2012 was not one of my top performance years on the bike. With less than 3800 miles, it was my lowest total in 10 years. I was really slowed down by four physical ailments, none of them major, but all debilitating: acute bronchitis (June), back strain (August), mild concussion (November) and influenza Type A […]
Anyone who stumbles onto this site may wonder where it’s been. Well, I have been meaning to write entries, but haven’t. Part of the issue is that I haven’t done any randonneuring rides since the last entry. I’d planned to enter the NYC 200k in September, but threw out my back trying to lift a […]
There is strange thing that sometimes happens when you are forced off the bike for a couple of weeks. You come back stronger for the time off.
In mid-March 2008, just as I was in the middle of my base training, I crashed and got substantial road rash on my left side. It slowed down my […]
Since my last post nearly six weeks ago, illness and work stresses have kept me from posting. Well, that’s not strictly true. I didn’t get around to posting and I’m blaming illness and work stress. Here’s what’s been going on:
I signed up for the PA 600k but never rode it, because I had too much […]
Despite a chafed butt, burning feet and aching legs, I usually finish brevets in an upbeat mood. This did not happen yesterday on the PA 400k.
My problem was not a lack of good companionship. I rode at various times and enjoyed conversation with familiar faces like Bill O. and Ed D. and newcomers to randonneuring […]
This is my 10th year in randonneuring. Five times I have completed the super randonneur series of 200k, 300k, 400k and 600k. I have set a goal this spring of completing another PA series, which would be my fourth, in addition to my two series completed in NJ. Saturday was the 300k, leaving out of […]
During the cold weather months of November through March, I spend a good deal of my exercise time on the stationary bike. It has a calorie counter that my TrainingPeaks software converts to watts, so I can get a pretty fair wattage reading for my workouts. I can even compare inside riding with outside riding.
When my local cycling friend Roy and I set out from Milford, N.J. on the PA Blue Mountain 200k yesterday morning at 7 a.m., I had a lot of hopes and a lot of questions. I hoped that riding only 324 miles in three months in 2012 would not cause my legs to desert me […]
This morning I tried a 20-minute threshold workout on the spinner at the gym. I started the winter doing these once or twice a week and in early February set new indoor wattage highs for 20 minutes (258w) and an hour (233w). Then I got bronchitis and I hadn’t tried to do threshold work in […]
When I last posted on February 2, 2012, I had just that day broken a new record by averaging 258 watts on the spinner for 20 minutes (off the spinner my record is 289). A few days later, I reached a record 233 watts for an hour on the spinner (off the record is still […]