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In between my morning and class and my senior presentations this afternoon at the student research showcase, I was able to bike over to Cahaba Heights and Dolly Ridge and get closer to where the tornado went through. I was only able to snap a few pics, though. Again, these pictures represent the damage from a very small, narrow tornado probably an EF0 or EF1. Imagine the damage from a much, much larger tornado with wind speeds in the EF4, EF5 range and that is what Tuscaloosa and Pleasant Grove look like.
Here is an updated map of where I think the tornado went based on going back out there again today:
4/28 updated damage path satellite view. The green X’s are large trees pushed over or broken in half. Many more than what is shown. These are just the ones that stood out to me. The red lines are where I rode my bike on my commute yesterday.
Been traveling a lot this season … just over 12,000 miles to be exact! Check out the map of all the places we have driven with one flight shown as well from Birmingham to Baltimore.
Plus, 305 different commutes/commute routes on my bike totaling 5,000 miles in the Birmingham metropolitan area…
Amazing cleat story here – after two and a half years and at least 25,000 miles I had to replace my speedplay zero cleats this morning. I knew that there was a problem about a week ago when the right cleat was loose even with the tension screws closed all the way down. It turns out that I had sheered off a plastic tab that helps hold the locking mechanism in place. It’s hard to tell in the blurry picture, but you can wiggle the locking mechanism with your hand even though it’s supposed to be secure. So today I installed a replacement cleat, and I thought the warning message was hilarious in light of the miles that I had on the shoe. It says to replace the cleat every 5,000 miles! Mine lasted 5x longer than that! Tonight’s the Charlotte Criterium (Presbyterian Invitational) and I’ll be posting my race report sometime tomorrow – hoping to get more points in the USA crits series to keep my top 10 standing (I’m currently 7th by 1 point).
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
One of the things that I am happiest about this season has been my performance in the Georgia Cycling Grand Prix. Here is a screenshot of the current standings … while it is fun to be at the top of a list with so many professional riders, the reason is that the pros only did one or two of the races whereas I have done nearly all of them!