Monday, June 29, 2009

Wear Your Helmet

A Cautionary Tale

Saturday morning I went out for a ride, looking to get in some quality miles before the heat and traffic built up later in the day. Time is getting short before Ragbrai and I don't know if it's anxiety or a competitive spirit that's starting to kick in, but I sure don't want to embarrass myself on the ride. I had a good training ride and was just turning into my driveway when I hit a wet spot and as a result of wet pavement, algae and mud the bike went out from under me. I've taken a spill from my bike before, but what was shocking about this tumble was how fast it happened. I wasn't even going that fast, as I was turning into my driveway, but one minute I was on the bike and the next I was on the ground. No time for recovery. No time to try and protect myself. Just Boom! and you're wondering how you wound up on the ground. Fortunately, I'm fine. My helmet tapped the ground, I've got some road rash and I'll be sore for a few days, but it certainly reminded me of why we wear helmets. Don't ever ride without yours.

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in a few weeks. In the meantime, I've decided that the best remedy for road rash is alcohol, internally applied.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Worst. Vacation. Ever.

But enough about me.

Several things.

I received word that our jerseys are en route.

I've received word of a week-long cancellation, if you know of anyone.

I remind everyone that second installments are due July 1.

And, lastly, I haven't gotten nearly enough miles in this week but need to ride like never before.

I'd also like a place to stay in Red Oak and Chariton. How about you?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mt Vernon Heritage Days Ride

If you are looking for a group ride with a bunch of RAGBRAIers then the Mt Vernon Heritage Days Ride on July 11th is your cup of tea. It's a 35 mile ride with beautiful scenery. Taken from the ride description:
Riders will meet at 9 AM in downtown Mount Vernon. This ride will go from Mount Vernon through Lisbon and south on the Sutliff Road toward Sutliff and on to Solon. Riders are welcome to stop at Sutliff on the way to and/or from Solon if they wish. From Solon, the ride returns on the same route. Sutliff Cider opens at 11 AM, is biker-friendly and is a great place to stop on the way back. The ride will end back in uptown Mount Vernon. Riders are encouraged to stay and enjoy the Heritage Days' music, beer garden, and food vendors.
I will probably be working at Sutliff Cider that day and would love to see a few CoeBRAI jerseys stop by. You can find more rides and information here:
http://www.bikeiowa.com/asp/calendar/calendar.asp?s=y&m=&date=7/11/2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Heat Training

Training report from Houston

Down here in Houston we are heavily into the heat training part of our schedule. The past two weeks have seen average afternoon temperatures at 95 degrees or hotter every day. If anyone wants lessons on how to sweat while on a bike, I am fully qualified. I am switching when I can to morning rides when it's only 85 (of course the humidity is 70 percent so I still sweat, but what can you do?) The only consolation is that when you get on a scale at the end of a ride, you register as a couple of pounds lighter than your real weight.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Early retirement?

Yep, I just reached that magical number: 62. That's right - it's mid-June, and I've logged 62 miles so far this year. Between six weeks in Ireland and a hectic schedule when I have been home, the opportunities have been few and far between.

It's important, however, to keep in mind that riding is only part of the RAGBRAI equation. I'm happy to report that I did manage to more or less eat my weight in pulled pork in New Orleans last weekend, and I think I'm okay on the beer front, too. How bad can it be if I've met my training goals in two of the three critical categories?