Tuesday, September 21, 2010

And I introduce to you.....

My shiny new precious. It has been 5 months in the making but is finally ready.

It has Chris King headset, Handspun wheels with Mavic open Pro Wheels and ultegra 6700 hubs, SRAM Rival Grouppo, Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Seat and Deda stem, handlebars and seatpost when its back in stock. The best thing I love about the bike is it is Steel, handmade in Italy and has lugged joints *drool*

I have not really had a chance to try it out for a decent ride but heres hoping this weekend.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Update

Well first lets get weight out the way. Unfortunately I gained a pound for the week so I'm at 235lbs for the week. This is me back on the weekly update so we will see how it goes.

Today I had to get some college work done. I think Jen got bored so first mowed a bit then headed out for Jenny time. Upon finishing the college work I also decided to have Stevie time so headed out myself, just that I headed out on the bike *grin*. I did the 20 mile Ft Campbell route and will give details of the stats and rout in a min. First I wanted to give you a rundown of my thinking during the ride. Please note this is like my 6th ride of the year and the last four have been over the last month. It was also my second longest at just under 20 miles (only the sunrise century half metric was more).

Mile 0 :- sweeeeeet, I'm on the bike .
Mile 1 :- (first little hill) hell yeah I'm feeling good. I'm gonna push it a bit harder
Mile 5 :- 10 mile or 20 miles. I can do it, I'm going for it. I'm also gonna push it.
Mile 7 :- I'm having fun... should I turn back, it would be about 15 miles.... nah go for it 2 more miles and I'm at the point of no return. I think ill push it again.
Mile 10 :- Point of no return, think I will push it.....hmmmm the brain says yes the legs are saying WTF dude!!!!
Mile 14:- (374 ramp - uphill) - OMFG the legs are not happy with me..puuuuuushhhh ....owwwww nope....spiiiiiiin
Mile 17:- soooo close.....sooooooooo close
Mile 19:- (uphill to subdivision) Last push lets go for it.. PUUUUSHHHHHHH
Mile 19.2:- whimper..... I just wanna make it without falling over
Mile 19.77 :- (home) water.....I need.....water... why are keys not working...dammit let me in technology give me WATER.

Also I would like to point out that I did the full 20 miles without stopping. One of my goals is to ride a century and if I stop ever 5 miles I will never get it done so I wanted to make sure I could sustain riding for 20 miles without stopping (of course maybe I should have rode more before trying). After effect of doing this..... Anyone catch the number of the bus that hit me.

Stats for the Ride
Trip Distance :- 19.77 miles
Trip Time :- 1hr 18mins 37 secs
Ave Speed :- 15.09 mph
Ave Cadence :- 67 rpm
Max Speed :- 28.75mph

That's me for now. Have a good one.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Weight update.

Well I finally fell back on the primal band wagon and this is day 3. So far its not been too bad and I had a yummy filling breakfast. The thing that steeled me to get back on it was the fact that I had got myself down to 232 and was looking at 230 and below. I have had the last few weekends where we were away and when I weighed myself Monday I was 243ish. Talk about annoyed.

Well its Thursday and I have cut out diet sodas, I have been keeping on the primal diet and I weighed myself this morning. Back to 234...WOOT. I think I finally got the hit that I needed to get refocused, for now I just want to see how I survive the weekend. *LOL*

So weigh in at 6am :- 234lbs


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mount Carmel excursion

Well its another week and another trip on the weekend *grin*. This time we visited Jens cousins in Mt Carmel with the goal of doing some mountain biking. It was planned that we would ride Saturday but the stupid weather had other plans *LOL*. Thankfully the weather cleared up for Sunday and we were able to get a 5-6 mile ride in. It was a little boggy but hey that's what mountain bikes are for *LOL*.

On a side note, for those of you in the know I was testing out my mountain bike after being in at the bicycle center here in Clarksville TN. I have had to take the bike back to them 5 times since I bought it last year and the issues had never been resolved. It took them charging me for a derailleur adjustment for me to get annoyed enough to talk to the right person. The bike was returned to them, the money (i was only 16 dollars but I felt it was the principle of buying a bike that works) returned to the account and another few weeks of work occurred to the bike. By the time it was finished the owner of the store dealt with the issue and made sure to ride it for half an hour to make sure it was fixed (which was all I asked every time I took it in but as it worked fine on the stand it looks like it was never done). By the time the work was completed, they had replaced the left (front) shifter, the front derailleur, the crank and the bottom bracket. Couple this with the chain and cassette already replaced quite a lot has been replace.

After the 6 miles with me putting good pressure on a few uphill sections the ghost shifting is finally gone. Props go out to the owner who once apprised of the situation took full ownership of the issue and got me a resolution (not his fault the mechanics never told him).

ok time for bed, peace out peeps.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunrise Century and weekend

Well to start off the holiday weekend Jen and I rode the 34 mile route on the sunrise century. It meant a nice 6am rise and approx 3.5 hrs of riding. It might have been a bit faster if we had actually ridden more this year but since it is 3 times longer than anything done this year I am happy with it. Had a couple of cramps during the ride but was able to push past them.

Stats for the ride:-
  • Total Distance:- 34.01 miles
  • Time Taken :- 2hrs 55 mins 24 secs
  • Ave Speed :- 11.68 mph
  • Ave Cadence :- 51 rpm
  • Max Speed :- 24.21 mph

Once we finished this we dived home, cleaned up and headed out for the weekend to Cincinnati. Meeting up with Gabe and Em we preceded to enjoy a nice relaxing weekend with a few beers and cultural things while enjoying the different foods Cincinnati had to offer. It was a welcome break for me and I really needed it. Long may more turn up *LOL*