I took the money I earned and bought a bike. A GT Timberline FS with the Ghost Flames paint job, just the bike you would expect a 14-year old Phineas to buy. It felt so good to plink down a few hundred dollar bills and ride home on a bitchin machine!
<not my pic, found with Google Images>
I rode the shit out of that bike until I moved out of my parents' house and didn't take it with me. My dad got rid of it after I had been gone a few years and never managed to come back for it.
Fast forward almost 20 years, 700 cartons of cigarettes, a megaliter of booze, a metric tonne of pot, and I found myself woefully out of shape. Last summer I bought myself a Trek 7.1 and tooled around on it for a few months.
<Not my pic, taken from Trek's website>
I wanted something better, but this was all I could afford and I logged a few 5 and 10 mile rides; my pace was around 4-5 minutes per mile on a good day, best mile 3:23. I can ride my aluminum heavy-ass bike here in the swamp (no elevation gains to speak of within 50 miles) as fast as the fastest runners can run.
Heh. "Heavy-ass bike," -- Here's some comic relief in the middle of this text wall:
I haven't ridden since August 2014 when my work started getting crazy busy; then winter hit and with it came my crippling seasonal depression. Tonight I got angry at 12:30am and went for an irresponsible drunken bike ride with a helmet and reflective gear but no light. I rode about 1.5mi on surface streets until I hit the trail (which is technically closed after dark) and then biked until Lola, the lady who lives in my cell phone via the Runtastic app, told me I had gone 10 miles. Then I caught my breath, turned around and biked home.
I need to be accountable to someone besides myself and my Associate for my improvement, so I'm posting things here.
Distance: 20.21 miles
Time 01:34:02 (4 minutes total stoppage time, some at the 10 mile mark and some at a water fountain on the way back)
Elevation Gain: 30ft - this is due to bridges over the "rivers" which cross the trail.
Avg Speed: 12.89mph
Max Speed: 21.04mph
Best Speed over 1mi: 15.66mph in mile 3, the first mile on the trail
Speed over mile 20: 14.55mph - I sprinted home
This trail is converted from an old railroad bed. Super flat and super straight.
This was my first 20 mile ride.
There are windsocks all along this trail. I intended to take a 10 mile ride but didn't feel half done at mile 5 and the windsock said I would have a tailwind on the way home. By the time I hit mile 10 the wind had shifted and I had to fight it all the way back. The windsocks lied to me. Assholes.
Cycling while drunk and angry on a paved trail at night with no lamp is terrifying. I had to slow down when the trail ran through woods because I couldn't see anything. Basically I fixed my eyes on the break in the trees and pointed myself in that direction, hoping I wouldn't run off the road. My numbers would have been better if the sun was out...
My ass is killing me; my legs are fine. I need a better saddle. Or a better ass...
Thanks for reading my drunken blah blah blah.
I can't be the only Topiate who likes to cycle, can I? I can't find any decent training plans, only the exercises one should do at the gym to supplement one's cycling... How do I improve my pacing and increase my distance without destroying my ass? Hee hee... ;)
Edited by Phineas_Carmichael, 19 May 2015 - 08:35 AM.