Friday, June 19, 2009

What's the Hidden Message?

I came home a couple of days ago and look what I found laying by my door.


Hm, what could it be? Do you think it is something I need? I don't know but let's open it and find out.


Well I'll be socks. How do you like that? Funny I didn't think I needed any socks yet, all my white socks are still in pretty good shape. They don't have any holes in them and still look pretty new. I do see a problem with these socks however, they are missing the top half. Where is the top half of the sock? You know the part that keeps the lower half of my calf from getting sunburn. If I switch socks now I will end up with unsightly tan lines and I'm not sure any of us can live with that.

Let's see who they are from.


Hm, I wonder is she trying to send me a message?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Arlington - The Rap Verison

Here is a rap video about the area in Arlington we use to live in. This rap song is very accurate too.

And yes there really is that many Starbucks in Arlington.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Are You Ready for a Century?

We talked about it, we laughed about it, we all said we could do it and now it is time to put up or shut up. What am I talking about? How about the century bike ride. I'm in how about everyone else?

If we are going to do this we need to decide when and where. I really liked Sarah's suggestion about riding through the apple orchards of southwestern Michigan. Now imagine my surprise when I did a search the other day for century bike rides and up pops the Apple Cider Century. This bike ride is located in southwestern Michigan just a few miles from where she lives. I tagged it as a favorite for my facebook account and she noticed it and tagged it too. We sent a couple of notes back and forth and I think along with Sarah this will be a good century to ride in. I told lil' sis about it tonight and she likes the idea too.

If you want to check out the ride for yourself here is the link for their website.

It takes place on September 27th which means trees will be starting to change colors and the weather should be a little cooler.

I like the idea of an organized ride because they will have drinks and food available along the route. That will the much less we will have to carry with us making it much easier to go 100 miles. Plus there will be emergency vehicles available in case we need one.

Let me know what everyone thinks and if we are going to do this we need to get our forms filled out and entered because they only take the first 5000 riders and it does fill up.

I did this by blog because I don't have everyones email address besides it is only family that reads this anyway. By the way anyone who wants to do this is invited if you are foolish enough.

Are you ready for a century?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Trying to Ride 100 Miles Without Killing Yourself

I thought everyone might be interested in this article I found on Sports Medicine. It is called Training for a Bicycling 'Century.' Even though it doesn't say it in this article I did read you can expect to be able to ride 3 times farther than your normal riding distance for one day. If you can ride 33 miles comfortably you should be able to ride 100 miles. It didn't say how sore you will be the next day but it did say it is possible without to much training.

Hills are another good training exercise with bikes which I have plenty to choose from here in Wisconsin. I try to ride the bike trail here where I live at least once a week at a faster pace than I normally ride. I have noticed my average speed has already increased 2 mph. The nights I do this I only ride 15 miles or so just like last night.

Hopefully this is good information for everyone as we get ready to attempt our century ride.

Here is the link to the article and other useful information.

A milestone in the life of a cyclist is riding the "century;" 100 miles in a day. It is a right of passage that many cyclists long to attain. While riding 100 miles in a day may sound extreme to a non-cyclist, it is not unthinkable. Almost any casual cyclist can complete a century if they follow a comprehensive training routine.

There are several things to consider in order to have a trouble-free century. They include:

* The right equipment
* The right training
* The right food
* The right attitude

The right equipment means comfort. Your bike should fit you well and should be familiar. If you aren’t sure, have your local bike professional provide a fit-assessment. Don’t plan to ride a new or a borrowed bike on your first century. Consider having a tune-up before the ride, and carry a spare tire and patch kit, tools, a pump and knowledge of how to use them. Other essential equipment includes:

* A properly fit helmet
* Water bottles and cages
* Cycling clothing, including shoes, shorts, gloves and rain gear
* Sunglasses

The core of your training should be endurance training. If you start your training at least 12 weeks before the ride, you will have ample time to prepare for the century. If you already ride more than 7 hours a week, you will need far less time to prepare. While most of your rides will be at about 65% of your maximum heart rate (MHR), add two days of interval training, where you push hard for several minutes - up to 85% MHR. Hills are a great way to add interval training to your ride. And don’t forget to allow one day per week for recovery. A sample training schedule may look like this:

* Saturday: 1-2 hour ride with 30 minutes of hard effort
* Sunday: 1-2 hour ride at steady pace (65% MHR)
* Monday: Rest
* Tuesday: 1-1.5 hour ride with hills
* Wednesday: Rest or 1-hour easy recovery ride
* Thursday: 1-1.5 hours with interval training
* Friday: Rest or 30-minute easy recovery ride

More Training Tips

* Maintain a cadence of 70 to 90 revolutions per minute
* Gradually increase your milage as you get closer to the century, increasing no more than 10% at a time.
* Plan a 50- or 60-mile ride at least two weeks before the century
* Taper your mileage a week before the century. During that week you may even reduce your riding to one or two days of an easy five to ten-mile spin. Also, try to get plenty of sleep.

As the ride day approaches, food becomes the critical component for a successful century. A few days prior to the ride you should start hydrating. Drink water frequently, cut back or eliminate caffeine and alcohol, and add carbohydrates to your diet.

On ride day, eat a light breakfast of high-carbohydrate foods and drink lots of water. On the ride drink before you're thirsty. Water or a sports drink should be your first choice. Eat easily digestible, carbohydrate rich-food such as energy bars, bagels, fruit or granola. Don’t try something new on the ride. You should eat things you know agree with you.

Ease into the ride pace. This isn’t a race, and if it’s your first century, the goal is to finish comfortably. Here are some more tips for an enjoyable ride:

* Change your position often. Mover you hand position, get up off the saddle, stretch your arms, shoulders and neck, arch your back and stretch out. Avoid staying in one position too long.
* Take short rest breaks off the bike. An organized century ride will offer regular water and food stops. Take advantage of this time to get off the bike and refill your water bottles, stretch, and use the restroom. Keep these stops to 10 minutes or less or you may risk getting stiff.
* Find a companion or two. The ride will go faster and feel easier with a friend or two. Also, skilled riders can take advantage of drafting and save some energy in the wind.

Attitude is everything. If you have prepared yourself well, there isn’t much more to be done on ride day than sit back and enjoy the scenery (and maybe plan your next century).