December 31, 2004

December 31, 2004

50.30 ; 17.1 avg.; dist 14.5 (cpu has been stopping intermittently) …

theoretically a good ride although i thought it had the potential to be a record setter. the whole first half was quick. the first time split i made it to by 8 minutes… the second at northern parkway, i made it to by nearly 13 minutes… the top of the hill on falls i made it to by 22m20s (slowing down), but made it to the turn at falls and ruxton by 24 minutes and the top of the ruxton hill by 27 minutes. making to the base of the bellona hill by 32 minutes, i made it to the light by 37 minutes.

at that time, i hit a wind through which it was difficult to go faster than usual. in fact i was struggling to keep any speed at all. i maxed 24mph going down york rd./greenmount st. to the e 43st turn. i think the wind took about a minute from me. but all i all, it was a good ride.

December 30, 2004

December 30, 2004

good ride. painful. 50.30

good ride, but i’m writing this account one day removed and don’t remember fully the account of the ride other than it did hurt a bit. however i am discovering that in some cases, i have enough energy to sit down on the really steep hill—which is a feat, because sitting i can go a little faster than standing.

December 29, 2004

December 29, 2004

51:30 time 14.3 miles; 16.7 avg.

Hard ride today… It’s always very hard to resume workouts after holidays and this is no different. Two days in New jersey one in New York, two days traveling up and back, extreme cold and now a least a couple days where it gets up to 50 degrees. I don’t know what my bottom limit is in terms of temp, but I’m trying not to be a crazy out there with absolute cold.

I felt way out of shape today. The cold air seemed to tear into my throat with phlegm making its way into my windpipe every few feet. I stared really well—or so it seemed since at one point I looked down and the computer wasn’t working for a while I don’t know why. All the signs of a good time; under ten minutes to the first mark (Coldspring and University), thirteen and a half to Northern Parkway. Twenty-two minutes to the top of Falls Road. Things weren’t as good from there.

Massive pain. Seeming out of breath, unable to go faster. It’s amazing how fast ring rust develops. Hopefully I won’t completely lose form in the coming colder months.

December 29, 2004

51:30 time 14.3 miles; 16.7 avg.

Hard ride today… It’s always very hard to resume workouts after holidays and this is no different. Two days in New jersey one in New York, two days traveling up and back, extreme cold and now a least a couple days where it gets up to 50 degrees. I don’t know what my bottom limit is in terms of temp, but I’m trying not to be a crazy out there with absolute cold.

I felt way out of shape today. The cold air seemed to tear into my throat with phlegm making its way into my windpipe every few feet. I stared really well—or so it seemed since at one point I looked down and the computer wasn’t working for a while I don’t know why. All the signs of a good time; under ten minutes to the first mark (Coldspring and University), thirteen and a half to Northern Parkway. Twenty-two minutes to the top of Falls Road. Things weren’t as good from there.

Massive pain. Seeming out of breath, unable to go faster. It’s amazing how fast ring rust develops. Hopefully I won’t completely lose form in the coming colder months.

December 18, 2004

December 18, 2004

Hill Ride … 48m 50s; good ride; 18 mph avg. Max 38.5 mph

Sometimes a good ride is decided right out of the gate. Sometimes it’s based on the stuff you wear going in. I’ve decided that my jacket is simply not aerodynamic. I’m slower by a bunch when I wear it. I did a 48 minute ride today, but it came easier than the 53 minute from the other day.

December 17, 2004

December 17, 2004

Hill ride: time 52m 39s (2 chain derailments) 16.2 mph avg; 35 mph max pretty soon, i’ll do a photo shoot of the entire ride for readers’ benefit if there are any… if there aren’t well it just good to get into the blog thing and chronicle my rides which have become somewhat important to me.

pretty good time today. well at least it was about the average for my riding. the best time was 48 minutes which is what I was getting consistently for a while. but then, the layoff, yada, yada, yada … and here we are.

it was about 46 degrees today and i wore a heat sealing breathable shirt and my riding jacket. i am convinced that thing carves about 3 minutes or so off my time. i can’t go fast or so i think with it. less of a contemplative ride, but a much more scenic one. eleven o’clock it seems is roughly the only time when i feel that we get enough light in the winter. the rest of the time after 2pm, the sun is either rising or setting.

this was a good ride, lacking drama. but i the rivets in the road are just huge. i ran over one that has its own reality. there are probably people living in it. with bicycles. saying “tell my family I’m okay!!”

December 16, 2004

December 16, 2004

(Daily) Bike Ride

50 degrees today for the ride. At best. Because of the cold, a ten-day layoff covering my trip to Miami and the cold days back, I’ve been skittish about going out for a ride.

Those factors sealed the fate of a ride that was my worst ever. My finish time 58:00 (15.2 mph avg), up 10 minutes off my best time for what I call the “hill” ride. While this was my worst ride ever it was perhaps one of the more contemplative. Immediately out of the gate on the first hill, I felt near-sick—not a good sign. Thee sick feeling subsided enough for me to be serious about finishing, but my time dwindled away. I’m not sure what translated to the terrible time; the cold, the layoff, the food consumed during the layoff. Nonetheless, I got out there and did it.

While this ride was high on pain, it was also high on thought. I’ve come to think of a ride as an opportunity to for a type of meditation. I thought how similar riding is to running a business.

1. If you’re not going at full speed, you’ll still be burning your energy. You might as well go at full speed.
2. Don’t bother looking up the hill or envying a faster speed (to the crest, or to an opponent who’s ahead), focus on the hill in front of you. What counts is going strong at your own pace.
3. Take a few days off and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a few days off.
4. Rest is earned.
5. You’ll find excuses not to do what you set out to do. Once you get around them you’ll know you’re breaking through your heuristic biases.
6. Eating peanut butter sandwiches before a ride has its drawbacks.