Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ice Cream!

Went for a ride with Ryan to Soc's Ice Cream and around town a bit. Ended up doing 7.5 miles and was a pretty easy ride as he only has a mountain bike. Nothing special to report...though here are some pics:

Depending on my motivation I might clean the bike up since it's getting kinda dirty.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Went down to Plymouth and rode with Larry. We did 17.4 at a pretty easy clip since it was his first ride of the year.

Here's Larry:

We rode out to Myles Standish State Forest and through there, where apparently they have bike races:

One of the rangers was in a pissy mood and stopped us to ask if we were parked there. Since we clearly looked like cyclists who drive places to ride. Ehem.

Also had a guy catch up to us and pass us, which I used as an opportunity to race him (per the sign, of course). After half a mile or so I let Larry catch up, and we ran into some water, where we got to portage the bikes:
The guy in blue is mister speed-racer.

Here's some other pics from the ride:

On the way home we ran into this guy, and I completely missed my shot with my invisible shotgun:

Since the road to the beaches was closed and we cut our ride short, I had a bit of time to explore the area via car:

So it was a nice easy ride for me...Larry will probably be sore tomorrow. Going to ride to the ice cream shop tomorrow with Ryan and see how his mountain bike fares. Monday I'm planning a ride to Beverly Cycles and back, which will be about 30 miles.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Been a week!

I went to my parent's place in CT for Easter weekend. I brought my bike and all necessary gear, cuz I figured I could use the training in the hills.

Saturday I did a 28 mile ride...started out with a ridiculous climb, where I had to stop every so often. I rode through some of my old haunts, and loved it. I'll definitely have to bring my bike anytime I'm down there.

Here's are pics from Saturday:
the route

Sunday was a rest day, since I really pushed myself on Sat. I did manage to make my right forearm sore playing badminton against my sister. Monday I went out for a shorter ride, 19 miles. I lessened the amount of hills but I still had to stop on the steep ones. I guess my focus for climbing isn't there yet, nor is my power.

Pics from Monday:

the route

view from the top of the dam, in between lake mcdonough and barkhamsted reservoir

same place as above, but looking north, and down at the bike

rolling pic, almost as much tech stuff as my car ;)

I got home about an hour ago from a 13 mi ride with the Beverly Cycle crew and Ryan. Within the first mile I hit a decent pothole, one of those small ones you don't see right away, and can't really ride out of. My frame pump detached itself and lodged in my spindles, so I couldn't pedal. I don't really remember much, but I slowed down real quick and a couple of the riders behind me crashed into each breaking the rear seat stay, the other getting a chunk out of his elbow.

I understand it was my fault, since I think I stopped fairly quickly and I feel pretty bad about it, but I don't think it was an unavoidable situation. There was enough room to go around since I was pretty much on the curb, and enough heads-up time to slow down since I was staring down at my pedals and not pedaling, but, that didn't happen. I don't blame them for being pissed, but like Bill said, accidents happen.

I think I'm going to take tomorrow off from a ride, both to let things cool, and also to go out on a Friday night and not get sweaty (will probably be an indoor ride). Saturday I'm aiming for a longer ride, though I may go down to the south shore and ride with someone who's been making excuses not to ride.

Tonight was also cold and starting to rain... wind vest did well keeping the rain off my front, but it's mesh in the back, so my long sleeve jersey was pretty soaked. Couldn't see anything either...was getting dark and glasses were covered in water. All-in-all tonight's ride kinda sucked. Here's hoping the weather's at least better this weekend.