Morning Stats

Distance: 16.00 miles
Time: 01:00:00
Terrain: Road: Rolling
Bike: Fuji Sandblaster SX XC Mtn
Club: 2010 TerraTrike Car-Free Challenge
Weather Conditions: 7:30a – 60F, sunny, cool, moist air. Chipmunk index of 5.

Morning Ride

Notable things:

  1. Longest commute of the year: 16 miles.  Not bad.  Especially since I did it in 1 hour.
  2. Almost killed the 4th chipmunk I saw, or maybe I should say he tried to commit suicide under my tire.  That sucked but we both made it out alive.
  3. Got to observe a wild turkey and her 7 – 10 kids trying to cross the road on Judson Ln.  Luckily, Judson is a school zone and it’s very curvy, so people going down that way in the morning are dropping school kids off and being wary of things in the road.  Last month, I helped a snapping turtle get across the same road in almost the same spot, so the locals must be used to wildlife crossing there.
  4. Muddy!  Even trying to avoid the mud, I got pretty grody.

Looking forward to the ride home.  I also noticed today that they finally approved my picture for my profile and my bike picture in my bikejournal.com profile.  I laughed so hard when I saw the bike pic.  Yes, I did submit that, but it was awesome to see it actually on the profile page next to the description of the sandblaster.  I’ll replace it with a real pic some day.

Evening Stats

Distance: 16.00 miles
Time: 01:05:00
Terrain: Road: Rolling
Bike: Fuji Sandblaster SX XC Mtn
Club: 2010 TerraTrike Car-Free Challenge
Weather Conditions: 6P – 78F, sunny, light humidity. Chipmunk index of 1.

Evening Ride

I’m listening to Gonna Fly Now – you know, the training montage song from Rocky – because I cranked today.  Average speed of 16mph on the way to work, and 14.8mph coming back???  On a what?  A dirty old rusty mountain bike that makes noise and has a shifty crankshaft????  Ohhhhh snit.  Oh, and what?  Part of that was off road?  Yeah, you know what’s up.

Man, what a totally excellent ride to cap off another crap day at work.  But today’s ride was all about the ride.  I didn’t think about work for a second of it.  The major hurdle for me now is that hill as you leave Canton and head into New Hartford. That thing is just a monster to me.  I watched a guy on a road bike stand up and crank up the whole thing.  It looked like he didn’t lose a bit of speed.  It was inspirational.  So the bar has been set.  I want to do that!

Well, I upped my mileage for the commute yesterday and today.  Maybe next week I’ll try for the full commute on bike.   Tomorrow I think I’ll take it easy and just go from New Hartford again, and I won’t watch my time closely.  I need to give the legs a break.  I’ve never done this much riding in my life, but I see how people become such avid cyclists.  The endorphins and stuff firing off in your body is just exhilarating.

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