Gentle ride out Ridge Road a ways and back on Hartford Tpke. Was not exactly warm, but nice enough.
Joined the Tuesday evening group ride from Cafe Romeo. Only 4 of us today, but it was a nice ride anyway. Out to the south side of Sleeping Giant (around Quinnipiac), and then we all rode up East Rock to look at the setting sun. I tried pushing it on the hills, but didn't get much oomph. The ride organizer is doing the Mt. Washington hill climb this summer. We razzed him about it, but he's a brave man!
Rode out past Lighthouse point and back around the airport. Looks like there are maybe still some places where stuff hasn't been cleaned-up since Sandy around the shore? Had a big plane (probably from PHL) fly over my head to land, which was kinda neat.
First interval of the year. Two of them was hard enough, I could have probably done a third, but it would have sucked even more. Gotta get on these! I'll never make it up Mt. Washington at this rate!
Oy... Planning to do 3xEast Rock intervals, but a car skidded into the rocks near the bottom (~50m behind me), and I went back to check on them. Two guys had gotten out and one was yelling "I let you steer my car! Why did I let you steer my car?!?" Sounds like something pretty stupid had happened ("hold the wheel while I send this text"), and they ended up bumping a rock. The two intervals I did were pretty painful anyway, so...
Another fun Tuesday night group ride. Felt fast, but I guess it wasn't so fast. Several long hills certainly weighed it down. Travis (in IR at Yale) brought a department friend who'd gone to UW-Madison, and she and I reminisced about how awesome that town is. At the end of the ride, we all rode up East Rock, which I still only did in 5:30, even with a group and hammering hard for the last minute or two. I guess I just can't go up it any faster.
Tuesday group ride, out Ridge Road and back up as many hills as they could find. I was 5-10 minutes late starting out, so had to haul ass to catch the group. Took 30 minutes to make up the gap. I was pretty beat by the time I found them where Ridge turns left on the downhill after the bridge over the highway. Of course, very shortly after I caught up, they started the climbs, so that wasn't fun. I survived though, and we rode up East Rock on the way back. Nice group, as always.
Managed to make it up East Rock three times this time. That last one was really slow and painful. I don't think it matters too much whether I ride up more quickly at the start or not: by the time I get to the last ~minute, I'm out of juice. Gotta keep at it. I'll try to recruit some of the grad students to join me in suffering.
Took a chance on getting some hills work in, even though there was some threat of thunderstorm. Didn't rain while I was out, but it started about 20 minutes after I got home, so I timed it well, I guess. It was really humid, which is what I blame on my only getting two laps in. Just sucks the life out of you. Alina's on her way south on the Long Trail, so I guess I can ride more???
Travis Rabbit (Yale Cyclin) suggested on the mailing list that people join him for some East Rock repeats. At 10:30pm. It was great fun: I borrowed Alina's light, and joined them for two loops up each side (front and back), including descending Farnam Drive to get between the roads up. The ascents weren't particularly fast, except for the last one, so I was able to keep up without too much trouble. It's pretty neat to see the city from up there, and the cliff where the Giant's Steps are is really impressive in the light of a couple lamps.
Out Orchard Loop around the north side of Sleeping Giant, and back. Went to see if there were still cicadas singing up there, and there were more than elsewhere, but it was very patchy. You could hear them from a ways back, and then they'd be loud as you passed underneath, then it'd be quiet for a while until the next group. That route would be so much more pleasant if Orchard Drive was resurfaced: it's really bad.
I managed to squeeze in the third ride up, but only just. The first one I tried pushing hard, and was ~10-15 seconds ahead of the usual time in the first couple minutes, but then I lost time later on. My heart rate is usually just over 120bpm when I start each route. I guess that's ok? It's 160+ when I get to the top...
Tuesday group ride. I was in the front for most of it, as it was a slower ride. The group route was out to Deer Lake Road (I think? far side of West Rock Park), then through Woodbridge and down the huge hill. Jonathan Bennett invited me to a dirt road Randonneur in MA, but it happens the 24th, which is when we're flying back from APO. I tried to push it through some of the hills, and I think I held up better than some of the Tuesday rides last year, so...
Last ride before a two week trip to APO. Out to Lighthouse Point and around past the airport through some random streets. Tried pushing hard, but couldn't keep the pace particularly steady. Was a nice ride anyway, though could have gone longer. The wind out there is always annoying. Gonna clean the drivetrain when I get back: it's getting dry and a bit stiff.
Tuesday night group ride. Took longer than expected, because someone decided we should ride partway back on the trail (which is always slow, because of other people, narrowness, and damp), and because the group got very separated and we had to wait. I think the leader was over ambitious. The end result was having to ride down East Rock much darker than I'd like (~7:40), with three other people who pushed off the front with me. Which is why the overall time isn't as slow as you'd think: we were haulin' on the way back. Also, I was late getting out (apogeeql problems), and had to catch the group, which is always a workout.
Long ride out to nearly the north end of West Rock (just before the second lake, after the second road crossing). Slow and wobbly, as I had a lot of trouble with steep ascents and obstacle crossings. Just not feeling up to it today. Also, I really do need to replace the grips, and maybe get the shock repacked for a lighter spring rate: my hands and wrists were definitely feeling battered. Saw several trail runners, including a couple of guys who passed me when I bailed on a hill. I did at least get some speed up through the rooty section in the north, so that was fun. Also managed to kick up a large rock from my front tire into my right shin, which is going to leave a hefty bruise.