Ride Ride Ride

Regular readers might remember that [I’m riding my bike again](http://www.houseofwarwick.com/2007/06/24/gettting-fit-on-a-bike/) and training for a race. Well, some of that has changed. I’m still riding, but the race is out. I’m too far out of shape to jump from the couch to a “sprint” triathlon in only 8 weeks. In addition, my early discipline was poor so it’s been more like 4 weeks of real training. Yuk.

Today I headed east of Springfield to hit some backroads with a group of people training for our local MS150 fundraiser. I got there late, got lost on the course and finished a hilly 6.5 miles in about a half an hour. I definitely got a workout, but it wasn’t the 24 miles the rest of the gang was riding.

Good things to note:

* I’m riding about 20% faster than when I started
* I’m able to out-ride the gears on my bike on level ground
* I bought “tri-shorts” and they make a world of difference
* I feel great because I’m making a difference in my life.

Bad things:

* I need better gearing on my bike.
* Spandex stuff only looks good on supermodels
* I need places to store stuff when I ride.

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Author: warwick

I'm a network architect in Springfield, MO. I like clever uses of technology whether it's in a data center or the kitchen of my house.

One thought on “Ride Ride Ride”

  1. Glad you got in part of the ride and for training you can’t beat hills. My motto is “I’ve never met a hill I couldn’t walk” but I try to keep those to a minimum – only did one short one on the Pancake Ride.

    For storing stuff you need a bike jersey – I have a couple that I rarely wear so will be glad to loan you one. They have back pockets that are great for sunglasses, gu, powerbar, etc. Or get a little pack to go under your seat for heavier stuff like keys.

    I learned a long time ago to eat before I’m hungry and drink before I’m thirsty. If you need another water bottle I have plenty of those too – hopefully you have a water bottle cage on your bike. And I agree about how spandex looks but when I’m biking, I go for comfort and figure everyone else looks as silly as I do! Good call on getting tri shorts.

    Enjoy!

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