I was in a very fiesty mood yesterday and insisted on wanting to ride with the group yesterday. Unfortunately nobody showed so it was just Rob and I to go about our ride. In the end I dont know which would have been worse..the rode I chose or trying to keep up with the guys.
I had a route in mind that I had done with Sarah in the previous post. It was a pleasant ride aside from a few hills but theres no avoiding hills on any ride here. So I took us out to where this route started. After reaching the hilly portion I realized maybe I made a mistake in the route choice. The hills seemed steeper than I remembered. In the end I walked up 3 hills. The last one I tried my hardest to finish without walking but going 3mph with legs aching I gave up and walked. Feeling overly defeated by hills I started crying and hyperventilating from being out of breath. Rob had gone ahead without (probably his way of boosting me to keep going by trying to keep up with him) but I was frustrated with my lack of energy to keep a pace going on the hills. Rob didnt know what to think with my minor brakedown. I just expressed my frustration of hills and on we went.
But to add the ride from hell I got us lost. At some point or other I took a wrong road and brought us way out of the way from where we were supposed to go. After trying to get our sense of direction and where we were Rob managed to get us back on track, taking a different route home. Overall we ended up only being 5 miles out of our way. Rob was hoping for an easy pleasant ride and in the end I murdered his legs with the hills I chose. He’s done parts of this route before with the super competitve guy in his group. The guy does these hills regularly apparently.
I have decided, on my good days, I will do just the hilly portion of this route to help me improve on my climbing. After my episode and frustration, I realized the only way I can beat these bastard of hills is to do them repeatedly until I dont have to walk them anymore. In the end I know my sense of hill climbing pride will sky rocket but for now I have to learn to not let them get the best of me to the point of tears anymore.
The first photo is just to show how the roads work in Kyllburg. As you can see by the building the incline is very sudden, steep and curvy. We pass this building but dont actually climb this specific hill: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roblisameehan/177181071/
Here I came across a site that explains the elevations in and around Kyllburg. This is for a Mt. Bike trail but hills are hills in this area. http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=44823 I believe Rob said we did over 2,000ft elevation on our route.
Anywho, Today I think im going to take it easy and just ride some laps on base. My legs are killing from yesterday still.
I think Rob has decided to build me a new road bike. We can get parts pretty cheap through a place on base so its makes sense to just do it this way. Now its just a matter of what kind of frame to get. In compact sizes I use a 43-44cm frame (with Giant xs). But according to my measurment this morning Rob says I’d ride a 46cm normal frame. Im tiny what can I say. 5’2″.
I’ve begun feeling a little competative lately. I think because I was pumping myself up for the possible race this sunday. However, upon some more investigation we find that it is in fact being held in July. Only now I’m sitting on the edge of my seat because I may not get the day off work for it in July. Oh and the horror that I may not be able ride the local race in August because another co-workers taking vacation! Good bye race year 2010, I dont even get to see you from the sidelines. But we’ll see if things can be worked out and if i’ll be able to get the days. Its just 2 days of the year but these are 2 days that unfortunately other people put in for before me. What total crap! Maybe I should just not work at all…all the time in the world to ride bikes then! But one cant support the addiction without an income.
Anywho, I have off Saturday and Rob’s riding with the boys again. I showed interest in attending one of these boy rides but I was told I would be left in the dust. Apparently one guy is a very compatetive rider which then makes everyone else competative which then means ‘shortstuff’-me will be left behind. Sooo I guess its another solo ride again. Its kind of dissapointing, the lack of estrogen on the bikes here. I want a little competition to motivate me to push harder and get stronger. I’ve got one friend that rides but we dont always get the same days available and then theres Rob but we dont always get to ride together either.
Well anyways. Im having a taste for a new bike. Not just the commuter im still patiently awaiting but oh say perhaps another road bike :p. So heres some idea’s Rob’s throwing at me, though I may have to wait till christmas:
Basicaly i’ve never ridden anything other than my Giant OCR Elite. For all I know I could be even more comfortable on a different kind of bike. And after a few years on Lulu I want to experience something new.
Here’s another team I came across, http://www.pinkbikerchicks.blogspot.com/
Need a boost of cycling motivation? If a 17yrs old has the will power im sure anyone can: http://www.goadventure.webs.com/
Pick up the latest Bicycle Times magazine and flip to page 25 to enter a sweepstakes to win a Soma Fabrications Buena Vista frame..magazine only, not on website. Entry to be in by april 19th. Short notice I know.
http://surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_check_complete/ Hmm now I could that one as a commuter! However, I do wish it was american made.
http://www.chainringtours.com/ – – I find it interesting that the guy is an avid cyclist and his wife is a massage therapist…this is sound like what Rob and I future is consisting of lol…Seeing as thats the path I was originaly on.
Ok i’ll admit all links found in the latest issue of Bicycling Times. Like the links then pick up the latest issue. Its a released quarterly.
I came across these silly videos when browsing somone elses blog. My husband thought they were funny but they poke fun at the cycling chat that often goes on between guys (and im sure some girls). Here, Here, and here. Theres many more link to them.
Among browsing videos this morning I came across this one. Its a Bike messenger race. Now I think its cool that there are bike messengers out there and all, its good for the enviroment and sends a good message literaly but some cyclists wonder why people arent always biker friendly. This is a good example of what not to do when cycling through busy streets while cutting off cars and nearly hitting pedestrians. Its in NYC but if cyclists want the same rights and respect as cars on the road than we cant go being hypocrits and pissing off other people in the process. But then again its NYC and that place is just crazy to begin with. In the end its a fun video to watch to see how these guys race and manuever around to deliver their messages! You get a rush just watching them. Good to see their finaly using bike lanes at the end lol.
Today is another beautiful day for a ride (at least temperature wise) but due to class and work its not going to happen. Tomorow is supposed to be sunny again so I may have to get up early to fit in a ride before class.
Sometimes I think im a fashionesta (sp) on 2 wheels. Ok not really but I like seeing what’s out there for jersey’s and often prefer cool colorful ones. I shop TeamEstrogen.com for alot of my stuff. There quick to ship and im usualy never dissatisfied with the products. Though I did learn early on if you by cheap, cheap is what you get. A good about them is there customer service, you can simply call them and get a one on one with a rep to help you choose the right stuff for you. Heres their latest jersey that I like.. 1 – the whole outfit (jersey and shorts) would be pretty cool.
I think I may invest in a pair of shades as well. As of now im using some cheap pair that I got for $10 at the store. The downside to them is they fog up because there tight on my face. I kind of like the idea of these since when I do commute, im usualy heading home at night and when its cold out the wind makes the eyes water and in summer the bugs are all over. It would also come in handy when cycling down roads through the forest because half the time I have to take off my glasses just so I can see the road when im under the shade of all the tree’s. Twisty roads and lack of visibilty..not a good thing.
We’ll see next paycheck.. 🙂 My birthday is this saturday after all 😀
Yesterday was my first ride outdoors all winter in the slow to arrive spring weather. Though today is definately anything but that. It was warm and sunny allowing me to get a post winter ride of 16 miles in. I did a lap of base followed by a ride out to a neighboring town and then back home. Was a little on the breezy side.
Today however is on the excessive breezy side, blowing around belongings and nearly dismanteling my sattelite dish from the side of the house. This is our own fault for only placing it up with one screw. Needless to say I am without tv now until the husband gets back in a month. Lets hope the dish stays intact till then. In the meantime i’ve cancled the thought of getting another ride in today. I doubt i’d even get 1mph in these gusts.