Archive for August, 2006

New Tires?

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

I’m considering purchasing either Continental’s Grand Prix 4-Season tires or their Ultra Gaterskin 2006’s…

Update: Rather than either of these, I purchased the Continental Grand Prix 4000’s and they are the best tires I have ever used.

Mathews Beach Park - 37.4 Miles

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

I took the morning lazy and ate plenty of carbs (cheerios). I bought some more Gaterade mix and slightly dilluted it such that the rush of sugar wouldn’t give me cramps. I got to Marymoor at about 12:45 and took a practice lap around K-lot, and then stretched out. As I started out on the trail my legs were kind of tight so I kept at a steady 70rpm until they loosened up. At about 3 miles in I decided I I was loose enough to start riding normally (plus the crowds started thinning out). I cruised up to Woodenville and took a quick break to stretch out my back further and chug half the Gaterade. When I started again I was feeling really well and started cruising at 16mph. When I got to Bothell I was relieved to see that they were done working on a bridge that made cyclists dismount before going under. At this point some couple and I started leap-frogging eachother every mile or so. One we got to the other side of the Sammamish river and past the hills it started getting more crowded, so a paceline formed for about a mile and as soon as the passing traffic thinned out I went ahead and passed everyone. I went down threw the tunnels to bipass the traffic lights and then cruised to Logboom Park which is where I was going to terminate that portion of the ride and turn around to go home, but I wanted to get water first and the park was closed for renovations. So I drink another quarter of the Gaterade and at aboutthis time that couple I was leap-frogging for awhile caught up, but the rest of that group was missing. So I hopped back on the trail and started around the lake towards Seattle. This is by far my favorite portion of the trail. The Redmond->Kenmore portion isn’t very shady, and the Sun tends to get to me. So a few miles later I caught up to some guy my age and we rode together for a good four or five miles and then I went on ahead. I reached Mathews Beack Park and took a seat in the shade and chugged the rest of the Gaterade.

18.7 miles down.

The way back was some of the best cycling I’ve done in years. From Mathews Beach Park to Woodenville I stopped only once to take a swallow of water. During this interval my low speed was 17mph and my high speed was 19mph. I and three other cyclists started leap frogging eachother due to a couple traffic lights that we couldn’t bipass by going under. We got seperated near the Interstate viaduct madness that connects I-5 and SR-522. I took a quick break in Woodenville and started off again going 18mph. My speed variance for the next six miles was between 18-20mph. I’m not certain why but the more I rode the better I was feeling and doing–until about 1.5 miles from getting back to Marymoor: my thighs started to cramp. Woops. I eased down to 15mph through Redmond and got back to the car and stretched out.

Wildlife Encounters: Nothing to report.

Bothell Ride - 21 miles

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

I took a tad shorter ride to Bothell today. My glutious maximus was getting sore, so even though I had planned to get over to Kenmore, it didn’t happen. I lucked out at the parking lot, as a guy who had just gotten done cycling gave me his parking ticket, thus saving me $1. On the way out I forget to stretch so I took it slow initially so that I wouldn’t pull anything. A couple miles in I decided to pase myself at 16mph, in a slightly high gear so as to build up muscle. This worked out until some guy who looked like an amateur racer passed me, he was going roughly 20 mph, and as usual getting passed got me fired up and I shifted down one gear and took off after him. I kept on his tail for two miles, going 19mph. He lost me near a train track overpass in Woodinville, and I slowed down considerably to catch my breath. They’re still working on this overpass in Bothell that requires cyclists to dismount and walk for about 75 meters. I almost turned around there since I only planned on going down the path another mile to a bridge over the Sammamish river. Well, I kept going and took a little break in the middle of the bridge and watched some birds for while (noted below).

On the way back I zipped by some fogies who hadn’t made it a mile since I went by them the first time. I’m only mentoning this because the trip back was uneventful. I zipped along at 15-17mph and made a game out of trying to keep my line as straight as possible. When I made it back to Marymoor I was rather tired, and could only go 11mph. I don’t know why, but I have strange periods of fatigue and then sudden bursts of extreme energy. Who knows.. I should look into it at

Wildlife Encounter: I saw the Roosters on the trail, then several kinds of Ducks, Pigeons and an American White Pelican in the Sammamish River. They were dunking themselves in the water (flipping over so their feet stuck up and heads were under).

Quickie Bothell Ride - 26 miles

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Woke up at 5:00am again, but I decided not to let that stop me from cycling today as it did yesterday. I set out at 10:00am on my road bike. I hadn’t really used it since the old seat got messed up (only rode my mtb for ~four months). At about 3.5 miles in I noticed I wasn’t putting out as much power as I should have been so I stopped and raised my seat 1/4″ and it made a world of difference. My cadence averaged 84rpm for 13 miles then I started to bonk since I skipped breakfast. On the way back to Marymoor my cadence bounced between 65 and 90 (90 when someone would pass me and I’d get mad). All in all not a bad ride, I guess. I won’t skip my cheerio’s tomorrow.

Wildlife: Heard the Roosters in Bothell, but they were in the woods, not near the trail.