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31
Mar
08

Road Biking Fun

Road biking 31mar Yay! I really am getting into the whole road biking thing. It is super nice out (at least right now) and I like scooting around town on two wheels under my own power.

I am really, really craving getting that Edge though. While riding around is fun, it isn’t exactly what I would like to do. Since I am such a competitive person I would like to have stats for my ride. And to have stats, I would like to see how long I was actually riding and how fast I was going during that ride.

Speaking of competition. I rode the canal and there was a guy that got on the canal right after me (Gilbert Rd and Warner). At the road crossings I obviously had to slow down to make sure that traffic clear. A couple of times he caught up to me and was crossing the street with me. One time being where there was a giant concrete ledge (the curb that was undone due to construction) that I wasn’t about to jump on a road bike. he was able to jump over it while I took a detour of about 20 feet so I could use a small ramp and a little section of sidewalk. I knew he was right there behind me and made good time getting over that curb whilst I took my detour. So what do I do once I got back on the trail? I blasted it. Pedaled until my legs lit on fire. Then the wind started kicking up – of course, in my face, not at my back – and I wouldn’t allow myself to step the gears down to make it easier. Nope! This was my chance to get more distance between us. LOL. I’m a crazy bat…

Today’s ride was 33.5 miles. Interesting enough, when I mapped it out on google maps, it said that it would have taken me 1 hr and 15 mins to drive that. For me, it took me 1 hr 40 minutes. So using that, I suppose I went an average of around 20 mph. Yay! But then again, I was taking the canal, of which I can’t trace on Google Maps,  so my average was probably closer to 18 mph. Still nice.

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25
Mar
08

Bike Ride Around Chandler

bike ride around chandlerIt was a nice bike ride. My sit bones are not quite used to riding that far, so I was hurting a bit by the end. some of the roads were not very road bike friendly as they not only didnt have a bike lane, but they didn’t have a shoulder – so I just had to ride in a car lane with traffic. Yikes! I had fun waving to all the people also out there biking and running and walking strollers around. I also had fun racing cars off the line like I was some sort of dragster. LOL. So, here I am 34.5 miles later after the ride. This trip does confirm that I really would have liked to have an Edge bike computer, or well, any bike computer so I could have seen how fast I was going and how far I had gone. I think it would have been nice to have a cadence sensor too, even though I have never tried riding with cadence. Seemed like it would have helped out some. It would have also been nice to have a route where I was not stopping at every light too. I guess on the plus side, I got plenty of practice clipping in and clipping out! Oh, and riding in just bike shorts wasn’t as weird as I thought it would be. Probably more comfortable than shorts or the shorts/spandex combo.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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