I biked out to Mt. Airy/Germantown for the Scandi dance. The temperature was just above freezing, and I hadn't worn my booties. The wool riding socks weren't warm enough, so I arrived with cold toes. But the rest of me was toasty warm in the Norwegian sweater. Dancing and playing was fun, but I arrived late so I missed the teaching of the sveng-polska (I think that's what they were teaching...). Took the R7 back to 30th st. station.
NOTE: changed my odometer battery today, as it looked like it was getting very low. Odometer was at 12219 km. It is not restarting at 0
Used the mag-trainer to do some indoor spinning. I should have gone outside to check the weather, as the temperature was perfect for a real ride... I was just lazy and hadn't gone out all day. One problem with the trainer: I didn't shift position hardly at all, and so had numb bits when I stopped. Note to self: move around and stand up for at least a short while when using the trainer!
A short ride out to Chamonioux Drive and back past the Mann. Going to Mexico next week with Alina, and wanted to get a short ride in.
Biked out into the Chestnut Hill area, and back along Girard and the Mann Center. Had a near-close-encounter with a poorly driven car that was coming up the hill past the Mann way too quickly; it almost went off the road. Otherwise, though, the first major ride of the year was a success.
I've started developing a cold, but the weather has also just turned very warm. I wanted to ride yesterday, but ended up just napping in the afternoon, and today's ride felt rather painful. I also should have brought twice as much water, as I was pretty parched by then end, mostly oweing to the state of my throat. At least the weather was nice.
Started heading out through Manayunk, going to do part of the tail, but the short steep hill just past Main Street was being repaved, and was currently un-. So I headed back, and went up that gnarly hill just across the Manayunk bridge. Slowly.
Long, ~80% intervals around the reservoir. By the end, I was feeling pretty beat, so it'll be a while before I can get back to doing full intervals or even hills. Saw someone flip over in front of me: I think she either got something caught in a spoke, or was just unstable. She was ok, but shocked and ended up walking out. Had someone riding with her to get her out safely.
This was supposed to be a complete long interval, but I quit after the second one, when I started to feel "hurly." Guess I'm just a wimp. But at least I didn't hurl! Also, it was pretty damn hot. Summer has finally arrived. Blech.
Was going to go out along the trail to Valley Forge, but when I got to Manayunk, I noticed that the Manayunk art fair was current going on. That nixed that idea. I met a guy whose chain was making quite a racket: he said the sram chain does that because it is steel on steel sprockets. Whatever the case, it was really noisy. I went up the wall before leaving Manayunk. Ugh: took 3 minutes+, and I was wasted by the end.
I was intending to take about an hour to wander out of town a bit. Unfortunately, I got a flat on the way up the hill to Chamonioux drive. And I'd left my minipump at home. I started walking home, and after about 5 minutes, a kind fellow passed by and asked if I had a flat. He loaned me a pump, I patched the tire, partially filled it, and limped home. Apparently my patch job wasn't very good, as the tire deflated later that night. This is the "newish" rear tire, but there were a few large glass patches that may have caused the flat.
Did a set of long intervals at the reservoir. I don't think I was pushing as hard as I could have been, as I wasn't completely wiped out by the end of it. It felt pretty good though, and my speed through each run was fairly consistent. Not going to be able to do too many more rides in Philly, since I'll be moving up to New Haven in August.
It started as a very fast ride at 6pm, as I was trying to catch the 6pm B ride from the Art Museum. I never did find them, but I did see a pair of riders far ahead of me when I was near the Mann Center. I slowly chased them down (losing a lot of time at red lights), which was quite hard because their base pace wasn't much slower than my base pace. I looped around and came back through Manayunk, but by then I was feeling sore in places that shouldn't feel sore. Definitely need new riding shorts/bibs, I think. My seat might be losing its support as well. It probably wasn't helped by my early fast pace...
Had a nice ride out to pick some raspberries along the river (Hollow Road) and then to Conshohoken and back by the trail. The weather was very nice, and there were some berries, though it looks like others have been picking them. Climbing up from Hollow Road (on the north end) was unpleasant, but... I had gone to Human Zoom in Manayunk yesterday and bought a new pair of Giordana bibs. Same ones as I had before, just newer; the chamois is a bit different, but they definitely made a difference on this ride, compared to the last one. I was hoping to catch either the 9am or noon ride, but missed both.
Did the 6pm B/B+ ride from the fountain. The leader made a big to-do about picking on some other riders for making not-fun rides previously (i.e. having both A and B groups start together and then letting it spli "naturally" which apparently didn't work). But then the lead group hardly waited for the stragglers and forged on ahead. I hung by the back (probably could have stayed with the lead group) because I wasn't sure if the people in the back knew where we were. I'm glad I did, as the lady who kept falling behind was new to town, and eventually got a flat. A rider ahead of me was bridging the gap between me and the main group, and he stuck with the three of us. We came back to town via Manayunk then Marion and the Mann. I enjoyed the ride in general, but the lead group needed to either send someone back to tell the people falling behind to go elsewhere, or wait. Rather annoying.
Was thinking about joining the 6pm group ride, but decided to go off on my own. I started along a path that might intersect theirs, but then went over to Chamonioux Drive and down to Lower Marion. The ride was fairly fast, considering that I started it low on water and the temperature and humidity were both very high. Felt pretty good, though. I didn't do the wall, but I came back by going across East Falls Bridge and the up to the right and down past the Mann, so there was a fair bit of climbing.
First ride on the rebuilt K2/Proflex 3000. Took it out to Wissahickon Park after work - getting there was boring as usual, but it gave me a chance to tweak the shift cable tension. Once on the trail, things worked pretty well. I might need to adjust the shock pressure a bit in the front and back, and the front deraileur angle might need tweaking, but it feels pretty good. Only real problem was that my hands were pretty fatigued by the end, but that might just be to not being used to the posture.
First significant ride in New Haven, CT. Went out to Lighthouse Point via Chapel/Ferry St., and back via. Grand St. Chapel was much better as a street, but Grand is much better as a bridge. Unfortunately, Quinnipiac Ave. isn't in great shape on the other side. But otherwise, it's a nice ride, and took about 20-25 minutes each way. It's pretty, going by the ocean. After that I went up to the top of East Rock Park, and then back down. Makes for a good climbing workout -- much less average grade than The Wall, but a much longer continuous climb. Had a minivan infront of me on the way down, which was a helpful safety measure!
First mountain bike ride in New Haven. Rode from our place near Wooster Sq. out to West Rock Park (about 20 minutes to the trailhead), and then down through a bit of the red trail in West Rock, starting at the main driving entrance and coming out by the baseball diamond at Hard & Stone. There was a game going on there as I rode (slowly) past. I should use that as an entry point in the future, or a small clearing a bit further up Springside Av, marked as a community "something" zone. The trail was pretty well maintained, though the recent rain had washed out some parts. There were a few hairy sections, so I'll get some practice with difficult trails.
Second ride in West Rock Park. Now that I know where to enter the trail, it only takes just under 15 minutes to get there (at full bore). That gave me about 30 minutes total to ride, before coming home to see Shakespeare in the Park (not Shakespeare). I'm feeling more confident, and was able to put on some more speed on the trail. But still had a lot of trouble climbing the rocky sections. I'm weak, and they're tough.
Finally got Alina back on her road bike. We rode out to Lighthouse point and then had nachoes (with fake cheese: ugh!) and fried dough w/sauce (not too bad, actually). She was very nervous at the beginning, but said it was better coming back. Just needs to build confidence and get a bit more time on the bike. The bike seemed to work well (front rim needed resurfacing, as it had a rough section, probably from moving), and she didn't have any trouble with the pedals. Also, we discovered how the lift bridge works at Grand Ave. It's not a lift bridge at all! It rotates!
First epic mountain bike ride since the rebuild. Tried to tackle all of West Rock Park at once, but didn't make it all the way to the northern tip. I'm actually not qute sure how far I got, since I didn't have a map, but I took the red trail out past Lake Wintergreen, then across one road, and stopped just after passing the second road. It was great: rooty and rocky and bumpy, but felt really good. I was pretty damn hungry by the end, though. Probably want to let a little air out of the front shock to give it a bit more cushion. Also think I need to replace my pedal clips: the right released once when I hit a rock, and I banged my knee.
Did the Lulu ride today, but took the shorter route (turned around at the break point, instead of continuuing on). The longer route was going to be ~56 miles. I had a lot of trouble with the hill just before the break. Apparently, it's time to do some more hill intervals. On the way out the pace was perfect; I rode in the group and chatting with folks. A good group of people. On the way back, though, a younger guy (16 or 17?) got on the front and took off. Most people tried to follow him, but he was *way* faster than I could handle. Everyone else fell off one by one, and a few of them waited for me, which was nice since I didn't know how to get home. They all commented that he was too fast as well, so, although I was the slowest, I wasn't that far off. All-in-all, a fairly good ride. I'm just quite out of shape.
After replacing the front tire and tube on my mountain bike, I got a ride in just before dark. By the time I got home it was essentially dark. I could just make out the trail, but some of the rocks caught me by surprise. I tried going up the red trail from just after the baseball field, but it's impossible (for any reasonable state of *me*, that is): many steps, slick rock and essentially vertical climbs on scree. So I did quite a bit of carrying and scrambling. Also startled some late H.S., early college kids who were hanging out, doing I'm-not-sure-what, but it looked like they were wearing somewhat formal outfits. On a side trail in West Rock Park. At least one guy and two girls, though there might have been one other person. One of the girls squealed and said "We thought you were a woodland creature." as I went by. Who says "woodland creature," anyway?
Let a bit of air out of the front shock to make it a bit more cushy, but I think I went a tad too far. Left rather late, with the hope that the slowly-setting sun would give me enough light to get home by. It did, sort of. West Rock Park was very pretty, with the leaves all turning color, but it made the trail somewhat treacherous, since the trail was obscured by colorful leaves and also slippery(er). I took the closed road up to the "top," and hoped to find another way down, but the fire road I found only went to an antenna cluster. Back down the road it was getting rather dark. I decided to try the trail back, since going out the main road wouldn't be well lit, and I'd rather take my chances with the logs and rocks than with the cars. I did ok, keeping my speed slow enough that I could maneuver just in time. Suspension certainly helped, though, since I didn't need to worry quite as much about keeping a perfect line. It was a bit hairy in places, but I did fine.
Left a little too late again, so I had to hurry home in order to avoid a repeat of the last ride. There was just enough light for me to see the trail, so I kept a decent pace up toward the end. All the leaves are down now, and it makes things very slippery: climbing is much harder now.
The plan was to go up to the top of East Rock Park a few times. I went all the way up once, and most of the way twice. After the first time up, I rode around the park, and apparently during that time someone had been trying to climb the cliff. Police and firetrucks had arrived to help him/her get down, and they weren't letting anyone go up. It was slow going anyway and quite cold, but was a good ride in general.