I went for a ride last night and cranked out almost 40 miles at 14.5 mph
The elevation chart looks like a mountain stage from the Tour.
On Saturday I went on a 15 mile bike ride that included one to many stops for cocktails. I ran into my parents at Pi, a local pizza place, and had a few slices of their Chicago style pizza. It was delicious. I figured it was Saturday and I could make it a cheat day. Afterwards I went out and had some more cocktails and woke up craving McDonald’s. I succumbed to that urge and topped it off with some FroYo.
So when my cycling buddies and I ended up ten miles south of the city on a beautiful night we decided to extend our route and ended up cranking out 34.66 miles. Check the first ten laps, we were hauling ass. We slowed down a little after we determined we were in it for the long haul.
Here’s what my trusty Gamin 405cx captured…
The New Years Resolution to lose weight is probably a good one. Even if you haven’t joined the gym or started eating healthy foods you can still tell yourself that you’re waiting until the newbies thin out and eventually go back to their lackadaisical lifestyles. If you’ve joined several gyms for several Januarys and lost motivation try something easier and much cheaper. The Kettlebell swing.
The other day I changed the music on my iPod. These songs are fast and aggressive and match my cadence on the bike pretty well.
I find music helps immensely during a ride or any other sort of exercise. Sometimes if I’m just cruising along and something heavy and fast like Four Horsemen comes on I jump out of the saddle and crank.
Take a look and a listen to my cycling playlist on the iTunes Store. Then drop some suggestions below in the comments.
It started out as a leisurely ride to Wydown and Hanley… Then I was in a particularly good mood so I stopped by to say hello at Portabella. I had a two cocktails and shot the shit for a spell.
They offered to call a cab at the bar and I replied, “bah, it’s to perfect a night for that.”
…and I could have gone faster if I didn’t care about pot holes, tires and wheels.
(Ignore those numbers and average the final laps to get 16.9857mph. hehe)
The trusty Garmin was fully charged for today’s ride.
I stopped by the pool to meet Laura for a bit. I somehow resisted the urge to jump in. I don’t understand how the tri guys can jump on a bike with soaking wet shorts.
After stopping by the pool I headed down Wydown to the Starbucks and had some tea. On the way back I caught up to the SLU cycling team (stuck at a stop light) and got dropped pretty quickly.
I swung by Laura’s house and we rode over to the Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park. We didn’t feel like we’d had enough festivities so we cruised over to LouFest at Forest Park. Unfortunately, it was $35 to get in so we had a cocktail at The Boathouse instead.
I rode with Laura back to her house and the Garmin started to complain about its battery so I cranked home pretty fast. I rode 27.7 miles in all and the last 3 where at about 15mph. A pretty good day. Taking a few breaks for tea, kabobs and the like is kind of nice. I imagine if I were super motivated I could ride 30 miles non-stop but why suffer when I’m just out for a good time.
I’ve got it in my head that I want to be a runner. I’ve tried this experiment a couple of times and at one point long ago ran a 5k in just under 25 minutes.