Riding the Canal

Been back in the habit of taking a morning ride around central Phoenix and the Arizona Canal is part of the route. It’s a nice ride as they built underpasses at all the roads so you can cycle non stop for a long time. Let me know if you wanna ride.


Easy Rider – Sunrise Cyclery

What an excellent morning for a ride. Low 80’s and clear skies. Didn’t wanna get out again after yesterdays pain locker but knew it was the best thing to do to get the legs stretched out. Besides I just feel better after a morning ride.

So I took it real easy and did 12 miles in 45 minutes heading down Alma School to Germann and back up Dobson. Nice and easy all the way.

Happy Tuesday!

Laboring up Mummy Mountain on Labor Day – Phoenix Metro Bike Club Rides Big

One constant addiction I have held onto since being a child has been riding my bike. I still remember the first time my dad let go of the handle bars and I was flying, no training wheels, just me, my bike, and after 10 or 20 feet the ditch. Since then I have the same experience anytime I hop on a bike and push off the ground and fly. The same stupid grin comes over my face and a giggle lops itself out of my chest. I generally start off too quickly because I am addicted to acceleration and speed.

Today I got the chance to get back to being a child again and went riding with about 60 other grown kids known as the Phoenix Metro Bike Club. They ride every saturday and on Memorial Day and Labor Day they also get together and take over the Phoenix streets. Today we did the Mummy Mountain Loop and since it was my first ride over 20 miles in a few months I totally got my butt kicked. This course is about 40 miles long and gets a nice sampling of Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale with tons of scenery and climbs for burning both legs and lungs.

In the end I wound up covering 56 Miles in 3 hours of riding time. Got home and spent the rest of the day taking it very easy.

All in all it was a great ride and I am looking forward to the one next Saturday when we head over to South Mountain and see what that communist playground is all about. Till then remember that Training time is Chamois time…

Its Labor Day, lets take the day off and go on a 40 mile bike ride! Huh? At least its go Mummy Mountain!

its been a while since I went out on a ride with the Phoenix Metro Bike Club. Tomorrow will be a fun ride starting from Kiwanis Park and making our way north into Phoenix, and Scottsdale around and through Mummy Mountain. I am looking forward to seeing the crew and enjoying some wind break in the middle of the pack.

If you ride 20 miles on your own enjoyably then you should come!

Beautiful morning is arizona – cycling in the desert

Oh man what a great morning we had here in Chandler, AZ this morning! I just had to hop on my road bike and get a nice ride in, and man am I glad I did. I got a late start around 8am but it wasnt too hot yet and it felt really good to get back on the bike and start turning the pedals.

I did my little 16 miler which takes about an hour and gives me a couple of great chances to throw it into the big chain and really get some speed going. I topped out at 26mph on the flats and felt good about it.

The best part is that my energy levels have been through the friggin roof ever since. Definitely gotta start hitting the pavement each morning again.

Till Tomorrow!

Wake Up Calls, Sky on Fire, and rediculous Xmas Lights

Had a nice wake up call this week with my cholesterol test results. They are a bit high which I partially attribute to the orgy of fat I are over the Thanksgiving weekend. Nonetheless it is a serious issue and one I am not taking lightly. So I am going to get back into the serious cycling I was doing last spring.

First thing is that I needed a new training program. I want something simple but tough and most critically FREE. Its crazy how many people are trying to sell training programs online. Guess what? I aint buying your program. If I am going to pay you it will be to coach me, and I aint hiring you as a coach till I see your training program. So I found Jesper Therkildsen who writes Training4Cyclists.com and he has this 12 hour a week Training program which is just what the doctor ordered (man I crack myself up).

Yes a 3 hour ride is a long ride, but the better way to look at it is that you will get to see lots of country side. Now leaving the house at 5pm Dec 4th might seem suicidal but I have the fortune of living in Phoenix AZ and its in the 60’s here now. So besides rush hour traffic and a little darkness it is perfect riding conditions.

Then the sunset happened:

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Then I got to Ahwatukee and entered Never Never Land:

After Ahwatukee I was heading home on Ray but realized I wasn’t going to hit my 3 hour mark so I doubled back to Kyrene and up to Guadalupe to get home in 3 hours and 47 miles covered:

Here is the route.

Riding with DNB Arena

bachelors of science labelGot home and had nothing on my mind other than getting on the bike and getting some miles in. Did the sun lakes route again same as Sunday and finished 20 minutes faster. Gorgeous sunset as always and 33 miles in 105 minutes.

Got through 3 mixes from DNB Arena:
Bachelors of Science – very smooth stuff, good warmup
Logan D & Evil B – much harder and Evil B’s lyrics might be considered a bit rude, but its good for dropping the hammer
Mixmaster Doc – at this point my legs were shot so it was good just for rolling on home

Sun Lakes Route