Archive for the ‘Casual Cycling’ Category

Namaste for me and one for you

13 October 2011

Finally, after years of neglect, I got the not so old Specialized out for the short ride to Yoga. Of course it was raining out, and dark, so I had to prepare for that. And the tyres were a little bit soft. Could I find the connectors for my two rear side lights? Nope. Could not. I don’t know where they are. I found one broken one but it was of no use. That meant I had to put the big pannier on the back as that has the remaining light tied on. Then I had to thread the wiring for the dynamo light and with my fingers still not fully recovered from France, that was fiddly. I even had to go upstairs for my glasses so I could see the connector for the wire. Getting old really sucks!!

Finally I was ready to set off. This was my first exercise since the diet started Wednesday last week. Getting in shape for a triathlon next year so need to get down to a running weight which is a lot less than my cycling weight. Once half the weight has gone then I’ll start running a couple of times a week.

So, back on the bike. This was my second time out on the bike since France. I have done CTS a number of times but the bike is stationary and I don’t have to worry about my balance. Going down our street, I felt the fact that I hadn’t been on the road in a while with the darkness only highlighting the unfamiliarity. The legs took some time to get going and the diet, with its 1,000 calories per day max, made the legs feel heavy. However, I was soon back in the swing of things, if not exactly breaking any speed records.

Yoga was delicious. It was good to be back on the mat which had been rolled up and tied up with the belt ever since I got back from the last session in May. The stretches felt really, really good. My body needed them. More yoga!!

Coming back I have always gone more slowly than when I am going to yoga. It seems like my legs are still in namaste and don’t want to do any more work. Tough! They need to get me home.

I have missed cycling and will be climbing back on board again soon.

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The Yoga Thursday Run

24 March 2011

Thursdays are yoga days. When Alma doesn’t go, I cycle there. It is only ten minutes to get there so not too challenging on the old legs. The yoga feels wonderful and when those hamstrings are stretched, it is the most delicious of things. This Thursday coincided with a CTS training day. I haven’t blogged about them yet (I will) but during yoga, it was great to feel all the heaviness of the legs being drained. It was like turning on a tap. However, coming back along Townline, I was thinking of going out again in the morning but the further I went along Townline, I felt the energy in my legs disappear and reverted back to the idea of two days rest now. Next ride on Sunday and I have to change my schedule to incorporate the twice weekly CTS. With the first brevet next wekeend, I may only do one CTS next week. I’ll see how I am on the Sunday ride to see how I will be the following week.

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. 😀