Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bike Around The Bay 2014 Day 2

Saturday's ride was for speed, this one was mostly endurance, the route takes you from Galveston to Houston through a number of smaller cities. Lots of intersections, some good roads some not so good and the added bonus of a 10-12 mph northeast wind which was great on Saturday but not so good on Sunday.

Not a lot of fun or fast but still finished well and it's a good test of the legs, scenery is pretty good too. At 170+ miles this is the most I have ever done over a 2-day time period.

1/2 Zachary for a convenience store stop and go for Gatorade and to relieve the bladder.


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bike Around The Bay 2014 Day 1

Bike Around The Bay is a 2-day event ride. Day 1 from Baytown to Galveston is what I call the speed run, it's flat and very fast. 

This route has changed slightly every time I've done it, the first time was in 2010 and they started in a little town called Anahuac, the route then was about 68 miles to the ferry and I finished with a 23.6 average which was and still is the fastest average I've ever done, 2011's route was slightly shorter at 60 miles and I finished with an average around 22 mph, wasn't sure because the Garmin kept screwing up. This time they started at a raceway in Baytown and it was much longer at 84 miles to the ferry.

Now I don't like to brag but this is my ride, in 2010 and 2011 out of around 1,000 riders I beat everyone to the ferry, it's what I live for and what I train hard to do, the question was now that it's an additional 25 miles longer and 3 years later could I still do it? 

Short answer hell yes! 

This is the longest ride I've ever done (84.57) at the fastest pace (22.9). Once I started heading south to the gulf it was highest gear and maintaining the fastest pace I could which was somewhere around 25 mph. Felt strong the entire way. There isn't a feeling in the world like getting to that ferry and the support people saying you were the first one in.


This part is from the ferry to Moody Gardens, they've also change it over the years and this time it's about the same distance (9.6 miles) but a lot of it is right along the seawall which was damn fun!

Words cannot adequately describe this ride other than it's amazing.

Full Zachary, didn't stop the entire way.





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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White Rock Lake

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September and October have always been the fastest rides of the year at the lake and this year is no exception. Last 2 laps were 23 and 23.2 mph average. That last lap is the fastest I've ever done on that lake

Monday, October 13, 2014

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Montgomery Lions Ride


This is one of the rides I've been waiting for, it's a very good ride that runs partially through the Sam Houston National Forest. I did this one back in 2010 and It's mostly the same route as The Great Plane ride I did earlier in the year although this time it was dry. 200-300 riders. Felt great the entire ride.

Full Zachary, didn't stop the entire ride

Saturday, October 04, 2014

College Station Rotary Ride


This was a new ride north/west of Houston. 2 30-mile laps, not a big ride which seems unusual considering it's a college town. Roads were somewhat flat with some chipseal but overall not a bad ride. Ended up somewhere around 54-55 miles total. 100 or so riders

The Garmin couldn't figure out how to do the 2nd lap so I restarted it. The 2nd lap (not shown) was similar in distance and time.

Full Zachary, didn't stop the entire ride

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Big Dam Bridge 100 Pictures

A couple of pictures picked off the web, first two gives an idea of the number of riders, 2nd was of me apparently taken by a TV station THV11 in Little Rock.




Little Rock Arkansas Big Dam Bridge 100


I've always liked this ride, incredible scenery, roads and riders. Seems like every year they have a different route with this one adding a few more hills. Weather and wind were perfect and the rider count was around 3,000. Felt strong the entire ride, still do shitty on the hills but nobody could catch me on the flats. Ride of the year!

Full Zachary: Didn't stop the entire ride, never done that before on a century

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

White Rock Lake all week

I love this lake and have been doing it on and off for the past 10 years although this year it's almost an exclusive ride on the weekdays. It WAS a 9.5 mile loop on mostly fast streets but they added an extension on the north side making it now 10.7 miles, I've got enough time after work for 4 laps until sunset and most of it is balls to the walls speed in fact it's been years since I've taken a leisurely slow cruise, the Baron just doesn't know how to go slow here.

Monday was interesting, I got there late and only did 3 laps but lap 2 was at a 23.2 mph average which I think is the fastest I've ever done. On the other hand today was harder than normal even tho I finished with some decent speed. Trying to train for Big Dam Bridge this weekend and this is the only way to get the legs up to speed.





Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White Rock Wednesday


Just got the ride in before it rained, so why does it show I used more calories than yesterday when I was faster?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White Rock Tuesday


For some reason I didn't realize it was a 22 average until the end, speed is coming along fine, always seems to this time of the year.

Question of the day, if I did the same miles at a faster speed why does it show I used less calories?

Monday, September 15, 2014

White Rock Monday

Grapevine DFW Airport

 


Well that sorta worked, testing different ways to post on Blogger
Normally I finish this route with a 17-17.5 average, for some reason, maybe because it was only 75 degrees, it ended up quite a bit faster. I hope that's a good omen...

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Hotter Than Hell 2014 Pictures

These were taken by the event organizers, can't remember having that many photographers out in previous HHH rides. You end up paying out the nose but this time it seemed worth it. Pretty good ride wearing my favorite convict jersey, I always get a ton of "Jailbreak!" comments during the ride.

 

 

  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hotter Than Hell 2014

Last 3 times doing the HHH I went for the full 100 miles, this time it was the 75 mile route which has a neat section going through Sheppard Air Force Base. Felt pretty good the entire ride even with a stronger than normal south west wind. Rider count looked to be down this year, didn't notice the same enthusiasm, not sure why

1/2 Zachary for a splash n go at the 60 mile mark