Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New record riding home -
  • 5.89 miles
  • Max speed of 25.5 mph
  • Time - 23:08
  • Average speed 15.1 mph
  • Odometer - 758.4 mile
19 seconds faster then the last record.  Slight tailwind.  Drafted semi-truck some on Marginal. Heavier frame, saddlebags, front and back racks.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Last Weeks Hill Rides

Tuesday the 10th I rode down to Gig Harbor for a friends party. It's the same route Tim and I did about a year ago. West Seattle, Vashon, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Southworth. In fact, it was almost exactly one year ago.

This time I flew solo. I picked up some Vashon Island Coffee, along the way for myself and some wine for the party. Now I'm not really a wine drinker and I may not know what I'm talking about but this stuff was good. A red table wine. I may have to find another bottle somewhere or head back over there.

Anyway the ride was just as grueling as I remember it especially "that hill" (290 feet in .62 mile, ~8.9% grade). Accurate mileage reading for the ride this time - 48 miles with 3400 feet of elevation gain.

Three days later, Friday the 13th, Tim and I rode out to Snoqualmie Falls and back. This ride took us up a new hill that, notably, must be my all time hardest (383 feet in .85 mile, ~8.5% grade). On the way back I fell into some sort of zone and was just powering along, up hills and down. This ride turned out to be about 78 miles with about 3500 feet of elevation gain.

That's about 126 miles of hilly riding in one week. The beauty of all this is it's 3 days later and I have no knee pain. Is it the bike? Is it all the riding I've been doing? I don't know but I like it.