Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rode again Saturday!

In an effort to get back into the swing of things, I rode again on Saturday. Saturday is typically reserved for longer rides, but considering how much effort I had to put into riding the first 10 miles, my goal was to complete another 10 miles. The previous ride had been challenging and had actually made my seat a little sore. This ride was just as challenging, but it didn't make me at all sore.

I got a late start on the ride after waking up and having a nice breakfast before the ride. I hit the road around 11:00 AM, and it was warm but the breeze was pleasant. I decided on this ride, that I would let the signals determine my path; meaning if I rolled up to a signal and it was red, then I would turn right, otherwise I would proceed straight. It made the ride at least a little interesting since I had no predetermined course.

The ride took me 48 minutes to complete, averaging again around 12.5 mph. For some reason my polar strap wasn't working, so I didn't get any heart or calorie data. I guess I'll have to check the battery.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Back in the saddle...

As of Thursday, July 2nd, after a three month break, I was back in the saddle again. I took a three month break from riding to join my wife on a diet. It was a very effective, low calorie, low carbohydrate diet, which was contradictory to the requirements for cycling. It lasted 10 weeks, and I have no regrets since I lost 15 pounds as a result.

On Thursday morning I woke up around 5:30 AM. I dawned my Cool Breeze cycling jersey, PAA bib shorts and gloves, and headed into the kitchen for a pre-ride breakfast. By 6:15 AM I was on the road. I decided ahead of time to start off with an easy 10 miles to ease back into riding. After the first mile, I felt my quads groaning and knew I had made the right choice.

After riding for roughly four miles, my legs finally warmed up. The ride was still a challenge after so much time had passed, but at this point it was at least tolerable. Overall it took roughly 45 minutes to complete the ride, after which I showered, ate a second breakfast, and drove off to work.