Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Colder weather

46° F. It's a little cold outside for biking.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Charles does intervals!

Here we are, first week of November, and it is 66°F out! It was so nice, I wore summer clothes!

Anyways, today I decided to start ramping up the intensity of the rides to get us in shape for...winter. Uh, yeah, anyways, so we did mile intervals. The first and third intervals math out at just under 17 mph; the middle one was 17.56 mph ave.

Not bad for a start.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

64°F? I'll take it!

It was a beautiful sunny fall day here in central Indiana! Charles passed his PT test last Thursday with 10 minutes to spare!

Now we can do some serious training.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Another ride with Charles

This is Charles' last ride before his bike PT test on Thursday. After that, I'm going to start pushing him faster!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fall is here!

A little windy, a little cool (63°F), and a little spitting of rain.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

It's summer again!!

64°F is close enough for me! Short sleeves, short bike shorts, short socks! Summer gear!

As you can see, I didn't have Charles the boat anchor along for this ride, so I was able to drop the hammer and get it done. Whatever "it" was, anyways.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I bike the cold

Well, it wasn't that cold - 54°F. I wore fingered gloves, long sleeve shirt, windbreak shell, shorts, and a head band. The long sleeve shirt was a little much as a short sleeve one would do with the shell. Also, my hands got a touch warm and my feet a little cold, so I might double up on the socks next time.

This is part of the mini-game in biking in cooler weather - I try to manage my various clothing options to keep optimum temperature for all my body parts. It's a work in progress, however, I do have a running chart that I can work off of:

Of course, the chest and hands slots will be modified to account for the self generated wind chill, but it's a start.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bike with Charles...again

We tried to keep up a good pace through 6.2 miles so Charles could see how his PT test might go. We did a pretty good job - made it in 24:24, and he only needs better than 28ish to pass.

Monday, October 24, 2016

1.5 miles alone

The first 10.5 miles were with Charles, then I decided to burn a lap. And my legs were burning!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Out for a Sunday ride

At least it was faster than yesterday. It was 70°F and sunny. Perfect!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Charles gets faster

Sure, it was longer than yesterday, but it was also faster! We didn't have an awful headwind while going south this time; that helped a lot!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Alone, accompanied, alone

I didn't break it out, but you can see at the link:

I rode the first six miles by myself waiting for Charles, then we did 7.5 miles together and finally, I did a lap by myself again. There was a fierce south wind, so heading out was slogville, population me and Charles, but coming back, we felt like Superman! So, I guess it was worth it...until the wind hit us in the face at the turn headed south.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sloggin' it around the neighborhood

Mostly did the 1.5 mile lap, but added in some other laps just for variety.

Nice and cool out, I was glad I wore a long sleeve shirt instead of a short sleeve one. It was about 55°F.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Charles' second ride of the season

We meant to go longer, but Charles had to cut it short to take care of something at home.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bike with Brandy

Just a couple of lazy miles around the neighborhood. Too bad I wasn't motivated like this in the spring; Brandy would have been much faster.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bike with Brandy

Forgot to post this one on Sunday.

Friday, October 7, 2016

A ladder of sorts

If you look at the workout:

you'll see that each mile was faster with the fifth mile being the fastest. I did the last four miles at an easy pace.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Bike with Charles

I went on this ride with my neighbor Charles. I found out on the ride that this was his first of the year. So...we went a little slower and shorter than I planned, but it's all good. I had a good time on a nice relaxing ride on a very nice day!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bike with Mike

Almost 400 feet of elevation change. That'll put some strain on your legs if you're used to less than 100 ft/ride.

Here's the map:

It was a nice crisp morning when Mike and I set out. From the parking lot, it was a steady downhill ride until we got to Geist reservoir, then there were some up and down hills, with flat respites. We turned around just before 9 miles and retraced our ride a bit slower coming back.

This ride puts me at 76.42 miles for the week, an increase of 14.55 miles or 23.52%.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Nice relaxing 20 mile ride

After those intervals yesterday, this is exactly what I needed. No pushing for time or trying to maintain a set speed; just ride.

and dodge traffic.

and get home before the thunderstorm hits.

Tomorrow, I'm going to hit a ride up north with a co-worker, weather permitting. We're only going 8-12 miles, but I think there'll be hills involved.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cycling Intervals

So, I found a nice 1.5 mile loop that starts and ends at my house. I rode it the other day, so you all should be familiar with it.

Today, I rode with Brandy for the first loop, then I took advantage of her stopping for a jacket to do my first interval. I forgot to hit the watch to segment it off, so I had to look at the graph and figure it out.

The next segment, I rode with Brandy. Then, she was done, and I took off on my second interval. I remembered to hit the watch. You can see the rest of the workout above.

I added a new feature to my chart: MPH for the intervals. I hope to see that inching higher as I get more miles in.

EDIT: As usual, I forgot the link: