Category: National Bike Challenge

Cape Cod Riding

We drove to Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod to ride the Shining Sea Bike Path to Wood’s Hole. We packed our sandwiches but did stop at the Marine Biological Institute for chips and coffee before dining on the outside seating area.

Today’s Video was filmed entirely with the Kodak Playsport Z5.Kodak-z5 It’s really a near perfect video camera to use while riding.  I have done quite a few projects for bike groups using this exclusively.  Tomorrow I’ll be filming with another camera.  Sunday I’m doing a project for the Tour de Creme ride and want to make sure everything is hunky dory.

 

 

2016 MAY SHINING SEA BIKE RIDE from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

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The Wind Is Our Friend

 

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I often say that to fellow riders as we are struggling on a group ride. Hills are our friends too. Right?

The sound began as a whisper  as I rode my bike on a country road flanked by evergreens. It was the sound of wind approaching me. The trees in the distance begin to rustle then bend. The wave approached and got louder and I could see the approaching gust moving toward me as the trees reacted.  I began to tense anticipating the struggle about to begin.  The gust hit me with a fury, I was now in a wind tunnel and my speed immediately dropped from 16 to 10, then 8, 6, 4.  The wind howled and I had to yell to hear myself say FAAAAAAAACK. Then is stopped but only for a few seconds till the second wave hit. I was struggling to keep moving and knew that if I stopped pedaling hard, the bike would stop moving.

Things improved as the road curved and took the wind out of my face.  I was beginning to get into a good spin until I approached a causeway. I would be in the open till I crossed the lake. Again I heard the wind before it hit me head on.  The gusts threatened to send me and my bike for baptism in the lake.  I finally reached the turn around point and the ride became a hoot.

One hill to climb with a cross wind then it was 14 miles home with the wind at my back. I heard the trees rustling behind me but did not hear the wind.  Nor did I feel it.  Now I was the wind.  The hills turned to inclines, I got into the big gear on the front cog and began to smile.  I was in the zone and coasting at 18 MPH effortlessly.  I needed to get some food for dinner after this ride, but it was so nice that I took a two mile detour to the market. As I took a left, two kids on BMX bikes coming the other way, turned right on the same road.  I decided to pass, gave them a heads up, and let loose.  I was very surprised when I looked at my speed o meter and saw the number 26.8 staring me in the face. Not on a hill, on a flat.

Sometimes the wind is brutal, but then again, the wind can be our friend.  So can a Clydesdale if you carry and apple on your bike ride.

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Recovery Ride

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Fort Taber in New Bedford MA.  Built to protect the city from an invasion by sea after the War of 1812.  It was designed by Robert E Lee before he became an insurgent. 

Yesterday I called the hills on our Wednesday Night Ramble Goldilocks hills.  Not too steep, not too flat.  My legs told me a different story overnight and this morning. An easy spin or recovery ride is a standard remedy for those aching muscles.  I planned on one of those easy, short recovery rides.  I ended up doing 25 miles, but it took over 3 hours with all the stops for photos, taking to friends, stopping for coffee, stopping for no reason.  It was a good day to ride a bike.

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The elevated walking and biking path in New Bedford, MA

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The swing bridge turns on a massive cog that sits inside the yellow railing at the bottom of the bridge. 

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Wednesday Night Ramble in Tiverton RI.  Six of us showed for this first Wednesday night ride of the season..Lots of Goldilocks hills. (Not too shallow, not too steep).  This and my daily ride around town gives me 27 for the day, which is my average daily miles for the month.

The summer tour is imminent but the route is still undecided.  I’m really leaning toward Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard for a short 5 or 6 day ride. West Virginia with the Rails to Trails group is still a possibility.

Double Sessions

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Rode around the city at lunchtime for a couple of hours. I had planned to ride less because I was going to do an evening training ride.  Well, evening rolled around and I decided to ditch the second ride.  I took the dogs for a walk on the MUP and there were bikes galore out.  It was such a beautiful night that I decided to go for a ride.

I am filming a fundraising ride in a couple of weeks.  There are three mileage options, 13, 28 and 45 miles.  It’s an Ice Cream Ride where two of the options use basically the same route.  The short ride is in a different part of town altogether. I’m going to ride the longer routes in reverse which will allow be to cut across town to get some footage of the family ride down by the waterfront.  Tonight I did a practice ride that takes me to two sections where the longer rides converge.  This is going to work out OK.

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One of the ice cream shops on the Tour de Creme ride. 

Three Flats and Sunshine.

I was about to drive to yoga when the weather on the 8’s began broadcasting.  It was raining but the prediction was for the sun to show itself after and eight day hiatus in just a couple of hours. That got me into the garage to check out the “made summer ready” road bike.  I’ll keep this short. Continue reading “Three Flats and Sunshine.”

Riding All Day

Scott bike on dirt path

I left the house at 8 AM in order to try Subway’s May special. Buy any 6″ sub and get a breakfast sandwich free. The one word that comes to mind is “Don’t”.  When the young girl put the egg part of the sandwich on the counter it look like the fake vomit we used to see as a kid.  The bacon didn’t look any better.  The bread was good though.  One more thought about Subway.  I keep track of my food on myfitnesspal. Occasionally my daily salt consumption would be off the charts. When I looked at my subway entries and found that was the cause, I decided that I will not eat there very often any more.  I have some money left on my app to use up, and that will be it.  Too bad because I kind of like the place.

Besides 25 miles of riding today I got to cut the lawn that, with all the rain lately, was turning into frog grass.  (Kneedeep).  Tried in vain to get my Honda power washer started. It’s less than a year old and I think it’s dead.  DSCN0297A buddy came over to help me move a 300+ lb mahogany entertainment center into my garage.  I think he is dead also. It’s on Craigslist and is offered for free, but there are no takers.  It will go out for the trash pickup on Wednesday. (If I can get a hand moving it).

I ended the day getting the road bike ready for some serious riding.  Cleaned, lubed and summer tires installed. All I need is a few hours of sunshine which has not happened in the month of May yet. Maybe Monday. Maybe not.

 

 

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The Felt.  Ready to rumble
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New moon high tide
Scott bike an big tree
This struck me as a possible good photo.

Early Morning Is The Best Time To Ride

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Tia Maria’s European Cafe.  Water St. New Bedford

Early morning ride to get my hair done. I left the shop at 8;30 and it was just too nice not to ride. 45 and cloudy. It is the first day without rain this month.  Met with a couple of bike friends and fellow photographers, Peter Perreira and Josh Sousa at Tia Maria’s European Cafe in New Bedford. Naturally we talked bikes. A ride around the peninsula in the city before returning home to power wash the decks and clean two bikes of all the crap they collect from riding in the rain.  Probably do a second ride tonight

So Close

Seeking Shelter

I have signed up for the National Bike Challenge, (in partnership with Cottonelle). When I pledged to do 30 days of biking, it rained, snowed, was cold, windy and raw for the first week.  It hasn’t snowed during the first week of this challenge, but it has rained every day. Being part of a challenge does get me out to ride when normally, days like today, would be go to a movie or watch TV.  Smart phones make it possible to keep and eye on the approaching rains in real time so I can either take shelter for a while, or beat feet it home. That system works pretty pretty good, but there are times when things don’t.  For instance…

Continue reading “So Close”