Archive for January, 2012

The New Bike

Monday, January 30th, 2012

It’s in! I picked it up on Saturday after a short 5 mile test ride on the bike path nearby. The weatherman is promising a high 40 degree temp on Wednesday so I should be able to ride it on the hilly terrain nearby. The weather is cooperating in support of my ride :-), or at least training for it! Life is indeed good!

Training Lessons (How NOT to exit the gym after a workout!)

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I started off my week in a manner which I do NOT recommend to anyone in training. I have never been good about keeping myself hydrated through a day, but my Monday experience taught me a lesson — keep hydrated.

It seems that after a great workout at the gym Monday morning, on my way out of the locker room I fainted as the result of dehydration, result — a non-graceful exit from the gym guided on a stretcher by the EMT responders. The resultant one night stand at the hospital provided me with ample time to think about hydration :-), and the “shoulds” that I need to keep in mind a I train for that Pan-Mass Challenge ride in August.

The 2012 PMC

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

The time is approaching!  January 17th begins open registration for riders of the Pan-Mass Challenge.  In my last post I wrote about cheering on riders as they rode past my home, thinking of “someday” riding myself, but not making the sacrifices necessary in order to do so.  I mused “Will this coming year be the year I make it happen?”.

The answer is YES!  I have ordered my new road bike, purchased “tights” for winter riding, been at the gym working out 3 – 5 days per week over the last month, and successfully ridden my mountain bike over the hilly terrain between Douglas, Ma and Thompson, CT., a not really easy short 15 mile ride — but a great place to start.

If you’re reading this, chances are that you have heard me talk about doing this ride — I’m really looking forward to the challenge!