Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Bike routes are classified as follows:
Class I - off roadway bike paths or trails
Class II - on roadway striped bike lanes
Class III - on roadway, signed but not striped bike lanes
Class X - on roadway, not signed
Monday, June 26, 2006
I received this letter along with a nice donation in the mail the other day. It was sent by Cecilia Sanchez who read one of my fliers. She and her daughter have raised $10,000 for the Arthritis Foundation in the past.
Thank you to the Sanchez Family!
Sunday, June 25, 2006
They were sober, however - unlike soccer fans!
Countdown week 12 included 5 ride days, 8 hrs saddle time, 119 miles. My longest ride was 49 miles which took 3 hours.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
John is such an accurate golfer that, from about 150 yards away, using a Fairway Wood, his ball squarely hit the aiming post and shattered it. I also saw him make an Eagle from about 200 yards away with his Fairway Wood.
Now that is harder than reading a CT scan from the internet, at home, watching your big sceen TV.
Thanks for your generous donation to the Arthritis Foundation!
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Thank you to two more generous donors:
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Now I know why they call it OLD Highway 80.
NO MORE FALLS.
I will change my sidebar to total miles instead of total falls.
The ride is all hills. The main climb is a 16 mile 1400 vertical. Temperature was up to 107 degrees.
Did the 56.4 miles in 4 hours:40 minutes and was glad to survive especially since I fell 30 miles into the ride.
Monday, June 12, 2006
There is only a few millimeters clearance between the brake pad and the tire rim.
Wonder why I'm having so many flats? Any ideas Jim? Maybe it's time for new kevlar tires, and some slime self-sealing tubes.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
My flat kit includes a replacement tube, glueless patches, tire levers (used to remove the tire casing from the rim), and two pumps-one uses a CO2 cylinder to inflate the tire, the other is a manual pump in case I misfire the CO2 pump. You only get one chance to inflate the tire with the CO2 pump but it inflates the tire in a matter of seconds.
This morning when I inflated my tires to 11o psi, the replacement tube popped. I think I had what's called a pinch flat where part of the tube is trapped between the tire casing and the rim-a newbie mistake. Well, I got to try fixing a flat again.
Coundown week 14 was a "rest week" and included 4 rides, 6:42 saddle time, and 98.8 miles.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
A huge "Thank You" to Ron McKibben for your huge donation to the Arthritis Foundation.
Part II is improving my fitness and endurance on the bicycle. I have adapted a program based on Joe Friel's book Cycling Past 50. (Even though I'm not 50.) I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about cycling.
Part III may be the hardest part. According to Friel, getting over long and steep hills is largely a function of your strength-to-body weight ratio. (There will be many long hill climbs in my 500 mile ride-I am sure.) As strength goes up and excess body weight goes down, climbing improves. Friel states that the best professional hill climbers weigh less than two pounds per inch of height. There are no pros at 2.5 pounds per inch or greater. So . . . Guess what Part III is? My goal is to get between 2.2 to 2.3 pounds per inch of height. Stay tuned to hear how.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Rode on my large chainring the last two days. A two hour ride yesterday to Newport Beach and a two hour ride today along the San Gabriel River. The chainring is part of the drive train of the bicycle. It is the large gear in front that is connected to the crank and pedal. A bike usually has 1-3 chainrings. The larger chainring is used while biking down hill/wind or on the flats. It requires more power from your leg muscles, but allows you to go faster at a given cadence (pedal revolutions per minute). The smaller chainring (called the granny gear) alows you to pedal faster (greater candence) with less power, but you go slower. It is used for climbling hills more efficiently. For a given speed, pedaling more quickly makes your heart work harder, pedaling more slowly makes your legs work harder and can wear on your knees.
Week 15 summary: 9:37 ride time, 135.3 miles
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Fell yesterday, just as I was healing up from my previous fall 3 weeks ago. Now I have a hematoma the size of a baseball on my hip.