Group Rides

Join us for evening indoor training rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm at the Recycle Bicycle Shop in downtown Ellensburg.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Manastash Metric needs riders

The first Saturday in October is the Manastash Metric Century/Half Metric Century ride in the Kittitas Valley. This is a fun, challenging and scenic ride that almost always has beautiful fall weather.

As of today there are only 21 riders registered. More are needed. Please check out information for the ride at their website. Register before September 1 before the entry fees go up.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Farrar riding well

I have to give a shout out to Wenatchee's Tyler Farrar who is continuing an excellent year of racing on the pro circuit with multiple wins in the Eneco Tour this past week and an overall position of 2nd after todays stage - 15 seconds off the leader.

I've been following Farrar since the Giro d'Italia and it's been fun to watch his improvement in each race and stage. To have a successful racer who grew up just over an hour from Ellensburg is encouraging for up and coming riders in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The dog days of summer

I like baseball and have always found it interesting that August was referred to as the dog days of summer. I guess August is the month where the length of the 162 game season and the summer heat start to really wear on a player.

I was thinking this week on one of my rides that I've hit the dog days of summer for cycling. The temperatures have been higher than normal and the winds just don't want to let up this year. I'd love to ride in the early morning but my wife runs then and I've got to get to work so I am relegated to afternoons - usually the hottest part of the afternoon with the strongest winds.

Needless to say the motivation has suffered a little the past couple of weeks. To mix things up a little I have added some longer, faster paced walks and even a couple of runs in. I have had three knee surgeries so the running is held to a minimum. Still it is a nice change of pace to do something a little different. I'd swim if I didn't sink like a rock so, for now, I stick to land based activities.

So if you're struggling with consistency on the bike or a lack of motivation to get out and fight the elements go out and change things. Add some variety - go for a run, a swim or hike the ridge. Heck, load your bike up into your vehicle and head to a different place to ride. I keep mine in the car when I'm at work and have been able to ride this summer in five different locations. Just the little change of scenery does wonders to make the ride seem less of a struggle. Finally, find a friend to ride with. It's amazing how fast your ride goes (not literally for some of us) when you just have someone to talk to.