• 2h 37m 01s
  • 83.70 kms
  • 31.98 KM/hr

Beautiful morning for a ride... after the WICKED storms that blew through yesterday and over night. That cleared the air and it was like riding in a dream, no humidity, sunshine, blue skies, puff clouds.... of course their was wind, but I didn't mind too much.

The first half of the ride (or more) was all into the wind... it was a minimum of 40 km in to the 20+ km/h winds. I didn't push it though, just rode a nice easy comfy pace, working on my leg strength and pacing. I purposely kept my HR below the Z3 level. I am pretty sure the HR was below 120 for that first 1:40 minutes. At that point, the clouds looked a little menacing, so I turned back and had a good tailwind, and picked up the pace a little. I still kept the HR low, but the speed came up. I was thinking of riding up to Stratford (from Embro) at that point, but when I got to Maplewood Sideroad, I decided to head back on that road, as it's a VERY quiet road. Very little traffic, fairly flat, and a little twisty (so not boring), winding through farmers fields (corn so high you couldn't see any of the scenery), it was AWESOME. This section was totally downwind and I was flying... in fact I TT that 10 km at 40+ km/h (one section I was maintaining 50 .. SWEET!!).

At the stop sign, I had to wait for traffic to clear and then took the next section of that road, which is pretty much identical, and did it again, but not quite so hard. I still was maintaining close to or over 40 km/h. I LOVE TAILWINDS.

The next stop sign, I had to turn North again for a little bit, so it wasn't quite as helpful a wind, but still helping. Kept up the pace, but made sure the HR was steady. Turning East again at the next stop sign, I picked it up yet again. Riding hard and steady back towards home. When I go to New Hamburg, I went down the hill into town at over 50 km/h... and when I entered the town limits I was actually speeding (closer to 60 and limit is 50). I rode entirely in the lane, and the car that followed me down the hill, stayed behind me... I was a little shocked. I tried to maintain my speed up the little rise on the other side of the river, but legs just gave out, so I pulled into the "bike lane" and let the car pass. That was a fun 1 km.

After that car passed, there was another vehicle well back, and I was again going downhill, so me speed increased. I then took the lane and he didn't even attempt to pass. When I turned onto Waterloo St to head to Baden, I was doing 40 km/h... and I think I shocked a few people. I now had a FULL bike lane to ride in, and the traffic was reasonably well behaved. The rest of the way home was pretty good, I stayed down in my TT position and just kept on cranking. I did the last 40 km in just over an hour... it was awesome feeling.

The last 1 km to my place, I put it in the easy gears and just spun the legs out. I was pretty tired, but felt great. I didn't eat all my food, or drink all my fluids and still had plenty of energy. I paced it perfectly... easy for the first half and increased effort on the last half. Pretty solid training ride.

In zone: 1:06:57
Calories: 1388

  • Calories out: 3161 From lifestyle:1848, From activities:1313
no time today... Sweetums is sleeping days and working nights, so I have to do all the little chores that need to be done on weekends. Grocery shopping is the big thing. Had haircut this morning as well. Sucks being a single parent. :(
Bike #1
  • 44m 30s
  • 21.23 kms
  • 28.62 KM/hr

Took my time... very, very slow ride into work. Took the easiest route I could and just pedaled easy. I also made the decision to take my old standard route... which entails riding on busier road... but I decided that it's time to TAKE THE LANE. I really can't believe all the numb-skulls out there lately. Yesterday morning a van clipped a cyclist with his mirror... so hard it broke the mirror off his vehicle... and drove away. They are looking for this numb-skull, but the cyclist who was hit ( a 60 yr. old gentleman) had to be taken to hospital with SERIOUS injuries. OH, and there were SEVERAL cars that witnessed the accident and saw the man laying on the road and kept on driving.... WTF???

So, from now on, I'm taking the lane... refusing to give up my allotted space and FORCING the idiots to drive safely. Any that don't, and pull stupid stunts, get reported to the police.

In Zone: 0:53
Calories: 266

Bike #2
  • 42m 40s
  • 22.80 kms
  • 32.06 KM/hr

I had a bit of a helping wind tonight... so attempted to ride harder. I took the easiest route home (fewer hills), and just powered through as best I could. Took it fairly easy for the first 6 or 7 minutes to warm up... then I was out of the city limits and started cranking hard. I was doing well until I hit any kind of hill, then my legs would scream at me after a minute of extra effort... so I would back down until they stopped howling and maintained that effort level until I crested and started down or had flats. It was a good solid ride, but my legs don't like me now.

As I took the easier (and shorter) route home, I decided to attempt a Strava segment I through town that I haven't attempted before. I raced down the road until my legs gave out, then took it easy for 30 seconds then picked it up again. I was doing 45 km/h, and I actually had cars waiting behind me and pass me safely. I was shocked... even though I shouldn't be, because it's a 50 km/h speed zone... so NOBODY should have passed, as I was doing the speed limit.

At one point during ride, on the back country road I normally take, I noticed a few cars closing on me from behind and a line of cars approaching in front. There is no paved shoulder, no shoulder what-so-ever as it's a VERY minor back road, and the side of the road is so deteriorated that it's unsafe to ride there. As I was motoring along at 45 km/h, I took the entire lane, riding down the centre of the lane as the Ministry of Transport suggests. In the first break in vehicles coming towards us, the first car passed me safely... but then the pick-up truck, pulling a camper decided it was safe to pass me as well. Not only did he almost hit me with his trailer, he forced the oncoming car off the road and to stop. I haven't seen the video yet, and whether I can get his license plate number, but I'm going to report this as it was BEYOND stupid... all the way into homicidal!! I don't give a rat's ass if you're late for an appointment (or a camping trip), there is absolutely NO CALL TO ENDANGER ALL THE PEOPLE ON THE ROAD!! Holy F&$K man... did you LOOK at your speedometer... I'm doing 45+ KM/H in a 80 km/h zone, which is ALSO a NO PASSING ZONE!!! Wait for 10 seconds, you're not going to be any later!! #LIVID!!!!

In zone: 28:12
Calories: 410

  • Calories out: 2686 From lifestyle:1883, From activities:803
Bike #1
  • 45m 10s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 29.98 KM/hr

Easy ride this morning, took it nice and gently. VERY cool this morning, felt like fall. Mid-July and it's single digits Celsius in the morning?? WTF

Couple bone head drivers this morning... really just don't understand the mentality of these turds. :(

In zone: 7:38
Calories: 328

Bike #2
  • 41m 12s
  • 20.80 kms
  • 30.29 KM/hr

Commute from work to the Club TT site... was trying to take it easy, but about 6 km away I realized I was going to be late... so I had to step it up. Got my HR up and I was warm, but then had to wait around for 15 minutes until the start. Oh well, not a big deal... I was ready for the TT when I got there... just my legs weren't as fresh as I would have liked them to be.

In zone: 15:38
Calories: 368

Bike #3
  • 21m 30s
  • 14.00 kms
  • 39.07 KM/hr

Got off to a poor start (no holder... and clipping in wasn't smooth)... but once I got going it was ok. Put it into a gear that I could hold with out too much of an issue and just went hard. I got my breathing and HR dialed in and just rode hard. I tried catching my :30 second guy, but he was fast too... we both passed his :30 sec guy though. I was only passed by one other rider too... and once he passed me I actually was able to stay with him, mostly. I debated about gearing up to a harder gear at the end, but decided to just use leg speed to sprint it in as best I could. I was pretty thrashed at the end, but not quite as bad as the last time... maybe I didn't go hard enough. Hmmmm...

In zone: 21:07
Calories: 282

Bike #4
  • 1h 08m 38s
  • 32.90 kms
  • 28.76 KM/hr

The commute home... took it very deliberately slow... my legs were fine as long as I didn't push too hard. The wind was ok for most of the ride home (helping crosswind), but a couple sections were headwind. So, I choose a route that had that headwind section as downhill... kind of evened things out and I was able to keep up a pretty decent pace. The first half of this commute is through the city, so it was rather slow any way... and I deliberately rode down University Ave -- the site of a hit-n-run on a cyclist this morning -- to show these dipshits that we have a right to be here. I didn't ride next to the curb, I rode out in the middle of the lane. Made all drivers respect my rights... all but one. She passed me 30' from the corner than turned right in front of me... fortunately I was expecting this and was slowing down, but really... do these people not know the rules of the road? YOU DON"T PASS SOMEONE THEN SLAM ON BRAKES AND TURN RIGHT. If you did that in front of a car, you'd be road pizza in a hurry. Brainless drivers. :(

In zone: 25:37
Calories: 568

  • Calories out: 3681 From lifestyle:1838, From activities:1843
Bike #1
  • 42m 25s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 31.93 KM/hr

Brisk N wind blew me in this morning... means it's going to suck going home, but that's ok. I may actually try to get to the Novice Club ride tonight.

Steady effort this morning, keeping the cadence up. Most hills were hard but not killing myself (I do have to work 10 hours, too). Gearing screwed up on the biggest climb, so it was a lot easier than I wanted, but that's ok.

I need to take Xena in to be checked out, as I took a little spill in the gravel last week... everything looked ok, but the shifting in the rear isn't where it should be.

In zone: 23:31
Calories: 368

Bike #2
  • 42m 50s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 31.62 KM/hr

Rode hard home as I worked overtime (didn't want to) and missed my chance to ride with the Novice's tonight. Took my frustrations out on the bike.

30 minute TT effort, followed by 3 minutes easy, then another 10 minute TT effort. Legs were cooked after this one.

In zone: 36:25
Calories: 465

Yesterday was a great day to ride... the rain never materialized, so I would have been fine. Of course, if I had rode it probably would have poured and had lightening all over. You just never know this year. :(

  • Calories out: 2596 From lifestyle:1884, From activities:713
Forecast when I went to bed said 60% chance of rain this afternoon, ~5mm ending around 5pm. When I woke up... 90% chance, 5-10mm ending after 6 pm. Oh, it wasn't just rain either, it is expected to be thunderstorms. I wasn't interested in dodging lightening... so I drove today.
Bike #1
  • 45m
  • 22.57 kms
  • 30.09 KM/hr

Morning commute... called in to work as they are so short staffed and over worked that I have to come in on my day off. Not to worry though, I'm NOT staying all day and I will probably do a long ride home. :)

I do have some things to do today so I can't do a really long ride.

This morning was just a normal commute, a little faster than normal as I was riding Xena ... haven't had a chance to change the tube on The Beast. Wind is supposed to be favourable on the way home... I may push some speed this afternoon.

In zone: 16:00
Calories: 355

Bike #2
  • 40m 30s
  • 22.57 kms
  • 33.44 KM/hr

Put some speed on going home as I needed to make it to the Dentist on time. Had an ok breeze helping, but it wasn't a strong wind. This was definitely harder than I wanted it to be. Had some good efforts and rode hard up most of the hills, felt strong on the last straight away going into Baden... but my time wasn't better then my best time... so I have work to do. I need to get stronger.

I made it home in time to shower after a brief rest to cool down... and still got to dentist on time. She didn't find anything of note and we're hoping that things will have cleared up after the antibiotic course is finished.

In zone: 34:23
Calories: 435

  • Calories out: 2877 From lifestyle:1884, From activities:993

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