Mid-Summer update and the hill that never ends.

Since the office move about 6 weeks ago, we have done a great job of bike commuting to work. Well, once we decided to that is. The last month, its been 2 rides to and from work per week. It is about 11 miles there and almost 14 home due to the way we have to take the 1 way streets around the highway.

When driving it, I get a little grumpy about having to be on freeways and that its so much further from home. But when on the bike it just feels like a fun hour or so each way. The reason for the title, the hill that never ends, is right around mile 6 on the way into work, there is a hill that starts decently steep then it appears to level out to a nice false flat that goes for about 2 more miles. So it feels like it never ends.. you know. Also we get to sign the song “this is the song that never ends” (replacing SONG with HILL) while riding it and it makes it easier.

Last week, I decided that we needed a new tradition. On the last bike home of the week, we get to stop at 1 of the 7 breweries that are on the way home and get a beer. This is making the ride home even more fun! So last week we stopped at 4th tap and split a sampler. This week we stopped as Oskar Blues and again split a sampler. There are 4 more on the way home and 1 more that will be a block out of the way. So that gets us 5 more weeks of samplers, then we can decide on what full pints we want to get.

I think this is a great way to keep the commute going. Good inspiration and all that. Also… beer!

In other news its been pretty much all bike all the time, minus that little Jacks generic triathlon. I was super excited the day of, I thought I had gotten a PR, but it turns out last year I was about 20 seconds faster over all.

This year I did have a great swim, minus the point where I stopped and had to catch my breath after getting so many face fulls of splashing water. On the bike I was flying like mad until the last 3 miles when we turned into the wind. On the run I did great, I got passed by 2 team mates, but neither were in my AG so that’s all good.  Total time for the day was 1:24:41. Swim: 11:47, Bike: 41:05, Run: 27:43. I am happy with all those seeing as how I haven’t been doing any sprint speed work at all. Heck, I have barely gotten back into swimming or running since the Ironman.

Last weekend we did an awesome ride from the house to Hutto to say hi to friends and fill bottles, then rode back towards town. We had a quick stop on the way back at Rudys to re-fuel, then made our way to the local Bike Austin social ride. It went from a local pool, to a deli, to a pool, to a splash pad, to a bar. We had comedy tickets for 7pm, so by the time we all get to the bar at 5ish, we only had time foa a slice of pizza, a beer and the ride back home. Then, we cleaned up and got to the Rob Schneider show just minutes before it started. For the day we got in over 80 miles and a good couple of laughs.

We have Hotter N Hell ride coming up soon, and I cannot wait! Not only will it be a “fun” 100 mile ride, but we get to take the popup with us and camp right on the red river. This will be our second outing with the camper, and much further away than last time. Here’s hoping all goes well and that we have a fantastic weekend.

Speaking of the popup, I have gotten lots of parts in the mail and at the store to fix some things that need repair, but I haven’t had a weekend where I can pull it out to the street and put it up to work on it. My goal is to get it out there tomorrow and get some of it fixed.

  • The outdoor shower.( 6 screws to take out and put in new one.)
  • The water tank drain spigots. ( Need to get under camper and use adjustable wrench to take old ones out and put new ones in. may need tape.)
  • The caster wheel for the jack. (This just clips on.)
  • Attach the secondary jack wheel for better mobility. (4 bolts, will need second person.)
  • Bolt second propane tank to frame. (2 bolts by hand.)
  • Replace out door light fixture with new LED light fixture. ( 4 screws, 3 wires.)
  • Replace spigot cover for city water in line. ( Find where to buy this and just screw it on.)

We also want to get the office finished this weekend. All I have left is:

  • organize and sort cable box ( 30 min)
  • Put away filing ( 1 hour)
  • pick up area around printer ( <1 hour)

I think that about covers our current adventures, even if they aren’t all that exciting. In the next few months we have 3-4 camping trips planned. 1 is at a wedding and I need to figure out what to wear for it. It is a Peter Pan themed wedding.  Pajamas might work, but it could be hot there.

Well have fun all!



The accidental race report

Well since we weren’t planning on doing the lifetime tri, we were in no real condition to go do a full out super sprint style race. With those smaller distance races you really have to give your all and get going quickly. No time to warm up.

Swim Lengths Swim Points Bike Miles Bike Points Run Miles Run Point Total Points
18 31 9.1 27 2.16 41 99

The swim was great I got a quick 2 laps of warmup in the pool. I was able to push quite hard and got 18 lengths in the 10 minutes. I probably could have pulled off 1 more full length, but the official at the end of the lane said “That’s it” when I hit the wall of the 18th, I then asked if it was over, and he said no keep going. I got almost 1 more length in before the time ran out.

The bike set up was different than I was used to, but spin bikes are spin bikes so it shouldn’t have been a big deal. But I should have lowered the seat, I was never quite able to feel right, but I told myself it was only 30 minutes and I just needed to ride. Also when doing these sports sometimes I lose the ability to remember numbers and do math. So For some reason I told myself that 180 was my ftp and just tried to stay at that power number for the whole time. My ftp is at 210 btw, so I short changed myself quite a bit. I didn’t get nearly as many miles in as I should have.

The run was on a treadmill of a type I have never run on before, and wow was it nice. instead of 1 large band that you run on it was made of rubber slats that formed the running surface. Very soft feeling, I wish all treadmills were like that now. But on to the run itself. It went well, I was able to pump up the speed every 10th of a mile from 5.5 until I was going about 7.5. The 20 minutes ended too quickly, but I was a bit out of breath.

Overall lots of fun and great to see Lee do his first Tri and shake the dust off the racing body.