Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Metric Century ride

Friday-Lift weights. Saturday, Ride an hour, lift an hour.
Todays Metric Century. (Sunday)
I ride this path to get out of town. The other option is the highway, with no biking room, or put bike in car. I prefer not to do either but make the whole trip on a bike, safely.

I cut across this field, to get around a downed bridge.
Lots of green out there. Bugs are starting to become pests. Swallow a few, inhale a few typically.
Ride safe,

Thursday, May 28, 2009

100 miles on the dirt today

My bike asked me WHY? do you do this. Why are we trying to cross this creek? This crossing used to be a bridge, flood damage a year ago left it like this.

Riding Gravel

Rode out to Field of dreams from Dubuque, that was 40 miles, so to get home would be 80 miles. Arrive home I made coffee, had some friendship bread, something Birgit makes, that I can't stop eating. I thought why not, why not another 20 miles and make it an even 100 miles. So back on the bike, rode hard, got 20 in and called it a century.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thank a VET for your Freedom today

See my papa in the back of the jeep. WWII United States Marine Corps Veteran, 20 years old and on the island of Guam with a world war going on. Tomorrow I have the freedom to take the day off if I choose. Tomorrow I have the freedom to ride a bike all day if I choose. Thank you veterans, for laying your life on the line, that gives us Americans our freedom.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Took a trip Up North

Friday-Biked 1.5 hrs
Saturday Biked 1.5 hrs and lifted
Sunday Biked 1 hr hard pace,
Monday Lifted
Check out my 1/2 Liter of Dirt

Drove car up to St Paul Minn area yesterday (300 miles). Visted with daughter Melissa, and Son in law Brook. Headed home today. Was a short visit just to chit chat and out to eat with Melissa, drink a few beers with Brook. Melissa is about ready to pop, (a.k.a. she's 9 months pregnant) So soon I will be a grandpa. :-)
I'll spend some more time up there after junior arrives. So I have to find some bike riding area around Lakeville Minn.
My knee is still bugging me, Wed or Thursday this week I will see how far I can ride with it.
Happy rides

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I couldn't help myself

Wore a knee brace at work the last two days, kept the knee stable. So I thought if that works for walking, let's try it biking. So rode the last two days also wearing a knee brace. Tonight was 20 miles on pavement hard pace. :-) Knee feels fine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


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Dang, my knee has flaired up and for now no bike riding for a few days anyhows. Hurts to walk, steps are a killa I think last Thursday, I worked it hard rode 62 miles on dirt, and it was cold, should have wore leg warmers. Would've should've could've. Rode hard the following couple of days with a sore knee. So here I sit. In the 70s I suffered the "terrible triad" due to a wrestling injury, I have had 4 surgeries on it. Including a High Tibal Ostetomy

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Metric Century #12

Had to push myself to make my Metric Dirt Century. No zip, no zap. Times like that you learn to keep going. I had the day off, weather was good, ride was started. Not finishing wasn't acceptable. Well that gives me the "Cup"
Dave Mable the inventor and dispenser of the Cup Emails me and says
"The 1/2 Liter O' Dirt is too easy for you... step it up to the full Cup!!!!! (or the Cup O' Mississippi Mud with 6 of your 25 at full centuries!!)
So after 30 Metric dirt centuries starting last year, I will now try to get some 100 miler dirt rides in. I have some roads in mind I want to venture out on. I am looking at a getting a new camera. This camera I have now makes me look ugly, mmm wonder why. LoL. I am looking at the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW. You can drop it from 6 feet high, works underwater and works in Iowa winter temperatures. Perfect I say
Happy Trails

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Beast in Vehicles.

Been riding after work along the river, through Eagle Point Park. Yesterday coming down a long hill and through the stop lights. I had the green. A car coming the other way, and wanting to turn left in front of me kept rolling forward, I saw she saw me and was going to pull in front of me so I would have to stop, her and her car being the bigger of us two. We almost crashed. Cars and bikes should mix better then we do. Is why my best rides are on dirt trail, much more peaceful. Tomorrow I will ride dirt century #12 for the year. "The Cup" will be mine. :-)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Ride

Happy mother's day to the mama's. I am a single parent that raised my kiddies. I got a taste of all the hard work mothers do.

This was metric century #11 for 2009. Energy levels were good.
I came to a dead end with a downed bridge and had to cut across a corn field. Ended up at this barb wire fence, brakes are mud packed. I think this is why disc brakes were evented for bicycles. I had to dig the mud and small rocks out of my pedals, brakes, and SPD clips.

Parts of the trail are growing shut with green.

Friday, May 8, 2009

And I rode.

This is a field I cut across and then jump on the bridge in the background.

Was a good ride, Century #10 for the year on dirt/gravel. Had lots of energy to push the pace, maybe because I had the two previous days off from riding. Heart rate monitor stayed 80% plus.

I got behind this grader. He was going about 11 mph. I passed him and waved. I got the dirtiest look. I think he thought I didn't belong out there or something.

The tall grass only reminded me I have yard work undone.

I don't know if this is a horse skull or what. Maybe a tyrannosaurus. It was just there on the side of the trail

Happy rides to you all.


Get on your bikes, get ready, RIDE!!

Ok been working 11 hour days all week, got in one ride, one weight lifting session. BUT, I have the next three days off. So. Ride I do, today and Sunday the plan is to ride a dirt century each day. So I gotta go, the bike is waiting. :-)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday riding

Rode 62 miles today out in the countryside. Kept the pace moving. Everything is turning green. Beautiful day. Lots of sunshine, some sunburn.

Trail damage from last year's flooding.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Riding, lifting and house chores.

The last few days been riding, lifting some weights, and house chores. My legs had no zip, no zap today so I cut my ride short. Saving energy for tomorrow's Dirty Century. So I hope the zip-zap comes back. I expect it to do so. :-) The real "men" and one woman, are out riding Trans Iowa this weekend. 320 some miles around the clock, gravel riding. WoW simply amazing.