Thursday, July 12, 2018

Michigan Ride, July 12

I threw in some random intervals just for fun. 13:30 (first two...7 seconds for a stop sign separates them) at 338, 30 seconds at 464, 572 and 524, 3 min at 375, 5 min at 325 and 5 min at 302. I used the road ahead to determine some of the times. Had some nice rollers, a few flat stretches and some short climbs.

Michigan Ride

Had a three hour ride on the schedule and this was completed in 3:05. Went from Boyne City to Charelvoix with maybe 1/3 of the ride on bike trail and the rest on the road. Not much traffic so that was fine. The section from Charlevoix to Petosky was all bike trail. Given the road it parallels, that is he only option. The trail itself was a little boring (lots of factory and business entryways, lots of highways traffic noise). Once in Petosky I could have continued around Little traverse Bay to Harbor Springs but opted not to given the rather slow nature of the trail: some families, older couples, runners, dog walkers, etc, most with earbuds and not paying attention. I headed inland and after on road that ended in sand and gravel finally found my route to Walloon Lake and then back to Boyne. 

Seven Post Workout Mistakes from CTS

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Isle Royale National Park

Had an amazing four day on Isle Royale National Park covering about 50 miles in four days. Trails hiked include Rock Harbor, Tobin Harbor, Still, Suzy's Cave, Moskey Basin, Mt. Franklin, Lookout Louise, Hidden Lake, Lane Cove, Daisy Farm, and Greenstone over a few sections. Also did some kayaking in Tobin Harbor. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Worth reading

I read and listened to this book this week. While I had read most of LeMond's race history it was interesting to read about his early years as a teenager on the bike, his relationship with his dad, how he was and wasn't accepted in Europe, etc.  The section on how Fignon and LeMond couldn't;t keep up with the PED enhanced peloton is an eye opener if your not familiar with that era. I have to think Indurain was juicing and I believe Lemond's accounts of his conversations with Armstrong. One of them ended up being the biggest liar in sports history. I've always said LeMond is the greatest cyclist, and maybe the greatest athlete, to come from the US. His VO2 of 90+ is off the charts. Armstrong's ranged from the upper 70's to low 80's. Good but not great. Heck, mine was 70 when I was 47.

Appleton, WI

Arrived mid afternoon in Appleton, WI and did a recovery ride around the area. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Endurance miles prior to time off the bike

We've been putting in a lot of just endurance miles knowing that I'll be off the bike for about 5 days doing some hiking. I threw in some intervals today just for fun. I usually find that the time off the bike, which will include about 40-50 miles of hiking, is good this time of year. I've been doing about 1000 miles per month since January so a little non-bike time is ok. Plus, once back from the hiking trip I';ll be ramping up the miles in northern Michigan. 

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