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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More Springtime in New England!

Yesterday it was only in the we bumped up against 80...summertime conditions!!

I'm hoping to do regular Tuesday and Thursday weekday rides this year, so a longish ride was in order. First ride of the season in shorts (without knee warmers) and short sleeves.

26.4 miles @ 15.3 mph. I'm happy with my progress so far.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Springtime in New England

A dose of cold...a dash of Spring. That describes the contrasting conditions on my last two rides. Thursday's ride was frigid for April...the temperature was 50 but the wind was blowing a steady 25 mph from the northwest with gusts to 40 mph. It's tough to get out in these conditions but it always feels great at the end of the ride when you know the training benefits of riding in the stiff wind will pay off later. On Friday there was a quick turnaround in weather conditions as the temperature rose to near 60 and the wind retreated, making for a very nice 21 mile ride.

I'm pretty happy with my last four weeks of riding. The rides have been short but that's by design and it's still early in the season. More importantly, I'm happier with my weight loss of 5 pounds over the same time period because it's due more to eating better than piling up the cycling miles. If I can keep the diet on track, the pounds will melt away easily when the miles start piling up. But that's the rub, as my track record is one of using cycling as an excuse to eat more!

My weekly stats are updated on the side-bar to the right.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Another Week...

...another series of rides to build on. Four rides last week...four short, WINDY rides in tight fitting cycling clothes. Part of my motivation to keep riding is to get these clothes to fit normally again! So in that regard, the wind is my friend...because the wind is my training partner (with thanks to A Midnight Rider). Can I keep this going? That is the all important question.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Some folks write about epic training rides and personal bests...others wax poetic about all things velo. My post today is to report on a modest accomplishment; namely, back to back weekend bike rides. No stats...just two short rides to build on. Felt good to be rolling on two wheels again.