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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The quickie route

I knew that if I was going to get enough base miles on my bike, I was going to have to get some miles in on Wednesday. Wednesday is the day I go to midweek services at my church. I'm not going to give that up to ride a bike. I also didn't want to rush home, ride and then get ready for church. It is hard enough getting home, eating, getting the kids ready, and getting to church as it is.

So, on my way home from work today, I took the car and drove around my neighborhood measuring out a route to ride. I came up with a 1.2 mile circuit with two nasty climbs, few stop signs, and hardly any traffic. I figured I could get in a ten mile ride with ease -- just enough to keep the legs limber and add a dime to my weekly mileage.

When I got home from church, I got on the bike and headed out. I ended up with a pretty good workout (as you can see below). I was cranking and still only managed 16 mph or so. Those hills really do add to the workload. The coolest thing is that the sun went down and I was still able to ride because of the available street lights. Traffic? The primary traffic was the pedestrian type.

I think this is going to be great! When things get too busy, I can always ride very early in the morning or late at night. The main thing is to stay in the saddle! Speaking of saddles. I rode the last 3 miles standing up because my seat came loose and tipped backward. I'll have to fix that tomorrow.

Today's Training Line:

Distance: 10.21 miles / Average Speed: 16.5 mph / Time: 0:37:02
Average Heart Rate: 160 bpm / Level 5: 0:18:05* / Work: 705**

* Level 5 is the time heart beats between 165 and 183 bpm
** Comparative number to measure exertion during different sessions

Data collected by Sports Instruments ECG Pro 7 heart rate monitor and Cat Eye Astrale 8 cyclocomputer


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