Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday and Sunday riding

Riding through the snow.

Me checking out the control system in Pittsburg

Went out yesterday and did some pavement riding. Today went out on Heritage Trail an all dirt trail though the country side. It was first snow ride for the season. Was going to put my studded snow tires on saw there wasn't going to be frozen ice patches so went with the knobbies. Well that was 5 days of riding in a row. Now work will interfere with riding. We are in the process of installing and starting up a new control system for the turbine/boilers. Days off will be few and far between untill sometime in February :-(. If I can get three spins in a week to "keep the legs" I will have to be happy with that.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Was a good ride

Spots like this you didn't know if there was ice underneath.

I found where hog heaven was.

Rode 65 miles on dirt trail and gravel. There were some icy spots that I had to just coast over. There was light snow cover, and in a few places there was glare ice underneath. You didn't know where it was, I would have to relax and coast over these spots. This time of year there is quite a temperature change, as you ride into the afternoon from early morning. Shedding clothes as it warmed up.

Dubuque to Dyersville and Back

Going to ride the paths, trail, dirt, and gravel to Dyersville and back today (100K # 18) . Beautiful day sunny and 28 degrees F starting out. Yesterday I rode 20 on pavement, just to enjoy some music and ride before Thanksgiving Beer and turkey took over.

Today will require proper attire. I think I will bring my lobster gloves and switch later to a more dextrous set of gloves when it warms up.
Headed out :-)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ThanksGiving Eve

My ride today

This is up in Eagle Point Park, where the Eagle Point Criterium is ran.

Rode the Trek 1600 on pavement for 20 miles today, hilly course. Ice patches were out to get me. You can see by pic that ice and these tires do not mix. Picked up my Trek XO2 from the shop today repairs were needed after my biff last week.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Some Days off

I am missing spring looking at this picture.

This is me headed out at 28 degrees F.

Broken Bridge

Mud packed. Shortly after this I went out and bought a Trek XO2

Well I have the next 5 days off, hopefully. My plan is to ride every day, with a dirt hundy in on Friday. Here is some pics of past rides.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday and sunny

Above is Pitty the Pitt Bull, she wants to be a Rap singer.

This is Rascal may she R.I.P.

Went out bike'n on the pavement today, a hilly 20 miles on the Trek 1600. Temp was around 34 when I left. My legs are a bit zapped. I'll work too late to ride tomorrow so it works out well for a day of rest.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail is a bike trail that runs from Dubuque to Dyerville. It is 26 miles of converted train rail bed. I have ridden tens of thousands of miles on it over the years. Here is some pictures of the flood damage that occured this year.

Temperature 32 Felt like 22

Went out and cranked out 20 miles on hilly pavement today. Took my Trek 1600. Ride felt good, legs had some zip in them to push the pace a bit. Hands were cold for the first half, and body heat set in. Headed out to Alliant's Power Plant early Christmas party with my honey tonight. Here's a summer picture of us.

Friday, November 21, 2008

I BIFFED!!!!!!

Well set out this morning, carefully considering what to wear to keep warm without overheating. It was about 15 degrees F when I started. my plan was to ride a 100K from Dubuque to Dyersville on the gravel and dirt.
I was about 25 miles into the trail ride and went over a stick about 1" in diameter and it caught into my spokes locked the front tire when it came around and caught the frame and flipped me and the bike. I crashed the ground with my face, fortunately the helmet took a lot of the impact. Hurt my wrist a bit. Finished the ride, a bit sore did a 100k to make it my 17th, 100K for the year in dirt. Beautiful day for a ride. Going to have me a nice coffee cup.

Most of my route follows a good part of the "Triple D" course
Keep on biking

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gonna Ride tomorrow

Got tomorrow off. Planning on 100K #17 for the year on the dirt. Have IPOD loaded, and Trek XO2 ready to rock and roll.
Dressing "just right" when the weather starts getting cold becomes an exact art.