Out with the old
Posted December 31st by Mark Ewers
I won't be too sad to say goodbye to 2014. It wasn't a bad year, not by any means. They're all good, in fact. But this one was far from great.
Next year I plan to
- ride more
- sit less
- work out more
- eat better
- sleep more
- race more
- work smarter
- train smarter
- smile and laugh more
That last one will be tough. I have a pretty good uptrend going for the last 5 years. It's hard to tell when it'll top out, if ever.
I'll never figure out how to dress for riding in late fall, particularly when the weather's not so great. Anything above 60 is never a problem, but cool it down a few degrees and add clouds and maybe some wind or some rain, or all of the above, and it gets too complicated.
Weather conditions for today's ride: 55 degrees, overcast, variable to gusty wind, light rain. I figured maybe dress like it's in the 40s and absolutely wear something that'll shed rain. And for about 10 minutes I was dead solid perfect.
I was a little cool getting started, which…
The Inner Ring had a post today about cyclists littering. This is an area where the MTB crowd seems to do a much better job than my own road side of the house.
You probably know the type. Popping gels and dropping the refuse like breadcrumbs. So pro.
We're fortunate enough around here to have a growing system of paved walking/biking trails. I use them on recovery days sometimes. It's easy not to overdo a recovery ride on a local trail. A few weeks ago I was out on the trail in full-on rest mode when a cyclist approaches from…
Posted November 14th by Mark Ewers
I couldn't hold out. I really thought I might hang in there a bit longer but I couldn't.
I don't mind pain and suffering so much, but cold's different thing. I hate being cold. The thought of riding out in it today in the snow flurries and the wind was too much. I knuckled under and rode the trainer today.
You know, it wasn't too bad. Not as bad as I expected it anyway. I only rode an hour and change, which isn't a bad start, and by the end I felt like I had accomplished something. That's better than nothing. It's…
Posted November 12th by Mark Ewers
Everesting is now a thing, according to my facebook feed this morning.
Looks like a challenge for sure. 29,000 feet of climbing in one go.
I did a little math on a couple of routes I ride with some regularity just to see what sort of challenge this really is.
The first is a local climb known for it's length and more-or-less steady grade. The Allenton Climb rises just about 400 feet over 1.4 miles. To get to 29 kft climbed I'd need to ascend Allenton 83 times. At the end of the day that would mean riding 83 x (1.4…
Good and done
Posted November 11th by Mark Ewers
I got an invite to go to France next year and ride some cols. Tempting. Very tempting.
I would do it in a heartbeat but aside from the likelihood I've already missed the boat - it's fully subscribed and then some - I have this little TT series to run.
Here's the history, the story behind the story. The TT series has been at the top of my list of things I do. It moved there from the top of the list of things I want to do. The amazing European cycling vacation is now at the top of…
and we're back
Posted November 6th by Mark Ewers
Been a while. I've been busy. I still am. No promises, but I might just write a post every now and then. After all, I built this new blog platform from the ground up. I might as well use it a little.
More later, maybe. But first I'm going to go ride
Greene County Parks & Trails is please to host the 10th anniversary celebration of the Greene Trails Cycling Classic. This event will be held July 17-21, 2013. It will be held at Fairgrounds Recreation Center 210 Fairgrounds Rd. Xenia, Oh 45385. With 5 days of different routes including 3 different century rides (62-110), there is sure to be something for everyone during this family-friendly event. There will be food, entertainment and more. Cost is $5-$140 depeding on age, residency and # of days participating. Please see www.gcparkstrails.com for more information.
Texas ended early, and came back to STL. Tons of work done there and little play. I have been cycling more consistently this year and at a higher level than the last 2. Would still like to see that elusive cat upgrade, but just can't seem to get the points needed. I've added TTs, Track, and CX to the RR and crit activities which keeps me very busy. Actually had some decent results at the State TT, and Track State championships which had more to do with the light turnout than with my "scorching" times. …
I just stumbled across my last blog post. Dated 2.13.11 and titled "Step 4," it described my steps towards returning to fitness after an ankle injury about six months earlier.
Now, it's a year later. I've ridden almost 10,000 mils since then. My numbers for 2012 look like this:
I already plan to ride 60 miles tomorrow. I figure I may as well add 15 to make it an even 75, 900 for the month.
I have been riding a lot of miles.
I also have been trying to return to running. Since the first of…