Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A perfect day for training ride. Encompassing most of the elements for my distance ride in June it was a great day for training. With a brisk southerly wind (15 mph gusting to 25 ) riding up a 4 mile 10% grade, maneuvering through speeding autos and yes even having a idiot turn in front of me in an intersection, I think I'm getting closer to being prepared. The only element missing was rain. My route ran from Washington to East Peoria via Germantown hills. The ride began with the wind at my back and mostly downhill. I could do this all day. After 15 miles I reversed course. As I started my climb up the hills to Germantown at 10% grade I felt great. Ha, I thought, "this isn't so hard." Half way up the hill a 200 pound gorilla jumped on my back. Anyone who has run distance races in track knows exactly what I'm talking about. My arrogant attitude quickly changed to "I hope I have enough fuel in the tank and lower gears to make it to the top." From previous rides I know better than to look for the top because it seems it never gets closes. I finally arrived at the summit of the hill and thought the worst was over. Ha, wrong dragon breath! That nice tailwind I had was now a howling 15-20 mile head wind. And, I was still 10 miles from my house. Finally with two miles to go I began crossing route 24. I was fortunate because the light was green and I wouldn't have to stop. As I entered the intersection some numbnuts turned right in front of me. Unfortunately I had not turned on my bike cam. I did gesture in a friendly manner and wished him a good day. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it). Like I said earlier, it was a perfect training day. At least it didn't rain.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Great day for a training ride.  Rode to Leroy (55 miles).  All elements of the ride were in play.  Head winds of 15-20 mph, tail winds of 15-20 miles, areas of rain with occasional sunshine.  And by the end of the ride I was not so weary that I could have not have biked another 50 miles.  6 weeks to the big ride.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Began training for the Eastern section of the 2017 cross country ride.  40 miles of hills in Southern Illinois followed by a 55 miler to Leroy and yesterday a 100 miler to Champaign.  Getting used to the new bike and it looks like I will need to buy a new saddle.  The old one on the new bike looks like crap! But, it's broken in and feels comfortable.  Really looking forward to renewing old acquaintances and meeting new bikers in June.  I will continue using this blog to post when the ride begins.