So, the Ready2Roll Training ride was all the way out in Fayetteville, TX, this past Saturday, and I just didn’t have the heart to get up at about 5am and drive an hour and a half out there to begin around 7:30am. Instead, I decided to hit the pavement around here like usual and bang out as many miles as I could. Unfortunately, about 18 miles in, I got foiled by the park being flooded – you’ll see in the pics below. So, I turned around, and did some other stuff around the neighborhood and still managed to get in almost 40 miles.
Nothing special to share, just some interesting pics of the flooding from our rampant rain last week.
Starting from the garage at work. I thought about doing some laps around the garage to hit the ramps, and then enjoy some quick descents back down, but decided not to tire myself out before I even started. The bridge over the Bayou at Beltway 8.
Underneath the bridge, the Bayou was riding high – brought out some fishermen. It was at this point I should have realized the main part of the park was going to be flooded. Silly me. Sherman. Terry Hershey Extension. A quiet, less traveled path that’s almost exactly 1 mile long. Perfect for sprints. My first rest stop on what I thought would be ~50 miles. Little did I know… Thwarted. It doesn’t look too bad, but where the water hits the horizon down there, it’s gotta be well over 20-30 ft deep. Not exactly fordable on a bike. All the way back around the outside of the park. Took this from the top of the levy looking over the spillway. Yup. Flooded.
Snapped this on Sunday evening on the way home through George Bush Park here in Houston. Yeah. It’s good stuff.
My legs hurt a new kind of hurt. This is a new record distance for me.
My average speed was about 14.6 mph for the first 30 or so miles. But then my legs hit the wall and the remainder of the 17 miles was a struggle to just make them move without hurting – and was made worse by trying to outrun the rain (I was unsuccessful).
I also need to amend my goals for 2014 I posted before. I’m going to get rid of the goal of making 2-3 minute miles because of the duration of my rides I know that’s just not possible. So instead of make it my goal to have an average speed for each ride of 14.5 or higher.
Do you have any biking goals for 2014? Post them in the comments.
Christmas in Houston today was a cloudy 55° – great for a bike ride to put all our new bike stuff to good use. And we weren’t the only ones. We saw a ton of people and families out in the park riding, walking, running, and playing pickup games of soccer and football with friends and family. It was fantastic. Christmas in Syracuse consists of shoveling or snowplowing your driveway, scraping off your car, and staying inside where it’s warm. Of course, our closest friends and family are there and we miss them incredibly so. But, since we were staying in Texas this year for the holidays, this was the best way to spend it!
Me & Annie with our new bikes!
On the boardwalk spanning Buffalo Bayou
Back on the trail going through George Bush Park. Annie is holding my bike – we were taking pics of the bikes.
Back at the parking area
Added the new bottle cages and pedals!
Delta Inox bottle cages, and Shimano A530 hybrid pedals
Annie’s bike. Specialized Tricross. The thing strapped to her downtube is “The Stick”, which is a muscle roller she used for when her knee hurts.
Front view of Annie’s bike.
And from this morning:
Annie took this great pic of Rayleigh nesting in the remnants of our presents.