Posts Tagged ‘Bike’

The Countdown

This Saturday I am going to attempt to ride my first Century ride (102 miles on the bike). To date, my longest ride has been around 2 1/2 hours and a century will take over 6. I may be a little under trained for this one, but here is my plan.

  1. George and I plan to keep our heart rates between 130 and 150. By staying in that range there is a good chance we could ride all day! Or at least until our butts start to hurt.
  2. Stay hydrated and use endurolytes. I have discovered these little pills lately and they are amazing! I get a dose of endurolytes before the ride and go into the ride ready, instead of trying to catch up during the ride.
  3. I am riding every day this week and Friday will be my rest day. I just got my bike fit last week so I need to get my body used to the geometry. Yesterday, I rode about and hour and a half and felt really good. Today I plan to ride over my Griffith Park, Wednesday is the PTC brick and Thursday I plan to do a ride.
  4. In order to keep up the above schedule, I am going to use my Compex (muscle stim) to help me recover each day. Last night I spent about and hour hitting my quads, legs and lower back and today I feel really good. I am hoping that the Compex will allow me to recover really fast day over day and I can increase strength on the bike.

What it comes down to is that I am basically going to train for a century ride in 5 days, wise? No…but if it works…it would be kind of cool 😀

So yesterday I did an 1:36:31 ride and went 20.22 miles, here is the link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/43011510

There was some good climbing involved and I felt really good overall. There was some tension in my neck and shoulders, but that is from me not using my core.

In all of this I also plan to keep up my nutrition. So no alcohol for the rest of the week and only good, healthy meals! I might even start taking my vitamins again…

I also replaced the crank on my bike, I have actually replaced a lot f stuff, but the most recent was my crank. My new bike came with a standard double, so I actually got myself a compact crank I really like it.

So now I have a 10 speed on the back and my compact crank which gives me all the gears I need. The ones to get me up the hills and the ones to let me crank down the hills. Curious as to what else I bought my new bike? Well, I got a new bottom bracket to match the Shimano crank (they need to be compatible), a new cassette, and a new seat post (zero setback).  I swapped out my stem from my previous bike and I plan on getting new pedals…mostly because the ones I have now are starting to really show their wear.

I also have to say that I really like this bike, yesterday I was coming down a pretty technical road and I was able to take the turns much tighter and it felt really good. It is also a lot lighter than my old bike, so it makes it a bit easier to get up those big hills.

What I like to say is that my bike is top of the line, like 5 years ago….which I am okay with 🙂

By the way, we are doing the Marin Century…I am thinking this one will be a gorgeous one to do.

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Sharrows In Glendale!

What is a sharrow you might ask?

It's the picture of the bike on the ground....

A sharrow is in between a bike lane and having nothing on the road to indicate cyclists might be using the paved road as well. Recently, the GREAT (insert slight sarcasm) city of Glendale California, has added these little items. Here is a link to the article on the Glendale News Press: http://www.glendalenewspress.com/articles/2009/12/16/publicsafety/gnp-sharrows121709.txt

The article is written by possibly the worst writer for a news paper that exists, but it gets the idea across.

Glendale also added a really nice bike lane to Glenoaks Ave. about a year ago, so the city is trying to do a lot for cyclists. It also helps when you have someone really pushing for cyclists rights, which we do. I have lived in this little city all my life, and I like it. I am also not one to have extreme changes in my life. The only time I have lived away from Glendale was when I was in college and spent 2 years in Downtown Los Angeles near USC and 2 years in Brentwood near UCLA. Both cities are okay, but I always get this warm and fuzzy feeling when I drive into Glendale, I know I am home.

Glendale is also notorious for having horrible drivers that do not care about anyone else in the world. I will leave it at that, because if you are a local and have been around Glendale…you know EXACTLY what I am talking about. We actually have the highest rating of pedestrian deaths because people in cars just choose to run over pedestrians instead of stopping to wait for people to cross the street. The motorists are in a hurry, they have the right away, right? (insert more sarcasm)

Will the sharrows help? I am not sure, motorists still don’t want to share the road. Are they a good effort? Absolutely! I prefer to have bike lanes, but something is better than nothing I guess and I am glad that Glendale is taking a step toward being a bike friendly neighborhood.

My Wednesday Evening

Oh, where to start….

I guess I will start when I got off from work yesterday. I had dropped off my bike on MONDAY at Incycle….MONDAY….for a new chain and a slight tune up. Nothing major, just get things working together again. I called in on TUESDAY to see if it might be ready and I was told that it was scheduled to be done WEDNESDAY. So all day yesterday I was waiting for my phone to ring and a voice on the other end to say “your bike it ready!”, but no go…so after work I went over to the shop and ask for my bike. I was all dressed in my cycling gear so they knew that I would be riding. Well, a person (I will not say who it is because I like said person and it is not their fault) started rushing around, found a red Allez and rushed it over to get worked on. So 3 days they have my bike and it just gathers dust…so I walk over and see the bike they are working on….red Allez…white saddle….gray bar tape…no areobars….uhhhh….not my bike…. So I went over to said person and ask how my bike is coming along, said person says “they are working on it” I say “uhm, they ain’t workin on my bike! That’s not my bike” Said person’s jaw drops to ground, I pick it up then said person gets my bike (it was hanging in their back room). Nothing had been done to it….nadda…zilch….zero….So I tell said person, just let me have it so that I can go on my ride tonight and I will bring it back tomorrow. So this has become quite an ordeal and I have to say that it is quite inconvenient…so thank you Incycle…for nothing :-/

So I get to the Rose Bowl and realize…I don’t have my phone…in my rush to get out the door of my office I left my poor little phone on my desk. So now I feel completely NAKED! Oh well, I think I can manage without it for 12 hours…So we get on our bikes and we head out for the laps. Last nights focus was more about the run and less about the bike. So I did one complete lap with the group, then couldn’t breath, and dropped off. I ended up doing 4 laps, 13 miles in 45 minutes. If I can do 12 miles in 45 minutes for the Iron Girl next weekend, I will be SOOOO HAPPY! I used the aerobars and I like them, I need to make a couple of slight adjustments to get used to them so on Sunday George and I are going to go to the river trail  just to do that, get me cozy on the bars! After my 4 laps I pulled into the parking lot and got my running shoes on. George and I weren’t planning on running that far (15 out, 15 back) but ended up doing and hour run because Allen caught up with us to show us the trails, which was so cool! All in all we ran about 5 miles, George and I were pretty pleased with ourselves because we normally don’t run very much. So the work out was really fun and I am glad we pushed ourselves.

Then this morning, I get in my car and realize I don’t have any gas. So I say to myself….well…I have enough to get me to work and then I can fill up out there. Except, I get to Pasadena and realize that my BANK CARD is in the pocket of my pants that I wore last night! DOH! Fortunately, a kind soul has loaned me $10 so now I can get gas, drive my bike over to Incycle, AGAIN, and get home. Thank you kind soul 🙂

Somewhere I left my head, not sure when or where but I would like it back. 

This Saturday I sadly will not be doing the PTC ride, priorities…I have to get my hair done…its been like 5 months! But, I WILL BE GETTING A SCOOTER! That’s right, a SCOOTER! Yesterday I went to the DMV and took my written test for a motorcycle license and I passed and got my permit! You need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter of 150cc or more…which I am getting. It was funny, because after I passed the test I went up to the last window and the lady was surprised I had passed. And I told her “well, I read the book”… and she said that people usually don’t pass and that it is a hard test, mmmm….ok….. Anyway, I am so excited and I am going to get bright red! Now, you may be asking…why a scooter? Because they are cool…and I am too scared to ride a motorcycle and its what they ride in Europe, ok? 

I am pretty sure this is the same scooter, but I will have detailed images of myself on the scooter once I get it 🙂

Brickety Brick

So last night I did a reverse brick…why you ask? Because the Pasadena Triathlon is a REVERSE triathlon and I wanted to get a feel for how it would be going from a run to the bike. 

This was my run:

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Was I drunk? No, I just had to pee…. I knew I wanted to run about 20 min and I knew I had to pee so running around the Rose Bowl wouldn’t be much of an option because that would take me over 30 minutes and there are no potties. So I just started running on this little path and had a general idea where the bathrooms were. On the map, just past mile 1, there are little people…that was the bathroom. I ducked in there, went #1 and then popped back out. Once I got back out I realized I still hadn’t gone for 20 minutes. So I headed up the path a little bit then cut over and down back to my bike. By the time I was done I had gone for 20 minutes! SUCCESS!

I then tried to transition as quickly as possible to my bike gear, but forgot to pull out my shoes before and had to dig in my bag to get them…good one! Within a couple of minutes I was off on my bike. I did three laps around the Rose Bowl and each lap seemed to get more boring! I really am not a big fan of these loops and later realized that for the race I will have to do it a total of 4 times! That sucks! So hopefully there will be some characters out there that will distract me from a view I have seen a ton of times…

When everything was said and done I went home, ate dinner, ate another 1/2 sleeve of thin mints and relaxed for the rest of the night…phew….I actually even got to bed at a decent hour and feel good today.

Nothing scheduled today for a workout, but will do one tomorrow after work. I am also going to go to the Pasadena Triathlon Club’s info session at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center to meet possible new members and let them know that triathlons are fun and that it isn’t as overwhelming as it seems. 

I am feeling better about the triathlon next Saturday, I feel like I can handle it. I really tried to focus on my ChiRunning techniques (mostly posture, haven;t really learned much else at this point) and also focused on where I need to put effort into the ride and where I can relax a little. All part of my race strategy that will hopefully help me on the day of.

My next clue for the SUPER SECRET thing I am doing on Saturday….It involves a mural, Children’s Hospital & Nike!

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