Monday, January 12, 2009

2009 Birthday Ride

As of my 50th birthday, I decided to do my age in miles. This is my 7th year and I am happy to say I am still on track. It is not easy being a January baby and trying to do these miles in Jersey's winters. I allow myself 1 week before and after my birthday to accomplish this task.

It was a bit questionable this year as to "weather" I could make it. Significant snow in the forecast. Fortunately the weather service was wrong. Go figure.

January 12, the day after my birthday was cold. Temps in the 20's warming up to 30 with winds at 10mph. All in all not a bad day. I dressed perfect and unfortunately lost my son's cap. I had a backup ear wrap which worked great.

It was an interesting ride. I saw chickens, a dead deer hanging upside down and a loose White German Shepard in my path. I was 20 miles from home and tired. The Shepard was munching on the contents of someones garbage pale. I did not want to turn back and was hoping the Shepard was more interested in eating the garbage than me. As a dog lover I decided to take the chance. I crossed over to the opposite lane, rode slow, and found the dog more interested in his food than me. It was getting colder and I was happy not having to take any detours.

The ride ended on the money at 57.2 I am not sure how much longer I can endure these Birthday miles in the winter. I may have to go south. All in all it was a very enjoyable and accomplished ride.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

04 Ride

I got out for a beautiful 16 mi ride on January 04 . My second ride of the year. I was much warmer and it was nicer than my New Year's ride of same. For some strange reason there where all these Turkey Vultures sitting on roofs of houses in my development. My only understanding of this was a caucus of some kind close, or they were trying to keep warm by the chimneys. In either case very strange.
The ride was most enjoyable and I hope a warm-up for my annual birthday ride this weekend.
I'm hoping all holds up for my ride.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

1ST Ride of 2009

Let me just start by saying. It was COLD!!! Temps about 20F. Winds up to 20mph per forecast, however, didn't seem as bad. Sun shinning bright. Not a cloud in the sky. Biggest mistake of the ride was not wearing my $100 Sporthill pants, instead wearing a lighter and less expensive version of the same.

I was a bit worried when I left work yesterday as it was snowing. I new it would be cold and windy today, but I was determined to get a ride in for the new year. My only concern was snow on the ground. Fortunately there was non. At 10am I headed out for a short 15 mile ride to start the new year off. Needless to say I was the only cyclist on the road.

This was my 1st cycling adventure for 2009 and I look forward to what this year bestows.