Archive for December, 2009
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
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
|My favorite picture of Analise and Kristine, the ice princesses|
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.
Mega snowstorm or not – I’m going to ride and enjoy the snow at the same time!
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!
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.
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