Road cycle (Giro) 2:36:49 55.65 km (2:49 / km) +201m2:46 / km ahr:138 max:163 shoes: Specialized Comp mountain
I was targeting 57km, but by not taking a wrong turn this time, I came up a bit short.
I mostly wanted a floater day cruising around the Holland Marsh. I ran into a group of old guys who had driven four cars out to the marsh to cycle the flat land - not a lot of that in the area. I also met a group of pickers riding their bikes out to today’s field of carrots.
I was surprised to see a couple of fields gone wild in the marsh.
Nice fall weather ride. 14C for most of the ride and overcast. A tiny bit of rain for the last few kilometres.
My Habitat team today was all women miners. They came on a bus and had no fear of getting dirty, which we all did. Vapour barrier (clean), acoustic seal (extremely messy) and Rock Wool (worst thing on site for respiration).
The sound objective is to have a 50db drop in sound between homes.
Road cycle (Giro) 2:33:08 52.62 km (2:55 / km) +447m2:48 / km ahr:140 max:174 shoes: Specialized Comp mountain
Largely the same route as Tuesday, but through town on roads rather than the path. Then I extended a bit north and a block east. This was the first real climb test on the Giro so the extra 100m of elevation in that extra 4 km made it a good trial.
The Giro has pretty good gearing for climbing, probably as low a gear as I can reasonably use. I stayed on the big ring for the 3 and 4% without any problem, at least for as long as they last here. The middle ring was good for 7% and short kicks to 8%. It let me spin up at around 12km/hr. I did give in to the small ring when a long climb kicked to 10%, but still had a gear left in hand. The 7.5-8km/hr was about as slow as felt stable.
New numbers for my little challenge on all counts with almost 35minutes at intensity 5. My legs were feeling the effort a bit though.
I had planned the 57km Holland Marsh loop for tomorrow, but got a call to lead a group of 17 at Habitat tomorrow. Many of the crew leaders seem to have lost interest with the site finishing up soon.
Translation of my bike names: Big Unit: 29er mountain style 1 speed, usually set with free wheel hub because gearing is to small for my legs to keep up on down hills.
Goldie: gold fixie built on a KHS frame.
Greenspeed: X5 steers like a go cart and is the most fun you can have on a pushie. It is a bit to short to be road safe.
Smokie: Specialized road bike: S Works SL2, full dura ace, Zipp 404
Stumpjumper: what the name says, S Works version
Cross Bike: This is a Wilier Cross bike my wife bought me as a spare. I run it with knobby tires and egg beaters in winter and for summer switch it to road tires and speedplay zeros. It has a less aggressibe setup than Smokie.
Vinnie: mid 80s mountain bike. No suspension. Mostly original parts, though I changed the bottom bracket and replaced the pedals that had smashed into too many rocks and curbs. I use this as a dirty bike - bad weather, rides the roof of the car to far away places and generally gets all manner of abuse.
I'm not currently using any of my other bikes for training. I have a write up comparing these, a BikeE and a Bachetta that you can read using the link below. The Bikes Long Version