Wednesday, March 31, 2010
APRIL'S FOOL. I'm so bad.
You have a good day.
Dave, ummm I think. ;-0
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
I thought to myself at work today, this will probably be a day off the bike. It has been 6 days in a row bicycling, and I could feel the lactic acid in my legs. 3 days on dirt for 190 miles and I don't know how many pavement miles. However after I got home from work I fell asleep for 15 minutes on the couch watching Judge Judy. Woke up, and the legs said Let's GO!!! So go I did, felt good, felt light, felt zippy. Pavement always feel fast on a road bike, with 23cc tires, when the last two days I have been riding knobbies in the dirt.
Oh see the little crying baby face? That is going to start growing bigger and bigger. I am going to be whining. Starting on April 5th for three weeks I won't be riding a bike much except for maybe a couple of days. Work, work work. Due to work requirements I will not have any free time. It happens every year twice. We will be on shutdown and installing new equipment, tuning and enhancing existing controls with long hours and long weeks. Oh well, maybe I'll buy myself a Pugsley afterwards.
So over and out, and don't pout.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I made a video of me going 10 miles in one minute. Yes I know hard to believe, that is why I filmed it for proof. The other film is for my daughter Melissa, the nerve of her, she said that film of me riding MotorX trails couldn't be me, I mean, good grief, your 57 years old dad. So here is proof.
Ok I am going to surf the net for a real helmet cam. There is no turning back now. Video express I am. I am LQQKing for some zest tomorrow, and ride. Ok ok, I promise, no filming tomorrow.
Thanks for visiting,
Friday, March 26, 2010
Ok, I promise I am going to stop this video filming soon. I think. Riding pavement today. I love the mixture, and pavement is part of that mixture. Tom from up north, is thee pavement jockey, (Hi Tom) He will endure snow riding, on fat tires for survival but pavement roadie is his main line. He does a lot of it.
Took my broken spoke rear wheel down to Joe, my wrench, (Hi Joe) and it was determined the wheel is wore out, where the brake pad hits the rim, it is quite cupped. So new wheel on order, spoke replaced on the old wheel and that was my ride tonight.
What are my plans for this weekend? Hmmm, ok I know, ride lots of bike. Think I will hit the dirt paths, pack snacks and stay out most the day(s).
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Another video from my bicycle the other day with camera mounted on handlebars. This is where my son rides his Motor Cycle. It was fun, I want to come back and hit it harder after I familiarize myself with the jumps. Went and had my yearly medical manly check up, [cough-cough]
Been working on my camera mount, took some more film clips on the ride tonight.
Well thanks for stopping hope you had a good day.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Was able to take the day off work and bike Metric Century in the dirt. I still have one more day to use up from last year's vacation. :-). I mounted my camera on the handle bars and taped this little video of me leaving town. I'm having fun filming, look out Steven Spielberg.
My bosses, boss asked me the other day what my goals were for this year. He was referring to bicycling goals. Last year he stayed tuned to my 52 dirt centuries goal. So he got me thinking. Seems in all the sports I've been involved in, setting goals and going after them have played a big part in my participation of that sport. Running, powerlifting, long distance swimming, all had specific goals and time lines.
So whatz are my specific goals for this year. I'm not sure. I do have goal #1, see below, as a generalized goal, and goal #2 as a specific goal.
Goal #1. Ride a bicycle as many miles as I can this year.
Goal #2. More important then goal #1. Do not let bicycling interfere with my relationships with those close to me. My "inner circle" my mate, children, and immediate family. That being said, all those mentioned above let this old guy go out and bicycle all he wants with no complaints.
Now, I gotta think about specific goals.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Trail was dry enough here, to ride easily.
I think this tree has a bad tumor.
Here the gravel was loose and soft, was hard to pedal through it. After about 40 miles, I got my mojo back. Picked up the pace, put my head down, grabbed the drops and started to work. I heard a dog barking, looked in that direction and saw a farm dog coming at me. I hollered loud and the dog slowed down, but kept advancing on me. I got off the bike and kept the bike between me and the barking dog. The dog started to get braver and moving closer to me. I brought out my secret weapon. I brought along for times like this. A dog biscuit, and threw it at him, he sniffed it for a bit, while I started pedaling away, mission accomplished. Rode perhaps 70 miles, on gravel and dirt. Odometer said 62 miles, but it also quit working several times, it has a bad connect and I would wiggle to reestablish the connection. Beautiful day, perfect riding conditions, gimme more, gimme more.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Doesn't this look like a creature crawling out of the rock wall or at turtle with one eye. This is a tree knob growing out of a cliff side.
Gravel roads were the best travel. Gravel was hard packed and made for faster travel then the muddy bike trails.
You don't see any ice in town, but there were plenty of stretches of ice in the valley areas. Studded tires handled the ice well, without them, most likely I would have biffed.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Old man river, the Mississippi. I did some laps around this area, just because I was digg'n the view.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Stopping to do the dew. Had fun riding up and down hills. I have this 5 mile loop in my neighborhood that I like to ride 5 loops as hard as I can when I feel the energy. This "ride" is either climbing up a hill or going down a hill. I pushed each hill climb until my legs felt like they were going to burst, then I would catch up on Oxygen on the downside of the hill. Tried to time and pace each hill climb just right so when I got to the top there was no more left. Good rock&roll playing in my ear helped to create the endorphin rush. Was on my light weight road bike, with the skinnie tires. A bike that fits me just right. It was supposed to rain most the day, but I never felt a drop. Loved it.
Stopped up to visit ma and pa after the ride. My brother Mark and wife Sherry from Florida are staying there and helping out for now. They put a bid on a house in this county with 7 acres, decks, woods, out buildings. Beautiful. So if he gets it looks like he will be back in Dubuque. I hope he does. He will do his contractor business here in Dubuque, and his boys are running the business back in Florida.
So thank you for stopping I hope your day was a good one for you.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Signs, signs everywhere signs.
Oak trees over the Mississippi River.
This house was built in 1890, nice to see somebody restoring it. Notice the wood beams above the windows.
Was a little treacherous on road bike slicks in some places. Ice patches wanted to ruin my day, or perhaps many days. One of my biggest fears is busting myself up. Wouldn't it suck to have to sit a summer out from bicycling, because you broke a hip?
Rode three hours, hard pace. Road bike speed is still a new sensation after a long winter of fat tired biking. I used a heart monitor today, helps to keep the beat up, it lets me know when I am dogging it. Lots of hills. Felt good. Every day more ice disappears. Temperatures were in the 30s. I was cold for the first 10 miles. I knew if I kept pushing the pace I would warm up. Ended up being dressed just right.