Archive for August, 2010

A few days to go…

31 August 2010

On Sunday I have the last big ride of the year, the hilly 300k.  The weather looks promising, at least no rain, and hopefully the hurricane will have gone through on Saturday!!

I have not done any hill training but am not feeling apprehensive about it at all.  Maybe I am overestimating my abilities but I have always liked climbing hills and feel as if I have the perseverance within me to climb whatever is put in my way.  This morning I went up Village Lane – that is one of the roads I always go down, fast, and I thought at the weekend it was about time I started going up it.  The bad thing about going up is that it is on the western end of my route and to get back to the route I have to cross major traffic twice.  It is much easier if it is part of a right turn route.  I studied the map last night and found a way I can incorporate the climb up when I noticed another road beyond it that came back down.  That kept the right turns.

I went out this morning, forgetting my sunglasses.  I had all lights on as it was still a little dark.  The climb was a couple of miles into the ride so I was warmed up by the time I reached it.  As I come down the road at 35 mph I always think it is steep but it is not as steep as I imagined it to be.  I was puffing by the time I reached the top but I had been expecting a tougher climb.  Still, I think it is the best work out of the three roads that climb in that direction.  The road back down was straight and fast but because of the straightness, nothing exciting.

The rest of the ride was without incident, for me at least.  I passed an accident where a mini truck and a car had collided, thankfully it wasn’t me.  Tomorrow night I am going out with Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association.  I tried to go out with them two weeks ago but they left the parking lot at 6 on the dot.  I got there at 6:03.  Wish me luck with that!!

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Casual ride with the Mrs.

15 August 2010

Today was a nice and easy ride with Alma.  I have been wanting to go out riding with Alma for a long while and today was a good opportunity.  I had done my long ride yesterday and we nothing planned for the day.  So we decided to ride from Mattituck to Greenport, have lunch, and then come back.

Alma on Route 25

I drove to Mattituck passing many cyclists on the road I was pedalling along yesterday.  When I reached the turning point on my 55 mile loop, I started the  odometer on the car to see how much further I would need to add to the ride if I went all the way to Greenport from the house.  It would add an extra 23 miles for each leg so that would make it 100 mile bike ride.  I might try that later in the year.

There were no public bathrooms when we got to Mattituck so we had to cross our legs until we got to Greenport! 😛

We went along Middle Road which goes by Secret Beach, a place we have both dive a lot but is now unfortunately closed for scuba diving whilst the town/village of Southold wonder how to control access.  We passed by many farms and vineyards though there were more vineyards on the way back.  Alma just had to get off her bike and try one of the white grapes.  I had my camera bag on my chest but I had forgotten to clip on the back strap and the bag was getting in the way of pedalling.  I tried to put on the strap as I cycled but I failed – I had to stop.  Alma was waiting for me further up the road.  It was nice having the camera there though I didn’t stop to take photos except on the way back.

We had lunch at Greenport and then we came back on Rt. 25.  This went through the villages and there was more pretty houses to look at and even less stops.  There were a few inclines, molehills really and the biggest was a bridge going over the railroad track.

Alma seemed to enjoy herself.  We had put on 26 miles for the complete trip and I came in at over a 4.0 pace.  I checked when else I had done a 4.0 pace.  The last time was on the day of the 200k – when it rained like crazy in the morning.  There were not many times.  I joked with Alma that we needed to increase the pace next time.  She gave me the look. 😀

Provisional map for the Englewood 300k brevet

14 August 2010

This is the provisional map for the Englewood 300k brevet we’ll be doing on September 5th.  I hope there aren’t any changes to it!!  The elevation doesn’t look too bad but I guess I will find out once on the route.

Englewood 300k Map

Just “miking” along

14 August 2010

Last weekend I didn’t cycle.  I think it is the first weekend in ages where I haven’t done a ride.  Well, discount the wedding anniversary weekend of course.  I did Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, just the short routes around Lake Ronkonkoma, and got up late on both Thursday and Friday.  So today was a 55 mile ride out to the North Fork and back.  It’s been the fastest 55 mile ride by two minutes but I would still like to break the 3 hour barrier.  I was six minutes over.  Next weekend, perhaps.

It was definitely fresh at 7:30am.  Autumn is on its way.  The sun was noticeably lower down as well.  My bones are beginning to groan at the thought of putting those layers back on.  As it is, I am still in one layer and making the most of it.

There were sections of the road where there have been new bicycle symbols painted in the shoulders.  I had noticed two weeks ago that they had written “BIKE” on the road where they wanted a symbol to go.  This morning I saw two bike symbols very close together and smiled when I saw that one of had the word “Mike” written in white paint.  It was title casing whereas all the others were in uppercase so I think someone just painted the word on the road to see what would happen.  I wish I had thought of it!!  Respect!

Three weeks to go until the 300k.  It is a hilly one put I am not practicing on any hills.  I think keeping the long ride on the weekends is sufficient training.  I don’t think the saddle is going to arrive in time but you never know.

Tomorrow, Alma and I are going to cycle from Mattituck to Greenport where we will have lunch.  It’ll be some more miles but at a slower pace.  I think I may even take the 40D along.

Thirteen month mission – completed

4 August 2010

Well, since I started training for the PBP, I have rarely done the 22 mile circular which takes me around the neighbourhood streets.  There is little scope for fast stretches but there are a few downwards stretches where I can get over 30 mph.  Invariably, two of those stretches require constant pedalling against a westerly wind and one of the stretches, the longest one, produced a red light half way which I was not happy with having to stop.  Today I decided to do that route.  And today I finally broke the record I set last July.  I have not come close since switching to the slower tyres but today I smashed the record by two minutes.

I am going to jump in the pool before dinner but I just wanted to share my joy with everyone who stumbles across this.  It is hot and humid today and my face was caked in salt by the time I got home.

Will write later…