Saturday, September 15, 2012

A road race completed at last!


I finally completed my first road race! It was very different than the crit racing but still had it's own excitement. I got very lucky as a crash happened up ahead and I was able to veer left, bounce off some guys on the right and left, lose one clip, but still stay up and continue on. About ten of the guys were not that lucky.
 Then on the sprint in to the finish my front tire rubbed the wheel ahead but I stayed upright. At that point I decided not to go all crazy and just tried to hang in there. Did not place but it was a good day as I made it to the finish. Three of our Crest / RBM team took top 10 (61miles at a 23.4mph pace - was nice and much cooler than usual due to recent rain).


Dentist Visit


What does the dentist have to do with cycling? Well, since the temperatures were finally cooler, I decided to ride my bike to the dentist (early appointment before work). It was a nice change to the commute. It is darker earlier so I needed my light on the way in but not as many cars were out early. A nice day when you can do more on the bike.


Monday, September 10, 2012

The best riding temperature


Well, the ride to work today was very nice - about 65 degrees. That was 40deg cooler than the ride home from work Friday evening. Wow, what a change. And although it started cool, by the time I got to work I was still sweating (athough definitiely not as much as Friday afternoon!!).

Even though it was a big change from Friday, the temperature really doesn't matter. I like to ride no matter what!


Saturday, September 8, 2012



Although I enjoy commuting and cycling in Allen, I also enjoy rides that take me further than the city limits. Today was the perfect day to stretch out my ride. With the 20deg cooler temps (85deg today versus 105 yesterday) it felt refreshing out there. Of course that stiff north wind was truly a force to contend with. As I started to add on the miles through Allen, McKinney, Frisco and the ride with Bike Mart, I was thinking in the back of my mind that this may be the day to hit a hundred miles.

I left that thought simmering and tried not to focus on it. I was just out there to ride. I slowly entered and left Lewisville and worked my way back home (backtrack through Plano, Frisco McKinney). I took a long route and hit into the north wind so I could come home with it.. It was very nice and I finally got my 102miles in. This was my first century since I rode the 100miles in the HHH back in 2008 with two of my brothers.

It felt good (after I was done!) and I feel ready to do more in a few weeks. What a difference 20degrees makes!

Ride on!