biking - dark blue bike40:09 7.16 mi (5:36 / mi) +880ft5:01 / mi ahr:129 max:164 weight:138lbs
Got home after yesterday's ride and fiddled with the front derailleur some more. Zero progress, probably made it even worse.
And rain was coming, wasn't sure what I felt like doing.
And then thought, sure don't need the big chain ring on South Sugarloaf. And if I get going now, I'll beat the rain. And even though it's chilly and normally I'd wear tights, I figured I'd be working hard enough to stay warm. Which certainly turned out to be true.
Two questions in mind. First was the usual, what sort of time could I do up the hill. My best last year was 9:05. It's a good test, and certainly a good measure of fitness, the only problem is that it's not all that much fun, so I don't do it very often. So there is less data than one would hope. But some is better than none.
The other question dealt with the really steep way up, and here, as is often the case, Phil was the motivation. He's been doing repeats with SMAC, four loops, starting at the top, down the less steep way to just above the hairpin and then up the more steep way. Incidentally, that loop is one way, and the direction of the loops is the wrong way. Ah, so what....
I guess the question was, could I make it up, and what sort of lap time could I do. I certainly wasn't thinking of four laps, knowing that the first climb up to the top was already going to trash me.
Anyway, off before the rain. Got up in 9:13, acceptable. Maybe started a little too quickly, seemed to be breathing hard already after a couple of minutes. But hung in right to the end.
Momentum carried me the little bit down to the upper parking lot, and in the process I figured I meant as well get Phil's loop over with, so off I went on that, after noticing that there were no cars there might be coming down the narrow steep part when I'd be going up.
Down to just above the hairpin, sharp right turn, and straight up. Lowest gear, for sure. Probably down to about two miles an hour. But I stayed on the bike, and after a bit it got a little less steep, and then less, which was really good because I was wasted.
Finished the loop, just under 5 minutes. Totally trashed, didn't give the slighted thought to another. Coasted down the hill, easy pace going home, and then off to the bike shop to get proper repairs done.
Certainly type 2 fun (the planning and the memories are fun, just not the doing). :-)
biking - dark blue bike1:56:06 26.2 mi (4:26 / mi) +1473ft4:12 / mi ahr:123 max:153 weight:138.5lbs
Back to the lower hills on the west of the valley, some the same as yesterday, some different. Put out a good effort going up Whately Glen, for sure.
Stopped at the end of Roaring Brook Road for a while. My derailleurs read need adjustment. The rear one is just a little off, but I can deal with that. The front one was enough off it was getting hard to get into the big chain ring. So I fiddled with things for a while, and at that point I pretty much couldn't get into the big ring at all. Me and tools just don't get along.
Well, time to get going. Managed after a bunch of tries to get in the big ring, and then just left it there the rest of the way. That was Ok, no more steep ups, but it seemed the 15-minute stop had done a number on my legs, no energy at all. Seemed all the way home I was having a hard time pushing one gear lower than I was expecting to use. So maybe the lesson is just don't stop? :-)
biking - dark blue bike1:18:16 20.38 mi (3:50 / mi) +589ft3:44 / mi ahr:116 max:148 weight:138.5lbs
River Road - Old Deerfield loop. Energy low to middling, effort low to middling. Seemed just fine.
Mid 60s, not much wind, bit of sun, mostly clouds. Wanted to wear a long-sleeve shirt, but couldn't find my green one, so used my cold weather long-sleeve bike shirt (a nice bright red). Comfy to start, then a little warm, at which point I unzipped a ways and then it was OK. Good to know what temps range it will be good for on its own; almost all the times I've worn it have been under a jacket.
biking - dark blue bike1:34:54 24.89 mi (3:49 / mi) +1080ft3:40 / mi ahr:130 max:161 weight:138lbs
About 70, S 5-10. Overcast when I started with rain predicted a few hours later, but after about 40 minutes it started raining and I got mostly soaked. No big deal as the temps were pleasant and for the most part I wasn't on any roads with more than the occasional car.
And another good hard effort. Don't know what's going on here. The only thing I can think of is that at some point there will be a ride with Phil, where the standard procedure is that I try, unsuccessfully, to get an agreement to ride at a conversational pace, and he just smiles and then proceeds to bust me. And he's enough stronger/younger that he can do that without putting out much effort himself. The only hope I have is that one or more of his various chronic ailments (neck, back, arms, butt, and/or feet, for starters) will flare up and allow him to enjoy a little suffering too.
Actually, there was a close call yesterday, meaning I just dodged another bout of suffering -- his time running up to the top of Mt. Toby was fortunately still a little slower than mine on the bike, so I didn't have to go out today to try and reassert myself....
So, today, I suppose it was just another session getting the lungs and the quads used to hurting. :-)
biking - dark blue bike45:39 11.17 mi (4:05 / mi) +77ft4:04 / mi ahr:104 max:119 weight:137.5lbs
Upper 70s, S 5-10, sunny. Was thinking about several different routes and opted for the shortest and flattest, and as it turned out, it was still too long and too hilly. Zero energy. Felt like I had already done a bunch of miles, which to some extent I had, but it was yesterday. I guess that still counts.
Got home, had something to eat, and headed right to napland. No trouble falling asleep.