Archive for March, 2012

Training for the First Time Ride

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

So much to learn, so little time to learn it.  Here in eastern Massachusetts coming up on April many think not only of the looming tax time deadline, but also of the Boston Marathon.  Through the years I’ve been along the Marathon route only once that I remember, and although in my young years I did enjoy running, doing the Boston Marathon just wasn’t 0n my radar – it was always an “I’d never be able to do that!” kind of thinking.

Now here I am at age 70, training for what is referred to by its creator  as “…a serious endurance event…”.  What’s in my mind now, unlike my marathon thoughts of earlier years is that “I have no reason to think that I can’t do this!”.

The caveat of course is proper training — not only with exercise, but also nutrition and hydration  (See my earlier post about How Not To Leave the Gym“.)   This is where my reference to the Marathon comes in.  Comparing notes with the Pastor at my church, Rob Davis, who IS a marathoner and will be running this years Boston Marathon, I am realizing with each conversation we have that there are significant parallels between  training for a 190 mile bike ride and Marathon training. This is all new for me.

I’ve been along the sideline for the PMC ride for many years saying “someday I’m going to ride.”, and I’ve known others who have done the ride.  In talking with those who have done the ride I continue to be encouraged.  With each day at the gym, each hour on my bike, and each conversation with a previous rider that I have, I become more and more excited.


The Riding Continues

Monday, March 19th, 2012

With the continued beautiful weather and record setting temperatures here in New England, yesterday was a great day for bike riding!  I had mapped out a ride for approximately 15 miles for yesterday, but then went a different route and ended up with a 20 mile ride.  I’m finding out that mapping out a route ahead of time provides a great incentive for my ride, but I’m also finding out that as I expand my riding area it’s also great to have some idea of the road conditions I’ll face on the ride — particularly as it relates to those motor vehicles whizzing by on a narrow road with no shoulder.  As I’ve been training I’m seeing the results as I see my average speed on my rides improving.  All in all it is going very well.


My St. Patrick’s Day Ride

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Today was the day I hit the 100 mile mark with my “new” Pan-Mass Challenge wheels.  The bike and I are getting along very well, getting used to each other.  With each ride I’m becoming more comfortable and fluid with my shifting so my rides are becoming easier.  Today it was an 11.65 mile ride, with my average speed at 13mph, but the real thrill for me was to see that I’ve passed that 100 mile mark.  My rides generally are getting longer, but mostly they are sandwiched into a time slot preventing me from the longer ride I’m getting more and more anxious to have.  I guess patience is the word for now.  The weather is looking good for the next few days so I expect to get more riding in.  Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to get in a ride of 20 miles or more this coming week — that would be terrific!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

This is Massachusetts in early March — it’s 65 degrees and sunny!  We’ll take it!  It was a great day to get out on the road and ride, today for me it was a 10 mile route in the neighborhood at lunch time.  Thanks to I could see exactly what I was dealing with for terrain.  You can see the results if you click here if you care to.