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Training Log Archive: OutdoorsMama

In the 7 days ending Jul 27:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Gravel Bike1 1:50:00 21.83(11.9/h) 35.13(19.2/h)
  Adventure Bike1 1:20:00 12.9(9.7/h) 20.76(15.6/h)
  Trekking1 58:00 4.0(14:30) 6.44(9:01)
  Canoeing1 55:00
  Total4 5:03:00 38.73 62.33

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Saturday Jul 27 #

Adventure Bike (pavement, rail trail) 1:20:00 [3] 12.9 mi (9.7 mph)

In Guelph for a whirlwind visit for our university class reunion. I brought my bike knowing there would be about 3 hours in the morning where I could go for a ride between activities. I took the valvestem cap off to put more air in the tires and the core of the valvestem came with it. WTH. So all the air rushed out of my tire and the bead popped. Those must have been pretty special new valvestems that Paul put on my bike.

No problem. Put in a tube. Good grief.....these 2 spare tubes I have been carrying don't work with the rims on this bike!!!!!! The valvestems are too short. Well, better find out now than in the middle of nowhere. Speed River Cycle opened at 10 I got 2 tubes with the right (LONG) valvestems. So my riding time was cut back, but I did check out some of the path along the river and some of the beautiful back streets (and the campus). There was a lunch with my classmates in the middle of this ride.

Wednesday Jul 24 #

Gravel Bike (rail trail, pavement) 1:50:00 [3] 21.83 mi (11.9 mph)

Took a couple of the Banded Goose gals on the round trip to Leamington, including the new paved shoulder/bike lane on Seacliff Drive.

Tuesday Jul 23 #

Canoeing 55:00 [3]

A 20% chance of showers turned into an hour long thunderstorm .....which fortunately was just before we got into the boat. So we sat it out in the shelter of the ice cream stand (which, sadly, was closed for the day).
We started paddling up and down the beach in the swells, practicing getting in and out of the canoe and turning it around on a dime (well, in an area about the size of a king sized bed). L was in the stern this time. Then we portaged over into the mirror-smooth marina and did some more practice in there. At no point did we run into any $800,000 power boats. Whew.

Monday Jul 22 #

Trekking (streets, hills in park) 58:00 [3] 4.0 mi (14:30 / mi)
shoes: Hoka

A steady 5k jog, bookended by walking. Jogged up and down the hills in a couple parks down by the lake.

Sunday Jul 21 #


Back to my beloved and faithful (hope I didn't jinx it!) Flintridge Pro tires on the Adventure Bike. They squish out to 42 or 43 mm from their advertised 40 mm, so will help a bit with the pea gravel that Gravel Worlds is known for.
I rode around and around town, getting the sealant squished around in the tires. I also got new bike shoes (my last pair ripped at the central velcro strap...they had a few abusive miles on them.....), so I fiddled around with the cleat placement on them while out riding as well.
And, after much agonizing and research, I ordered the Garmin Edge 830. As often is the case, DC Rainmaker's review clinched the deal for me. The hand-me-down one I have been using has only had seizures and shutdowns while following pre-set routes this year. It is fine for just riding around though. But spontaneously shutting down with 60% battery life or losing a route several times in the middle of nowhere is a bit vexing.

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