“On Your Left”

^On Your Left from James . Strava map.

I managed to save this from my crashed hard drive. It was a fun ride with the Cyclones. Pat is behind me for this video on a Strava segment called Tempo Time. We’re headed to the rollers on Blanco Road and passing through a group that is being stretched out by their front guys. I have seen these people before on rides but I don’t know their names. Do you?

It’s a fun 32 miler with less than 1000 ft of climbing. You can see more of this ride below.

Part One- The 14 MPH Ride

One last thing. Sometimes you can use Strava Flybys to find out who you saw out on the road. How cool is that?

Sometimes You’re Just Toast

^Sam Pain from James . Strava map.

Just a short clip from my 56 miler with the Cyclones. The video is at about mile 40 and we’re on the Pain Train Strava segment. I can see why they call it that. I was toast. I just needed to slow down a couple of mph to recover but Sammy was on fire. It looks like he’s on the road back from his injuries. Great to have you back Sammy. (Even though the pace probably caused ME some permanent injuries….)

It’s funny how sometimes just slowing down 2 mph can make such a huge difference in your recovery and at the time, that’s what I needed.

I like this route. I don’t know why. It’s flat, really, with just some shallow rollers. But sometimes I just need the tempo work. It’s not my preferred riding style. I would much rather chug along at 5 mph up a hill than to put myself through tempo torture. But a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. So I did it. Now, if we could just slow down about 2 mph……

 

Road Hazards

^Road Hazzards from James on Vimeo. Strava map. 

This is part two of the Sutherland Springs Charity Ride. It shows more of the roads on the 33 miler along with some of the “hazards”. The roads are great out there so by hazards, I mean some of the challenges you’ll see.

I’ll be getting some video of the 68 miler soon so stay tuned. Also, we will put together a 45 miler for those of us that want something in the middle.

One last thing, as I said before, this actually started in Stockdale but the park we used may not be open early enough. It doesn’t effect race day but for those wanting to ride it on their own, be aware. We are looking for other start points.

Sutherland Springs Charity Ride

^Sutherland Springs Charity Ride from James . Strava map.

Sunday November 26 was the Sutherland Springs Charity Ride. I put together this video to show the area where we rode. The roads were great and it was for a great cause. There were three routes, a 15, 35 and a 68 miler. It’s an area we definitely want to go back to so I’ve been studying  the maps. We will add 5 miles to the 15 and make it 20. We will keep the 35 and the 68 as they are. The 68 can be cut to 48 and capture the portion not ridden in the 35. All we need is a good starting point. The place where the Charity ride started was good but it is not open early enough for us to use. The park has another entrance and there are some other possibilities near by. Stay tuned.

As far as the Charity ride was concerned, it was great! The crowd was a good size and the routes were well marked. Even then, I wasn’t paying attention and missed a turn. No big deal, I had my handy, dandy high tech map that I drew free-hand with me so I got back on course. I hate that it cost me 6 minutes when I was trying to catch Steve and Sean and it ruined my average speed since I stopped to read the map, but who’s counting?

I did have fun, though. I made a new friend named Steve. Seems he and I battled back and forth for miles during the ride. I would pass him on the climbs and he would pass me going down hill. We were both bound and determined not to give an inch. I caught him on video several times and I have another hour of video to go through so I’m sure I caught him again if my battery was still good. We will see if he turns up in part two. Stay tuned!

More videos from that area:

Sutherland Springs Gravel

Pay Back

 

Palmetto Gravel Ride

^Palmetto Gravel Ride from James . See Strava map here.

I wanted to post this video of our recent gravel ride from Palmetto State Park so everyone could see what the roads are like out there. We rode about 40 miles and it was about 90% gravel. The roads were great, traffic was very low and it appears we can add more milage very easily. We need to do some more exploring out there for sure.

We went out there for a casual ride but I think the Tempo Monsters would love those long endless straights. Our ride only had about 1,000 ft of climbing and none of it was steep. Oh well, other than that, it was great.

The starting point was in the park itself so you need $3 for a day pass. I didn’t look around much but I did see some paddle boats and the restrooms were clean. It’s a good place to start and finish. I’ve got more video to go through so stay tuned!

The Nauseator

^The Nauseator from James . See Strava map here.

You know those people. You love to ride with them. They have been at many of your most memorable rides and yet, when you drive into the parking lot where the ride starts, and you see them there,  you get that queasy feeling because you just know, “This is going to hurt.”

Still, you can’t wipe that smile off your face. You know it’s going to hurt but it’s also going to be a blast. This was one of those rides. I knew the area so I knew what would happen when we hit this road. It’s mostly flat with shallow rollers so the Tempo Monsters love it. There was a group on the road that had left before us and we caught and passed some of them. Some would jump on our wheel and go for a ride and some continued on their own workout. Or maybe they were saving it for another segment?

And speaking of segments, I set a PR on this. There were some nice pulls from the group and I felt great during mine but it’s not the same as when you do it solo or pull the whole thing. But it’s going to be a long time before I do that speed on my own so training with these animals can only help. If they don’t kill me first…..

 

 

 

Pay Back

^Pay Back from James . Click here for Strava map.

So there we were riding some very nice gravel. It wasn’t a race, despite what I say in the video. It was just a nice day out on some country roads. It rained while we were out there so the roads were wet, but they were not muddy. The rain did not catch us until the end, which was good, because the rain was cold.

I will post more video on this ride soon to show more of the roads. Here’s two more videos of gravel rides that we did.

Another Sutherland Springs ride here.

Graveltopia video here.

Coffee Run

^Coffee Run from James . Strava map here.

There was no warm up. Twenty to twenty-five right from the start. Why? They wanted coffee. Must have coffee.

This is a ride that George and Ela use for training. I joined them for the company since I like that area. It was a great workout. I drafted for most of the ride since I’m not much of a Tempo Monster, but then, that’s exactly why I needed this. Thanks to George for pulling us the whole time. It was probably the only way he could get a workout!

Starbucks was the half way point and if we wanted, we could have some coffee or something good to munch on. The ride was about 35 miles of tempo intervals with some nice rolling climbs for good measure. It’s a great area and has some nice “stingers” that can be added when needed. I’ve got more video of the area so stay tuned and George, you’re in the next one. Anyway,  I posted this video to show that going down hill can be fun too. It’s not going up, but it ain’t bad.

The Beast

^The Beast Part I from James . See Strava map here.

This video is of a century ride we did a while back. Luis, a friend of mine, was doing his first 100 miler. Now in my opinion, a century in the middle of summer, with 100 degree temperatures is not the way to go. However, if you add 4,000 feet of climbing, well, then it’s ok. So off we went.

Not everyone was doing the century, but for those of us that were, there was plenty of company at the start. The problem with that is that those doing the shorter route started playing from mile one. And of course, I got drawn into it. I had fun, played on most of the route and finished 97 miles feeling great. The last three however, were grueling. It’s funny how everything turned against me at the end. The heat, the pace, the hills and of course, the distance. Those last 3 miles lasted forever. I don’t know how Luis felt or what he thought of his first century or how the others felt but I was wasted which made everyone else look fresh.

I think everyone enjoyed the ride. Everyone was probably tired, except Joe, who may not have even warmed up and went on to do more, but that’s another story. The challenge was fun and at the end we all felt we had accomplished something. Like they say, you discover something about yourself when you face your demons, when you push to your limits.   I can honestly say, that what I discovered was that riding for 97 miles can be a blast, but riding 100, well, that can be a beast.

Moving Pictures: Cancer Awareness Ride

^Moving pictures – Cancer Awareness from James . See Strava map.

A while back we rode the Cancer Awareness Ride. Rather than post separate pictures I’m posting this Moving Pictures video showing everyone that was on the 38 mile ride. It started at McAllister Park and took the Salado Creek Greenway down to  Southside Lions Park.

There is a section that comes out to a road that goes up to the Ft. Sam Armory, then on the access road to Jack White Park. It’s really the only time you’re out on the road and is about 1 mile long then you’re back on the paved trails. It’s an excellent ride. More to come.