Back on the bike

Today was a good day.  45 miles riding followed by over an hour splitting, hauling and stacking fire wood.  Also got a post-workout stretch in.

Last year we ran out of fire wood in February, right as the cold was setting in.  This year I hope to avoid that problem.  Splitting it is good strength work too.

Perfect conditions for today’s ride.  Temps in the 40s with grey skies but no rain.  I love grey skies.  I like sun too, but for whatever reason the autumn grey skies hit me in the right place.  I rode better than expected.  Finished in just under 2 hrs, 45 minutes.  Not bad for the first ride in weeks.

Hoping to continue riding frequently throughout the winter.  My current plan is to ride 2x per week, with one about 50 miles and the other starting at 50 but increasing to up to 6 hours.  I think those will really help with the aerobic capacity.

My biggest problems are keeping my feet warm and my bike clean/maintained.  Merino wool socks will be my next apparel purchase.  I’ve heard awesome things about them.

The rocking chairs are now in front of the wood stove.  I remember sitting in one of those chairs for about a week straight last December reading When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss’ biography on Vince Lombardi.  Great book that I would recommend if you are interested in football.  Lombardi was an interesting dude.  My dad played football at Fordham and was one year away from being coached by Lombardi.  My dad was a freshman in 1948, the year after Lombardi switched from coaching the freshman team to the varsity team.

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Wednesday easy, learning about flinching, wood stove

11 miles today, again trying to stay at or near HR 140.  Very difficult to keep the heart rate down like that, especially on a consistent basis with hills.  It’s either too high or too low.  I suspect I’ll get better at it as I keep working on it.  I’m convinced that I should be spending some time running at these lower intensities, at least for some of the week.

I’d like to come as close to this in each of the next several weeks:

  • 2 rides per week, aiming for longer distances with some specific workouts for recovery.  Hoping this builds the aerobic system.
  • 1 long run per week
  • 1 real speed workout
  • 1 tempo workout
  • 1 aerobic run, most likely on the treadmill on an incline.  Hoping that over time I can get faster at a pretty low heart rate with bigger inclines
  • Strength work and stretching sprinkled in to each day, or at least 4-5 days per week

I think I’ll continue something like this through mid February when I have a marathon.  I’ll use that marathon as a test to give me an indicator of my fitness.

Following that race I’m trying to decide between taking on another race in April-May or putting all my focus on the Pikes Peak double in August.  Leaning towards focusing on the Pikes double.  Starting in March I’ll have about 24 weeks to prepare for Pikes Peak, which I’ve learned is as good as it gets for good race preparation.

I’m probably going to start writing a bit more about books here.  I just picked up The Flinch, by Julien Smith for the low price of $0.  Part of Seth Godin’s Domino Project.  It’s only available as an ebook.  I’ve only read the first few pages but I think it will be good for me.  I can see it being one of these books that I read in a day or two.

I love reading in front of the wood stove, which we cranked up for the first time this year.  If things go well (i.e., we don’t run out of wood), it should burn almost non-stop for the next 3 months.  It’s one of my favorite things about our place.  It keeps the upstairs nice and warm during the night, probably adds about 5-10 degrees.  It’s awesome.