I was riding on a late Summer evening in September and this is a meditation upon a few minutes in that ride. If you are not familiar with the hills and valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin, let me describe them. These are old mountains, the Driftless, worn down over the aeons by rain and snow. These … Continue reading Riding East with Cranes
One week after the Door County Century (nearly) and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. In short – it was a great ride, a wonderful cap-stone to the cycling season; but I’m jumping ahead. The night before, Erik, Monica, LeRoy, Ena, Barbara and I had dinner of a lot of spaghetti and bread … Continue reading Door County Century Recount
I had an 8:30 AM meeting this morning, it was raining and I was running around looking for my rain gear (helmet cover, shoe covers, leg warmers, etc). … They will go North with me up to Door County for my century ride on Sunday but that’s another story. … I get on my bike and I start cranking it out to get into work. … I get to the first stop sign and I realize that he is in my draft. … Mike pulls out in the lead like he is going to pull for a while. … I pull out the stop and get in his draft for while then it is my turn to take lead. … I’m thinking to myself, “well, if he is going pull us at 25 MPH, I’ll pull at 25 MPH.” I’m on my commuter bike with full fenders, a rack and a 12 pound pannier with lunch, change of clothes and all my miscellany in it. I’m working hard but if we’re going to do a 25 MPH pace, then dammit, I’m going to take my pull. Suddenly Mike (as I later learn his name is) pulls along side and says, ” You do know I’m cheating don’t you?
I’m sure that sport psychologists / physiologists have a name and maybe a reason for these feelings… I’m getting ready to ride the Door County Century this weekend. This means that I have spent the last couple of months riding longer rides and building up time in the saddle. I was up to about 190 … Continue reading Tired, Grumpy, Fuzzy and Twitchy
I got a new Garmin EDGE 705 bike computer about 6 weeks ago. I’ve been riding 3 or 4 times a week with Garmin and have synced to several applications and a web site. The Garmin EDGE 705 has great bells and whistles but the basic function, turn-by-turn directions, is buggy and unreliable. What I … Continue reading Garmin EDGE 705 – Bugs, Bells and Whistles
I get Frazz Hair when I bike. I view Frazz Hair as a measure of the quality of the ride. Good Frazz Hair means I had a good ride. This is an example of good Frazz Hair: This hair came from a beautiful ride to Paoli, WI after a Summer rain storm. The roads were … Continue reading Frazz Hair