Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Yay MAT bus!

Being that I heard some sliding tires behind me on my Tuesday morning bike commute and there was no precipitation, I figured I'd let the dumb drivers get into fender benders with vehicles that have fenders, not a rear wheel.   So I went all Brady like and took the MAT bus.

Here's some stats for Brady:
I took the first #55, but I have no idea what kind of bus it was.  I'm not as OCD as Brady.  
~32 blocks of travel
Picked up 8 people besides me and another guy who got on when I did.
That's one person per 4 blocks!!  Or about 3 people per mile!
5 people besides me got off at UNMC.

And that's all I got.  I don't think there was a bike rack on the front of the bus, but I don't think I could get all my bike stuff together, then not ride.  It would feel really weird.  Although, that would have been a better plan than how I rolled yesterday.  It was 22 in the morning, so I had 3 layers up top and lots of extras to keep warm.  Then, when I got out at 3:30, it was fricken 50 degrees.  So all my layers had to be either crammed into the handlebar bag, or worn.  I got plenty warm on my ride.  But it was a nice change from last Saturday's ride.

On the ride, which was down the Keystone then over to HighGear and back, I did some one-legged drills.  Those are TOUGH!!  But I can tell it's a good thing.  It worked my core and my leg muscles.  So this month, I think I'm going to do a couple of those sessions a week, do some weight lifting/core workouts, and whatever longer rides I can fit in.  Then next month, I might try to do some intervals just so I can keep up with Bryan next summer.  Having people refer to me as a cat 2, then promptly getting dropped....often...does not sit well with me.  I'm not planning on racing since I can't afford it, but I'd like to help people suffer on their group rides.  You know, cause that's what friends are for, to help you suffer.

8 comments:

Bryan said...
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brady said...

I read this post earlier today and have since felt an overwhelming desire to wash my hands, count my pencils & pens, scratch my head...

I also rode the bus today. It was my eighth ride on bus #2009 since Sept-12, 2007. It's air handler either still needs to be greased or new ball-bearings put in. Sigh.

BTW: all MAT buses have bike racks on the front of them now.

I enjoy breaking up the winter commute with a warm ride from time to time. Good old MAT.

bryan said...

Hey Mike, you were keeping up just fine. But intervals are fun, anyway. Get to it!

munsoned said...

Brady, where do you find the bus numbers? I thought I saw a 517 or something above the drivers area. But that could have been an old sign.

Bryan, since you're laying down such a great base, my guess is that your intensity sessions are going to be just as committed. Plus, doing intervals and hill repeats and such will let me break through that tough 3 hour ride barrier. After that, 4-5 hour rides seem like cake walks. Even with Spence. My guess is that this spring, you'll be able to hang with and/or hurt Spence on those pain train rides. You got the tools and the commitment, it's just a matter of time.

brady said...

You just can't let it (scratch) go can you (scratch) Munson?

FROM THE INSIDE OF BIG BOXY BUSES, THE FOUR-DIGIT* SERIAL NUMBER IS DIRECTLY ABOVE THE FREAKING FRONT WINDOW. YOU CAN'T MISS IT. FROM THE OUTSIDE, IT'S MARKED ON THE BACK OF THE BUS AND ON THE SIDING BY THE DOOR. SHEESH!

I HAVE 22 PENS, THREE PENCILS, TWO SCISSORS, TWO SCOTCH TAPES AND ONE HELLUVA BLACK METAL SWINGLINE STAPLER WITH MY NAME TAPED TO IT ON MY DESK RIGHT NOW SO HELP ME GOD!!!

*(Three digit serial numbers are reserved for short buses and MOBY)

Scott Redd said...

Better not take Brady's Swingline. You know, he could burn this whole place down. :) I wonder if Brady also knows all the driver ID numbers. Also, if you look at the new MAT trip planner, you can see that every stop has a unique number, too.

I dared the dusting of snow on the back roads by bike this morning, but it wouldn't take much more than that to get me on the #32 or #40.

Unfortunately, not all MAT buses have bike racks yet. The short vans require additional hardware, that according to the MAT website, will be arriving soon. My neighborhood route often has a short bus in the morning, so if I wanted to multi-mode commute, I'd need to ride (or push) at least 0.6 miles or a little over a mile to get on a denser route with a greater chance of a racked bus.

bryan said...

hurting Spence? So you're saying I'll get to bring a car along on the rides? Sweet.

Sean said...

I was on two different CRAMMED buses today in Chicago.