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Cinderella Classic Training Ride #7

Miles: 40.67

TTL Mileage for the week: 55.67

Weather: 50 degrees and sunny until the last 10 miles then it was grey and sprinkled a bit.

Food: Sausage McMuffin with Egg & Hashbrown. Strawberry Banana GU, Fruit Bar, & Cytomax on the ride. Green Tea Latte at the coffee break.

The Ride: We started at the Sunol Train Station in Sunol CA and rode up Calaveras to the Sunol Regional Park. The road to the park had some short steep climbs and then a nice descent into the park for a potty stop. After that it was back to the train station to re-group and get a pep talk from the ride leader on proper climbing/descending. After that it was a 4 mile climb up Kilkare then a fast descent down Kilkare and a loop into Pleasanton for a coffee break then back to the train station for the last time.

Gps Data:GPSies - Cindy Training 7 - Actual Ride Data

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Cinderella Training | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Failed ride to work

Miles: 15.?

TTL Mileage for the week: 15.?

Weather: 45 degrees and sunny

Food: MultiGrain Cheerios & CytoMax on the ride.

The Ride: I got 1/2 way but on the road to the bridge(which is extremely rough) I started having issues. I rubbed some sensitive parts raw on Saturday because I wore thick underwear under my shorts and in the end a knot in the seam did bad things to me. I thought it wasn’t as bad as it was but I was wrong. I turned back at the 1/2 way point because I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it home in the evening.

I’m going to take a break from the bike until Saturday so hopefully things heal enough before the big climb. I’m also going to check out a few gym’s tomorrow morning so I can add some strength training to the routine and start buckling down to a serious routine 3/1.

3/1 marks 3 months until the AIDS LifeCycle so its time to start sucking it up and working through these silly obstacles.

Lessons Learned: Don’t wear underwear with thick seams under the cycling shorts. They say your not supposed to wear underwear at all but this did not agree with the experience I had when I started riding.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Ride to Work | | Leave a comment

Cinderella Classic Training Ride #6

Miles: 40.0

TTL Mileage for the week: 40.0 (Rebuilt the bike this week)

Weather: 55 degrees, overcast with a bit of fog in the hills

Food: McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg for breakfast. GU Gel on the ride along with Cytomax in water bottle #2 (this is now replacing the Nuun I was using). We got Starbucks 1/2 way so I got an Iced Tea. Cytomax after the ride.

The Ride: Great ride with about 1500′ of elevation change. We started out from Bayfront Park in Menlo Park and rode into the Atherton hills. From there we looped around and down to Los Gatos then back to Bayfront. We did a big figure 8 around the area going up and down hills with 4 – 5% grades. We didn’t do a ton of extended climbing so we had some nice down hills throughout the entire ride. The cycle computer said my max speed on the ride was 35mph!

What was great about this ride is I was able to stay at the front of the pack up the hills and I had ZERO issues with my asthma! At one point about 1/2 way up the 5% grade and I actually started felling the burn in my legs. Usually my lungs have blown up before I get to the point where I could feel any real fatigue that wasn’t from having an asthma attack. Anyone who has asthma can tell you once an attack starts your energy is zapped. You can no longer deliver enough oxygen to the muscles and bad things happen.

We lost a woman about 1/2 way thru the ride who had to be turned back and taken to her car because she couldn’t hang on the hills. Hopefully next week she can drop down to a less aggressive group and have a great time.

Lessons Learned: Don’t waste time with an 8 speed bike if you have even a small idea that you could do some serious mileage on a bike. Making the jump to a 10 speed cassette definitely made my ride easier.

FitBit Data: http://www.fitbit.com/user/227W42

GPS Data: GPSies - Cindy Training 7 - Actual Ride Data

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Cinderella Training | , , , | Leave a comment

Bicycle UPGRADES!!!

Well I missed out on riding on Sunday and Monday but the bike is finally rebuilt! Hover over the various parts of the bike to see what the new parts are.

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Bike Upgrades | | Leave a comment

To the Wall and Back!

Miles: 27.4

TTL Mileage for the week: 60.0

Weather: 65 degrees and sunny!

Food: Steel Cut Oatmeal for breakfast, Strawberry GU & Electrolytes for the ride and a small Slurpee at the end of the ride. For lunch we splurged a bit and got Foster’s Freeze!.

The Ride: Today we gave the wall on Calaveras a shot. We got up about 600′ and turned around. After that it was a pretty easy ride. Tommorow Billy and I are going to do the FFBC “Get to know us” ride so that we can meet more of the folks in the FFBC. The FFBC is who is hosting the Cinderella Training sessions.

Here is a link to my most recent FitBit data

GPSies - To the Wall Click on the cow for today’s route map

February 14, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | , , , | Leave a comment

Ride to work

Miles: 32.6

TTL Mileage for the week: 32.6

Weather: 60 degrees and sunny!

Food: Cereal for breakfast, Strawberry GU & Electrolytes for the ride. Sandwich for lunch and then electrolytes and GU for the ride home.

The Ride: The ride to work is easy with only about 150′ of elevation change for the Dumbarton Bridge.

I’ll post my route to gpsies.com sometime today.

Also my registration for for the Cinderella Classic arrived yesterday. I’m going to run this to the post office on my way in to work today to make sure it gets in the mail TODAY. The ride is limited to 2,500 women so a quick turn around on the registration form is the only way to get a spot. It sounds like there is going to be a Bike Expo or a Women’s Biking Expo at the fair grounds when the ride is over so I will post more when I know more about it.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Ride to Work, Riding with Billy | | Leave a comment

Ride Around The Bay

Miles: 44.15

TTL Mileage for the week: 74.15 miles (bad weather all week) + 1 hour 40 minutes on trainer

Weather: 60 degrees and sunny!

Food: Odwalla Sweet & Salty Bar, 2 Taco Bell Hard Tacos, Nuun Electrolytes, PowerBar gummi things & 1/2 A Cookies and Cream Luna Bar.

The Ride: It was a long flat ride along the bay and it felt like we were riding into the wind for the first 30 miles. Here’s the route we took. I recorded the route with my Garmin Edge 710 then uploaded the gpx file to gpsies.com

Lessons Learned: All I had for breakfast was 2 biscuits.  Then we went for the ride around noon and I didn’t oget he taco bell until 12 miles in.

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | , , , | Leave a comment

Cinderella Classic Training Ride #4

Miles: 30.0

TTL Mileage for the week: 30.0 miles (bad weather all week) + 1 hour 40 minutes on trainer

Weather: 50 degrees, Cloudy with patches of COLD rain

Food: Cereal with non fat milk for breakfast. GU Strawberry Bannana, Nuun Electrolytes on the ride. Green Tea Latte &  a Banana after the ride

The Ride: Today’s ride was pretty easy with a nice climb in the middle up to Alum Rock Park. With the new allergy meds I had no asthma issues this ride but we only climbed about 500′ today. I also got a Garmin Edge 705 on Friday and forgot to hit the start button to record the ride so I do not have any ride data for this ride. In the future I can upload the maps to http://www.bikely.com and post them here. You can also download the .gpx file from bikely so if you would like to do the route you can!

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Cinderella Training | , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Ride

Miles: 27.0

TTL Mileage for the week: 83.3 miles + 30 min on trainer

Weather: 60 degrees and sunny. Windy near the water.

Food: Pasta for lunch. Luna Peanut Butter Bar(small bar), GU Strawberry banana gel, Nuun Electrolytes & Wendy’s Jr Frosty + Chicken Nuggets at the end of the ride.

The Ride: Today we decided to go out to breakfast rather than go on the 25 mile ALC ride. So we took a route from our house to Thornton then around to Paseo Padre to S Grimmer to Fremont to Cushing to Boyle to Stevenson. The ride was good but Billy was still beat from the ride yesterday so he didn’t seem to be having a great time so we didn’t do the full distance that I had planned. I will map the route on Google Maps and post that later.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | Leave a comment