Now …The 2013 cycling year end summary.
Its hard to summarize the rides and miles this year.
2013 saw 40% of my rides on the 29er MTB. This was the first full year on having this bike in the ride mix.
It got me a reasonable ride total ( # rides ) but drove down the miles. Combine that with a wetter that normal spring and a 2 week work/vacation hiatus from riding in June – normally a 200 mile month – and the year ended down 460 miles vs 2012.
The 2013 season highlight rides:
April – Tour De Scranton
This was the 10 year edition. I’m still a fan of this ride and this was the 4th time I’ve participated. The weather cooperated with temps in the 70’s but cloudy. Thats okay .. having seen snow furries on this ride in previous editions.
Good support and a large turn out. Trek 5000 performed flawlessly and the rider survived to drive back to Philly later in the day.
May – Rotary 100 Eddie Richards Memorial ride – out of Burlington NJ.
A first for me and I gave a nice summary in an earlier post. Fine course for this 67 miles May ride. The weather was a cloudy 70 degree day. Overcast and humid those conditions and my lack of preparation made for a – long day and day after recovery. See August century post below. 2014 will see me paying more attention to ride conditional and food intake in the future.
June – July – August
The Trek Wahoo saw 2 rides on the Perkiomen Trail from Betzwood ( Valley Forge ) up to Schwenksville PA . Paved gravel and a 32 mile out and back ride. This trail continues on to Green Lane reservoir ( figure another 20 mile addition ) . I will make that a 2014 add. This is a nice ride and excellent example of successful Rail to Trail project. Stops on along the way if your inclined for a snack or simple lunch.
The other 29er ride was on the upper Lehigh Valley Gorge trail – White Haven PA down to Rockport – 30 miles total. Scenic ride along the Lehigh River Gorge.
Yet another Rail – Trail success. The continues to Jim Thorpe PA , ride conpanion Geo Hart and rode halfway. Will be penciled in for 2014.
August Century Ride – Shore Fire Century – ( out of Middletown DE ) WCBC
August 24th and my long ride of the year. Rode the Trek 5000 after toying with the idea of cobbling together a single speed rig. Those plans never got acted on, default bike is the Trek.
The weather was sunny and in the mid 80’s through the day, a persistent wind of 5- 7 mph can be characterized as – always a head wind.
As I have noted before this is a good century ride – flat – well run – attended – supported – marked.
I on the other hand under trained for this ride at the 100 mile level. My usual plan is to build miles/rides and then taper as the event draws near. Not this year… I merely inserted century ride into the month of August the summer of : ” think I’ll just ride the MTB a little here , the road bike a little there ” . An unstructured approach, to a physical 7 hour ride for a 59 yo male – 185 lb.
I slogged through in 6.75 hours at an ave of 14.5 mph vs 15.5 for the 2012 edition.
At the rides end and my usual post ride vehicle routine – load bike , towel off , etc. .
I hit the wall and at that point bonked and found myself heading to the ground in a haze. Scary and in all hindsight awakening. Story end – after 15 min. of rest ( laying down ) and some fluids all well into the car and back home.
I neglected to eat at all rest stop and the last two stops I treated as if they were NASCAR pit stops, in and out. I tend to rush at the end of rides such as these – bad habit – and dangerous habit. Luckily I was not on the bike riding had this occurred.
My lesion was learned and that was probably my last 100 mile Century. Metrics only for now on.
MTB ride to the local woods / trails . Well … I had a low speed, no speed, can’t unclip fall that day that bunged the hell out of me. Cracked ribs and mangled left hand. No ER visit but the basically kept me of the bike for 5 weeks. The recovery from the ribs was the killer, after 2 wks of rest I would try to ride again but .. no way.
The rest of the year …
Meager miles but not a shameful total, it did provide me with some insight to my riding and training for the 2014 year.