Friday, February 24, 2017

More Gravel.

Overcast skies, seasonably appropriate temperatures, and winds in the double digits did their best to keep me from riding.  The motivation to get out was low but I knew this was my opportunity for a longer ride.
NE winds had me heading East for a long stretch before making my way North, East of Foley.  For the most part the gravel had firmed up from the day prior, now it was just the wind holding me back.  But even with the constant wind I was glad I went out.  I was feeling good and having a good time.  Even my sporadically rubbing disc brakes didn't brake me!
The turn West and eventually South were rewarded with a great tailwind.  I ended with about 4.5 hours and 70 miles...no speed records!

I work Saturday so not too sure on a ride.  If I'm up I'll go for a short spin beforehand but I may try to sleep in.  Hitting the gym this morning and the bike on Sunday.  Yep, no snow here!

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Soft Gravel and Snow.

The gravel yesterday was still pretty soft from the rain a few days ago.  Combine that with the wind, getting to Gillman was somewhat of a slog.  But headwinds eventually turn into tailwinds and a quick ride home.  Once again I got 2 hours 50 minutes and about 50 miles.  February 22nd and I was riding with bibs shorts and knee warmers!

Every time I checked the weather yesterday the forecast changed.  I saw 1-3" of snow all the way up to 12+".  Currently it appears all the snow may stay south of us.  One of the few times I'm ok with the snow missing us.  Either way our unseasonably warm temperatures are gone.  It was to be expected but I'm not looking forward to the 15 minutes to get dressed for a ride again!

Knowing we still may get snow I hope to get a good ride in this afternoon.  Once again it's NE winds so back out to Benton County and maybe a bit of MilleLacs County.  Then depending on the weather it may be back to the fat bike for a bit or the studded rain bike.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One More Day.

Our days are numbered.  Our "early" spring is about to be kicked out by mother nature and replaced with another round of winter.  Thursday through Friday parts of Minnesota are suppose to get over a foot of snow!  Here in St. Cloud it's still up in the air for how much.  Whatever it is it won't be 60 degrees!

Yesterday the girls had off from school as it was a teacher workshop day.  I decided to stay home with them.  My folks took them out for lunch so I opted to get a ride in.  Leaving home at 10:30 I was able to wear a long sleeve jersey and bib shorts!  With the warmth came a strong southern wind, in true spring fashion.  I opted to stick to paved roads due to the all day rain the day prior.  Any ride in February that almost hits 60 degrees is a good ride, 2 hours 42 minutes, 48 miles.

Today is another mild day.  I work at noon so I plan on taking advantage of it.  Looking like a gravel ride up to Gillman.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Taking in the Warm Temperatures.

After a slow start to riding last week I ended up ok, about 12 hours and a bit over 200 miles.  Not bad for mid February!
Saturday a group of us met up at the shop.  On the ride over I decided I as too hot and took off my knee warmers.  I rode in bib shorts and a long sleeve jersey, nuts.  We tackled parts of the Dirt Bag course in reverse.  The gravel for the most part was really good.  There were soft, muddy, and/or icy sections that left the bikes in need of a cleaning, but no complaints.  So worth it!

That night I took Harper out to eat and then to the mall so she could use some gift certificates from Christmas.  Sometimes it's good to have one on one time with the kids.  We had a pretty good time!  Hell, we were at the mall for almost 2 hours and I didn't freak out!

Sunday, even though not scheduled, I decided I would go into work.  Prior I got out for a ride.  Still on the gravel bike but stayed all on pavement.  The past few days  riding has been so good, it's going to hurt when winter returns...possible Friday.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were all about 3.5 hour rides.  Nice little block of riding.

Off to the gym this morning.  If not raining tonight I may  go for a spin but we all know how I am at riding Monday nights!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Heat Wave in February.

Well only one ride and two gym visits so far this week, but the next few days should be all riding.  Starting today the temps are foretasted to be in the mid to upper 50's!  I was asked to switch shifts with someone at work so I am now closing.  Benefit of that is I can ride this morning!

Tomorrow some of the team guys are heading out for a ride and I plan on jumping in.  I was thinking about going to Frost Bike (an industry show down in Bloomington (QBP)) but with such nice weather we may be crazy busy at work so I will stick close to home and be on call if needed.  I'm not scheduled on Sunday but I plan on going in anyway to do repairs and hopefully sell bikes!  Such a weird, sad winter.

Get out and soak up that sun and warmth!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Shorty.

Well I ended up not riding on Monday, ha!  Avery wasn't feeling well so I hung with her while her sisters were at gymnastics.  Tuesday I went back to the gym for the first time in over a year.  It just seems easier right now.
I have the morning free today so riding was the plan.  However, Avery isn't feeling super hot right now so she may stay home from school, TBD.
Another low riding week and thus far I'm ok with that!
Come this weekend and mid 50 degrees and I will be out there for sure!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Riding and Selling.

I contemplated whether to ride or not on Saturday, due to my cold.  It was too nice out not too so I met the guys (Matt N., Matt V., Charlie, Alex, John K., Nate) at the shop around 11.  We stuck to roads but were on cx/gravel bikes, the norm for us during early season riding.  Even thought it was overcast, it was amazing out!  Low winds and warm temps always make a cyclist giddy in Spring, but hell, we're still in Winter!  The ride was uneventful, which is perfect for early season riding.  Overall I felt pretty good.  It left me wanting more.  We ended with 3.5 hours and 63 miles.

I only got two rides in last week.  A bit bummed on that but oh well.  I'm still sticking with my February mantra: ride if it works, don't if it doesn't.
I feel I'm mostly over my cold, just a bit stuffed and that last little cough that, for me, usually indicates the end.

Sunday I was up at 5:30 to get ready to head down to the cities for the Bike Swap.  I had a bunch of stuff that had accumulated in the basement, garage, and work.  It was time to clean house.  I also brought three bikes.  It was amazing to see a room (huge) filled with like minded bike geeks, from all ages.  The buying and selling was amazing too.  I almost sold everything I brought down...success!  I priced things to move and it worked.  I didn't sell my All City Nature Boy (SS CX bike) but I kind of expected that.  It has to be the right person that wants to throw down on a bike like that.

I got home around 4 and thought about riding, but I was pretty shot and the wind wasn't too inviting.  So instead I got ready for the week.
I'm hoping and planning to get out this evening for a spin.  It's looking like a nice week to get out and ride!