First real ride this year. Took a few rides on the magtrainer from Michael during Jan and Feb, but not enough to matter. Was quite warm, lots of flowers blooming. Went out WRD, up the hill toward Presidential and then around richville and back to Manayunk. Need to get Alina out there, as it gets lonely by myself. Also, hard to motivate to actually get started. Bike pump hose broke just after I filled the tires... Called Blackburn, and they said they'll send another.
A loose interval at the reservoir. 4 sets of 4 minutes at high, but not peak speed, and three of rest between. The last one was 4 minutes rest, and fell apart after about 2.5 minutes... Looks like I need to build some cardio strength. Nice day for a ride, though: flowers, and saw a woodpecker on a telephone pole. Also, Blackburn just sent a completely new floor pump, instead of sending a replacement part. It's very slick. Go Blackburn! And Alina was just leaving for a ride when I got back. She just needs to build back confidence.
Up to Chestnut Hill (I think?), and around up there and back down Ridge Avenue. I really need to do hill work and sprinting work, because my anerobic system is shot. Also, all that mountain biking really came in handy: I had to bunnyhop over a section of bad road on Ridge Av., heading back to Falls Bridge. And there appears to be construction just about everywhere... Three pullups (two forward, one back) were all I could (barely!) manage.
Ugh. Went out past Chestnut Hill almost to 276, and then wandered back past Bruno's and then on the path. By the time I got to the path, ~1:15, I was absolutely beat. The hills before Manayunk were horrid, and I barely kept it together on WRD. Apparently I really need to do aerobic work too... Also: I was so dirty. A two hour ride, and I feel like I took a dirt bath.
Ugh: wind was strong, I was weak. First three runs were fairly consistent, but the final was again very slow. I should probably be doing this twice a week. I'm sure I'm not ready for hill workouts yet. At least the weather was nice excepting the wind. And I haven't been having much of an alergic reaction at all this year. Danny's been getting it bad, so I don't know what's going on with that.
Speedometer wasn't working after I left the building, but it suddenly worked when I got home. I blame the elevator. It's sad too, because this felt like a fairly fast ride, especially on the way back on WRD. Hill Intervals were up Chamounix Drive and were fairly consistent, though the rest time varied a bit.
Was going to meet Alina out on WRD, but didn't see here anywhere. Either we were both blind, or she was lot faster than we both thought in getting to the trail and going out and back. We'd argued last night, so the parting wasn't very smooth this morning. I ended up going through Manayunk, across the bridge and immediately right and up into the steep hills. So it was a good hill workout, but very cold. My hands were unhappy.
Rode out to Ardmore, via a very circuitous route with the C group ride. Had two donuts there, then headed back on my own. Only problem is, I ended up on Haverford, which you can't get off of to the North. So I came through town on Lancaster and Landsdowne(?) and then back on WRD. Riding with C group isn't a lot of fun: it's just not fast enough for me, so I end up bouncing between the front and back, checking traffic and making sure everyone is together. Need to do a B ride maybe... Also, the speedometer quit on the way back. Maybe a loose connection, or battery is dying?
Rode with Alina to Chamounix drive where we went back and forth from the stables to the Mann a few times. She followed me on the straight parts, as I want her to trust riding behind me more. I came back on WRD, while she came back through town.
Rode with Alina again to Narberth for cakes, then to Manayunk to see if Cadence had anything interesting. On the way, I did the wall once in 2:50, from the cobbles to the turn at the top. Not bad. At Cadence, Alina got a new Cateye computer, I got some windproof winter gloves ($50->$20!). Then, since the weather was nice, we went off to the trail. But Alina decided she was too tired to go all the way to Conshohoken and back up Conshohoken Road, so we turned off and headed up towards Ridge Ave. She had to walk the first big hill, but did ok after that. We wandered around in Roxborough and eventually came back on WRD. Alina now prefers to go through town via ~42nd st, instead of WRD.
Was going to ride with the B group at noon, but left late and got to the art museum after they'd left. I tried giving chase, and I was probably only a couple minutes behind past the Mann, but I didn't know where they'd gone, so I couldn't really follow. Ended up going all the way out to 422/222/76 intersection, and ended up (briefly) on the West Chester Trail. It ended just after I got on it. Came back on S. Gulph Road, to Conshohoken and then the trail. Was pretty beat at the end, but I'd pushed it very hard for the first hour. Also, did a lot of hills.
First ride since getting back from KPNO, where I jogged ~25 minutes each evening. It's quite hot here now, so I finished all the water well before the end of the ride, and still was thirsty. Wandered around in the Chestnut Hill area, and was again reminded that it is hard to get across Wissahickon park from north to south. Ended up backtracking quite a bit.
Took a late morning ride with Alina. She wasn't in a good mood, didn't enjoy it and dragged (she's got a speedometer now, so I know she's going slower than she does on group rides). I was pretty upset, and came back on WRD riding very hard, >35 km/h most of the way.
Hill intervals at Chamounix Drive. Times were pretty consistent at about 1:50 to get up, though the last one was a bit slower, and hurt. Didn't feel too sore when I got home though, which was nice. It was somewhat dusty at the top from the people riding horses, and there were quite a few people headed to the Hostel.
Speedometer stopped working again during the ride. Was going to go out towards Ridley Creek St. Park, but ended up just looping down and around to Hollow Road and back. Rear tire went flat just coming into Manayunk, and I patched it at Cadence. Don't know what caused it, as there wasn't anything in the tire. Did the wall once, on roughly the same route as the Wall Climb: 2 minutes 45 seconds, including avoiding a tow-truck coming down and a car at the beginning trying to turn. Not too bad, but not great either. Alina got caught in trolly tracks at 40th and Lancaster yesterday, and took a spill. She's ok, except for her elbow and leg which left some bits on the road.
Hill intervals at Chamounix drive again. Felt a bit slow, and was ~10s slower than last week. Quite a few folks playing softball and frizbee up on the hill. On the way back, just as I got to the light at WRD, a paceline shot past. I chased them all the way to the bridge at ~42km/h, going solo! I felt pretty good to be able to keep up. They were the 6pm fountain B+ ride, which I should try in a couple weeks when we get back from New Haven.
Nice long ride out somewhere north of town, starting roughly in the direction I go towards Ridley Creek St. Park, but then wandering north somewhere. I just took a bunch of turns, and eventually ended up at the river on Hollow Rd./River Rd. Climbed up that and came back through Manayunk, including doing the wall in ~3 minutes bottom to top. I blame the weather: it was extremely humid and unpleasant. The ride felt very good though, and ended up being quite fast, even though there were a lot of hills.
Speedometer crapped out on me again. Was doing imitation criteriums at Memorial hall, first two were one loop, second two were two loops, one loop recovery between each. It hurt, and probably wasn't the safest thing to do. Maybe try it on a weekend when it isn't so busy there.
Did the "B" ride at 6pm from the Fountain. At the beginning I felt it was slow, but the pace kept picking up, until I was only sort of hanging on at the end. But I did alright, mostly staying in the middle of the pack: I gained a bit of speed going up hill, and lost more going down or on the flats after it separated. It was fun, though. There were a couple of people who were a bit too competitive and didn't seem to pay attention when the group ahead stopped for cars. Someone flatted in Manyunk, but I wanted to get back, so I rode the drive on my own. Ended up getting to the bridge about 30 seconds before the group, even after they waited for the flat to be fixed!
Warmed up by going down WRD and up Presidental and then wandering around that area near Hwy 1 for ~45 minutes. Got back to the art museum after about an hour, and started the TT at exactly 1 hour. I couldn't keep my speed very steady: I was in 3x4 or 3x5, but neither quite fit: 3x4 was a little two slow to make good time, but 3x5 was two low of a cadence (~88) at the speed I could reasonably hold (~33-34km/h). Need to work on keeping it steady, and not wobbling when I'm trying to push.
Dad was here this past week visiting. Good to see him, but I wish I had more time to show him around. This ride was rather late in the day, so I just did a short interval at Chamounix drive, and one last climb after crossing the bridge back to the reservoir. Felt pretty good: the times were fairly consistent, though the last one hurt quite a lot.
A pseudo time trial after warming up on WRD. They had started closing the gate when I got there, so I only did the TT from the gate to Falls bridge and back. Kept a slightly more steady pace than the last time, but I still need to find a pace and stick with it.
Long intervals up at the reservoir. I don't think I pushed as hard as I could have: I still had some energy left at the end. Also, I need to do the sprints for 20s, as the 15s ones barely gave me enough time to get up to speed. Speedometer was again on the fritz, and didn't record my trip up Lemon Hill. I'm now pretty convinced that it is due to a damaged wire at the top of the cable, near the mount. If I wiggle that cable around, it will usually report amazingly fast speeds.
Met the Sturdy Girls at the Fountain, but Monday is the Women's only ride, so I had to go off on my own. I partially duplicated the route the the Thursday ride takes, but turned off early, and came back through Manayunk. Did the wall in 2:45 from the cobbles to the turn at the top. The time was ~2:20 from the cobbles to the Wall Climb finish line, which isn't too bad. Ride felt good in general, but I should have brought two water bottles.
Wow. I'm a better hill climber than I thought: was stayed near the front of the group for most of the ride (B group from the fountain), and often passed people. Specifically, the same people who had gone flying past me on the downhills. That's always comforting. There was a sturdy girl and several other women on the ride, which was nice to see. Also, after tailing Lee (guy with the bright yellow bike) on the trail from Conshohoken, I ended up losing them on the hills into Manayunk without knowing it (there was an older guy staying on my wheel up the hills, so I thought everyone else was there too!). And then when I got into Manayunk, there was a big group of riders so I thought I'd caught the front group. Turns out, it was part of the A ride (only learned that after it was all over!), and coming back on WRD was ~42-44km/h the whole way. I couldn't really hang on until a police car passed us and everyone had to slow down. Then, once I'd caught the group, I hung on just fine. Also, I may well have gotten up to 70 km/h on that long hill, but the speedometer had glitched earlier. However fast it was, it was a bit too fast for me. I felt a little shimmy, but I don't know if it was my unsteady arms, or the fork or something else.
First ride since returning from New Haven/Chicago/New Haven. Felt pretty good. Left late in the day, so had to keep it short. Went out past the reservoir, up to Chamounix drive, down past the Mann Center, and then essentially the reverse of my other rides, going down Presidential hill and then back on WRD. Kept the speed up around 32-33 km/h on WRD, though I still wasn't very steady. On fast downhills, it feels like the back end of the bike is wishy-washy. Bad bearings, or just need a new tire?
Was going to do intervals, but started too late, and it was getting dark. Also, I needed to pee. Poor planning all around, really. Made it through two hill climbs by Chamounix drive, and then came home.
I needed to buy a phone. Obviously, the best place to buy a phone is from someone on Craigslist. Who lives in West Chester... I planned out a decent route, though my execution of the plan wasn't so hot. Also, the fact that I needed to replace my rear tire (slash in the sidewall with tube poking out! Probably explains the recent flats) by going to Trophy Bikes as soon as they opened and doing the fix there, didn't help. But, I made it to "Duffer's" pub on Rt. 352 in about 1:45, not counting stops, though that was later than we agreed to meet (but they were late too, so it was ok). Then went back to Ridley Creek Park and laid in the grass eating granola bars and listening to Car Talk on the N800. Rest of the way back hurt a lot, because I started to cramp up, and there were more hills, as I took a different route. But overall, it's a good ride, and I should do it again for a picnic. Note: Gradyville Road is very, very hilly.
Hill intervals at Chamounix drive. Felt slow, and it was a bit, considering I had trouble keeping it under 2 minutes per. I was consistent throughout, so that wasn't a problem, but it still felt wobbly on the fast downhill.
Attempted a hill interval at Chamounix Drive, but only completed two of them before I gave up. Just couldn't handle it. I think I need to get myself back into working condition to be able to do hill intervals.
Did some pseudo intervals out by the reservoir. It was dark, so I stopped earlier than I'd have liked, but they weren't particularly fast either. Need to do more of these, more consistently.
Took a meandering ride out past Chamounix Drive, across Hwy 1 barely into richville and then back. Tried to keep the tempo up, but it was difficult. If I can even get in a bunch of one hour rides like this, it will make a big difference, I think.
Another usual meander. Out to Marion and around some roads, up and down hills, and down the hill that the Thursday ride went up. Tried to keep the speed up, but it was hard to maintain. Definitely feel weak.
A simple ride up to Lower Marion and back, via the usual meandering route. I really need to acquire some full tights: my bits were cold. Also, for the record, odometer is at 12192 km, as the batteries appear to be wearing out on the speedometer.