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Long Hill Climb

July 31, 2011

Did a 13 mile route from the house that took me immediately into a 400+ foot descent for a mile, then a relatively flat section. This was nice for warming up the legs. After that I re-ascended the hill on a nice steady Cat 5 climb. It’s a 400+ foot climb over two miles with no overwhelming steep portions (like the other options around here).

This one hit me more from a cardio standpoint than a lactic buildup standpoint. This is the first steep climb I’ve attempted since I’ve been at almost zero carbs for the past 3 days. I guess it’s possible to put out some effort on ketones… LOL. Heart rate recovery was pretty quick, but legs still feel like they did something this evening.

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Some Hill Practice after a Nice Warmup

July 24, 2011

Went out and practiced on a hill that has intimidated me a bit.  Need to keep practicing though.  Did the Hill while doing an Intermittent Fast, so I was okay with the results.

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Getting My Butt Use to the Saddle Again

July 24, 2011

Did a relatively easy 10 mile ride up on the plateau just to get a bit of  time in the saddle.  Nice way to learn some of the subdivisions in the area too.

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30 Miles on the Little Miami Trail July 17

July 17, 2011

This is something that we missed out on last year…. riding any significant distance on the trail during summer.  We were just too darn busy remodeling our house we bought.

We started the ride in Newtown and headed to Loveland, turned around and headed back to the vehicle.  I’d put new Marathon Schwalbe Supreme tires on both our bikes….. 32mm on hers, and 42mm on mine.  I’d given her new tubes and re-used my old ones.  Unfortunately, I think I pinched my rear tube and it had a slow leak.  Didn’t realize it until I’d gotten to the park.  Too late… didn’t have the pump with me, so I rode with it low (had inflated it a couple of days prior).  The extra drag from a lowish tire is a real drag.  I honestly thought something was wrong with my bike… even had it checked out at the bike shop.  They pointed out what should have been obvious to me… that a low big tire causes a hellava lot more drag than a pumped up smaller tire… hence why Penny was able to dust me pretty handily.

 

After I got the bike checked out (great bill of health), I changed the tubes and also put my 37mm Conti Contacts back on for the hill practice I want to do around the house.  The less rolling resistance I can get the better for  climbing until I get the legs/lungs built up for it.  Even with the tire issue, it was fun to get out together and ride!

 

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Light Road Riding around East Fork State Park

July 10, 2011

Penny and I loaded up our bikes on the bike rack of our Honda Accord around 7pm Sunday, and went out to East Fork State Park to ride around, and also scope out some low traffic roads that we can ride together in the future.

The “highlight” was the 100 ft drop in elevation from the top of the plateau to the boat ramp and then a climb back up.  Penny powered up it, but I tend to “hamster wheel” it in low gear.  My cardio endurance seems better than my strength endurance although neither are all that great.  It was a nice 8 mile ride though.  I expect we’ll be doing more of the roads around the State Park the next time, if we start earlier before sunset.

 

The new bike rack that we purchased is a Saris.  I noticed that the straps were loose when we got home.  I probably didn’t tighten them down enough, and the weight of two Surly LHT bikes probably caused a lot of twisting and pulling.  Took the rack off until the next time I need it so it wouldn’t fly off on my trip to work.  Will keep tinkering with it until I figure it out.  Otherwise, it seemed to hold the bikes very solid for the 15 mile round trip from home to the park and back.

 

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Lots of Walking

June 16, 2011

Lots of Walking.

Walked over 113 blocks in Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine neighbor, part of which was touring the historic brewing district, going up to the top floor of old brew buildings, then down a couple of levels into the cellar.

http://www.otrbrewerydistrict.org/

 

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Testing Driving A New Brooks Flyer Saddle

April 10, 2010

I got a nice Brooks saddle off ebay, and Penny gave it a 15 mile test ride while I tweaked the adjustments. Plan B was to put it on my mountain bike… I don’t think she’s going to give it up though…. LOL… Now she has a shiny black Brooks Flyer saddle and she was loving the springs when riding over the bumps.

Absolutely gorgeous day for a ride.  Outbound, we intentionally kept the speed below 10mph and gawked around at the scenery.  We even got passed by a Dad with two kids on their own bikes…. I tried to convince Penny that it was absolutely empowering to not react to that and lay the hammer down…. LOL.

We turned around in Morrow, but not before I tweaked the nose down on Penny’s new seat.  She immediately felt the positive effect of that change.

On the way back we started off relatively slowly, and at one of the stop signs got passed by three guys on mountain bikes, one of them with full suspension and large knobby tires, no less!  I commented to Penny that the guy with the full suspension was expending lots of energy.  Sure enough, he dropped back to the point where we were nearly drafting off of him.  I felt kinda bad because we were hardly putting any effort into it at all despite having our heavy steel touring bikes.  We kept creeping up on him and finally I told Penny to drop in behind me as I decided to pick ‘em up and put ‘em down.  We quickly passed all three and Penny caught the “speed fever” and bumped our speed to almost  18mph…. nice cruising speed, but not sustainable for our unseasoned legs.  Despite that, by the time we reached South Lebanon and looked back, the 3 guys on MTB’s were no where to be seen.  I could tell she enjoyed that! :)

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