Enjoying life one day at a time

Sunday - May 26

Bike
  • 1h 34m 17s
  • 51.80 kms
  • 32.96 KM/hr

I was up early again (damn sleep issues) and decided to go out for a "little" speedy ride. I needed to be home by 9:30 in order to take #3 to work, so I put the boots to it. It was a NW wind, so I did my NW wind ride and just let it rip.
From the get go, I put out a LOT of power, I was hoping to make it back in time as I left a little later than I wanted to. It was cold too, so it took a good 20 minutes for the legs to warm up, but after that it got easier. I kept up the pressure and was making good time. I think I made it to the turn around point in record time for me (under 50 minutes for almost 26 km) and then I had a helping wind on the way back. It's still not easy as there are plenty of long false flats, but I was humming along well over 35 km/h for the most part. As I came into the bigger hills, I just kept pumping and really worked on tiring the legs out... and they WERE tired.
On the last hill, a 2 km climb, I kept the pressure on and maintained over 28 km/h right to the summit. That was a good feeling... it hurt, but not so bad. Coming back up Sandhills, it was fully downwind and I was cruising at over 40 km/h. Once in town, I reduced the gearing and spun easy until the 2nd last street before my place, then I dropped the hammer and sprinted.... hit over 50 km/h on that sprint and then was home. Just in time to keep from #3 having to wake #2 to take him to work. :)
Great hard, steady working ride.

  • Calories out: 3140 From lifestyle:1879, From activities:1261

Saturday - May 25

Too tired and too busy to work out today... I slept like crap (Sweetums on nights does that to me). I had to be home to take #3 to work, then grocery shopping. Came home put all the groceries away alone (#1 sleeping, #2 at work, #3 at work, Sweetums sleeping). Then I had some lunch and went out to take care of the yard work... trimmed the grass around the entire property, cleaned out the lawnmower (kids never do that), then mowed the lawn, changed the tube on The Schwinny (was flat after my MTB trail ride), straightened up the garage, cleaned up the kitchen, dishwasher, garbage, recycling, green bin... etc, etc, etc. After finishing up all that, I was planning on hitting the trails again, but I was SO tired, I could barely keep the eyes open. I thought it wise to take it easy the rest of the day... so tired. :(

Friday - May 24

Bike #1
  • 48m
  • 22.57 kms
  • 28.21 KM/hr

Winter ride in May... yeah this is mother nature with PMS. :(
Did this ride in one gear... 52-21 I think... which is pretty tough on the hills, but I need to get my legs a little stronger to handle the hills during races. The wind was helping for a little bit, but was a vicious crosswind the rest of the time. Tonight's ride home is going to suck HUGE!

Bike #2
  • 52m
  • 21.24 kms
  • 24.51 KM/hr

painful slow ride home... I really hate strong headwinds. It seems that the Beast is much slower with the new rubber... I figured it would be, but this is ridiculous. I don't know if it's the slow rubber or the headwinds but I just couldn't get any speed.

Made it home safely then had to rush and get ready to go out for dinner with friends. Fortunately, I wasn't working extremely hard (as HR would attest), so it didn't take me 30 minutes to cool down. Helped that it was freakin' cold still. When is summer coming??

  • Calories out: 2793 From lifestyle:1876, From activities:916

Thursday - May 23

Nope... not riding today. Looked at weather report and they are predicting cold, wet and EXTREME wind... yeah, right, I'll drive thanks. Tomorrow looks better... and the weekend. We'll see how right they are, they've been right so far... oh wait... no they haven't!!!! Yesterday would have been a perfect day to ride... grrrrrr!!

Wednesday - May 22

Thunderstorms this afternoon... so I'm driving. The prediction is pretty much a given that we're getting a LOT of rain and t'storms all afternoon, so I am being safe. Sweetums and #1 can drive in to work together this afternoon, which means I get the other car. Not sure if I'll swim tonight... a little bit of rest won't hurt me either... yesterday was busy getting chores done around the house... and driving to appointments.

Tuesday - May 21

Official results of the Pursuit on Sunday.


I officially started 22:00 after the first rider. I finished 11th overall and was passed by 5 riders...and had 5 other riders start before me. My finish time was 2:02:45... minus the 22:00, that's an official time of 1:40:45 and average speed of 35.73 km/h. NIIIICE!!!! :)


For my American friends... 1:40:45 over 37.3 miles, avg speed 22.2 mph.

Monday - May 20

Bike
  • 1h 30m
  • 45.00 kms
  • 30.00 KM/hr

Went out for an easy ride to loosen up the legs... and enjoy the glorious summer day. I wasn't planning on riding hard, just steady and spinning... worked a little bit on a couple hills, but never long so as to give the legs some sense of who's the boss. ;)

Went out of town towards Kitchener on the hilliest road, and south into the wind on another hilly road. I rode down to Cedar Creek, over to Plattsville and then back home down wind. I spent a fair amount of time in the aero position (forearms on top of handlebars) and just rode. Felt very, very good... unless I was climbing, then the legs would complain a little.

Only took two water bottles... one with water, one with Hammer Fizz and no money, to FORCE myself to finish. I didn't want to be out too long. Good thing I did, because I would have loved to just keep riding.

In zone: 38:38
Calories: 800

Happy Victoria's Day my fellow Canadians! Enjoy the lovely long weekend. The family is going to see Star Trek this afternoon. I'm not sure what I'll do today... if #3 gets up soon enough, and is feeling well enough (he had severe GI issues yesterday), we'll go out for a short ride. To nice a day to waste it inside. If more people are up soon enough, maybe we'll all go for a short ride together. :)

  • Calories out: 2784 From lifestyle:1881, From activities:903

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