• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015

Cycling

After a three month "break" from cycling due to my broken leg, I managed to get out for a club ride with the D'Ornella's Bike Club today (Ride data: http://tpks.ws/dvz4). My original intend was to ride with my biking partner for 75km, but he bailed midweek. I decided to ride with the club instead and risk getting dropped from the group. My original plan was to ride with the club next week after I managed to get my legs back for the longer ride. Todays ride was planned to be 90km; however, the threat of rain scared the ride leader into cutting the ride short. It ended up being only about 80km from the bike ship for a three hour tour. I am back from the ride as I type this entry and a  hour has passed since end of the ride, yet it still is not raining. However, I am happy the ride was cut short because we end of missing some large hills which I may had had issues getting over.
On a solo ride last weekend in Peterborough, I managed to get out and club some hills. So far, I can climb short hills of up to 9%, but it is a real effort with only one good working leg. The planned ride for today would have taken us up Consession 2 which has three 12% grade hills in a row - something I had issues with in the past when both legs worked; therefore, as a first ride back with the club, I am happy to have missed them (this time).
Thus, because I have proven I can ride at least 80km (three hours) without dying, I can keep riding weekends with the club and build back my strength. Now I will work on going longer and harder as I build back my legs to be able to stand on the hills and sprint with the rest of the group.

After a three month "break" from cycling due to my broken leg, I managed to get out for a club ride with the D'Ornella's Bike Club today (Ride data: http://tpks.ws/dvz4). My original intend was to ride with my biking partner for 75km, but he bailed midweek. I decided to ride with the club instead and risk getting dropped from the group. My original plan was to ride with the club next week after I managed to get my legs back for the longer ride. Todays ride was planned to be 90km; however, the threat of rain scared the ride leader into cutting the ride short. It ended up being only about 80km from the bike ship for a three hour tour. I am back from the ride as I type this entry and a  hour has passed since end of the ride, yet it still is not raining. However, I am happy the ride was cut short because we end of missing some large hills which I may had had issues getting over.

On a solo ride last weekend in Peterborough, I managed to get out and club some hills. So far, I can climb short hills of up to 9%, but it is a real effort with only one good working leg. The planned ride for today would have taken us up Consession 2 which has three 12% grade hills in a row - something I had issues with in the past when both legs worked; therefore, as a first ride back with the club, I am happy to have missed them (this time).

Thus, because I have proven I can ride at least 80km (three hours) without dying, I can keep riding weekends with the club and build back my strength. Now I will work on going longer and harder as I build back my legs to be able to stand on the hills and sprint with the rest of the group.
On June 23, I crashed during a training race. I flipped over the handlebars for some still unknown reason and hit the pavement traveling at 40km/h. I spent 2.5 weeks in the hospital and so far, a total of 10 weeks off the bike. I'm just getting back on the bike now. Last week, I was given the go-ahead by the surgeon to return to my workout routine. I can not walk perfectly without crutches, but I am getting there.

I've been on the trainer for a week now and I have managed to produce a fair amount of sweat in the 30 min rides I've done. Yesterday after my son returned from school, I dragged him out on his bike. He helped get mine out of the basement. I selected him because he's slow and can't ride far....the idea being to keep me from doing anything crazy. I was quite afraid of falling off with good reason. Armed with someone to pick me up if I fall, we set out for a 8 km slow and easy ride. There is nothing like getting on a bike after 2.5 months - my balance was off. It took 15 mins to get a handle on handling the bike. But, bike I did it. At some point, I lost my son as he fell behind and I had to stop to wait for him. What I find amazing is how much strength is gained from short workouts like the above. I'm walking around the house today largely without crutches. I'm still hobelling around, but the leg it getting stronger.
So, since I can ride, today, I took it to the next step and road farther:

21km. I grabbed my gear, including the RoadID to bought after the crash, and set out on a slow ride. I ran into two other D'Ornellas Bike Club members up Birchmount returning from this morning's ride. I managed to stand on the pedals. I managed to get to 350W+ on a short hill (left leg doing most of the work). So, I can ride. Of course, getting off the bike I'm reminded that I still can't walk perfectly.
Ride stats were not that bad: 51:43 time, 24.9km/h average for a pace of 2.24km/min over a 21.47km course. Cadence is still too low (average 80RPM), but I'm not interested in pushing it. There is still better than when I started the season this year.

Tuesday, June 17 is the day I raced a bike.

First, I have been doing the Learn to Race course through the Midweek bike club on Monday nights in the depths of Mississauga near Centenial Park. I have found the races with this group fairly easy. For the most part, I've managed to stay in the top three finishers of the races held at the end of each night. This last Monday, I finished either second or third of a 14 lap race (14km). The pace was manageable. Most of the people in this group are still afraid to attack or give up if they are passed. Of course, racing with a group of newbies (of which, I make no mistake, I am one of them) gives a person a false sense of accomplishment.

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