24 August 2010

Two Climb Ride

The intervals are paying off, I think. Today was Sportsman and the hobbit village.

Sportsman climb - 15:30 (new record)

Total average speed - 16.22 mph

21 August 2010

Week in Review

Sunday, Jim drove up and we did the Sportsman climb and the hobbit village climb

Wednesday was VO2 Max intervals up Sportsman.

Friday was a three-climb ride. Texter Mountain climb: 16:35. New record! And not bad given the heat and the headwind.

13 August 2010


Myerstown time trial today. Good weather conditions. Overcast, 72 with very little wind.

And I finally broke the 20 mph average speed barrier!!! Hit 20 mph average at Robesonia on the way back and gained speed to the end with a final average of 20:23. Nervous energy trying to hold the 20 all the way to the tuxedo shop.

Average speed: 20:23
Approx time: 1:43:00
Distance: 34 miles

Next goal? Repeat that. The goal after that? 22 mph average.

12 August 2010

VO2 Max

Since I appear to be hitting wall in terms of speed, I'm getting back to intervals. This time, VO2 Max intervals as described here.

Set 1
3 minutes on, 3 minutes off, 3 minutes on
6 minutes off
Set 2
3 minutes on, 3 minutes off, 3 minutes on

I suffered through these beginning on Main Street leading into the mental hospital then all the way up Sportsman.


Climbing Update

I've been taking it easy for the last several rides. Or, at least, I intended to take it easy. I've been mainly climbing the usual routes, minus Texter Mountain Rd.

Easy climbing
Uphill time trial on Sportsman (not so easy) - 16:07

Easy climbing (not Texter Mountain Rd.)
Up Sportsman, down to Newmanstown
Back around to Sportsman up and back

03 August 2010

Time Trial Issues

I can't figure out why I keep hitting the wall on time trials. Might be the heat or I might not be getting enough calories in me for 33 miles of all-out effort.

There was a crosswind on the way out, and a headwind on the way back. Cracked at around Womelsdorf when I realized that no matter how hard I go, I won't beat a 19:75 mph average speed. So I sat up and soft-pedaled home. Again.

Gotta figure this out.

31 July 2010

More Like It

Not a lot of time today, so it was a two-climb ride. Texter and hobbit village.

Began the Texter climb at 23:40 into the ride. Reached the top at 40:25. That's a new personal best by 55 seconds (previous record 17:40).

Texter Mountain climb - 16:45
Split at 1 mile (Focht Rd) - 9:20

Honestly, I was a little shocked at the time. So much so that for the rest of the ride, I was doing the math over and over to make sure I didn't miss something.

29 July 2010

Easy Ride

I intended to do an "easy ride" today in the mountains (three climb ride). Didn't want to go all out or anything. Just relax and recover from all the hard efforts and heat recently.

Texter Mountain climb - 17:40
Average speed on Texter Mountain - 9.1 mph

27 July 2010


A third time trial in five days. Was strong for the first half and my split average speed was 19.4mph at Myerstown. Then I blew up in Robesonia. Soft-pedaled home, feeling like throwing up the whole way. Very exhausted by the time I arrived home.

Temps around 90 and, I think, too many time trials in a row. Just ran out of energy. Part of it had to do with the fact that I wasn't really improving my average speed rapidly enough on the return, and so the math was discouraging. I will break 20 before the end of the season.

25 July 2010

Another Time Trial

Strongest TT since whenever. Temperatures around 80, which I think helped a lot.

Average speed - 19.6 mph

Had enough energy at the end to drill it up the Redners slope and the final uphill section to the tuxedo shoppe. But then I felt like vomiting.

22 July 2010


Attempting a time trial today. Failed.

Strong 15mph headwind the whole way out to Myerstown. Cracked at Myerstown, and the wind shifted to a crosswind, so no impetus to keep going and make up time on the return. Soft-pedaled home.

Average speed - 17.5mph
Temperature - 95

20 July 2010

Going Backwards

Three climb ride today. Head wind on all climbs.

Texter Mountain climb - 18:30 (worst yet!)
Average Speed - 14.45 mph

Not sure if it was the wind, the heat or my fitness going backwards.

New Shimano PD-M150 pedals are outstanding, though!