On Friday I bought a new cyclometer and promptly pulled the cadence sensor right off the wire.  Oops!  I was at Wheelworks in Mass with Beau, who bought a beautiful new Specialized in satin black.  We put about 6 miles down just riding around, including going out for beer and burgers nearby.

On Saturday I went rock climbing (just bouldering, really) and gave my self a huge blister on my left index finger.  Driving afterwords was awkward, as my fingers did not want to close around the wheel.  Beer and anime were on the agenda, along with a long bike ride with Beau on Sunday, but something else changed my plans:

On Sunday I climbed Mt. Washington!  Autumn was in full swing, with every color in attendance.  Lustful reds, vibrant yellows, orange everywhere.  There were majestic waterfalls and snowy peaks, though the top of our mountain was in a cloud.  Everyone smiled or stopped to chat.  We hiked for 8 hours total, but only scaled about half of the mountain (my hiking buddy has asthma, so we climbed slowly).  It’s absurd to think the top is only 4 miles away, but remember you’re climbing 4,300ft.  We climbed Tuckerman’s Ravine up to the shelter then turned around because we didn’t want to run out of daylight.  This mountain is absolutely wonderful, and we climbed on a perfect day.  Next time we’ll bring crampons and other snow hiking gear, leave at 5am, and climb the whole thing.

Monday I worked late and drove down to Wheelworks after work to replace the cable I tore in half.  Today was my first ride with the new cyclometer, which includes a cadence counter!  Last night while testing it I found I can crank at 133rpm, up to 47mph, by hand.  This morning I found my cadence was a little slow at first, but then I kept it where it should be: 90rpm.

The new cyclometer is slick looking and intuitive to use.  It has two trip meters, which is great I can measure segments of a ride.

0:22’30, 6.76mi
avg 18.0mph, max 26.1mph
36ºF, Odo 2480.8mi
Cadence 80-110rpm

In an attempt to keep my speed up, I rode around the other side of the building on the way in.  Maybe it helped.

I am surprised how easy it was to stay at 90rpm.  Previously I’d had some impression that I was pushing really hard, really slowly, and thus practiced cycling at a much higher cadence.  It would seem I’d been training myself at about 100rpm.  This is perfect, because now 90 feels almost comfortable.  Hopefully I can make time for some longer rides soon!

Well that seals it, I did about 91rpm the whole way home.  max 103, min 85

0:20’42, 6.75mi (13.51mi round trip)
avg 19.5mph, max 33.4mph
64ºF, Odo 2487.6mi
Cadence 90-92rpm

What a beautiful day!

Bike to Work, day 97

October 2, 2008

23:51, 6.3mi
55ºF, Odo 2457mi
avg 15.9mph, max 28.4mph

Some days the struggle is just to get out of the house.  That was certainly the case this morning, and that’s due to the insubstantial ‘dinner’ I had last night: a giant PB&J before karate.  I left work late after some exciting OT: the desktop support group needs a hand.  Currently I’m doing phone support.  It looks like I may be helping for 1-2 months!  We’ll see what happens.  After leaving work, I pushed as hard as I could to get home, because I was running late.  quick shower, PB&J, and I was out the door.  My aunt needed me to cover two classes.  I helped with three, and stayed late to assist with some students practicing for an upcoming red belt test.  I love to help.

21:14, 6.3mi
61ºF, Odo 2464mi
avg 17.9mph, max 29.7mph

I pushed furiously for the whole ride. I cannot seem to put any speed into this route!

Tonight was the first ride I wasn’t looking forward to.  OK, maybe the second (riding in the rain at 34ºF was the first).  I got caught on a long call that I couldn’t fix, so I was in a foul mood.  It takes a lot to get me upset, but I’m carrying a ton of stress recently, and a sinus cold.  Though I wasn’t looking forward to it, as soon as I got on the bike, everything else evaporated.  Suddenly I was negotiating tight corners at speed and nothing else existed.  I used the anger to fuel my ride, and I don’t think it really helped much, all I was left with was sweat and tired legs.  This is a great way to get through the anger, too.

Bike to Work, day 96

October 1, 2008

It was wet but not raining.  I pushed to get in quickly but couldn’t come up with more than:

21:40, 6.3mi
61ºF, Odo 2445mi
avg 17.5mph, max 31.1mph

I suppose the rain may have slowed things down.  Ah well.

20:04, 6.3mi
64ºF, Odo 2451mi
avg 18.8mph, max 28.8mph

Pushing like a monster does not seem to increase my speed on this shorter route.  I think the time is lost in the tight corners on the tiny walkways that make up the first half mile.  I can’t go too fast, and sometimes there are people walking the paths.  Funny that a longer course is faster.