Archive for December, 2009

Awesome mountain bike ride Shell Lake to Rice Lake

Kristine had errands to run in Rice Lake (about 20 miles away), and we wanted to take the kids ice skating – so we worked it out for me to bike down there on some nice backroads for a good 32 mile ride. It was COLD. The air temps were in the lower teens, but the wind was just unbelievable. I only had Kristine’s iphone with me to take these pictures, otherwise I would have taken video of the snow blowing across the road at 20mph. Check out the pics!

Mountain Biking Adventure

TopoCreator route - Shell Lake to Rice Lake Here’s the annotated topocreator route.
Lots of long straight flat icy snowy roads - the challenge is finding a smooth line and riding as fast as you can without falling Lots of long straight flat icy snowy roads – the challenge is finding a smooth line and riding as fast as you can without falling
Some curvy roads too Some curvy roads too
Some very icy roads - this is the stuff you want to avoid Some very icy roads – this is the stuff you want to avoid
A huge snow plow A huge snow plow
The view from the high point of the ride The view from the high point of the ride
Blowing snow - the windchill was incredible. There was one part of the ride where the wind was blowing hard from the side and being funneled right into my eye by my sunglasses. I had to turn to look into the wind because my eyeball felt like it was starting to freeze! Blowing snow – the windchill was incredible. There was one part of the ride where the wind was blowing hard from the side and being funneled right into my eye by my sunglasses. I had to turn to look into the wind because my eyeball felt like it was starting to freeze!
Snow drifts Snow drifts
Rice Lake - the cool thing about this picture is the island with a picnic table only in the winter (or by boat in the summer) Rice Lake – the cool thing about this picture is the island with a picnic table only in the winter (or by boat in the summer)
Ski-do anyone? Ski-do anyone?
My mountain bike at the ice rink My mountain bike at the ice rink
An icy version of me at the ice rink. An icy version of me at the ice rink.

Wind skiing


This was awesome to watch. Unfortunately my batteries died right before this guy took off … literally. He got going very fast and then jumped at least 8 feet in the air with the windsail taking him up and setting him back down. I got a new set of batteries in just in time for him to make it back. How cool!!!

Ice Skating Princesses

The ice skating princesses My favorite picture of Analise and Kristine, the ice princesses

December 29, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Cold roller ridin’

The high temperature today was at midnight this morning. The temperature dropped throughout the day until it was just over 10 degrees by the time I started a two hour ride on the rollers outside on the back porch. By the end of the ride, the temp was down to 3 degrees.

December 27, 2009 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

More winter “riding”

Mega snowstorm or not – I’m going to ride and enjoy the snow at the same time!

December 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Winter road riding before the big storm

I went for a 52 mile road bike ride today up here in northwestern Wisconsin – figured it would be my only chance before we leave to head home on Tuesday since there is a winter storm being compared to a storm from 1991 that is supposed to hit us tonight, tomorrow, and Christmas day dumping maybe a foot or more of snow. The roads were pretty much clear and dry and the temps hovered in the mid 20s for the whole ride – pretty decent weather for this time of year!

December 23, 2009 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment

Cycling in the northwoods, part ii

Here are pics and a topocreator map from today’s ride.

December 22, 2009 at 7:59 pm Leave a comment

Cycling in the winter northland

The BBL season is coming along nicely, although we have had some weather issues which delayed our first ride with points available until this past Saturday. After getting back from 82 miles of riding in the morning, we packed up the car to drive over 1100 miles from Birmingham to Shell Lake, Wisconsin. We left at 3PM and made it into Shell Lake at exactly 10AM the next morning. No doubt about the weather here — cold and snowy! Here are pictures from the two rides I have done so far – a mountain bike ride, and an hour on the rollers.

December 22, 2009 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Blast from the past

My wife was getting ready for a garage sale this Saturday when she found these two posters that I saved from my college racing days at Clemson University. I was a big follower of the principles laid out in Eddie Borysewicz’s book “Bicycle Road Racing”. One of the things that he recommends doing at the end of every season is to make a poster for the upcoming year with a box for every single day of the year.

The week to end all weeks was a 504.8 mile week Oct 14-20 (Monday-Sunday). I raced the Michellin Classic on Sat/Sun Oct 12-13 and then had a 504.8 mile week to end out the 1996 season. Check out these rides for that week:

Mon 10/14 – 25 miles easy
Tue 10/15 – 107 miles (first time to ride to Highlands, NC and back from Clemson)
Wed 10/16 – 54 miles
Thur 10/17 – 35 miles
Fri 10/18 – 38 miles
Sat 10/19 – 200 miles (to Brasstown Bald and back)
Sun 10/20 – 45.8 miles

Total mileage: 504.8 miles!

Other highlights are listed below and visible in the pics, too:

  • Assault on Mt Mitchell 1995 – 21st place
  • Morning resting heart rate of 36bpm
  • Low weight of 115 lbs on March 18th, 1995
  • A ride with the comment “fell-on-ice”
  • NC/SC state TT 40k in 1:00:08 on August 25th, 1996
  • My “pass-out on the bike” crash at UGA on April 20th, 1996

December 4, 2009 at 12:29 am Leave a comment


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