Pedal Another Mile

Bicycling, death, life after death.

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Is Winter Back? and other musings

This weather is just awful. My attempt at 30daysofbiking ended on Friday. 35-45 mph winds and sporadic rain, plus the fact that our screen house in the yard was damaged and needed attention before it was totally destroyed. The winds haven't really dropped, the temps haven't gotten out of the 40s, and it's been pouring like hell. I've decided to not ride any of these days. I wouldn't enjoy a bit of it and I don't want to burn out. So I made it 14 days in a row for April plus the last 5 of March. 19 days in a row ain't bad, even if some of those days were only a mile or two. I rode 262.68 miles in that span.

In other news, I went to Performance last Thursday for a bike fitting, just to see if there was any way to make my rides more comfortable, especially those over 30 miles. A few seat adjustments were made as well as the placement of the cleats. He also recommended a shorter stem. It will most likely help a lot with my neck/shoulder/upper back stiffness and soreness on longer rides. It will also help with my breathing and allow me to use the drops more often. I had to order the part and will hopefully get it put on tomorrow. I hope I'm able to try it out before Iowa ;). Non-bike-fit related, I will most likely be switching to a larger outer chain ring in the near future, which will allow higher speeds downhill. This will make it more like the gearing on a road bike instead of a cross bike, and I'll finally be able to go faster than 29/30 mph :)

Lastly - I'm writing this post from a cool new iPad app called Blogsy, which I spent a few weeks beta testing, and which is now available in the App Store. It's the only real option for blogging on the iPad and I like it quite a bit.

Last minute metric, anyone?

Well, it appears I am going to try to do the 62 mile route at the Starved Rock Cycling Club's annual Pumpkin Pie ride tomorrow. I'm a little concerned for a few reasons. First, I have not been cycling anywhere near as much as I had been. September has been a crazy month and I've been lucky to get out once a week. Second, I haven't prepared for a longer ride all week. No hydrating, no carb loading, no 8 or 9 hours of sleep. Lastly, the bottom dropped out of our mild weather. Tomorrow morning is looking to be starting off in the mid-30s getting to mid-50s and with 10-15mph winds from the NE. While I am not sure of the route, I imagine it will start out heading west, meaning the second half will be into the wind. Luckily, I got to use my $50 coupon at Performance Bike Shop tonight. I picked up a helmet liner that covers my ears, leg warmers, and a light-mid weight windbreaker. So I should be ok temperature-wise at least.

And since this is a supported ride, with SAG wagons, rest stops, and the route being well marked, I don't have to worry about hanging on to a pace line that's going too fast. I'll just let them drop me :D

Wish me luck. Recap tomorrow.