My first running race. Not bad! Who knew I could break the 7 minute mile mark? Certainly not me. I can't wait to see when the official results are posted, I'm hoping I did good in my age group. It was pretty fun, though I'm not sure how excited I am about future running races, I'd rather bike honestly.
Here we are. No work thanks to thanksgiving, so I took the opportunity to do a half century on a sunny, cool but windy day. Nothing to complain about, because I could have been at work. This was better than work.
A great day for a ride. The wind continues to be brutal but felt more manageable today for some reason. I dunno. What I do know is I hit my monthly goal which I did not think would happen after Sandy kept me off the bike for so long.
Absolutely gorgeous weather. Not a cloud in the sky and high 60's low 70's. You can't ask for better than that. Only negative was the wind, it was a tad breezy but to complain about that on a day this nice is splitting a very fine hair.
So Hurricane Sandy is killing me. No bike since Wednesday due to hurricane force winds. But you can still run in wind, so I did. I went super long today and broke the 7 mile mark for the first time. win?
Rest day yesterday, back to the grind today. Did a fun ride up to Wabasso and back, a little preview of next year minus the intervals. Tried to break my own strava record over the bridge but I haven't uploaded it there yet.
Super fun race and very fast. 88 miles in under 4 hours is heavy pushing. I did well, finished in the second group of 4 riders behind the first group of 8 or so that go away at the 65 mile mark. Pics to follow.
Another wet one, but not nearly as bad or demoralizing. My last tune up ride before the Tour de Vero. Tomorrow I'll take the day off the bike and get a run in, but for the most part I'll be resting and getting stoked.
Terrible Ride. Went to do my usual south route, got rained on so I turned north to do bridge repeats to dodge the rain. Did a few repeats when the rain started there, too. So the whole ride was a wet abortion and was completely un-fun.
Closed out the month of September with a nice metric century down to Jensen Beach and back. I felt incredibly strong today, my legs were electric and I had a ton of pop. I hope this form holds up, since next weekend is the Tour de Vero.
Hey all. Took the TT bike out today to try a 40km simulated time trial. I've never done one at this distance and as this is the measuring stick for time trials I needed to do it to see how I am. I finished it in 62:51 which is about .3mph off a one hour pace. The goal is to break an hour so I'm not satisfied, but I'm not disappointed either.
Ran my first 10k. I'm sure all you runners are laughing at my time, but I'm just happy to have done the distance for the first time. I should also mention for the record that the roads were still wet from the rain so I couldn't bike. I am desperate to ride tomorrow.
Great ride today. Strong west winds (a rarity here) which made some sections easier than normal while others were much harder. West winds usually bring bad thunderstorms, so maybe a nice thunderstorm nap is in order this afternoon.
A metric century this morning on one of my favorite routes. Operating on less than 6 hours of sleep and no breakfast put a damper on my speeds, but just the fact I got out of bed to bike was a miracle in and of itself.
After nearly a week's rest, I'm back. I really needed the time off the bike after going so hard this year. Hopefully the rest will recharge my legs for the big events I have coming in October and November.
I haven't ridden my time trial bike in a very long time and you really forget how fast it is. I didn't even push the pace super hard and my average speed was still noticeably faster than my road bike. All in all, a super fun ride.
Super fun. Oh wait. I tore my tire on the ride and then had to hoof it home about 3 miles. Made for a really shitty morning. The saving grace will be when I get to spend $80 at the bike shop on the new tire.
Set goal: accomplish goal. I wanted to do 5 miles by August 25 and I did, just a few days early. I'm very stoked and I hope things continue to get better and better for me from here on out with running.
Another rather fun ride. The heat hasn't been quite so scorching this weekend which definitely makes the last hour slightly more tolerable. In any event, I knocked out some miles this weekend since next weekend is gonna be really light.
Was getting bored of the Ft. Pierce route so I changed it up. Mildly frustrating ride due to the rain last night making for wet roads, but I did what had to be done. Only one more day of this 4am stuff this week.
A nice way to close out the week of rides. My road bike wheels died yesterday so I had to go back to my old Aksiums. They are pretty solid wheels for training rides but man they are ugly. In any event, the UPS driver will no doubt be bringing me some newer prettier wheels sometime soon I'm sure.
Pretty solid ride today. I felt really strong even after the mega effort I put in going over the bridge trying to get the King of the Mountain on Strava. If I had had another banana or two I could easily have kept going for another hour and a half.
Hey all. Great ride this morning. Was going to do 70+ but there was a threat of rain according to the forecast so I settled for a metric. The rain never panned out so I guess I'm SOL but either way it was a fun ride.
Good morning. Fresh week. I went on a nice run today around downtown Vero. Not quite as fast as Friday, but "you have to get slower before you get faster." Or so I'm told. Once my legs are used to the endurance/distance then I can work on getting faster over that distance.
Skipping running Monday was smart. Whatever knee trouble was dogging me disappeared and I got a nice strong run in today. 2 miles, continuing to stretch my distance and a moving pace under 8 minute miles is an improvement over last week.
Another week down, and it went quick. The miles are piling up and I'm on pace to have a super good month. This weekend might not be as crazy as the last one mileage-wise because there are some things I have to get done besides cycling, which sounds a bit crazy I know.
I was supremely tired this morning, but I had to find some inner strength to get me up and going. My goal today will be to get to 5:00 stress free and then come home and sleep as soon as I stuff food down my gullet.
Really hard ride. Got rained on, got splashed by tidal waves from redneck monster trucks. Had to back track and add an extra 10 miles to the ride to avoid a giant wall of rain at Fellsmere. It was infernally hot, and I went through 6 bottles of water and I'm still cooked down to nothing. All that said, better than being at work.
A little preview of next year. Not as long a distance as my AM rides, but a pile of intensity. Three sets of tabata intervals (20 seconds at max heart rate, 10 second rest x8) and a nice Strava KOM on the bridge going eastbound. This year I'm dedicated to endurance with my big race being the 100m Horrible Hundred. Next year I'm going to be ramping up the intensity and power in order to increase my time trialing and criterium ability.
Fun ride today. Not as hard as I've been going lately, mostly because I feel a little chipped around the edges. My knee has a very slight pain, as does my left bicep and my shoulders. None of them are particularly bad, but all together I just feel less than 100%.
Woo what a ride. Hot as hell but sunny and nice with very light winds. Had a crash on IRD due to a negligent homeowner, but the only thing hurt was my pride. All in all a rather hard ride, and I can't wait to shower.
Yesterday was an eye opener. I won't really bother you with the details but I've tried something for about 8 months, and it isn't working so a change is in order. I'm not happy with the results I've been getting from that experiment and it's time to go back to what I know works. My activity will be the same, but my nutrition regiment is getting a shake up.
New month new possibilities. Started off with a 70 mile jaunt to get things started the right way. 152 mile weekend is a lot and it's where it's at. I'm kinda loopy right now I think I need a shower to lower my core temperature or something.
June over. Not as much mileage as I was planning on. Between some travel costing me weekend rides, a beta testing weekend, and a tropical storm costing me a weekend day my mileage was probably down. But it was still a good month. Kinda crazy to think of a 1000+ mile month as a "down month," so I won't. July should be great.
Supposed to bike today. Tropical storm Debbie said nah. It was wet and incredibly windy, but that sort of condition will shut down a bike ride but not a run. So I went out for a nice run, slowly increasing my distance up. Putting The Plan into motion...
P.S. You can see I'm getting better, as my pace is now below 8 minutes per mile. Again, The Plan.
It was pissing rain on me basically the entire ride. It never poured or even drizzeled, per se, but it just lightly sprinkled for nearly 3 hours of non-fun. OH WELL. Putting in the time is what matters.
So there was a lot of rain on the radar this morning and the forecast was for thunder storms, so I planned to ride 40-50 miles or until there was a threat of rain coming. As I was going I realized it probably wasn't going to rain until later so I changed on the fly to a metric century, hence the weird route. I would have gone further but I didn't bring any food and 60 miles is about as far as I can go before eating becomes mandatory, because bonking isn't fun or productive.
After my last attempt at running I seriously hurt my MCL so I decided to put away the running shoes for a while. I felt that I should give it another go today, but instead of trying to be awesome and run a long distance I would do the sensible thing and run a mile or so, and keeping doing it until I built up my running ability enough to go longer. So I did a mile today around Troy Moody Park. Pretty fun.
Interesting ride this morning. There was a line of storms to the south moving north towards us. When I turned around at the inlet it was clearly raining just a bit to the south, so my whole ride home was a race against the squall line, which I made by a few minutes. I'm pretty good at this weather predicting game.
Let the games begin with another week. Took the road bike out freshly tuned up from the shop on the weekend and it was as smooth as butter. I didn't feel as strong as I did Saturday morning, but I felt happy, which is good in and of itself.
Really strong ride today. Four and a half hours of hard riding. My legs felt insanely strong, and I had no trouble elevating my heart rate. This was one of those days I wish was a race day so I could have put the form into action. I snapped a pic of myself while in Sebastian.
Another week of dawn attack rides closed out. I went really hard this morning for no specific reason, but I'm always glad I did. Got my new UCF kit yesterday, can't wait to take it out this weekend and look resplendent.
June really is flying by, we are almost halfway through and it feels like I'm just getting started. This was my first 4am ride in a long while, and I did not miss it. But I'll say this: biking at 4am is infinitely better than not biking at 6pm because it's raining.
I took the TT bike out for a half century today. I've done the road bike the last three days and I have about 150 miles to do this weekend so I felt like I needed the TT bike to change the pace. I pushed it rather hard especially for the 3 miles on Indian River Boulevard when I was pushing at 40km TT pace.
Today was interesting. I'm not a huge fan of this route due to lot's of traffic lights, but a cool thing happened. At mile 40 or so I was feeling awful and ready to stop. But somewhere around mile 50 my legs felt great again and I was a fresh as new. Usually in endurance sports you don't get a second wind, you just slowly grind down until complete exhaustion, so having this feeling is really rare and great.
Wet and nasty. Drizzled essentially the entire ride. I wanted to do 50+ miles but making it up to the inlet would have required riding into a wall of water which wasn't hugely appealing. In any event, I might try to get a run in later on today as it's national running day. Did some tabata intervals in my ride today, those seriously burn.
Back in the saddle. Chicago was nice, but I was so happy to ride again. No work for me this week so I'm taking the opportunity to do 50ish miles per day, and living like I'm retired. Don't let boring people tell you you'll be bored if you retire.
I went hard. The last hour and a half were at 160+ BPM heart rate. That's my crit race pace heart rate, and crits usually are only an hour. So it was a mammoth effort. Time to pack my bags and fly out for a few days. When I come back, June begins in earnest.
Happy June everyone. I normally don't ride on Fridays but I'm going out of town this weekend so I wanted to get the month started out right to avoid digging myself out of a hole later. I should get a ride in tomorrow morning before my flight, so I really won't be missing too much. Today's ride up to the inlet was great. It was super windy but it didn't seen to affect me in the bothersome way that wind often does. Surfer John was out riding but we weren't going the same direction; too bad because I like riding with a guy that can push me to the limits of my ability.
Last day of May. Almost didn't ride this morning. It rained until midnight and I assumed the roads would be too wet but at 4am when I scouted the road it looked dry enough so I went. Something to be said for small miracles. Anyway, month of May is in the books and I logged over 1,100 miles. That's a lot of riding for sure. I'm ahead of pace to get 10k miles this year, and I'm stoked to smash that goal.
This month has flown by and I've gotten a ton of miles in. Going to close it out tomorrow and push myself over the 1,100 mile mark. Trip out of town Sunday and Monday so June might be off to a slower start, but I'm taking some time off after I get home and I'll be riding a ton.
Good morning. These AM rides are a completely different world of riding. I took the TT bike out and put in a hard effort. Usually capable of such feats following a rest day. I wish I was on EPO just so I didn't have to take rest days, but the downsides are fairly high.