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Time vs. Temperature

Time ran out to ride this week. The title sounds like a scientific equation while it really was the decision I made to ride today. My normal cutoff is no biking when it is below 60 degrees. With the cold weather this past week I stayed inside off the bike. I wanted to get ride some miles this week. The forecast was for 68 today but my schedule did allow the luxury of waiting for that to happen. After church I waffled a bit on whether to ride but I finally thought with another cold front coming through Monday and Tuesday if I am going to have any chance to reach the 370 mile goal for February I need to log some miles this week.

At 11:49 I pulled out of the driveway on my Motobecane 700HT MTB to ride on the Kingwood trails. The sky was overcast and the temperature was 57. I bundled up with 2 long sleeve jerseys, leg warmers, shorts, windbreaker jacket and full finger gloves. The first mile I felt chilly but as I built up some body heat the ride became comfortable. With my limited time (meeting at 2:00) I knew the ride would be short. I stepped up the intensity having read several times that if you lack time increase the level of energy.

The ride on the Kingwood trails ended up 14.57 miles at a 13.0 mph average speed which a little higher than I usually go on my MTB. For about 2 or 3 miles I followed another biker (road bike) on the trail om W. Lake Houston Parkway and then Kingwood Drive. One of the blind turns we had a close call with another rider coming the opposite direction but we all braked and avoided any problem. Not too long after that the guy I was following went right into one of the villages and I was on my own. I made it back in time for a quick shower and a fast snack before heading for my meeting.

February miles total 45 with a 370 mile goal. I don’t know if I am going to reach my goal.

Next Friday and Saturday the forecast shows 70 degrees. On Saturday the Humble Lions Club bike ride takes place and I plan on riding if the weather behaves itself.

More Trails and Wind

After two chilly days it decided to warm up today. It was 63 when I started the ride at 1:40 and 64 when I finished at 3:10. While I rode the trails the wind was blowing at 9 mph with 21 mph gusts. Even in the trees I could tell the wind was moving around. When I road south on W. Lake Houston Parkway over the river I got the full strength wind in my face. Pedaling a heavy mountain bike into the wind is not an easy chore. Throw in a slight rise and I bogged down to 8 mph. I saw two other mountain bikers on the trails and one road biker along W. Lake Houston Parkway.

The ride totaled 18.15 miles bringing 2014 to 35.83 miles. 6464 miles to go in 2014.

My wardrobe consisted of two long sleeve jerseys, leg warmers, shorts, windbreaker and full finger gloves. I thought I might be over dressed until the wind chill reminded me of how cold it has been here. The ground is still chilled from the low temperatures and more is supposed to come on Monday and Tuesday.

Biking in January can be a challenge with the weather changing so much. There is a possibility of 70 degrees towards the end of next week. If that happens I will get the road bike out.

I was somewhat surprised with my pedaling efforts most of the ride. Not riding very much causes my conditioning deteriorate. I need to start looking at the calendar for upcoming rides.

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Amongst the Leaves and Trees

Great start to the new year. My wife requested me to ride the trails in Kingwood to stay off the streets in case some late party people are on the road. I rode 17.68 miles on my Motobecane 700HT MTB. This is the first time on the MTB in a long time. I had to dust off the bike and air up the tires before riding. I meet a number of people on the trails. For awhile I thought it was required that you walk your dog to be on the trails but eventually I came across some joggers and people walking. Several strollers were out as well. The trees have dumped a pile of leaves on the trails so at times I had to guess where the trail went. Since I rode these trails before I had a good idea.

I hope to bike 6500 miles this year so I only have 6483 more to go.

The weather today was overcast with 63 degrees and a light 5 mph breeze. To make this comfortable I wore two long sleeve jerseys, leg warmers, shorts, windbreaker jacket and full finger gloves. This was probably more than I needed but I like to be warm. Bring on the 85+ degree days.

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What A Month! Glad It Is Almost Over

Riding 20.83 miles today is the longest ride in September. That says how September collapsed from the September 3rd collision. Not complaining since this could’ve been way worse. I increased the daily mileage each ride to prepare to get back on my road bike this week. September mileage totals 120.90. Pretty low. December is my usual low mileage month but probably not this year.

The left leg swelling continues to shrink which is great. Tomorrow I go to physical therapy for my right shoulder. It still has sore muscles.

I almost used the road bike but I am waiting on my new rear view mirror. Well I am waiting no more. When I pulled up to the driveway at the end of the ride I saw the mail arrived and inside the mailbox an envelope with my new mirror waited to be opened. This is what I was waiting for.

Texbiker Mirror

So tomorrow, weather willing, I plan on getting back on the Motobecane Le Champion CF road bike.

The weather today started off with some rain but by the afternoon when I left on the ride the clouds let a little blue through. To the west some dark clouds hung up there but no rain during the ride. As I pedaled along I planned spots to get out of the rain if it did come along. Yesterday the weather also include a dose of rain. The streets were damp until late afternoon so no thought of riding on the trails. The humidity was high today at 67% and the temperature hovered around 85 degrees. The 9.2 mph breeze just moved the wet air around some. When I got home my bandana was soaked with perspiration. I applied sunscreen remembering the UV rays come through clouds too.

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