Tuesday, January 18, 2011

DCRainmaker Is At It Again

This blog is dang close to dead, although I dream of finding time to revive it. In the interim, maybe someone will stumble over this and win a Garmin 310XT.

Here's how to enter: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/01/garmin-forerunner-310xt-giveawayjanuary.html

Until I give this sucker CPR, TTDC!

Friday, November 12, 2010

DCRainmaker Giveaway

Can't decide whether to try to revive this blog, which got off to such a fitful start. But in the interim, and in case anyone is reading, I encourage you to go to
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2010/11/november-forerunner-210-giveaway.html and read all that DCRainmaker has to say. Or at least enter his contest!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Medieval Torture Device

Hotel exercise bike seats are the modern version of the rack. At least for cyclists. Why?

1. The damn things are rock hard.

2. The damn things are so wide that they will bruise at least one thigh if you ride for a decent period of time.

3. The longer you sit on the damn things, the more pain you suffer.

And I don't get why they suck so much. Can't they put spring seats on them? Or seats that remotely resemble real saddles? Sigh.

Bottom line: Suffered for an hour, focused on cadence more than anything else Very helpful, and better than sitting on a soft couch not getting stronger. I guess . . .

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Morning Weigh-In


As you can tell, I've switched to Sudany morning weigh-ins. I kept forgetting to weigh myself on Saturday nights.

Anyway, my weight is a yo-yo. Today it went to sleep instead of bouncing back up. That makes today a good day.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Hit the usual 21 mile loop today. Haven't ridden in a week. :( PR for the course, though. But still a pathetic average by most standards.

Lots of fun -- got out there late afternoon, felt strong the whole way. Finished with the one mile hill instead of the longer but much less steep course. Rode it better than usual by a lot, despite the quickly becoming common numbness issues after about an hour of riding. So maybe I am getting stronger. Here's hoping . . .

And here's ouching . . . by about 30 minutes after the ride my quads and rear were in utter agony; I may even have a little saddle sore. I really need to get that bike fitting that I've been trying to arrange for months. Stomach in knots too -- I think I may've eaten dinner too soon post ride. Oh well. Back on the saddle tomorrow no matter what. I have a lot of work to do if I am going to survive my ride in October.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Managed to ride with my century partner today. As we hit the road, a downpour hit the area. I've never ridden a road bike in that kind of weather before (at least not since I was a kid). I am sure it isn't fun when it's cold out, but when's it's at least 80° out, like today, it sure keeps you cool!

Anyway, it was tough hitting the road again just a few hours after yesterday's return to the bike. But it was a lot of fun, even though we covered relatively little ground -- about 15 hilly miles. I don't usually ride a lot of rollers, much less big hills, so it was darned good practice. And at the end, I looked like a drowned rat, so it as obvious that a good time as had by all!