Sunday, March 04, 2007

Manor Ride

About 35 miles? I really wish I had the computer on my bike set up properly... We took the ride to Manor, but took a wrong turn or two and figured the best way back would have to be along 290. We got back just in time, when it started getting dark around 7 PM.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Training Camp

I believe the total from this past weekend was 27 miles the first day and perhaps 30-something miles the next day. I really should get my computer set up correctly, but i never seem to be able to angle it just right so that it actually registers.

Yesterday we took a quick "aerobic" ride around shoal creek, which ended up being and estimated 23 miles. I really do enjoy the shoal creek route, except when there is a ridiculous headwind as there was today. I was actually happy to have the crosswinds when we turned a different direction. Can't wait for the next ride!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

12.30 miles yesterday.
Maybe 22 or so today? We did the shoal creek route, with two loops of the lovely straight "sprinting" zone. It's actually a pretty good feeling to sprint for a decent way, even if I am the last one to the bridge. I dont feel discouraged about it because I know I'm trying my best and no one's going to make fun of me for being slow. Hey, we have a facebook group for our awesome slowpokes, and I couldn't be prouder to be one of them.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

an ACTUAL bike ride

Last Saturday, I took the plunge and experienced my first group ride with the team. In reality, it wasn't even just my first group ride... it was my first road ride EVER. Besides the few miles i did on the veloway (glorified sidewalk,) I hadn't had any other experience with my amazing new bicycle. I was thrown into some fantastic and sometimes frightening riding, which tested my limits as I hadn't tested them before. I'm sure my limits are wayyyyy far behind the limits of more experienced riders, but I guess that's what makes them more "experienced." I'm working on getting there.

We went an impressive (to me) 30 miles in about 3 hours. Not exactly speedy, true, but difficult at times. And cold. By the time I got back to my dorm, my fingers and toes were practically frozen. After sitting for a few minutes, my legs turned blue. It was weird.

Altogether, I am proud that I made it. There's a great feeling of achievement in this--doing something that I wasn't sure if I could do. Now I know that this summer with be very difficult, but I'll be able to get through it. I won't be the fastest, and I won't always be comfortable around cars (or downhill slopes, or uphill slopes, or stoplights, or curvy roads...), and I'm sure that no matter how much I learn about cycling, I'll never be an expert like some of my teammates. But I promise I will make it to Alaska. I'll meet people. I'll raise money. I'll make a difference.

Today, I went to the gym (since its about 40 degrees outside) and rode 10.3 miles. It's a small chip off my training miles, but a chip nonetheless. Also, I did some great ab-work, so I'm looking forward to feeling a little sore tomorrow.

I can't wait until it warms up a little, so I can bike without becoming a popsicle.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

my little veloway

Today I did three loops of the veloway, which totals about 9.51 miles. For those unfamiliar with said veloway, let me impart upon you my infinite knowledge on the subject.... it's a pretty sweet paved sidewalky thing for only cyclists and skaters (although I suppose that skateboards would also be allowed??). In other words, only wheeled traffic is allowed.

However, today alone (my first visit to the veloway) I nearly mowed down one of 4 or 5 high school joggers who were hanging around the track. The guy was standing in the middle of the road with his back towards oncoming traffic for at least 15 seconds before his friends told him to get to the side, since there was an obviously professional cyclist (training for the tour de france) coming right towards him.

Also, a roadrunner ran in front of my bike. That was a pretty neat moment.

I hope to return there soon and practice my shifting (which i still need help with), sitting properly, and not holding on to the handlebars with the death grip of a woman condemned. And, thankfully, no road rash yet...

Monday, February 05, 2007


9.05 miles tonight in 35 minutes, plus lots of ab stuff. I haven't really worked my abs consistently in a few months, so tomorrow morning might be interesting.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Why can't shoes just be comfortable?

How is it possible that civilization has existed for thousands of years and wearing hot shoes still leads to the inevitable experience of pain? I mean, i understand that everyone's feet are different, but there are doctors devoted solely (hahaha) to feetology, as well as many billions of dollars that go from our pockets directly into the hands of greedy shoe-istas and shoe companies. You'd think some of that money could go towards making a product that is actually in the shape of a foot (unlike many shoes that seem to be in style with my amazing generation) or that might actually SUPPORT the foot when one might want to actually WALK somewhere. Gosh.

Ok... so maybe they do make shoes that do that. And I'm sure that some pretty shoes and dressy shoes and shoes that cost as much as your dignity really are comfortable. And maybe its really just my fault that I'm cheap and I dont like to spend more than... say, like 40 dollars on a nice pair of shoes. Blah blah blah. (Bob Loblaw?) I'll just suck it up and blame the republicans.

17.16 miles today on the stationary. I get my bike tomorrow! Maybe I can figure out how to... like.. actually ride a bike now.