Sunday, August 03, 2008

Ah, Shabbos +1 goodness.

Rolled out with Bryan and Bob this morning at 6:30am. Bob decided to run the single speed with a 52x20, so I joined his fun by keeping it in my 53x19 most of the ride. It's interesting how I felt fresh aerobically the whole ride by overgearing it. The only time I was breathing hard was on the climbs, but that happens anytime you stand to grind up a hill. I almost want a single speed again, however, I don't need anymore bikes and doing it on the cheap will result in a heavy bike that I don't want to ride. I've learned from my Bianchi commuter experience and will never travel down that road again. By the way, anyone want to purchase a couple year old, nicely maintained Bianchi Castro Valley, size 58? It's an awesome commuter, but not built for speed and nimbleness. It's made to handle all types of weather to get to work, which is exactly how I've been using it. I've made some mods, of course. It's got a shorter stem since the bike's biggish for me; which is the main reason I'm selling it. Okay, okay, okay, enough of my spamming.

I went for a run Friday afternoon and I'm comfortable with being prepared for the Raven's Nest 5K race next weekend. I'm not expecting big things, but I'm not going to keel over and die either, so that's a plus. This week of training was drastically different from last week. But I am now recovered and ready to steadily increase the time on the bike instead of going full bore. 10 hours is much more realistic than 15 at this point of my fitness.

One funny thing about riding more recently is that I've seen Spence a couple times on the trail. After our easy (but just enough of a workout) ride this morning, I saw the Spence pain train heading out on the trail as I was going home. Spence of course motioned to me that I should turn around and join them. I apologized and said I was just finishing up. Don't know how much they could have understood, being we were traveling in opposite directions rather quickly. So now I know that he hits the trail somewhere between 9am and 10am on the weekends. With the temp already upper 80's at 9am, I was glad to be done with the ride, and I pittied them for just heading out. Especially with how hard they were about to go. But eventually, I will be joining the pain train so I too can put the hurt on others. So look out! (In 6 months, that is...)

11 comments:

fredcube said...

I typically need about a 60 cm bike, but it might work with that longer stem. I might be interested.

fredcube said...

Oh yeah, I have recently acquired an old Motobecane touring 5-speed triple ring bike. It's about 58 CM (measured from center bottom bracket to top of seat tube). It's in really good shape. Sun Tour derailleur, Weinmann brakes, Sella Italia saddle! Rear rim needs to be replaced. Totally old school (roughly 25 years). I will give it away (the neighbor was going to throw it away) to anybody who wants it. I most likely am going to donate it to that volunteer place on 30th and just north of dodge. But let me know if anybody wants it.

Sean said...

I was in the pain train on Saturday, for almost 80 miles, until 3pm, and it nearly killed me. I saw him this morning too, on the Omaha Trace at well over 30mph. Glad I wasn't with them.

munsoned said...

Fred, I need to come over and look at that bike. Let me know when would be a good time to do that.

munsoned said...

Oh, and I could ride the Bianchi over so you could look it over.

Biker Bob said...

Fredcube... I am looking for a touring bike also. If mike doesn't take it off your hands, I might.


Munson... I thought I noticed that you didn't shift much. I'll have to give 52x18 a try. It might be a bit closer to the right gearing for group rides where I tend to spin out if the group is riding at a good clip. Are we on for Shabbos+1 again next week. I'll be AWOL on the Shabbos to help a friend finish his basement.

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munsoned said...

Next Sunday is the Raven's Nest 5K. So I would be game for an afternoon easy spin, but not much else.

Biker Bob said...

Oh yeah. Good luck on the run.

Anyone else up for a Shabbos+1 ride this coming weekend starting at 6:30?

fredcube said...

ok Bob. If Munson doesn't want it you're welcome to take a look at it.

Munson - I'm usually home by around 6 or so. Give me a call if you still have my cell number or the home phone # is in the book. Either way.

Biker Bob said...

fredcube... sounds good. Just let me know. My email is underdahill thatatthing gmail.com.