posted by Kevin G @ 8:03am, Wednesday 26 September 2012.
I was unhappy with how not not see-through my envelopes were, so I made this pdf.
posted by Kevin G @ 8:14am, Thursday 5 May 2011.
I'm not really sure what the motivation behind #30daysofbiking is, because they don't really explain it on the site. My friend at Loving the Bike started posting pictures of himself everyday during his ride, and I presume rode a bike every day for 30 days. I believe that the 30 days was supposed to be the entire month of April. But since I am not quite like other people, I decided on April 30th that I would do #30daysofbiking. Rather than create a new post every day, I will just update this one. Here we go:
|1||4/30/2011||27 miles road|
|2||5/1/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|3||5/2/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|4||5/3/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|5||5/4/2011||34 miles road|
|6||5/5/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|7||5/6/2011||10 miles road|
|8||5/7/2011||30 miles road|
|9||5/8/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|10||5/9/2011||10 miles road|
|11||5/10/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|12||5/11/2011||15 miles road|
|13||5/12/2011||2 miles w/ the dog and Riley|
|14||5/13/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|15||5/14/2011||54 miles road|
|16||5/15/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|17||5/16/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|18||5/17/2011||21 miles road|
|19||5/18/2011||9 miles road - Ride of Silence|
|20||5/19/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|21||5/20/2011||10 miles road|
|22||5/21/2011||13 miles road|
|23||5/22/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|24||5/23/2011||1.5 miles w/ the dog (it was hot)|
|25||5/24/2011||10 miles road|
|26||5/25/2011||7 miles road|
|27||5/26/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|28||5/27/2011||2 miles w/ the dog|
|29||5/28/2011||38 miles road|
|30||5/29/2011||30 miles road|
So there it is. Right around 354 miles. This wasn't even close to my highest milage months during training (I think I put in over 580 in Nov 2009). But it was a completely different excercise. If I come to some great realization as to what it all means, or if there is some geat insight to the big picture, I'm sure I will let you know.
posted by Kevin G @ 11:24pm, Sunday 24 April 2011.
So where have I been since the Mt Lemmon Marathon? No idea, but last weekend I did the Tour of the Tucson Mountains. It was a beautiful day. I rode to the start line, and finished in just over 3 hours (3:03:03 official).
|Name||Tour of the Tucson Mountains TTM 2011|
posted by Kevin G @ 8:11am, Friday 22 October 2010.
Well, I completed my first marathon. The Mount Lemmon Marathon was billed as 'The World's Toughest Road Marathon'. The course is 26.2 miles with an average grade of 4.6% and over 6000ft of elevation gain.
Since it was my first one, I have no opinion on the matter of difficulty comparision. I do know that it was difficult. I guess I could compare it to the Mount Lemmon Time Trial, which was 12.1 miles, on my bike, and took me 1 hour 12 minutes. It was like that, but took about 5 times longer.
My goal was to finish in under 6 hours. I finished in 5:46:55 (official). That was 231st out of 394 finishers, not that great, but my goal was just to finish. You can see all of the runners' results here.
Now it is time for me to hang up my running shoes. I don't think I need to do that again. I can't wait to get back into my cycling training routine.
This picture is at mile 24, just before the 10% grade going up Ski Valley Run Rd.
While they are up, you can see more pictures of me here.
There was also video of me at the start on the local news.
Time 05:46:18 | Dist 26.34 mi | Av Pace 13:08 /mi | Mx Pace 08:27 /mi | Av HR 167 | Mx HR 176 | Cals 2,965 | Gain 6,194 ft |
|Name||Mt Lemmon Marathon|
posted by Kevin G @ 3:49pm, Sunday 13 June 2010.
posted by Kevin G @ 6:50am, Tuesday 15 December 2009.
This was supposed to be the Scout Troop 211 50 Mile Ride, as part of earning their Cycling Merit Badge. The plan was to meet @ 10 AM head out (River-Alvernon-Ft Lowell-Swan-Sunrise-Ina) and have lunch @ Chipotle (around mile 20) then finish up the rest of the loop (Ina-Silverbell-Twin Peaks-Sandario-Avra Valley-Airline-Lambert-Silverbell-Ina-Thornydale-River). The boys had been averaging 10 mph in previous rides. So, 5 hours + 1 for lunch would put us back around 4 PM. That's not how it worked out.
First, we didn't hit the road until 10:45, then seven miles in, just past Campbell on River, I sliced open the sidewall on a brand new tire. I showed the boys how to replace the tube and use a boot to keep the tube inside the tire. We decided that I should go back to Arizona Cyclist and the group (with the other adult leaders) would ride on and I would catch up with them. I rode back and got a new tire, tube, CO2, and some snacks. I changed my tire, cleaned up, and hit the road. I guess (although I wasn't sure) that I was a half hour behind them. I figured that put them about 5 miles in front of me, or just past River on Swan. I decided to stay on river to make up a bit of distance. I rode hard to Swan and up Swan sort of expecting to see them as I climbed Swan. I turned onto Sunrise, and pushed down Ina all the way to Chipotle.
The whole time I was thinking they had to be in front of me, it was past 12 and they had to be close to the lunch spot, right? When I didn't see any bikes outside Chipotle, I got out my phone. I listened to the VM from another adult. Time now 12:29. Message left @ 12:17 "Kevin we are at the top of Swan @ Sunrise" Good grief! I over shot them by 8 miles! I tried calling back to see if they had stopped for lunch there. No answer, so I rode back toward them. While I was waiting at the light @ Ina and Oracle, I saw 2 team Astana guys and a RadioShack guy going south on Oracle. I didn't recognize them, but I knew Lance was riding on Oracle earlier that day. I got back to the group where Ina and Sunrise intersect. They were changing flat number 2 at the time. It seems that they used Glenn to get from Alvernon to Swan, and took a 15 minute restroom break. So I blew right past them by staying on river to 'make up some time'. Two miles later the same kid got another flat on the same tire (flat 3). He was right by his house, and decided to bail.
We finally made it to lunch, ate and hit the road again. Needless to say it was a lot later than I had expected. The ride out Ina to Silverbell and up to Twin Peaks was uneventful. Going up the hill on Twin Peaks, a complete jerk went by honking and gesturing at everyone as he passed. Some people just don't get that the roads aren't just for them. At this point it was 3:45 and we had about 20 miles left, and about 1 hour 50 minutes of usable light. Heading up Sandario an adult leader got flat 4. The rest of the group took a small break at Marana Regional Airport while that was fixed. Heading east on Avra Valley Rd, an older boy got flat 5 and 6. Another leader and I stayed with him and sent the rest of the group on to try to make it as far as possible with the remaining light. We ran out of light on Silverbell and as we came to the CVS on Cortaro and Silverbell, saw that this is were the group decided to stop. We finished our ride there @ 6 PM. The boys spend almost 7 hours on their bikes, made it 45 miles, and learned a lot about on-road repairs. They all held up really well, and I am proud of all of them. Tonight they will receive the Cycling Merit Badges that they truly earned.
(the GPS data below is a bit messed up because of my extra miles trying to catch up, and because I forgot to turn it back on after the rest at Marana Airport)
|Name||Troop 211 '50 Miler'|
posted by Kevin G @ 12:46pm, Sunday 15 November 2009.
Did another training ride with Riley and boys from his Troop. They did great! I think Riley is going to do really well on Saturday. He seems to understand pacing himself during a long ride.
This is also an opportunity to test out my new charts from my rides page, and make sure they work when embedded in my blog.
Ride with Riley and Troop 211 | Time 01:59:24 | Dist 24.79 mi | Av Spd 12.5 mph | Mx Spd 35.2 mph | Av HR 129 | Mx HR 186 | Cals 1,262 | Gain 333 ft |
|Name||Ride with Riley and Troop 211|
posted by Kevin G @ 9:29pm, Thursday 8 October 2009.
Yesterday went downtown to what used to be Bargain Basement Bikes, just off 6th. It isn't called that anymore. Now it is RC Bicycles. They had a used Specialized Hotrock 24" out front. Riley took it for a ride around the parking lot. It is aluminum, didn't feel too heavy, and has a threadless headset (important if I want to swap the stem and handlebars). I paid $150 for it. I think it was worth it, especially since I was ready to go down to the Trek dealer and drop $319 on a MT220.
Riley and I went for a 4.5 mile ride together today. After we got back I started looking at what I'm going to do to it. It weighs in at 28 lbs, so to lighten it up I'm going to get rid of the kickstand, the knobby tires (put on some 1.5" slicks), the chain tensioners and some of the chain. I'm going to also swap out the front fork for a rigid one (suspensions eat power). It doesn't currently have a bottle cage mounted, so I'm going to put on one of my old tacx cages. We will see where that gets us.
Time 00:28:46 | Dist 4.56 mi | Av Spd 9.5 mph | Mx Spd 14.5 mph | Av HR 104 | Mx HR 133 | Cals 197 | Gain 194 ft |
|Name||Ride with Riley|
posted by Kevin G @ 9:21am, Wednesday 7 October 2009.
I am looking for a bike for my 11 year old. He is going to be riding in this year's 35 mile El Tour de Tucson as part of his Cycling Merit Badge requirements. I would like to get him a road bike (go figure), but it is very difficult to find kids road bikes that are affordable.
I have seen 'youth' size road bikes (ages 9-12) for $750 and up. That is a little steep. Especially when you consider that you can get a decent quality MTB in the same size for $250, and that it would only last them a few years. I tried bidding on a few XS used bikes on ebay, but they went out of our price range. I think I am going to end up getting a Trek MT220 (MTB) and putting 1" slicks on it and possibly drop bars.
If he really takes to riding, someday I would consider getting him a Felt Z24 (again, go figure). This country needs a company like Islabikes, that focuses on high quality lightweight kids bikes. Anyone want to go in on it with me?
posted by Kevin G @ 8:47am, Wednesday 7 October 2009.
Name Sunday 73 Z4 F4 Mt Lemmon | Time 05:00:20 | Dist 72.69 mi | Av Spd 14.5 mph | Mx Spd 40.3 mph | Av HR 165 | Mx HR 179 | Cals 4,867 | Gain 6,223 ft |
This was from Sunday. Great ride except for losing my Camelbak bottle before mile 10 on Lemmon, having little water and no calories for the rest of the climb, and getting a flat .36 miles from the parking lot.
Getting ready to take a rest week between Build 1 and Build 2. I am ready for El Tour's 5 hour exertion.
|Name||Sunday 73 Z4 F4 Mt Lemmon|
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