Thursday, February 8, 2018


It's official.  The winter doldrums have set in.  Alternating days at the rec center and on my trainer in the basement are getting old.  I'm trying to stay motivated but it is getting more and more difficult.  And, the rec center removed the Magnum stationary bike so I have to use the cheap Precors.  Looks like the Magnum will not be coming back.  The Magnum  is so much easier to program and the read-outs are far superior.  But again, maybe its because I'm getting bored with the training.  Okay, I've vented so I will suspend my bitching.  Looking forward to biking weather.  We should have stayed in Florida longer so I have learned my lesson and next year it will be a longer visit. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018



Wow, been awhile.  Just got back from Key West for our annual winter Florida trip.  And, of course, I had to rent a bicycle.  Two forty mile days from Key West heading east for 20 and returning.  Both days were great riding days but the second day was a tad windy.  Winds for day two were 10-20 gusting up to 25mph.  Since the wind was coming from the ENE I knew the hard part would be going but coming back would be a "breeze".  Ha! Now the interesting part.  Three years ago my friend, Fred, and I rode from Key Largo to Key West (105 miles).  The biggest difference this year was that it was much more dangerous.   Hurricane Irma took direct aim at the keys resulting in a vast amount of damage.  That was back in September.  The clean up was remarkable although there are remnants of the totaled boats and trailers to be seen.  Now the danger factor.  The debris along the bike paths on the roads has not been cleared.  Therefore, it forces the biker to ride nearer the white line closer to the traffic.  That makes it vary dangerous.  Among other garbage were nails, bungee cords, pieces of metal.  Avoiding them meant scenic views  of me keeping my eye on the road and not enjoying the scenery.  But, all in all, it is always good to be able to ride a bicycle outside during the winter.  Looks like its back to the gym for the foreseeable future. 

Monday, December 25, 2017


Christmas day 2017-No biking adventures outdoors.  My biking routine consists of 3 days at the rec center and 3 in the basement on my trainer.  Getting pretty boring.  The good news is we got about 6 inches of snow yesterday making for a white Christmas.  Good news, bad news.  Good news-eventually got my snow blower working.   After clearing the driveway the snow continued accumulating another 3 inches.  Bad news-snow blower would not start so I had to use hydraulicsnow removal--my arms.  Prefer to snow blower!!  Already looking forward to spring!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

 
So, I guess my prediction for outside riding was wrong.  Last Thursday I rode my 55 miler to Leroy.  While it wasn't my fastest time I considered myself fortunate to be able to ride outside at the end of November.  In addition I was able to ride the hills south of Carbondale as we visited Eric.  The temperature was in the mid 60's with a mild 5 mile wind from the SE.  That meant I would have a breeze on my return so it was a good day for biking in December.  Cold weather has set in and I think this time I am correct in my prediction of no more rides outside until spring.  But we will see.  Books sales have done well this year and looking forward to more book signings over the holidays.  More later
 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Gloom, despair, and agony.  Haven't been able to bike outside for two weeks.  Thought about last Tuesday riding to Champaign for my last century of the year.  The wind was good but just before I got "biked up" I checked the weather channel.  A huge mass of rain was moving into the area followed by a "wintery mix".  The temperature was in the mid 40's and dropping.  By the time I would have arrived in Champaign, the temperature would be in the mid 30's.  Therefore, sanity trumping foolishness I did my workout at the rec center.  Hopefully at least one more ride before winter sets in.  We'll see.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Haven't blogged for awhile.  Very busy.  Looks like riding outside is going to be finished for the foreseeable future.   My last ride was a week ago Monday.  Since then it has been cold and rainy.  That means my biking is indoors either on my trainer in the basement or at the Rec center.  I cannot believe there will be no more outside rides until the spring but the long term forecaste is not promising.  I was hoping for one more long ride to Champaign but the prospects look bleak.  No big rides planned for the future but I'm getting wanderlust so I will have to look into another adventure.  More later.

Monday, September 18, 2017


Fat Tire Ride completed.  Joining friends the ride around Lake Geneva WS was another success.  By that I mean, there were no accidents, bike breakdowns, punctures or any other incident that would distract from the enjoyment of the experience.  Brian, our first time rider was surprised at the amount of hills and their grade; especially the last hill where 90 percent of the riders become "walkers".  Only Roger and I from our group did not walk the hill.  But, of course, we have many miles of those type of hills in our past.  So, a good time was had by all. 
On another note, I just passed 4,200 miles on my new bike purchased in April.