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This is my first long distance road bike event, but I’m no stranger to biking. I’ve been an avid biker for most of my life and I’m very excited to be riding for a great cause.
June 2nd - June 8th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them!
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My Personal Web Log
Training when it's raining
This last weekend was a rainy one. The waters of the Bay were washing up onto the sidewalks of the Embarcadero, and it was officially too much weather for a road ride. So we decided to hit up Soul Cycle.
Since our training has recently begun and our bikes are new to us and we are still figuring out the fitting, we hadn't really been doing hard rides. We haven't been hitting too many hills, or really pushing ourselves, because we want to work up slowly. That being said, we thought Soul Cycle would be a good way to build the stamina. And it was indeed!
It was an intense and sweaty affair. The most I'd sweat in a while. After the workout, to quote my friend, Paul, people couldn't tell the difference between me and the people walking in from the rain.
I felt tired, but I also felt great! I love the feeling after a good workout. And biking is one of my favorite ways to get it. I'm going to add Soul Cycle into my regiment as I think it's going to be great training for Quad Buster day!!
by Kristian MacDonald on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 5:49 PM
Sore Muscles!! 30/1000
Merry Christmas Eve!
Two days ago, Sarah and I, embarked on our first training ride. We rode from SF to Tiburon and caught the ferry home. The ride was a little bumpy for Sarah. She is getting used to clipping into pedals and had a couple of falls trying to unclip. Her knee is black and blue. We're hoping each ride gets easier for her. On a bright note, her coworker messaged her that when he tried clipping pedals for the first time he broke his ankle. Sarah is doing so much better!
Sarah and I got new bikes for the ride and we are paying attention to all the areas of pain, so we can tell our fitter where the hotspots are and get those issues taken care of.
The muscles that are sore from top to bottom:
1. Back of neck
2. Trapezoids (Yowch, these are sore sore sore!)
4. All the muscles around my elbows.
5. Middle back.
6. LOWER BACK!
7. Sit-Bones. These hurt the worst during the ride. I could feel the burn, but I don't think this is the place you want to feel that.
8. Quads and Hamstrings.
Not too bad considering it's been a long time since I put that much time on a bike.
All in all, we got a little under 30 miles in the books. Only 970 more to go until our goal.
We are heading to Paso Robles for Christmas and we are going to take a ride on Christmas Day. It will be in the backroads, rolling through wine country, and hopefully very minimal traffic. We want to avoid that as much as possible until Sarah feels more comfortable on the bike.
As this is also a fundraiser, please consider donating. If you are a tax itemizer, donations are tax deductible. Get it in before the New Year to get the deductions in!
by Kristian MacDonald on Mon, Dec 24, 2018 @ 9:55 AM
Okay, this is my first update. I've sent out a couple rounds of emails, to which friends have already started donating! Thank you!
My first training ride is tomorrow. Sarah and I are aiming for Tiburon. Our goal is to get in 1,000 miles each before the ride in June. We are going to keep the option open of ending tomorrow's ride a little early if our bodies start to speak up. I'm sure we will be able to make it, but if for some reason it's too much, Sausalito is a great place to get a sandwich...and a ferry ride back to SF.
I'm looking forward to the ride as I've not really spent much time riding road bikes. Biking in general has been one of my favorite hobbies throughout my life. I was even awarded a prize for my bike handling skills when I was in Boy Scouts. Yes that was a thing.
My favorite year of riding bikes was in Colorado. I had moved back home after graduating from college and I spent pretty much an entire year mountain biking the foothills, just outside of Golden. I was living on the other side of the mesa where Coors Brewing Co. was located. I could actually ride on top of the mesa and go by the beer factory and smell the scent of blanched grains. It was like sour oatmeal. The foliage on the hillside by the factory never turned green, but always remained a sickly yellow. I'm assuming all the steam coming out of the stacks was too jungly for the shrubs. Or they preferred Budweiser. Hard to tell.
Next update will be about how many sore muscles I have from our first ride!
by Kristian MacDonald on Thu, Dec 20, 2018 @ 10:09 AM