactly what I needed, to see the course first hand and know what to expect, but also to get a good hard LONG training ride in with plenty of hills. This was exactly what it was... the hills seemed to never stop at some points... and if we weren't climbing we were descending in cross-winds. Great ride with a nice group of guys. I have a lot of work to do on the hills, my power to weight ratio is lacking, but I make up for it on the flats/downhills. I was coasting down hills over 60 km/h, and cruising on the flats at 40 km/h numerous times. I showed them what a big man can do if he's got an engine. ;)

Sadly, I failed on my nutrition and almost bonked in the last 20 km... but kept going and just worked to stay with the pack. It helped that Graham took charge of the pack and slowed them down to make sure we all finished together. It wasn't to be a hammerfest, just a nice training ride, which is exactly what it ended up being.

My friend and I were very pleased to have done it...even with the 2 hour drive. :)

In zone: 2:11:20
Calories: 2101

  • Calories out: 6103 From lifestyle:2908, From activities:3195
  • Health data: Hours slept: 6

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