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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending Jul 28:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  biking - dark blue bike7 11:29:29 167.38(4:07) 269.37(2:34) 7378
  Total7 11:29:29 167.38(4:07) 269.37(2:34) 7378
averages - weight:138.1lbs

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Sunday Jul 28 #

9 AM

biking - dark blue bike 1:28:03 intensity: (1:26 @1) + (38:04 @2) + (41:30 @3) + (7:03 @4) 23.35 mi (3:46 / mi) +622ft 3:41 / mi
ahr:131 max:158

A loop from Bernardston -- route 10, 142, Tyler Hill Rd, back on route 5. A little warm, breeze out of the south. So the first dozen miles were easy, the next two up Tyler Hill the usual hard work, but then the last 11, very gently rolling but into the wind, were hard work too. But the legs were OK. :-)

Though that doesn't mean I was pretty tired when I was done. So what else was there to do but stop at the nearest ice cream place?

Saturday Jul 27 #

10 AM

biking - dark blue bike 1:46:08 intensity: (1:13 @1) + (1:30:30 @2) + (11:21 @3) + (2:49 @4) + (15 @5) 27.2 mi (3:54 / mi) +559ft 3:50 / mi
ahr:124 max:161 weight:137lbs

To Amherst and vicinity, most flat, though two hard efforts up short hills (3 and 4 minutes). Then another summit, perhaps not impressive to some, but having an observatory certainly adds a lot of class.



And then an incident that left me wondering. On the bike path, which was a little more busy than I wished, so I was paying attention. And glad that I was. I was along the right edge of the pavement, a family of 4 coming the other way, parents on bikes, kids on some sort of three-wheel things.

When I was about 20 yards from them, one of the kids, maybe age 5 or 6 (?), suddenly turned sharply left and headed right at me, pedaling energetically. Some sort of game they play? It was very close to him getting crunched and me taking a tumble. I hit the brakes hard, thank goodness for disc brakes and good tires (and not too much pressure in them so there was a lot of rubber on the pavement), and I avoided contact by about a foot. And then swore a couple of times.

Mom called out to her kid, "You have to be more careful." I think I swore again and then said, "Yeah, a lot more careful." At which point dad, riding in the back, seemed to take offense, as he added, "He's just a kid."

And then we were gone our different directions. And I didn't know what to make of the parents' reactions showing not much (or any) concern about what I considered unacceptable behavior.

But then I'm not a parent, so what do I know....

Friday Jul 26 #

2 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:28:59 intensity: (1:31 @1) + (1:06:43 @2) + (19:51 @3) + (44 @4) + (10 @5) 22.25 mi (4:00 / mi) +1164ft 3:49 / mi
ahr:122 max:162 weight:137.5lbs

With Charlie, standard route for him, up Sandy Brook Road as far as 183.

Way better than expected. Legs were tired. We started up Stony Brook and I was already suggesting an alternative that started with doing a u-turn. But we just kept going along, and having a nice chat, and a few miles went by, and my pulse was staying pretty low (130s), so I obviously wasn't working hard. So we even did the last steep little up to 183 before turning around. And then cruised back, chatting away.

How hard can a ride be when you can converse the whole way?

Certainly felt better at the end than I did at the start. :-)

And then dinner with the ladies and with Zack back at Ratlum Mountain. Great day.

Except maybe for the TdF getting shortened....

Thursday Jul 25 #

10 AM

biking - dark blue bike 2:17:22 intensity: (3:03 @1) + (1:12:16 @2) + (54:01 @3) + (7:56 @4) + (6 @5) 31.99 mi (4:18 / mi) +2024ft 4:03 / mi
ahr:129 max:161 weight:138.5lbs

Nice enough loop (though not a candidate for a repeat) mostly in NH with little bits in MA and VT. One longer hill, Rt. 63 heading north from Hinsdale, seemed more of a struggle than I expected, as did every up thereafter. A few miles of dirt, the only up part having just been graded and was more of a challenge than expected. Plus two wrong turns, both corrected within 50 yards.

Legs pretty tired afterwards.

On the other hand, didn't seem to aggravate my hamstrings. That normally wouldn't be any concern, but when I came downstairs for breakfast this morning I noticed they were already aggravated. Hmmm.

And then I remembered that I'd gone running yesterday. Roughly 2 x 25 yards at a decent effort. The reason being I got to the check-out line at Whole Foods and realized my wallet was still in the car. Zip, zip, back to get it, got back just as the register guy was finishing.

But that's all it seems to take. Reinforced my decision to consign running to an earlier part of my life. Though that may be challenged come corn maze time. Will have to pace myself better....

Wednesday Jul 24 #

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 2:10:42 intensity: (4:34 @1) + (1:16:31 @2) + (47:34 @3) + (2:03 @4) 25.77 mi (5:04 / mi) +2360ft 4:40 / mi
ahr:124 max:159 weight:138lbs

Time to visit some dirt roads that I've done before, but certainly not often. Picked out a nice route, about half along the Green River so either slightly up or slightly down depending on which way you were heading. The other half had hills. Almost all dirt, just a mile of pavement, and another mile or two that were getting into mountain bike mode, including a couple of spots where it took all my skills to make it up.

The plan was to go at no hurry pace, which I mostly did. No hurry pace does not mean no work pace, because that is impossible in places. So I did a bunch of work, but not really at a high intensity. Which was just fine.

And a beautiful day, low humidity, in the low 80s, breeze from the north.

Passed Rich Larsen about a mile from the end. When I got to my car there was another car in the small parking area. I guessed it might be his, and it was. He's 67 now, terrific runner, won the 65-69 age group last month at Mt. Washington, 1:26:58, 11 minutes up on the next guy. (The onetime I ran it, age 66, 1:42. He's way out of my league.)

He showed up a couple of minutes after I got there. Had a real nice chat, catching up on things, as I hadn't seen him for quite a while. Nice end to a fine outing.

Tuesday Jul 23 #

3 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:10:28 intensity: (2:30 @1) + (33:22 @2) + (31:16 @3) + (3:20 @4) 19.6 mi (3:36 / mi) +359ft 3:32 / mi
ahr:127 max:158 weight:138.5lbs

No hurry the first few miles, but then I seem to have started working harder. Now that I think back, the reason was that my bike was making noises, which I figured was from the gears being a little off (cables stretch). Seventh and eighth, my usual spots on flattish terrain, were noisy, so I tried ninth and that was quieter, so that's where I stayed. And worked harder pushing it.

First part was heading north on Rt. 5 through Deerfield, bit of a headwind. Stopped three times to fiddle with the gears, but nothing helped. And the bike was making more and more noise. So left it in ninth, working pretty hard as a result, seemed to take my mind off the noise.

Eventually got home. Quickest ride of the year. Nothing had broken (me or the bike). No hills to speak of but the quads had had a good workout. :-)

And then took the bike off to the shop, where I seem to be on the VIP list for service. Took care of me immediately, a little adjustment here and there, a little lube (which I had been neglecting recently, boo), and I was good to go.

Or at least good to go for a test ride tomorrow to see if that really solved the problem. If not, well, the bottom bracket might need some attention.

Monday Jul 22 #

7 AM

biking - dark blue bike 1:07:47 intensity: (22 @1) + (56:24 @2) + (9:37 @3) + (1:24 @4) 17.22 mi (3:56 / mi) +290ft 3:52 / mi
ahr:122 max:158 weight:139lbs

Supposed to rain as the day goes on, so figured if I was going to get out, it had to be early. Only about 70, but very humid. Modest effort except for the short climb up Randall Road which I flew up like a scorched rabbit.

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