Cycling Log June 2008


2008-06-09 Lake Montebello

I briefly mentioned in my previous cycling-posts that I was planning to record cycling routes with the gps and create something like a bike-log. I’m starting today with my first log-entry and hope to continue this as often as I can and time permits.

There are several ideas and intentions behind this little side-project. I want to record bicycle routes and make some notes about them. I’m mostly interested in the route, the time, the weather and traffic, as well as my own physical condition. Perhaps I will be able to compile the perfect routes, perhaps other cyclists are interested in these experiences as well.

I am not sure how frequently I will record my rides. My daily rides to work will probably not show up here every day, but I will try to do this for all new routes I’m going to attempt and explore. I might also use this as a fitness journal. I may ride outside, or on the bike-trainer in the basement, but whenever I have the data I will also lay down my heart to your feet for your amusement. You are invited to join me on a fun journey of joy…and suffering. :-)

So here it comes…I will try to keep the following format:

Condition: Not in the best shape after taking a week off. Left foot (perhaps Achilles tendon) didn’t feel right since Saturday. Felt better once I was in the saddle, but didn’t feel as strong as usual. Uphill felt quite easy, heartrate wasn’t as high as it used to be.

Date/Time: 06/09/2008 06:15 AM

Route: nice and easy early-morning ride around Montebello Lake. Google Map

Length: approx. 6.8 miles

Traffic: easy going all the way, no dangerous segments

Weather: warm and very humid, thick air

Bike: Jamis Durango Hardtail Mod. with 26x2.5 Maxxis Hookworm

Heartrate:

2008-06-11 Druid Hill Lake

My foot is much better, didn’t seem to be serious; felt a bit tired, but strong today. The last uphill block on Charles St which normally doesn’t bother me was tiring me out today after Druid Hill.

Date/Time: 06/11/2008 06:14 AM

Route: Morning ride through Hopkins campus, around Druid Hill Lake, Falls Road, Penn Station and back to Waverly. Google Map

At Falls Road I saw that the city installed a new sign post with signed bicycling routes (!) pointing to Roland Park, Inner Harbor, Druid Hill and other destinations. That’s quite exciting news–will have to follow these routes soon and find out if there are any more signs. Almost feels like home :)

Length: approx. 7.6 miles

Traffic: easy going all the way, no dangerous segments

Weather: nice, sunny, a bit cloudy, warm and good air-quality

Bike: Jamis Durango Hardtail Mod. with 26x2.5 Maxxis Hookworm

Heartrate/Elevation:

2008-06-11 Mt Vernon

Walked my own feet :) Felt well, thought it was a good walk with hardly any stops and constant 4mph.

Date/Time: 06/11/2008 04:17 PM

Route: Walk through Charles Village, left to St. Paul Street, right into 29th, left and along North Charles Street to Mt. Vernon.

Length: approx. 2.8 miles

Traffic: easy going all the way

Weather: clear, sunny, warm and good air-quality

Bike: None, with Garmont Flash XCR Hiking Shoes

Heartrate:

2008-06-13 Herring Run Park

Felt tired and muscles were still a bit sore, but it got better after riding for a minute. Ride was strong and focused. On the way back I turned it up a little to make it back in time but was able to relax quickly again.

Date/Time: 06/13/2008 06:10 AM

Route: Morning ride through Herring Run Park and around Lake Montebello. Google Map

I wish I had the camera with me. Some beautiful sights: a large part of the park (entrance) was covered in fog, and the pylons at the end of Herring Run would have made a great picture, too. It’s so strange how the park seems to change once you cross Sinclair Ln. It feels like entering “the zone” when you suddenly find yourself surrounded by an intense cricket orchestra and reach the sudden end of the path later with a warning sign indicating that it’s private property of Baltimore Gas and Electric from there on. Fascinating.

Length: approx. 9.4 miles

Traffic: easy going all the way, no dangerous segments

Weather: nice, sunny, warm and not too humid

Bike: Jamis Durango Hardtail Mod. with 26x2.5 Maxxis Hookworm

Heartrate/Elevation:

2008-06-16 No Slackers Allowed

This ride didn’t go well at all. Spinerval 1.0 has always been one of my favorite workouts, but the new bike felt just wrong. No doubt I still have to break it in and get used to a road-bike after exclusively riding mountain bikes for the last few years. Also, I need to readjust the derailleurs that didn’t snap properly. After an unhealthy weekend I felt worn out and not energized at all. I didn’t like the sound of the trainer and the way it leaned a bit toward the left side, especially during out-of-the-saddle segments. Overall I wasn’t very focused today, too. Not a great start into the week. I hope tonight’s strength-workout will be better.

Date/Time: 06/16/2008 06:20AM

Route: No route — decided to do a bike-trainer workout in the basement today. Did Spinerval 1.0 workout, a quick 45 minute interval workout with a mix of ladders, superspins, tempo sets and sprints.

Length: 45 minutes

Traffic: None.

Weather: warm

Bike: Windsor Wellington 3.0 road-bike with 700x23c Maxxis Xephyr

Heartrate:

2008-06-18 Druid Hill Park

I had a hard time waking up this morning, but the ride felt very easy, relaxed and refreshing. I could have continued this for another hour. I might try to get up an hour or a half earlier sometime and see how it affects the ride.

Date/Time: 06/18/2008 06:02 AM

Route: Morning ride through Druid Hill Park to Baltimore Zoo, around Druid Hill Lake, back via Wyman Park Dr. and Baltimore Museum of Art. Google Map

Length: approx. 7.8 miles

Traffic: easy going most of way, no dangerous segments. Busy at BMA; Hopkins campus or Falls Road might be better ways back.

Weather: very nice, sunny, but fresh, very good air-quality

Bike: Jamis Durango Hardtail Mod. with 26x2.5 Maxxis Hookworm

Heartrate/Elevation:

2008-06-20 Druid Hill Park

Woke up easily, got started easily. The uphill segments were a bit more exhausting than usual, but still felt strong enough. Most of the ride felt easy, enjoyable and refreshing, especially with the cool morning air.

Date/Time: 06/20/2008 05:56 AM

Route: Morning ride through Druid Hill Park to Baltimore Zoo, continuing on Druid Park Drive toward W 41st Street. U-Turn at WJZ-TV station, continue on Clipper Park Road, back uphill on Druid Park Drive and return via Druid Hill Lake, Wyman Park Drive and Hopkins Campus. Google Map

When I looked at the map I thought Druid Park Drive, West 41st Street, West 40th Street, East University Parkway, or West 41st Street/Falls Road or Roland Avenue might make a nice round trip. Druid Park Drive was a nice road to ride on, leading downhill fast. I remember driving on Falls Road when I used to work in Hunt Valley a few years ago, but I never explored this area by bicycle, so I wasn’t sure if this area is suited for cycling. When I reached West 41st Street it turned to something that looked like a highway and not remembering how long this segment was on the map, I wasn’t sure if I could continue riding there. So I made a u-turn and returned back uphill.

Interesting route – Oh, on the ground of Druid Park Drive I spotted not a penny or a dime, but a bullet! Nice…

Length: approx. 9.9 miles

Traffic: easy going all the way. A few cars on Druid Park Drive, but no busy or dangerous traffic.

Weather: very nice, sunny, fresh, very good air-quality

Bike: Jamis Durango Hardtail Mod. with 26x2.5 Maxxis Hookworm

Heartrate/Elevation:

2008-06-23 Suffer-O-Rama

As usual it was hard to wake myself up after a weekend, and I didn’t feel like doing it at all this morning. But the ride on the trainer was much better after I readjusted the derailleurs and shoes last week. I think a few more times and this bike will feel as comfortable as the mountain bikes. Spinerval 3.0 is another interval workout I always enjoyed. It feels similar to Spinerval 1.0: it’s relatively short, but still challenging. Compared to a few weeks ago, when I still used the old mountain bike on the trainer, this workout felt much tougher to me. I either lost all my strength, or it’s the morning and the new gear ratio that made it harder in general. I would like to believe it’s the latter. :)

Date/Time: 06/23/2008 06:06 AM

Route: No outside route. Decided to do an interval workout in the basement instead: Spinervals 3.0 “Suffer-O-Rama” with sprints, tempo and anaerobic sets.

Length: approx. 52 minutes

Traffic: None.

Weather: mediocre, a little humid

Bike: Windsor Wellington 3.0 road-bike with 700x23c Maxxis Xephyr

Heartrate:

2008-06-25 Druid Hill Park

Woke up well, got started quickly and easily. The ride felt easy and under control, even the uphill segments. Overall very enjoyable and refreshing, especially on Clipper Mill Road!

Date/Time: 06/25/2008 05:47 AM

Route: Resumed last week’s route through Druid Hill Park to Baltimore Zoo, continuing on Druid Park Drive toward W 41st Street. This time continued Druid Park Drive, right onto Clipper Road, across the Woodberry lightrail station, right onto Clipper Mill Road all the way straight. Continued straight after it became Falls Road to Penn Station, then back uphill on North Charles Street. Google Map

“Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.” After I returned last week I checked the map and found that West 40th street was not necessary and that instead of just returning uphill to the zoo I should have continued across the Woodberry station. Clipper Mill Road was really pure bliss – what a beautiful and quiet road to ride on. This discovery finally allowed me to complete the old boring circles around the lake to a more complete route! Next I want to explore the park further north around Greenspring Avenue etc and make the route longer than the current length of about 9.2 miles.

Length: approx. 9.2 miles

Traffic: easy going all the way

Weather: very nice, sunny, fresh, very good air-quality

Bike: Jamis Durango Hardtail Mod. with 26x2.5 Maxxis Hookworm

Heartrate/Elevation:

2008-06-27 Aerobase Builder 1

This week has been a little intense because in addition to the bike rides I had other workouts on my evening schedule, but to my surprise I could take it well so far. I intended to do this interval workout next Monday, but I did it today to recover a little and give myself some more time to think about a new route to try next. This workout is longer than others, but relatively easy progressing from 4x5, 4x4, 4x3 to 4x2 minute intervals with decreasing resistance and increasing cadence. The only thing that bothered me was the humidity. It didn’t take long and my t-shirt was wet as if I had taken a shower, not to mention the bike and the puddle of sweat underneath it. I think it may be time to turn on some fans and the dehumidifier.

Date/Time: 06/27/2008 06:13 AM

Route: After a high-intensity ride through rush-hour traffic last afternoon (not logged) I decided to take it easy this morning. So no outside route today, but a recovery interval workout in the basement: Spinervals 16.0 “Aerobase Builder I”, normally for autumn and winter days, focusing on technique and aerobic or ‘blue zone’ intensity training.

Length: approx. 1 hour 22 minutes

Traffic: None.

Weather: warm, felt very humid

Bike: Windsor Wellington 3.0 road-bike with 700x23c Maxxis Xephyr

Heartrate: