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the genius of rick is! at 1:36 PM
Over the holiday weekend we went up to my parent's place to for a day and as with any trip up there, I made them go for a ride with me in the blistering 25 degree temps. They're troopers though and we were able to get in a nice 2 hr ride (my mother broke off at an hour to cook dinner) before sitting down for Turkey Dinner number 2. It was so successful that my father asked that the next time I come up that I show him how to get to a store that is about 7 miles via road but loooooooots more by trail and will probably take up somewhere around 3 hours to complete! Maybe I've finally beat some sense into them. My brother didn't swear at me this time at least.
the genius of rick is! at 1:27 PM
Its funny, I've had no time to post since before the holiday but somehow I found time to ride almost every day over the last seven. I guess I've got my priorities all screwed up if I'm riding instead of blogging. I'll try to do better, I promise.
One of my rides of the past week was a sweet road ride the day after Turkey day. Its one of my favorite road loops to do when I only have 1 3/4 - 2 hrs to ride because it takes me over some decent hills with some beautiful views from the top of Damariscotta Lake, the roads are fairly quiet and most importantly (when its cold at least) there is a store at the mid-way point to get a warm beverage. The gods smiled upon me and lavished me with sunny skies with temps hovering around the freezing mark (which I'll gladly take over 40 degrees and rainy any day of the week!).
My trick for keeping the nozzel of the bottle from freezing. It worked at the top of Mt. Katadhin in -20 degree weather so I figure it will work on the bike.
Without my bikeman jersey I was forced to go with jersey #2.
the genius of rick is! at 8:26 AM
the genius of rick is! at 11:15 AM
I was having a beautiful ride in this morning. It was cold at 30 degrees but without the rain of the last several commutes, it felt downright balmy. 15 minutes in I'm cruising silently along a dark and deserted back road, two feet from the trees and bushes right on the side of the road, when I hear a rustling at my heels. Something was coming out of the woods AT me! No question. Before looking to see what it was (it was pitch black at 5:30 anyway so there probably wasn't much to see) I jumped out of the saddle and sprinted my ass out of there with my heart in my throat. This is Maine so I doubt my aggressor was all that dangerous but in the dark, caught by suprise like that it might as well have been a homicidal chain saw toting lunatic with how freaked it made me. I spent the next mile looking over my shoulder occasionally JUST IN CASE.
Also in today's news, the Dirt Rag article I mentioned last week is out. CLICKY and read it for yourself. Good read.
the genius of rick is! at 12:40 PM
The whole "Prince Baby Video" thing got me thinking about people who pair music to their ride videos. I'm sure most musical groups aren't going to be a-holes like Prince but you never know when a lawyer is going to come knocking at your door. With that in mind, I put this little video together with my own musical accompaniment. Enjoy.
the genius of rick is! at 8:31 AM
Its time to try to make up for yesterday's lame post. I will do that by showing you not one, not two, not three, not four, not five... Oh wait, got carried away there, five pictures of yours truly doing what I do best-making silly faces while riding.
Pic 2: This was supposed to be a snarl but it looks more like I'm cutting a hot cheese fart.
Pic 3: the motorboat. phhhbbbbbbbb
Pic 4: I call this one "The Jason Mahokey"
Pic 5: Kissy, kissy and leaving you wanting, no needing, more.
the genius of rick is! at 3:31 PM
Wow, I just re-read today's post and even I can't believe how amazingly boring it is! I won't hold it against you if you decide never to come back here again...
With the way gas prices currently are and how tight my schedule is I've been trying really hard to drive less and ride more. I'm now on a two commute by bike week schedule. I would prefer to do more but Marcy needs to get to the gym too so the every other day thing seems to work best (her spin class is mon/wed/fri so I ride tues/thurs so she has a fighting chance to hit two of the classes). I'm also beginning to do other things by bike like getting groceries. Brynna's trailer makes a pretty darn good grocery trailer and I can carry close to a weeks worth of vittles in that sucker withoug too much trouble. I do have to admit though that the single speed is a lot tougher to ride home than it is on the way there. Thankfully the grocery store is only about 2 miles away so the ride back isn't all that bad. I also have some silly ideas about building a trailer to haul the kayak behind the bike so we don't have to drive the mile and a half to put-in. These things probably don't make a whole hell of a lot of difference environmentally wise but in the end every little bit counts and if it gets me more ride time, thats a bonus.
the genius of rick is! at 12:30 PM
This morning's commute was a super, duper 42 degree rainy mess. Yippee! In reality it wasn't all that bad. Sure I got wet but after missing saddle time yesterday (a beautiful day to boot) it was nice to at least get out. On top of that, its going to be sunny and in the low 50's this afternoon plus I get to add to my tough guy point total with the people here at work.
In other news, if you get Dirt Rag, keep your eyes peeled in this month's issue (due to be released Nov. 15) for an article called "Metric Bubba". In it you will find tales from last year's Metric Mash (click HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) written by one of the riders. He submitted his story to the mag, is getting it published and gets a Fisher 29'er for his troubles. Pretty cool. What makes it even more cool is that he tells me I'm mentioned in there somewhere. So be on the look-out and let me know what you think.
On a final note, good luck to Andy S. as he heads out to tackle La Ruta on his single speed. Kill it dude!
the genius of rick is! at 9:20 AM
What I've eaten this morning:
1 small bowl of raisin bran and two cups of coffee before commute
small bowl of black beans, rice and corn
zip lock bag of dried banana chips, dried cranberries, prunes and almonds
What I'll be wearing this afternoon:
an adult diaper
the genius of rick is! at 10:58 AM
Looks like my commute tomorrow morning is going to be a bit tingly with temps hovering right around freezing. This will mark my first commute at (or around) the freezing mark for the season and has got me thinking about dressing for cold rides. So if you're interested check back in a day or two and I'll have an amazingly insightful post.
In the 'dressing for riding' front. Below, B shows us how NOT to put on a pair of riding shorts. I would think her method would lead to lots of odd looks and chaffing.
the genius of rick is! at 12:48 PM
Since today was my day to commute in by bike so of course they were calling for rain to start last night and last through the day today. As a result, I had mentally and physically prep'd myself for a soggy slog in this a.m. in sub-40 degree temps. To my delight, when I woke up this morning at 4:30 not only were the roads dry but the temperature had somehow actually risen 5-10 degrees since my commute home last night. I'll take that even if it means 25 mph wind gusts that nearly blow me off the road on a couple of occasions. By the time I rolled into the parking lot it had started to sprinkle and by the time I has showered and changed there was a steady light rain. Going to bed before 10 every night may not do much for my social life but it did help keep me dry this morning. Small victories.
the genius of rick is! at 12:12 PM
the genius of rick is! at 8:34 AM
Around this time of year, cyclists (who aren't racing cross at least) start to think about training for the next season and will start training specifically for next year anytime between now and the new year. The typical first stage of training, base, is accomplished with lots of LSD, not the green talking pig kind but the Long Slow Distance type. I suppose I'll hit that phase once the new year hits myself but first I need to prep for the base phase.
"Well, how do you do that?" one might ask if one actually read this blog.
Its actually quite simple to prep for your base phase. Your main goal will be to lose all of that race season fitness you worked so hard to gain all summer. For me the best way to do this is lots of SSD or Slow Short Distance. There are 7 keys to make these SSD rides successful. Here they are.
Bonus tips. If the above 7 don't do the trick, here are a couple more that are sure to accomplish this elusive goal.
If you follow these easy tips you'll be good and slow come the begining of base with nowhere to go but up!
the genius of rick is! at 9:08 AM