Monday, February 16, 2009

I broke the ice with a great winter ride!

This was the final climb of the ride. It is hard to get warmed up enough in the cold to get the legs turning at full potential. Climbs are lung burners too!

This is were I came from on the final climb. Part of the climb is hidden around that corner. Yes, I did stop half way up. Inclines are quite a challenge of a fixie, especially with 35c studs.

The ride was just under 14 miles. It started out on a route that was quite windy by the lake. As I turned away it got better. I really enjoyed getting out. I should had changed my tires, the roads were dry enough for 23c road tires. I wish I had some better winter riding gear, but I do fine with what I have. I am way off my mark for hitting my goal before Spring, but I will continue to peck away at it and see where I end up. My average was 11.9 mph.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

This is not me!

I don't know who this is. It is a picture that I ran across on the web. I can say that I can relate to this picture. First of all I want to say that what ever the intentions of this person are, he is on the bike and he is giving some level of effort. Beyond that, we are unsure of the nature of this photo. I sometimes feel just like this when I ride or more so when I have taking some time off from riding. I don't want to have that feeling anymore. I am exposing myself as being lazy. I am in no way to far beyond a level of achievement that should inhibit me from reaching my goals. I don't want to be rail thin, I don't even know that I could be. I do want to be in the best shape that I can achieve and maintain it for the rest of my life. I do know that winters are hard for me. I seem tired more often and it zaps the energy right out of me. I don't like that. I am further back of where I was just eight months ago. I want to reach new levels and push beyond and harder than I can even imagine. I have it in me, I just haven't believed it yet. Good luck to every one that believes in their selves and aim to push beyond where they are.