Enjoying life one day at a time

Saturday - August 3

Friday - August 2

no riding today... Sweetums and I are driving to Petawawa (north of Ottawa) tonight after work to visit with friends for a couple days... so she dropped me off and will pick me up after work. I'm probably going to be AFK for the next couple days, so don't worry about me. Have a great weekend all!

Thursday - August 1

Bike #1
  • 23m
  • 9.90 kms
  • 25.83 KM/hr

Ride from Physio to work... no speed because this is ALL city riding.

In zone: 4:50
Calories: 151

Bike #2
  • 47m
  • 22.57 kms
  • 28.81 KM/hr

Steady ride home... taking it easy so as not to aggravate the tendon. Did very well and didn't feel any pain.

I didn't have the video again tonight... but I DID have an encounter with a moron driver. This one was blatant and extremely disturbing. I reported to the police, but because it's a company vehicle they thought I should try dealing with the company first. If I don't feel it's handled properly the police will definitely take the report. I called company and have to call back in the morning when their safety officer is at work.

I was coming into Baden, on Foundry St... this is the main road into town, with an exit from the Highway. The exit ramps come off the highway to Stop signs. I was riding not very fast, but still over 30 km/h and saw the truck at the corner. There was a vehicle coming out of town, but he turned right on to the on ramp. The driver looked at me and pulled out anyway... FORCING me to stop for him. I couldn't believe it... a freakin' transport truck driver, a so-called professional driver... totally ignored the rules of the road and pull out in front of another vehicle. I was totally pissed off... but I figured memorizing his license plate was useless, as it was the trailer. However, he was driving into town, so I thought, I'll just see where he goes. If he goes into the new sub-division to pick-up a large excavator, then I would get his license plate number, and truck identification. I already knew the company name, because it was plastered on the side of the truck. However that wasn't necessary, as he pulled into the fueling depot in town, about .5 km up the road. I pulled in, took out my camera and took a picture of his license plate... his truck... and him. If he thinks he can get away with this behavior, he is sadly mistaken. Fortunately, I was able to react fast enough... but if I had been unattentive for 1 second, I would have been crushed by this a$$hats trailer.

In zone: 19:22
Calories: 430

Sport
  • Physical Therapy
  • 1h 10m

M did the initial assessment and first treatment on my "ankle". Not ankle at all... even though that's what it feels like, it's the tendons along the outside of the leg, it wraps around ankle and connects with big toe. She figures that it's my old bike shoes/pedals that I'm using on the Beast. I had this thought last night too... after the easy day yesterday riding The Beast and my leg was bothering me this morning first thing. I rode Xena exclusively the last two or three weeks and it seemed to be getting better. I started riding The Beast this week and it's getting worse again.

So, the plan is to have me better for Centurion in September and totally pain free for Spain trip in October.


It would seem that I rode to work all but 3 days last month... and I think those days were dangerous weather and not because of me wimping out. Pretty solid month of riding... but damn, I was only 28km short of a 1000 km month. If the weather had been better yesterday evening, I would have ridden with the Novice Group... or tacked on an extra 30 km to make up that difference. I guess, I'll just have to do an extra 30 this month to .... 1030 km here I come! ;) LOL

  • Calories out: 2910 From lifestyle:1856, From activities:1054

Wednesday - July 31

Bike #1
  • 48m 30s
  • 22.70 kms
  • 28.08 KM/hr

Another lovely morning commute, sunrise was spectacular. I tried to get that on film, but I didn't want to stop riding. I tried rotating my head to get (camera mounted on helmet), but that didn't work out too well. Oh well, I have it in my mind's eye. :)

Quiet ride... all SCR work, no hard efforts (except the short climbs... but they are always work), kept the effort low as my ankle is still not right. Going to see Physio tomorrow morning.

In zone: 10:56
Calories: 366

Bike #2
  • 46m 08s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 29.78 KM/hr

Wet ride home, started out sprinkling and steadily got heavier as I rode home. Was completely soaked when I got home.

Took it easy and just rolled home.

In zone: 22:46
Calories: 420


DAMN!!!

My video camera didn't start... and just when I needed it. I had THREE encounters with stupid drivers tonight. I think the rain brought the a$$hats out of the woodwork.

First one, at a stop light I was in the left lane, but in the center of the lane as there was a line of traffic on the right and it would not have been safe to pass... plus the fact that the road is wet and slick, so there is even less room for error... so I rode where I deemed it safe for me and the other drivers. Well, unfortunately a dipshit decided that he wanted to use the curb lane as HIS passing lane. He got RIGHT behind me and blared his horn at me. I just kept riding and ignored him.... when he did it again, I waved for him to move over in to the other lane. He was livid, and passed me with less than 2 feet to spare... waving his fist at me out the back window of his pick-up and ignoring the road in front of him (kinda wished someone had stopped  in front of him then and he drove into them... would have served him right... and I would have stayed to give my statement... the list of charges would have been QUITE lengthy).

Second incident... about .5 km later... I'm going down the hill at 40 km/h, in the center of the curb lane, where I should be and another moron comes up behind me and blares his horn at me. I just waved him to go around in the other lane. He pulls up beside me (at least in the other lane) and yells out the window that I should use the bike lane. Well, this where it gets interesting, because the City put in a bike PATH beside the sidewalk. It's part of the sidewalk and NOT the road. That means it's a path and NOT a bike lane. It's marked as a bike "lane" for the pedestrians and bike riders to know where they should be (it's for students to use to get to the high school). The issue with THIS situation is the drivers think I should be riding over there... wellllll... I refuse to do that because it's SIDEWALK, which means I have to stop and dismount at EVERY street crossing and walk across the street. I also have to watch at every driveway to make sure no one is not paying attention. In fact, the statistics bear out that you are 4x more likely to be in an accident while riding on the sidewalk, then on the road. I will not take that risk! The driver drove off and I yelled at him, and he slowed down and yelled at me some more. He would be one of the first drivers to hit me as I cross the sidewalk, because he'd be too busy to notice a person crossing the street he turned into just up the road. Really, he took more time yelling at me then it would have taken him to move over into the other lane and pass correctly.

Third... and closest call... dumba$$ decided he couldn't wait for 5 seconds (I was JUST about at the crest of the hill), and passed me just before the crest of a blind hill. He didn't really go over the line and he was less than 2 feet from me... going about 90 km/h. I am just SOOOOO livid about this. He can see me (I have lights, safety vest, and I'm riding 3 feet from the edge of the road), yet he chooses to ignore the rules of the road and endanger my life in the process. He has done this a number of times too... I have seen this car a number of times and every time he passes me it seems he gets a little bit closer. I REALLY wanted his license plate number... he NEEDS a talking to by a police constable. 

I really need to find a better way of mounting the camera... the helmet doesn't seem to be working... even though the  sound quality is better, I can't see if it's started up when the helmet is on my head. I may have to start it before I put the helmet on. Problem is it's very limited recording time... the battery is only good for 45 min of recording. Oh well, I'll figure something out.

  • Calories out: 2828 From lifestyle:1879, From activities:950

Tuesday - July 30

Bike #1
  • 45m 50s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 29.55 KM/hr

Nice easy ride this morning. Beautiful sunrise and lovely weather... a little cool, but not enough to wear a jacket (just arm warmers). Finally got the rear wheel inflated on the Beast, so rode him this morning. I didn't take it out as hard as I could, just riding easy.

Rode well out into the lane on all roads and the traffic was mostly well behaved, nothing so blatantly ignorant that I have to report. Tried riding with camera on the helmet and will have to see how that video turns out.

Max HR is another one of those anomalous readings, cause there is NO FREAKIN' WAY that I had a HR over 200... let alone over 160 which is the max I've ever reached on the bike.

In zone: 10:37
Calories: 422

Bike #2
  • 48m 15s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 28.07 KM/hr

Headwinds... left late and took my time... just didn't have the ooomph to push through the wind. Felt pretty good otherwise.

In zone: 17:41
Calories: 416

  • Calories out: 2823 From lifestyle:1879, From activities:944

Monday - July 29

Sport
  • Massage
  • 45m

Had a good massage... but she brutalized my legs. The ankle didn't respond to the massage so I'm going to physio to see if there is something that needs to be done.

  • Calories out: 1941 From lifestyle:1904, From activities:38

Sunday - July 28

Bike
  • 2h 37m 01s
  • 83.70 kms
  • 31.98 KM/hr

Beautiful morning for a ride... after the WICKED storms that blew through yesterday and over night. That cleared the air and it was like riding in a dream, no humidity, sunshine, blue skies, puff clouds.... of course their was wind, but I didn't mind too much.

The first half of the ride (or more) was all into the wind... it was a minimum of 40 km in to the 20+ km/h winds. I didn't push it though, just rode a nice easy comfy pace, working on my leg strength and pacing. I purposely kept my HR below the Z3 level. I am pretty sure the HR was below 120 for that first 1:40 minutes. At that point, the clouds looked a little menacing, so I turned back and had a good tailwind, and picked up the pace a little. I still kept the HR low, but the speed came up. I was thinking of riding up to Stratford (from Embro) at that point, but when I got to Maplewood Sideroad, I decided to head back on that road, as it's a VERY quiet road. Very little traffic, fairly flat, and a little twisty (so not boring), winding through farmers fields (corn so high you couldn't see any of the scenery), it was AWESOME. This section was totally downwind and I was flying... in fact I TT that 10 km at 40+ km/h (one section I was maintaining 50 .. SWEET!!).

At the stop sign, I had to wait for traffic to clear and then took the next section of that road, which is pretty much identical, and did it again, but not quite so hard. I still was maintaining close to or over 40 km/h. I LOVE TAILWINDS.

The next stop sign, I had to turn North again for a little bit, so it wasn't quite as helpful a wind, but still helping. Kept up the pace, but made sure the HR was steady. Turning East again at the next stop sign, I picked it up yet again. Riding hard and steady back towards home. When I go to New Hamburg, I went down the hill into town at over 50 km/h... and when I entered the town limits I was actually speeding (closer to 60 and limit is 50). I rode entirely in the lane, and the car that followed me down the hill, stayed behind me... I was a little shocked. I tried to maintain my speed up the little rise on the other side of the river, but legs just gave out, so I pulled into the "bike lane" and let the car pass. That was a fun 1 km.

After that car passed, there was another vehicle well back, and I was again going downhill, so me speed increased. I then took the lane and he didn't even attempt to pass. When I turned onto Waterloo St to head to Baden, I was doing 40 km/h... and I think I shocked a few people. I now had a FULL bike lane to ride in, and the traffic was reasonably well behaved. The rest of the way home was pretty good, I stayed down in my TT position and just kept on cranking. I did the last 40 km in just over an hour... it was awesome feeling.

The last 1 km to my place, I put it in the easy gears and just spun the legs out. I was pretty tired, but felt great. I didn't eat all my food, or drink all my fluids and still had plenty of energy. I paced it perfectly... easy for the first half and increased effort on the last half. Pretty solid training ride.

In zone: 1:06:57
Calories: 1388

  • Calories out: 3161 From lifestyle:1848, From activities:1313

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