Friday, February 24, 2006

Past Week

The week has seemed to slip by with a slight nagging cold.

I was able to take my new bike out last Saturday and Sunday, probably the two coldest days I have ever ridden a bike. I think Denver set record lows both days. I was bundled up so much that I could hardly move to pedal. My toes were the only things that got cold.

It was a light week of exercise before the next phase of my training plan. I will really be ramping up my cycling over the next few weeks. Plan to ski this weekend which may be one of the last for the year as from now on I will be logging some long miles on the bike.

The weather outlook for the next week looks promising for some good am rides.


Sunday, February 19, 2006

The new ride

Picked up the frame the other day and headed straight to work getting it together

Getting some pieces on it.

The finished product ready for her first ride.

Monday, February 13, 2006

I was able to get out yesterday for a 50 mile ride and it felt great. Not just riding but getting out a glorious day on the front range. Rode the Borthwick which is geared with a 42x18, perfect for spinning and not to hard on the hills. My mind drifted to the years in Texas as we were getting ready to head to Lajitas for a weekend of racing. The race has changed but that part of the country still lives deep in my heart. I was brought back to reality as I saw a guy riding with a huge knife stuck in his shorts - kinda freaked me out.

Saturday my daughter and I headed to Breck to ski. It was -18 degrees when we rolled up to the townhome. Way cold! We bundled up and headed out for what turned out to be a great day of skiing. I did laps up and down befored I met them class for lunch and skied the afternoon with Fallon. I finished up the day skiing with the instructors husband, he skied the last strength in my legs right out.

Day is filled with domestic stuff like painting, cleaning, and laundry.


Tuesday, February 07, 2006

TransIowa Update

From the Hawarden to Algona Checkpoint = 159.55 miles in 14 hours (11.39 mph average)

From Algona Checkpoint to Decorah = 184.00 miles in 21 hours (8.76 mph average)

Total mileage = 343.55 miles in less than 35 hours (9.82 mph average)

I will have to keep a good pace for the first half and then slog through the night at a slightly slower pace. There are pictures here and here of the roads to be traveled. The race will travel pass by towns like Mallard and Crystal Lake as it makes its way across Iowa.

The rig for the ride is still at paint. Hopefully in the next week or so.