Wow, I looked at the calendar yesterday and realized “Holy Crap! It’s August!!” Even though I had been tracking the days and watching out for the big ride of the year, it still surprised the heck out of me that we all already into the last real month of Summer.
So far this year, we have had a record 12 days of 90 or higher in Seattle. The past record was 9 days. And August is notoriously the hottest month of the year. I swear I might melt! But this post is not to whine about the weather, its to talk about the miles for the month… Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: July 2015”→
When I first started riding a bike, back in 2008, there was one guy (The husband of a friend of the ex-wife (Who still holds the prestige of being the only guy I truly disliked on first sight)) who would Lord over me “Well you aren’t a real Washington cyclist until you have ridden the RAMROD (Ride Around Mt Rainier in One Day)” He would then drone on talking about it. (by then I tuned him out)
Back in 2007 our buddy Mountainstroh stored his crampons, lost his glacier glasses and hung up his ice-axe. Like an old west sheriff, he reached the time to retire. Going strictly on my won/loss record (or summit/no summit) I was a dismal 2 and 6 over 12 years, with the only real summits reached being Mt Baker and Mt St Helens.
Starting in 2008, the challenge shifted to 2 wheels instead of plastic boots, and roadways instead of glaciers. In the last 7 years and 20000 miles I have yet not to succeed. Yep, undefeated. This week will put that record to the test… Continue reading “The Time is Nigh….”→
This was a the perfect weekend for a long ride. The weather was still cloudy and cool. It is 3 weeks until the RAMROD and the Manchild was not up this weekend. Plus, once again Michelle was telling me YES you will ride! Add it all together, it was the perfect day for to catch a ferry and do a century (100 miles) to Sequim and back.
Have y’all gotten tired of my whining about the heat yet? if so, then I am sorry for at least one more. We are about to hit the 6th day of 90 degree heat (a first ever for us) and at 92 degrees, yesterday was the hottest Independence Day in 124 years!
A quick glance at the calendar tells me that the RAMROD, my big ride for the year, is a little over a month away. This means I am rapidly running out of weekend days left to me to get training rides in.
I have had many posts about the name Mountainstroh (as in my web page Mountainstroh.com) so I won’t get into detail here of its origin. Suffice it to say, the name was inspired by Mt. Rainier, a place I have gone to since I was in grade school
Thursday, I took the day off, threw the bike on the back of the car, and headed up there again. It was the perfect day.
Well, folks, yesterday was the 4th big ride of the month, The Flying Wheels Summer Century. Of all of them, it was the one I was least excited about. I do it every year since its close and a good training ride, but the past years have not been a lot of fun due to weather, cars and other cyclists. So I got up and resigned myself for a 100 mile workout. I was hoping not to be grouchy at the end.