More on keeping warm during winter cycling

March 11, 2016

Toe warmers and thin wool socks.  I tried a variety of “winter wool” cycling socks and no joy.  I dropped $50 on neopreme – no joy (but you should have seen the sweat).  Toe warmers – perfect!

 

Now that it is Spring… things are easier… just need to stay hydrated during training as there are no rest stops.  At least during the MS 150 this April there are stops every 10-15 miles.

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Cycling with a Cause

December 11, 2015

BP MS 150 – Ride from Houston to Austin in 2 days. A challenge for anyone – especially a 53 yr old! Please support my ride by supporting the fight against MS!  Ride is April 16-17, 2016.  I will continue to post my progress on this blog.

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Cycling – Just getting warmed up

October 4, 2015

Last November I purchased a basic Specialized road bike from Aggieland Cyclingcycling and restarted my cycling hobby after a 18 yr break. While I still had my 1990 vintage Schwinn Criss Cross…. It was time to shed some weight and pick up my pace from 10mph.

Well, after some trials and tribulations I went to Bike Barn and paid for Joe Treanor to do a formal fitting. Yes, it cost some money, yes I replaced my seat and bars, YES IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

My ultimate goal is to complete a MS 150 – perhaps even the 2016 ride. I’m going slow and steady in my training as someone over 50 yrs old should.

Right now I’m up to 15 mph on a 32 mile ride but I’m not much good for part of the day after… Which is an improvement from the last time I did a 32 mile ride – I was wiped for a day and half. The difference is the fitting and new seat. My heart rate is down, my neck and “sitting parts” are sore but not like they used to be.

This weekend was magnificent weather so I did notice my toes getting a bit cold again. Last winter I experimented with wool liners and shoe covers. Those helped but didn’t quite do the trick. I now have SmartWool cycling socks which for the summer are magnificent (I also love their hiking socks). Some research led me to this blog entry:
http://allseasonscyclist.com/2013/10/22/winter-cycling-how-to-keep-your-feet-warm/

Good stuff.

My next post will be some polite observations on the (lack of) social interactions on group rides.