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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending Jun 17:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  biking - dark blue bike7 12:44:12 180.88(4:13) 291.1(2:38) 7994
  Total7 12:44:12 180.88(4:13) 291.1(2:38) 7994
averages - weight:138.7lbs

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Sunday Jun 17 #

8 AM

biking - dark blue bike 1:42:48 intensity: (1:31:55 @1) + (10:53 @2) 20.01 mi (5:08 / mi) +954ft 4:55 / mi
ahr:91 max:123

Very mellow ride with Gail, Charlie, and Rhonda from Pleasant Valley up Sandy Brook Road. Nice to get out on the early side before it gets hot.

Saturday Jun 16 #

8 AM

biking - dark blue bike 3:45:49 intensity: (1:23 @1) + (2:22:23 @2) + (1:21:15 @3) + (48 @4) 54.08 mi (4:11 / mi) +2666ft 3:59 / mi
ahr:126 max:152 weight:138.5lbs

From home to Charlie and Rhonda's. A ride I've thought about doing, but it never seemed to work out. Today the weather was fine and the schedule was flexible, and about 8:30 I was off.

And a fine ride it was. Got all those tough flat sections done within the first 40 miles, all the delightful hills saved for the end. I wasn't looking forward all that much to the Devil's Elbow, less than a mile from the end, but I seemed to get up it without a real problem, just kept moving.

And then a very pleasant afternoon evening with various WCOC folks.

Though we did miss the parade celebrating Sunderland's 300th birthday. Oh, well, life is full of compromises.

Friday Jun 15 #

2 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:15:58 intensity: (1:24 @1) + (1:05:14 @2) + (8:59 @3) + (21 @4) 20.16 mi (3:46 / mi) +452ft 3:41 / mi
ahr:120 max:154 weight:139lbs

Up along this side of the river, back through Old Deerfield. About 70, NW 10+. I decided at some point that such rides ought to be called "No Hurry" rides, go along at whatever pace feels right, which sometimes means a little faster and often means a little slower. No pressure, no expectations.

Seemed to be an excellent idea.

Thursday Jun 14 #

11 AM

biking - dark blue bike 2:05:35 intensity: (4:10 @1) + (1:24:28 @2) + (22:09 @3) + (14:23 @4) + (25 @5) 30.43 mi (4:08 / mi) +1505ft 3:57 / mi
ahr:124 max:162 weight:138.5lbs

Nice day, mid-70s and mostly sunny but windy, WNW 15-20. Took a while to figure out what to do. The original plan was to revisit Massaemett Mountain in Shelburne, see what the ascent was like when ice would certainly not be a concern. But I looked at the wind, and I just couldn't get motivated.

So plan B, which turned out to be excellent, to Leverett, almost all with the wind, then the climb up to Shutesbury also with a helping breeze, Then a change of direction, to Montague Center almost all into the wind but also almost all downhill. And then back along the river, a ripping crosswind but also actually helping a little. Perfect. And the second part of perfect was that I decided I was in no hurry. Except perhaps for the Shutesbury climb, just because it would be a good test. If, that is, I was in the mood for a test when I got over there.

Set off in an excellent mood, and nothing in the following two hours did anything to change that. :-)

Relaxed pace over to the start of the climb. The local cycling club has a series of hill climbs in the warmer months and this of one of them. I don't know what sort of times I've done in the past, but a month ago I went up in just over 26 minutes (on a day also with a tailwind). The goal, as always in such situations, was something a little faster. And while I wasn't really eager to suffer, by the time I got over there it was clear that's what was going to happen.

A good pace all the way up, no weak moments, a pleasant surprise to see the watch stopped at 24:55. And so what if, had I been competing in a NCC climb here, it would have been good for 322nd out of 330 all-time. Nah, I'm not slow...

At the top, the hard work all done, got to enjoy another hour in the beautiful countryside we have around here, nice roads, minimal traffic. Such outings obviously won't last forever, but for now they're mighty fine.

Wednesday Jun 13 #

1 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:23:00 intensity: (3:39 @1) + (44:41 @2) + (30:56 @3) + (2:51 @4) + (53 @5) 21.59 mi (3:51 / mi) +1038ft 3:41 / mi
ahr:126 max:165 weight:139lbs

Montague Center, Cave Hill, North Amherst. Low 70s, S10, caught some rain for about 20 minutes while I was in the hills, but not enough to be unpleasant. And certainly had a nice tailwind the last few miles.

It seems like a good percentage of my rides have some sort of purpose, with the possibilities including:

-- just get out and do it because when it's over you'll be glad you did.
-- go as easy as possible because you're tired (but it's too nice out to just skip the day).
-- go someplace I haven't been, or rarely go.
-- go for more than the usual distance/duration.
-- do something hard (steep/rough/long), just to see if you can do it.
-- go as hard as you can, just to see what you can do.
-- do a certain section (or sections) as hard as you can, with the rest at a lesser effort.

I suppose many of these could be called "competitive" goals, but at the most they are just competitive with myself. Because I am, and there's no avoiding it, really slow. :-)

But being competitive just with myself is rather nice. I don't have to worry that my bike may be a bit of a clunker. I don't have to worry about who else is going to show up. I just do my thing.

But I do like to know how I'm doing.

There's a website, Strava, I've looked at it a bit over the years. These days I look at it a bit more, because it has these things called segments, where it figures out what your data are -- time, speed, heart rate, watts, distance, climb -- and then shows you how you stack up against others. It's rather interesting. I assume the data are somewhat accurate. They certainly are plenty accurate enough for me, because all I'm looking for is entertainment.

The data certainly confirms that I am really slow. On most climbs I will be about twice the best time. That is just the reality, so no reason to get depressed about it since, after all, I'm 73 and still out doing this stuff.

On the positive side, I have not yet seen a segment where I am dead last. Pretty good. Got to take pleasure where you can.

And more seriously, it gives me little targets to occasionally test myself against. And that is not a bad thing.

So today it was the north side of Cave Hill. Best time before today was 6:54. Today was 6:22. Am I supposed to feel bad because the best time is 3:10? Because I don't. I'm actually feeling quite delighted. :-)

Gears (just so I remember), all in big chain ring: started in 5th, changed to 4th before long, changed to 3rd on the steeper bit before the crossroads, kept that the rest of the way, though that took some effort. Equivalent to 8th/7th/6th in the small chain ring. I think last time I'd used 5th in the small ring all the way, so this was clearly better. Better meaning that I could push a bigger gear at an OK cadence.

Tuesday Jun 12 #


Fun and games, got a letter from the IRS, we've been audited. Again. Actually it's 4th time. So far the IRS is 0 for 3.

Took a look at their proposed changes. Looks like they're going to be 0 for 4. :-)

10 AM

biking - dark blue bike 1:10:17 intensity: (4:55 @1) + (49:30 @2) + (8:10 @3) + (5:20 @4) + (2:22 @5) 14.6 mi (4:49 / mi) +815ft 4:34 / mi
ahr:119 max:169 weight:138.5lbs

Time for one of my standard tests, up South Sugarloaf. 9:05 for the climb last year, 9:13 about a month ago, but I thought I ought to be able to beat the latter at least. But it takes some willpower to actually do it, as it's not exactly fun.

Thought I'd try a little more of a warm-up than I usually do, so did did the short climb over Hillside Road (from the east), steady tempo, got the blood flowing. And then pedaled easily over to the Sugarloaf road and headed up.

Splits were good as I went up. One quick look at the heartrate a minute or two below the top and it was 167 (I think my max is about 170), so clearly I wasn't dogging it. And the time at the top was a very pleasing 8:49.

Coasted down, did a few gentle miles on the way home, legs feeling quite empty. A good outing.

Splits: 2:34, 5:17, 6:19, 7:28, 8:12, 8:49. Gears: 4th the first pitch, 3rd the part below the hairpin, 2nd the rest. Cadence seemed OK.

Monday Jun 11 #

3 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:20:45 intensity: (9:09 @1) + (1:11:36 @2) 20.01 mi (4:02 / mi) +564ft 3:56 / mi
ahr:109 max:129 weight:138.5lbs

Lingering headache, but I thought a ride might be a good diversion, and it was. Very easy pace, mostly flat. Another nice day, upper 70s, not much wind.

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