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.
December 10, 2015
I’m about to register for the MS 150 which means fund raising and lots of hours in the saddle. Good thing I like cycling !
So far I’ve learned that a fitting is a must and so is proper clothing when you are out in 40 deg temps for 2-3 hours. I’m trying out different foot wear in an attempt to keep my tootsies warm – so far “socks” from Gore coupled with toe covers and wool sock liners worked “ok” in 40 degrees. I have a better quality shoe “cover” that I’ll try with my winter grade Smart Wool socks soon. My Brooks running tights work fine for cycling. I also picked up a Gore jacket with removable sleeves. it’s actually too warm in the upper 40’s – unless it is raining and in the 40’s… then it will get soaked after a while but you will stay warm. I also love my Gore skull cap – goes over my head but under my helmet. Absolutely works wet or dry.
I haven’t done anything interesting to the bike – just had adjustments made, replaced the stem, handlebars and seat. That has eliminated all back, knee and neck pain. Still working on the hands.
Endurance wise I can do 35 mi at 15mph which is a good starting point.
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:
My next post will be some polite observations on the (lack of) social interactions on group rides.