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200km Brevet … in February?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

As Tim mentioned here, he and I have decided to ride a 200 km (125 mi) Brevet out of Shelbyville, KY. That would be challenging enough in itself, but the kicker is, it’s on February 19. That means very little training time is available, and who knows what the conditions will be the day of the event … I can’t help but think this seems a little insane, but I guess that’s part of the appeal.

Training in January and February is challenging to say the least. So far, I’m not doing well at it at all, but then again I just decided to do this a couple of days ago.

Still, I want to go for it. I think that I have the miles in my legs, so long as I can stay in decent shape and ramp up the miles between now and then whenever possible. But, so far, it’s not proving very possible. I managed less than 30 miles last weekend, but I have been running around doing school-related errands for the last few days. I’m hoping once I get settled into my new schedule, things will ease up a little bit, but I’m really not sure. Tonight/today we’ve gotten several inches of snow. I have been thinking about a training ride tonight, but we’ll see if conditions allow.  I was hoping to do a long road training ride this weekend, but if the snow keeps up I won’t be able to get long miles, even if I ride for a long time.

The other thing is, I want to ride the Bianchi. I know from experience that after a layoff, its posture feels a little too aggressive. Once I get used to it, it’s actually quite comfortable, but it does take some adjustment. Which means I need to train as much as possible on the Bianchi. But naturally, I really can’t take that bike out when the roads are nasty. I needed the Trucker, with its studs, for that.

So, I’m not sure how to proceed. I’ll just do what I can. I’ll be ambitious about when I ride, but I also need to be reasonable.

This is going to be fun! I just hope for a break in my schedule, and the weather, so I can do some training. This weekend will be a three-day weekend, so hopefully that will help.

First day of school

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Today was my first day of school at Indiana University. It’s weird to be back in college after basically 10 years out. It seems my time has not been my own, the past couple of days, getting everything ready.

The Trucker is taking on even more of a utility role.  I’m going with a milk crate and backpack for now, as my pannier didn’t seem like the right tool for the job. So far it’s convenient, but it does affect the handling. I’m going to try mounting the milk crate sideways and see if that nets me some improvement. Here I am yesterday, doing a trial run of the new commute.

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My commute used to consist of basically five miles to work, sitting at a desk all day, and then riding five miles home. I still have the same five miles or so to get to campus, but then it’s many small trips throughout the day. Then five miles home at the end of the day.

There’s a lot I’d like to write about, but time is hard to come by at the moment. Hopefully I’ll find some time soon, though, as I have a lot of good bike stuff on my mind.

The next few days the forecast calls for somewhere between 1-4 inches of snow. I have mixed feelings. I like snow, and I even like riding in snow, but I really need to get some good long training miles in, and soon. More about that later.

Mixed-terrain snowbiking

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

On Saturday, my friend Dave and I connected for some snowbiking. We had planned on mountain biking at  Brown County State Park, but the snow made the roads sketchy, so we weren’t sure we could actually get there. We changed our plans and went snowbiking elsewhere instead.

There wasn’t a lot of snow, maybe two inches, and with temperatures in the teens (Fahrenheit) and windchills sometimes dipping below zero, it was cold enough that the snow was light and fluffy. The conditions were great! We managed around 15 miles of gravel, trails, and a little pavement,  on a cold, snowy day, but we were so well prepared that we both felt comfortable throughout the entire 2 1/2 hours we were riding.

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