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Training Log Archive: PG

In the 7 days ending Jul 16, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  biking - dark blue bike7 10:49:39 139.7(4:39) 224.83(2:53) 9924
  Total7 10:49:39 139.7(4:39) 224.83(2:53) 9924
  [1-5]7 10:48:40
averages - weight:136.9lbs

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Sunday Jul 16, 2017 #

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 3:32:16 intensity: (1:06 @1) + (1:41:13 @2) + (1:29:43 @3) + (19:59 @4) + (15 @5) 37.1 mi (5:43 / mi) +4606ft 5:07 / mi
ahr:129 max:161 weight:136.5lbs

Made it up Kingsley Hill. :-)

Started at the junction of Route 2 and the road up along the Deerfield River to Monroe Bridge and Reading, VT. Plan was to test myself on Kingsley Hill, and then continue on to see some places not previously visited.

Warm day. Took it easy all to way up to Monroe Bridge. Lots of people out rafting/kayaking/tubing on the Deerfield. Must say it looked more fun than what I was doing (although I was having a fine time).

Kingsley Hill was tough, 900' climb in 1.4 miles, first part especially steep. Made it up, lowest gear (obviously), but in reasonable control. See comments.

Then into Vermont. I'd only brought one (large) bottle of water and drank that before the hill, so stopped in Readsboro for another bottle and a bit to eat.

Then a bunch of hilly back roads working my way over to the upper part of the Bear Swamp pump storage facility in Rowe. Nasty hills getting to the reservoir, then a really nasty hill going down, steep, loose dirt, on the brakes hard all the way. Sure glad when that was done.

Except a moment later, back on flat pavement, a little hill coming, shifted to the smaller chainring and the chain dropped off to the inside and got jammed. Took me 10 minutes to get things back working again, and then the gears were running rough for the couple of miles back to the car. Obviously needs adjusting.

Quite trashed by the time I was done. Stopped at the first store I saw for chocolate milk. A good outing.

Saturday Jul 15, 2017 #

5 AM


Went up to Vermont yesterday evening with Dave, Rick, and Tim, then manning an early aid station at the Vermont 100 from 5:30 to 9:00. Brought back some nice memories of that course and running ultras in general.

4 PM

biking - dark blue bike 52:05 intensity: (1:17 @1) + (34:40 @2) + (16:08 @3) 14.0 mi (3:43 / mi) +195ft 3:40 / mi
ahr:123 max:146

Short ride late afternoon. A little harder than I intended, thinking of maybe a longer outing tomorrow.

Friday Jul 14, 2017 #

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 48:03 intensity: (59 @0) + (1:08 @1) + (34:51 @2) + (5:25 @3) + (3:10 @4) + (2:30 @5) 10.4 mi (4:37 / mi) +781ft 4:19 / mi
ahr:122 max:168 weight:136.5lbs

Satisfying ride.

Just a short outing, the purpose being once up South Sugarloaf and hopefully putting in a good hard effort in the process. The challenge is similar to various time trials I used to run over the years -- you know it will hurt -- but I have much less practice doing it on a bike.

And so much less of a sense of how hard I can push without, I think the word is, cracking. And there is certainly a fear of cracking, because the assumption is at that point I'd be so wasted that I wouldn't be able to either keep going or unclip. Just sprawled on the pavement. Not a pretty image. So there's always a little held in reserve.

Anyway, nice cool day, low 60s, no wind to speak of, roads pretty much dry after morning rain. Did a proper warm-up. Just so I know for the next time I try, first part of the way in 3rd gear, then 2nd where it got steep, then a bit of 3rd before the hairpin, then 2nd the rest of the way. Pretty much max effort.

Only thing I screwed up was the Garmin, stopped it in the process of getting through the light at the bottom, didn't restart it until I was 1:35 up. But that was partly because I was taking my time on my regular watch, easier to see, but my mind was clearly overloaded.

Splits at usual spots: 2:49, 5:32, 6:35, 7:41, 8:26, 9:05 at the top. Delighted. Must be the new bike. :-)

And then a gentle cool down on the way home. It sure is nicer coming down Sugarloaf with disc brakes.

Thursday Jul 13, 2017 #

10 AM

biking - dark blue bike 1:44:11 intensity: (2:24 @1) + (1:17:11 @2) + (24:36 @3) 26.83 mi (3:53 / mi) +915ft 3:46 / mi
ahr:121 max:147 weight:137.5lbs

Heading north so gently rolling. Turners Falls and Millers Falls.

Wasn't expecting to get out today, but the rain departed. and isn't due back until late afternoon. With all the rain we've had this year, have to take advantage of the opportunities.

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017 #

9 AM

biking - dark blue bike 1:43:55 intensity: (2:19 @1) + (37:43 @2) + (45:54 @3) + (16:11 @4) + (1:48 @5) 18.61 mi (5:35 / mi) +2559ft 4:56 / mi
ahr:134 max:164 weight:137lbs

Back to a loop I did a couple of weeks, the main parts of which are a couple of good climbs, Cooper Lane and Patton Hill, just with the new bike. Got around 16 minutes quicker. Not sure to what extent I was working harder, was aiming for a relaxed pace with the exception of course of the two climbs. Average heart rate was 10 beats higher, but that seems to fluctuate a good bit day to day. So who knows.

Liking the bike. Specs are here, got the dark blue color because that's what was available, with the one change being a 11-36 cassette. Very glad I got that.

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017 #


Lots of excitement out front today. See the comment thread for today's ride for details/photos (didn't want to exceed my yearly allotment of space on my log proper, comments have no such limit).

12 PM

biking - dark blue bike 1:15:14 intensity: (2:06 @1) + (1:08:36 @2) + (4:32 @3) 18.58 mi (4:03 / mi) +555ft 3:56 / mi
ahr:116 max:141 weight:137lbs

Back roads in Whately, easy pace.

Monday Jul 10, 2017 #

4 PM

biking - dark blue bike 53:55 intensity: (1:35 @1) + (40:08 @2) + (12:12 @3) 14.19 mi (3:48 / mi) +313ft 3:43 / mi
ahr:123 max:146 weight:137lbs

Up the river a ways and then back through Montague Center. Not so bad, yesterday's ride was still being felt in the legs. Dropped the tire pressure down to about 65 and that seemed much better.

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