Archive for January 2009

No Riding for a while….sort of

January 27, 2009

Well, this morning we woke up to this nonsense…..

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The backyard

The intention was for Pam and I to go work out, then I would drop her off at work and pick her up later.  While we were working out, they decided to close Pam’s office for the day since the ice and sleet was still coming down with a vengance, so I took the day off as well. 

It’s not riding a bike, but it’s a way to get out of the house!

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Libby and Jeremy

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My Sweetheart Pam

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Pam and me....who's steering?

Hopefully this stuff won’t hang around for long…..

God bless…

TW

The big bonk (almost)

January 23, 2009

“In endurance sports, particularly cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk describes the condition when an athlete suddenly loses energy and becomes fatigued, the result of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles becoming depleted.”

                                                                                                                                    Wikipedia

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Luckily, that's not me.

 

I’m not quite sure what caused it, but I came real close to bonking this morning.  After I ran, I noticed I was very hungry, but since I don’t usually eat before riding to work (I have breakfast after I shower), I didn’t think anything of it.  I was fine most of the way to the office, but as I pedaled up St. Louis Street, I realized I was failing fast!  At that point, there’s nothing else to do except adjust my expectations, slow down, and limp on to work.

In retrospect, my food intake last night was pretty normal, but didn’t include much in the way of carbs.  I had my usual cup of yogurt as an evening snack, but I’m thinking those were about the only carbs I had since lunchtime yesterday, so I’m guessing that was the cause.  I would have wondered if it could have been due to the cold weather, but since today was a little warmer I’m not so sure.

I really did bonk hard a couple of times last summer while riding the tandem with Pam, and it’s not a pretty situation.  Both of those times I realized that I hadn’t eaten enough while riding on hot days.  Today wasn’t nearly that bad, but I definitely ran out of gas!

Other than that, this morning was somewhat warmer than yesterday morning, but the weather is supposed to turn for the worse this afternoon or evening.  I’m hoping to use the cold, nasty weekend to try and get a handle on the bike trip(s) I want to make this year. 

God bless…

TW

Another cold morning….Thursday’s belated post

January 23, 2009

I guess I should expect this in January!  It was 22 degrees again when I left for work. 

I would not normally have ridden today, except that with the forecast of warmer weather through the remainder of the week, I parked my truck up on Battlefield with a For Sale sign on it in hopes of getting a nibble this week.  Since doing so, however, I’ve received a call from the repair shop that the rebuild of the Jeep won’t be finished this week as planned so if that truck sells I  may be commuting by bike part or all of next week whether I want to or not!

The sunrise this morning was pretty, but just evoked impressions of a cold morning.  I wished I had brought my camera, but it would have been a real pain to get my hands out of  the lobster mitts to take a picture.

I saw two commuters on the way to work this morning.  The first kind of aggreavated me….he was coming toward me on Barnes, then just as he got close, cut across my lane to get on the sidewalk facing traffic.  I actually had to slow down as he cut in front of me to keep from hitting him, so rather than waving or speaking to him, I just kind of nodded.

The second was the lady I saw yesterday on Trafficway.  I waved to her again this morning, but she just kept on pedaling.  I think it’s the same one that I saw quite frequently last summer who never would return a wave, but I’m not sure.

By lunchtime, it had warmed to the mid-50′s so I decided to walk down to Founders Park.  On the way, the runners at work passed me and couldn’t resist razzing me for riding my bike when it was cold and walking when it was warm.  I had to admit that it seemed like they had a point, but I was content at that point to walk. 

As I headed back to the office, I was thinking about that and realized that this winter is the first where I haven’t had a tendency to overtrain.  I think that’s been beneficial, in that my body isn’t aching and complaining nearly as much as it has in the past and I feel like I’m in just about as good a physical condition as ever.

The ride home was uneventful.  The one thing that I did note was a ton of walkers and bikers in and around the Fremont Street area.  You normally see a lot of traffic around MSU, but today everybody in the neighborhoods seemed to be out and about because of the great weather.  How about you?  Were you able to enjoy it as well?

God bless…

TW

Observations from a cold morning

January 21, 2009

1)  At 22 degrees, the cold air hitting your lungs as you run feels like a knife until your body gets warmed up.

2)  I know the days are slowly getting longer, but running in the pre-dawn darkness is getting old.  I long for daylight!

3)  It takes twice as long to get ready to ride to work at this temperature.  Two pairs of tights, three shirts, two pairs of booties, two pairs of gloves and two head covers.  Is it any wonder?

4)  With my ears so tightly bound to keep out the cold, riding to work is peaceful and quiet.  I can hear myself breathing, and only hear traffic noise as cars pass. 

5)  The cardinal I heard this morning was certainly happy and loud.

6)  I know I ride through some areas of town that aren’t the most affluent, but come on kids…you don’t look very bright standing in the cold waiting for your school bus in just a hoodie.  Put your heavy coat on!

7)  The frost on the grass and trees certainly sparkles when the rising sun catches it just right, but it does make it look cold out!

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Frosty!

8)  I am continually amazed that nearly every morning I see somebody driving down the road with frost covering their windows, and only a little peeky-hole cleared in front of their nose to see out of.  I know it’s cold out there, and I know their defroster will eventually clear the windows, but come on.  I want you to see me!  Take the time to be safe!

9)  The smell of that fireplace burning good old oak firewood this morning was great!

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Ahhhh. Smell that smoke!

10)  I saw my first bike commuter in a while this morning on St. Louis Street.   I think it was a lady, but it was kind of hard to tell.  She was bundled up in what looked like a bulky snow-mobile suit, with her helmet perched kind of sideways on top of a sock hat. 

11)  Zippers leak cold air!  In this case, it was on the back of my calfs.

12)  I saw another commuter (or utility rider) after work.  This one was an older gentleman with wire baskets on the back, with a couple of bags and a 1′ x 2′ piece of plywood in them.

13)  I surprised the flagman directing traffic at Catalpa and Eastgate this evening by thanking him as I went through.  I like the fact that you can be very up close and personal with folks while riding a bike.

14)  The good news is that we’ve got a three day warm-up coming!

God bless…

TW

Not cycling related…but please read

January 20, 2009

As much as I love riding a bike, there are a lot of things in life that are much more important.   I don’t think I can put it in words more eloquently than this post by the Fat Cyclist.

God bless….

TW


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