Group Rides

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

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What to read

I've had a couple of people ask me what I'm reading these days. Well, surprise, it's almost all cycling related. Below is a list:

Road Bike Action magazine - monthly subscription
Bicycling magazine - monthly subscription
Mountain Bike Action magazine - when I remember to buy it

The Story of the Tour de France - Part 1 & II - a synopsis of every race through 2007
Greg Lemond's Complete Book of Bicycling
Lance Armstrong - It's Not About the Bike
Laurent Fignon - We Were Young & Carefree - former Tour de France winner
Lemond - The Incredible Comeback of an American Her- by Samuel Abt
Sloane's Complete Book of Bicycling - great 80's maintenance book
Mountain Biking Skills - a compilation from Bicycling magazine

Still to read:

Sloane's Complete Book of Bicycling - updated version
Mountain Bike Maintenance
In Pursuit of the Yellow Jersey - by Samuel Abt (story of the controversial '98 Tour)
Champion: Bicycle Racing in the age of Indurain - by Samuel Abt

As you can tell I like reading about Samuel Abt. His stories are concise and have an interesting twist to them. There's one other I have read dealing with the end of Lemond's career and the rise of Lance Armstrong's before his cancer was diagnosed, but I can't find it right now. It must be on loan - I just can't remember with who.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Don't forget the Manastash Metric

We're well into July which means the first Saturday of October is just around the corner. That, of course, means you need to register the Manastash Metric Century ride here in Ellensburg. Last year there were over 170 riders (I hope that's correct) that enjoyed a beautiful fall Kittitas Valley ride.

The sag stops were well placed and staffed and I would like to think everyone had a great time.

You can visit the ride's website here and get the registration information.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chip seal 2010 - here's the roads

Here's a link to the county website and the list of roads involved in the chip seal program this year.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cross training

For years I have read of the benefits of efficient cross training. I even talked to other people about it. However, I never did pursue a personal variety in my own training. When living in eastern Washington I have primarily focused on road cycling with some weight training in the winter off season. When I lived in western Washington the focus was on bodybuilding.

Mountain biking this year turned things around. In fact, an article in a recent Bicycling Magazine was touting the benefits of cross training to avoid the summer boredom that often accompanies our sport. For road cyclists they suggested hitting the trails on a mountain bike and vice versa for the mountain bikers.

I shouldn't be shocked in the benefits I have seen in my summer cross training since the experts have been pushing it for years. But, shocked I am. It took years to overcome the mental drain and dread of riding in our persistent wind. Not anymore. If the wind is blowing hard I grab the mountain bike and head up into the hills where you are sheltered from it. The workouts can be as hard as you want them and, for me, they're typically harder than my road bike. It's an entire body workout and I feel fresh at the end of the workout versus relieved when you're done riding against the wind.

I have noticed my overall fitness increasing and my "personality" (this is how we refer to body fat in our house) decreasing. I have leaned up more the past 7-8 weeks than I have the prior 18 months. Much of that attributed to my new energy for riding - both on and off road.

To add another piece into the puzzle I decided to do a 5K run this past weekend for the first time since 1984.. Not only was I cycling but I was adding in a 2.5 to 3 mile run every couple of days, including a beastly hill climb run. While this created some new "pain" for my body it also shook up the metabolism and strengthened my new found zest for fitness.

It's too bad I was so stubborn to realize the benefits of mixing things up during the "season". I'm having a lot of fun and can only see pushing myself further as the intersection with 50 years of age approaches quickly.

Go out and find new activities to keep you busy and re-discover your love for life, fitness and cycling.