Longer Commute

I came up with a longer route to work. It’s 10 miles long, basically a figure 8. This gives me a bail-out option half way, where I can either go home (if I forgot something) or go directly to work (if I get a flat or something). Pretty clever if I do say so myself.
Ride Home:
Elapsed Time: 00:18:21
Max Speed: 18.2mph
Average Speed: 8.5mph
Distance: 2.61 miles

Saturday Ride

I took the Lemond out for a ride. It got way warmer than I expected. I had to stuff a few extra layers in the bag.

Elapsed Time: 01:19:21
Max Speed: 30.5mph
Average Speed: 12.8mph
Distance: 17.00 miles


Trainer Ride

I put the new saddle on the Lemond. Now, I’m in the dreaded break-in period. I don’t think it hurts any worse now than the other one did, so if I gets better than this, I’ll be a happy camper.I listened to my new iPod while I was on the trainer this time. Music makes a big difference. I was just sort of listening to my music and the beatcount was sort of dictating my cadence, and before I knew it, I was 20 minutes into the ride, my hr was around 160bpm and I was sweating like a pig!

I take back all the nasty things I ever said about Apple. The iPod is a work of magic. If I didn’t know better, I’d think it was made by the elves.

Elapsed Time: 00:39:18
Max Speed: 23.0mph
Average Speed: 15.1mph
Distance: 9.91 miles

Commute/ Equipment Check

Today, I finally got a real test of the fenders. The roads were wet, but it wasn’t raining. This time, the tires did not fling crusty road slime all over me.

This is also the maiden voyage of my shiny new Carradice bag. It worked out OK. I’d still like it to be a little bit bigger, but it got all my clothes here (but not my laptop or my lunch). Since I also wanted to try out the shower facilities at work, I brought along a towel. Towels take up alot of space in a bag. I think if I get creative with packing, I’ll get it all to fit.

Elapsed Time: 00:26:20
Max Speed: 29.2mph
Average Speed: 12.4mph
Distance: 5.47 miles

I took a slightly longer route to work (not as long as I thought though, I got here 30 minutes early.)
Ride Home:
Elapsed Time: 00:18:40
Max Speed: 18.8mph
Average Speed: 9.0mph
Distance: 2.82 miles

13 Weeks

One week left to go on the patches.

Only rode the bike 10 miles this week (and that was on the trainer).

12 Weeks

As of today, I haven’t had a cigarette in 12 weeks.

Yesterday, I overslept, and was lazy around the house all day. It didn’t occur to me until quite late in the day that I had forgotten to put on a fresh patch.

I decided that, as an experiment, I’d see what it would be like to just call it quits on the patches.

It didn’t go to well. I was really irritable, had trouble sleeping, and all the other crap that comes along with nicotine withdrawl. So, I put on a 7mg patch today. I’m sticking with the program. I’ll be nicotine-free two weeks from today.

Bicycling summary for week 12:

Real Miles: 30.85

Trainer Miles: 9.02

Total Miles: 39.87

That’s a little better  🙂