Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bike MS 2010

With nary 25 miles of training in, on the tail-end of a respiratory infection, and against my wife's better judgment, I decided to make the ride, anyway.  I had raised $500 and I REALLY wanted to make it happen.  So, drugged up, I showed up bright and early at the start line.  Good crowd again, this year.

The morning started a little cool again, but a few miles in, despite my poor training, my legs remembered what to do.  Day 1 finished pretty uneventfully.

Long roads...

Fun at rest stops...

Plus, my wife, Hilary, volunteered for our team, MO-KAN-DO, so I got to see her at meal times.

Day 2 started out rainy.  Feeling the pain from the before, I sagged ahead to Warrensburg with others from my team.  The first half was a little soggy.  I decided to try the i Pod this year to help the miles tick by.  So, with Harry Potter in my ears, the miles ticked by, and before I knew it, I was at the finish line.  Another 130 miles under my belt.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Burn Out

After my full ride in yesterday morning, I was pretty worn.  However, I decided (against a small nagging voice) to go ahead and tough it out on the way home.  With one water bottle in tow, temperatures in the upper 90s, and me WAY out of cycling shape, it was a recipe for disaster.

It hit me about halfway home.  I was in "no man's land" in the suburbia bike path when I succumbed.  Drenched with sweat, about to pass out, I stopped in the shade to swallow the last few dribbles of water.  Shaking, I called my wife.  She was in Greenwood and it was rush hour.  No rescue from her.  I waited around a bit longer, thinking I maybe could make it.  She had other plans.  A few phone calls later, one of our associate pastors picked me up and hauled my sorry butt home.  Two bottles plus better planning for me, in the future.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Long Ride In

So, this morning, I decided that I would get "back in the saddle" and start up on my bike commuting again.  Since I'd been on hiatus finishing my basement, I was a little rusty on what bus routes I needed to take to get in.  Right before drifting off, I fired up the website for TheJo.  DRAT!  It was down.  No matter, I knew where and what time my first bus was and so I'd catch the second bus at the park and ride.

Caught my first bus with no issue.  While riding, I decided to fire up my phone browser and determine what my next bus was.  I couldn't find it.  Long story short, after a confirmation from the driver (and emails to TheJo after arriving at work), they cancelled the 'H' bus that ran from Olathe to the Sprint Campus (just a week previous!).  Apparently, there's some sort of new plan they're working on.  So, I hoofed it in across 119th and picked up the Indian Creek trail and arrived a sweaty mess.  Now, to find another route...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bike MS 2009

Well, I did it!  I made it through the ride.  The LONGEST ride for me, to date.  On Saturday, I decided to challenge myself with the century loop, so I pulled out a grand total of about 104 miles.  Very worth it as it was a much flatter ride than the last 10 miles of the normal route (plus I got a cool pin and bragging rights).  Got several comments on my beast, one notable is from a guy who was self-supporting running full front and back Arkel panniers.  He made his comment as he blew by me in a pack of riders.  Someday...

On Sunday, I sagged forward with most of Team MO-KAN-DO (the team I rode with) past the big hills to Warrensburg.  Glad I did.  The headwinds were brutal all day and I would have a hard time doing the full 80 miles.  At lunch, I bumped into Randall from the Un-Lenexa Cave Ride.  He was riding a fixie the whole way - quite a setup.  This picture is not great, but it was a kind of time-trial looking bike with a Spinergy wheel on the front and a Zipp wheel on the back (the Zipp was not wind-friendly, he said - it acted like a sail).  Gotta hand it to him, though.

Anyway, had a great time and know what to expect for next year.  Definitely going to bring the iPOD and the pannier was nice to have, though it probably slowed me down a bit.  Definitely going to ride with the team again.

The best part was crossing the finish line as I took my medal from a lady in a wheelchair who has MS, I heard her clearly say "Thank you!".  All worth it.   Thanks to those who donated.  Still not too late if you want - here's my donation page.

Start Line on Saturday - Beautiful 54 degrees

At times, the roads seemed to go on forever...

Self-portrait after finishing

Friday, September 25, 2009

Bike MS Prep

Well, I'm getting ready to ride Bike MS 2009 this coming weekend.  It's not too late to donate to me, if you'd like.  In fact, you can donate all the way up to October 30th.

So, I was up late tonight working on getting my bike all ready since I won't have much time tomorrow (surgery day for my dear wife).  Though I love both my Planet Bike Blaze headlight and my Ortlieb Handlebar Bag, I'd been having a hard time trying to figure out how to mount it so the light would shine over the top of the bag.  I bought a Topeak BarXtender, but it still wasn't long enough.  Then, it came to me.  I figured out a way to mount it to the top of the front fork.  After a test run with zip ties, and a trip to the hardware store, here's the final result.

Instead of the metal clamp band, a long screw runs through the mounting piece and ultimately ends up holding on the fender, as well.  It seems to work quite well - I'm pretty jazzed about it.

In other, not so good news, while I was lubing my chain, I noticed this:

GAH!  This bike is NOT that old.  Shouldn't be doing that.  Going to call the bike shop once I get back.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Ugh.  Well, I was on a hiatus from commuting last week.  On-call weeks at work are not easy to balance with that because I can work really strange hours and potentially need a car to drive around the city.  I missed it.  Back in the saddle tomorrow...looking forward to it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Lunch and Leftovers

Since no one else could go, I took a nice little ride to lunch on the bike.  Had a free birthday meal at Houlihan's.  So, I biked over (1.5 miles) and had some eats.  Was able to lock up on the fence that encloses the patio area.  No worries.

Leftovers?  No problem!!

A quick stop at the bank on the way back and my errands for the day are done.  Two days into this and I'm finding even less need for my car on a day-to-day basis.