2 Month Warning

Last week it dawned on me that the Chequamegon 100 was now 2 months away. Time to get off my ass and start riding! So I put in a pretty good week on the bike last week. For me at least.

Got out everyday for 10 days now. Intervals. Recovery. Tempo. LSD. Headwind. Rain. Warm. Beer. Cold. Coffee. Group. Solo. Solo. Solo. Solo. I’m so lonely. Solo. Gravel. Mtb. Road. 1 hour. 5 hours.

The highlights:

Morning Intervals by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Sugarbottom out n back by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Long time riding, masi cxr last hour in the rain by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

This last one I even outlasted the Garmin, and as a bonus I got rained on for the last 45 minutes. Did I mention it was cold?


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Here We Go

Lots to report! I finally rode my new cross bike. Built it up last fall SRAM Red 1×10 with lots of stuff I would normally never ride.

Like a carbon BB30 crankset, really expensive brakes that work just about as well as the much cheaper kind, and a SRAM Red drivetrain. I mean really, with as many beautiful deraillers as I have seen twisted, snapped and just plain broken out in the hinterlands of Iowa it does not make much sense to spend lots of cents on the shifty bits. But here we are. So after months of looking all shiny and just sitting on the shop floor with never even a test ride I got it out yesterday. It was a good ride, this is my second CXR so I figured I would like it, need a slightly longer stem. What a fine way to get over the idea of a new bike: 55 miles of gravel, snow, muck, ice, mud and beer. One of these years I am going to figure out how to just drop the little Garmin map on this page for you, but for now, here we go:

Amana geared MASI by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Notice the 10:30am departure time for a 10am ride. Also note the long stop from 1hr45mins in until 3hr24mins. That is where the beers disappeared. A fine day out, but it is hard to justify a 6 hour / 55 mile ride. Tendon report, it felt fine on the ride, had a good stretch after, and feels okay today, but it is sore. Not healthy yet, I guess…

Other BIG news for me, I am registered for the Chequamegon 100 in June. This is exactly the kind of thing I am interested in spending more time doing. It is months away, so hopefully my leg will be 100%, I will be happy if it is 95%! Depending on the fitness I am either going to race it or ride it, single or geared, loaded or unloaded. That meaning if I have a good handle on getting my gear together for future projects like riding the Colorado Trail and touring the GDMBR I might load the bike up and use this event as a great way to test how I like the loaded bike, and how much stuff may or may not fall off the bike while riding it. We shall see.

Last thing that has caught my interest lately, the Arrowhead 136. Yep, that’s right, I am planning to tackle the Arrowhead, and do an extra mile, too. Probably before the start. I have always thought to do it someday, and that day is approaching. Might go volunteer this coming year to see it up close. First attempt will be on foot. I have been reading all reports from this year and it is very appealing to me. Think I’m crazy? Just look at these pictures!

Last thing, we got our first utility bill for a full month since the woodstove went in, $50.

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Going Commando

Not much riding last week. I did get out last evening for an hour. I had the hiccups for the first half of the ride.

Sunday evening stroll with hiccups by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

There were a couple of other outings, but I just kept not getting time to go out and ride.

In other fitness pursuits, we got a woodstove in our house! It is really great, and as a bonus we get to chop wood all the time!

Here is the woodpile. We have a lot of work to do.

The chopping block. We keep it under a bucket. Here is a scene from yesterday’s woodchopping experience, our lives are so peaceful now. And our muscles are bulging!

I hope nothing ever comes to disturb our serenity!

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Weeklong Garmin Dump

Peterson’s Scrap Metal Xtracycle Trip by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

I took a ride on the Xtracycle to take shop salvage aluminum to the scrap yard. 86lbs!

Never the most fun task, it always feels good to get it done. Disaster almost struck, I thought my shifting was a bit wonky, but in actuality the FreeRadical lost FAP control and the drive side dropout bolt slipped and almost made it out. Yikes – remember to check yer bolts periodically.

Red’s ride, LeMond ss by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Next I rolled the LeMond ss up to North Liberty to have a couple of beers at Red’s with Gritty, the Gritty Brevet’s namesake. Good times, and nice to be riding again in some capacity. The leg still feels like it is doing okay, this was my biggest mileage day of the year!

Then, because it was so much fun I did it again the next night.

LeMond ss ride to Reds by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

This time with Dustin, the famous brother of Ira Ryan. We rode a bit slower and (unrelated) drank a bit more. Fine beer list they have up that way!

Took a couple of days off then, busy and the weather was kinda crummy. But Sunday got out for a kind of long one, almost 3 hours and almost 40 miles. Left with Jeremi and Ronnie and Evil Rob, finished up with Rob. Rode the MASI SSCX which is currently still my favorite bike.

Sunday hit of lsd by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Pretty tired by the end of that one. I don’t know when the last time was I was this out of shape, but I don’t like to remember it! Last one to dump then, standard long way to work this morning.

Long way to work LeMond ss by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Over the res, nice and easy, leg seems to be holding up.


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50 degrees @ 9am

Another beautiful morning in Iowa, another ride for Steve.  3 days in a row!

Morning commute lemond ss by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

I took the LeMond ss this morning, and left the gps on for the whole ride. The first stop is when I bumped into neighbor Scott out walking his dog. We had a heartrate elevating conversation about global warming, urban farming and water conservation.  Good stuff! Second stop the New Pi Coop for lunch stuff. Third stop the bank to deposit yet another backpack stuffed full of cash from 30th Century Bicycle.  Uh-huh.

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Back in the saddle again

Finally something to share on the old blog! It has been a long dry spell of riding for me. I continue to deal with some weird tendon issue in my lower right leg. I have been seeing a massage therapist and he is perplexed, so we are trying the old take a whole bottle of ibuprofin and call me when it is over thing. In addition to having a bum leg we have been hard at work the last couple of months moving 30th Century Bicycle to warmer, bigger, nicer diggs. With a toilet! So riding has been a low priority, but I am hoping to be able to start getting back to it, and I have a lot of work to do if I hope to get back to even reasonable shape anytime soon. At least I am well rested!

Morning MB-2 Commute by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

This morning I took the long way to work, nice and easy, gotta be careful not to overdo it right now. In addition to this fine outing I also made it out for a couple of hours yesterday on the MASI SSCX. I love that bike, and I had not ridden it since Halloween. Got a couple of trainer rides in last week, too, just 30 mins each, and just easy spinning.


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Two Rides

Nothing like a reborn bike to get me off me mudflaps!  Took the Lemond out for a quick spin last night and it is holy-schmoly fast, I got afraid a couple of times I was going to pile into the back of a car or something.

1st ride LeMond SS by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

The this morning after my morning walk (really, I walked for an hour, over to the Iowa River and back, very nice) and before work I got out for a quick spin again, this time for a couple of laps around the lake south of town.

Lemond ss before work quickie by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Not much I would change about the LeMond at this point, which is hardly surprising as I have been riding it for a long time and it fits me liike a glooove!  The gear is a little light maybe, but to run the “magic gear” my options are limited, and it is nice to get the spin on.

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