Friday, June 1, 2018

Spring Riding

Had a couple of nice rides this past week. We spent Memorial Day weekend, as we usually do, at the Hayes cottage on Paw Paw Lake. On Sunday we did our traditional ride around the lake with the whole group. That was only 13 miles and for the past six weeks Mary and I have ridden at least 20 miles on every Sunday. So while the rest of the group stopped when we returned to the cottage, Mary and I continued on and did a different loop heading through the farm land east of the lake. That route took us through the town of Watervliet. We ended up with a little over 21 miles in 90 degree temperatures.

Yesterday I went out to JDRF teammate Tom Miller's house in Grand Haven for his Thursday night ride.There were about 20 people there. I rode with the slow group. We did 22 miles at an average speed of 17 mph. That's a bit faster than I usually ride, but it was a good time. The fast group rode 29 miles and I'm not sure of their pace, but they pulled away from our group pretty easily about 5 miles into the ride.

Now that the weather has apparently warmed up for good, I'm hoping to get out at least three times a week. My goal for this year is 1,500 miles and because of our lousy Spring I'm behind pace to hit that goal.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spring has Sprung

Seasonable temperatures have finally returned to the upper Midwest. That means we can finally get out and ride without having to dress in fur-lined shorts and parkas. We've ridden two Sundays in a row, both times on the White Pine Trail.

The Triplets getting ready to ride. (l-r, Cindy, Linda, Mary)
A week ago Mary and I rode south from our house past Whitecaps ballpark, through Riverside Park, and turned around at Ann Street in Grand Rapids. An 18 mile round trip.

This past Sunday we took our first team ride of the year. 30 of our team mates showed up at Coach Char's house in the North Park area. We crossed the North Park bridge and then rode north on the WPT all the way to Rockford. With the nice weather we had to be very careful of pedestrians, roller bladers and dog walkers the closer we got to Rockford. Everyone rode well and safely and we returned to our starting point with 20 miles under our wheels. That was followed by a cook-out and hanging around in the sunshine.

6 months until we ride in Santa Fe.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Winter Won't Leave

The last time I posted was in January. That's mostly because I haven't ridden my bike since then. It's April 16 and there is snow on the ground.

My goal for this year was to ride 1,500 miles. When I got out for a ride late in January I thought I was going to easily make my goal. There was no riding in February, but that wasn't unexpected. It was winter in Michigan after all.  Usually in March we can get out a few times. There were a couple of nice days, but by the time I got home it was either getting dark or cold. Now it's April. We ALWAYS ride in April. We start team rides in early April. On April 15 the last two years I rode 20 and 32 miles respectively. But so far no rides in March or April.

There are some of my team mates that ride no matter what the weather. Although none of them were out in the ice, freezing rain, snow and sleet we had yesterday. I just want it to be over 50 and sunny. Is that so much to ask? Apparently it is this year.

Friday, January 26, 2018

First ride of the year

It was sunny and 51 degrees today so I got out for my first outdoor ride of 2018. It wasn't a long ride, just 12.5 miles on the White Pine Trail, but it was hard. I haven't been on the bike in a couple of months, either outside or on the trainer (I hate the trainer). After about three miles I was considering looping back home for a five mile ride. But that's seemed a little silly. So I pushed on, adjusting my route to head south instead of north. The wind had kicked up and it from the south west, so I wanted to ride into the wind while I was fresh. We'll fresh may not be the right word. As good as it felt mentally to be out in January, physically I'm not quite there yet.

We also signed up for our 14th JDRF Ride for a Cure. This year we will be riding in Santa Fe, New Mexico the first weekend in November. Baseline elevation is 7,000 feet and there is 7,000 feet of climbing. Looks like we are going to need to do hill training again this year. If you would like to support our ride you can make a donation to Mary by clicking here or Tom by clicking here. Or you can use the links over on the left side of this page. Thanks.