Week 31 Cycling

I am starting the week with my ODO at 1202. I rode 139 miles during week 30. I rode 519 miles in the month of July. This is the first time in about 4 years that I am riding my bike on a regular basis.

Ride to the Gym on 360

Today I bike commute 31 miles in two hours and 16 minutes and averaged 13.6 miles per hour. I rode in to work via Bee Caves and Barton Springs and then rode to the gym via Bee Caves and up 360.

Weather conditions were

HighDew PointHumidityVisibilityPressureWinds
90°F67°F49%10.0 miles29.89 steadyFrom ESE

I had trouble riding up Great Hills after turning off from 360. Right afrt I started up the very steep hill (to me) I decided to shift into my Granny Gear and I lost my chain. I was very hot and tired at the time and tere is no shoulder and there was a lot of traffic at the time. I waited for all traffice to pass and put my chain back on and then attempetd to get on my bike to continut the steep climb. I had to ride out into two lanes of the street to get my balance and enough momentum to start riding up the hill. I am proud to be able to ride this year in the Texas heat. Last year I could not ride when it was this hot, especially up hills.

When I got to the gym I did about 30 minutes or resistance training then I got on the tread mill and ran 3.25 miles in about 35 minutes. I really like running on the treadmill with my iPod.

Week 30 Cycling

I started the week with my ODO at 1063. Today my round trip commute was 32 miles in 2 hours 10 minutes and averaged 15 MPH. I rode from home to HT via Bee Caves Road, Barton Springs, Congress, Cesar Chevaz. I rode from work to home via Springdale, Oltorf, Bluestien, HWY 71, HWY 360, Bee Caves.
Weather conditions were

HighDew PointHumidityVisibilityPressureWinds
91°F68°F47%10.0 miles29.87 risingFrom SE

First Early Morning Night Ride

ODO 1032, totals for the day – distance: 35.48 miles, Time: 2:28, Average: 14.3 MPH total mileage for the week: 87 miles
Today I got up at 4 AM to gor to Auditorium Shores to be on TV with the Early Show’s weather guy Dave. I rode to town in the dark using my head lamp. The temperature was cooler than my normal moring ride so it was enjoyable.

On my return trip home in the evening I continued past Cuernevaca on Bee Caves to HWY 71 to get a few extra miles on my commute. I want to increase my daily milage from 26 miles to 30 or 35 during my week day commute. I am not going to reset my cycle computer after my moring commute as I have been doing in the past. Instead I am going to keep the total daily mileage on my return trip so that I can quickly see how fare I have to ride to meet my daily goal.

6 days in a row

Mileage at the start of this week was 766 and now it is 945 giving me a total of 179 miles this week. Yester day on my ride to the gym in North Austin I rode for 58 minutes, 14 miles and averaged 14.1 MPH.

Today I will be working at a pond on the Austin Pond Tour so I do not know if I will have the time to ride today. It sure would be nice to get a 21 mile ride in this evening so that I can have my first 200 mile week in Texas.

When I’m riding my bike I notice dogs in cars and trucks hanging their heads out of windows. They look so happy and I wonder if my excitement about having the wind blow in my face while I am riding is connected with hanging my head out the window of a car when I was a child. It seems riding a bike can bring me closer to my feelings of youth than most things that I do during the day. Having the ability to power yourself with a bike on flat ground at 18-20 MPH is really cool. Going down a hill on a bike at 35-48 MPH is the ultimate E ticket for me. I remember when I was growing up I use to tell folks that I wanted to be a dog when I grew up. I suppose that this is as close as I will get to that dream.

When I think about what I like about riding a bike and being a dog I can find many similarities. For one thing when I am on a bike I have the freedom to go places that cars can not go. Of course when I ride my bike I observe all traffic signals just like I was driving in a car. What I mean is that when I’m driving in a car so much of the world is shielded away from you because you are driving fast in a car on a street with other cars. When I’m on a bike I’m going much slower and I can see stuff that I would not see from a car. If I choose to stop and explore it I pause for a moment to check it out. this is what dogs do when they are out exploring, the can be running one moment and then stop and check stuff out before continuing.

Another aspect that my cycling resembles being a dog is riding in groups with other cyclists. I enjoy the company of riding with other folks n bikes. Dogs like to hang out in packs and wolfs depend on packs to hunt. Cyclist also can ride a lot faster in a group just like migratory birds fly in formation to increase their flying distance.

Why do I cycle and work out – Endorphins

ODO Mileage is 917, trip mileage 13.74, trip average 14.7, trip time 55 minutes.

I did not know about Endorphins when I was young. I learned about them in my mid 20s when I was jogging on the Venice Beach in Southern California. I think that another runner explained the process to me about your body producing them when you run or cycle. Yesterday during my ride out to the 24-Hour Fitness gym in North Austin I was really happy to be riding my bike. When I got to the gym I did my usual resistance training but I still had the need to run and get on an orbital aerobic machine.

So I guess that I am getting my body trained on getting a dose of Endorphins every day when I bike commute. When I rode my bike to work in Portland, Oregon I got to a point when my body was not happy unless I was riding my bike. I never thought I would get back to that point in my life again, but it looks like that is happening now. There has been a lot of research on the release of Endorphins into the blood stream during vigorous exercise like cycling and running. I suppose that I am living proof that the research is affecting the reason that I ride my bike.

Slow Motion in Rollingwood

Mileage is 890. My ride home was 14 miles in about an hour. Tempertures in Austin are in the high 90s with 85% humidity.

I rode through town on 6th and hit Congress to Barton Springs turning on Rollingwood after Zilker Park. I follow Rollingword until it crosses Bee Caves Road and turns into Old Walsh Talgton. I take this through the neighboorhods up to 360 then turn north to Bee Caves ten to Cuernevaca. I like this route because it is very low traffic and has moderate hills.

I’m at that point in my bike commuting conditioning that I do not have the need to ride as fast as I can all of the time everyday. Last night I rode home slow through the hills and got passed by two young ladies riding slow waiting for their third friend. This did not bother me and I had a little conversation with them before I picked up my pace.

IBM Support

I suppose that I may be a complete ditz on this, but it is getting very hard for me to tell when I am talking to a live person or a computer with a voice. Today I was on the phone with IBM support creating a trouble ticket for a server and the person that was on the phone sounded so polite yet robitic that I could not tell if I was talking to a human or an andriod.