|Trace The Mitten|
I was ready for supper and find Cheboygan Brewery. The Boathouse is right across the street and had a great burger.
I have biked enough to saw I went around the world and this was my first dog bite while riding. I shook me up. I have had dogs chase me and this was usually in the country, but this was in a nice suburban area. Dogs stay in their yards by leash, fence or electrical boundary.
This photo was taken 5 minutes after it happened. I was still in shock. What should I have done?
1. Get information. Owners name. Address. Were there witnesses? Get there information. Get information about the dog. Are the shots up-to-date? Phone camera will assist you. It beats writing. (PS-I did none of this. I was not thinking straight and you won't either.) It can be a very good time to call 911.
2. Call the doctor, go to urgent care, go to emergency room. In this case perfect, the owner was a family general practitioner and he looked at the wound and gave his assessment. He told me what to do when I got home. I did call my doctor and I saw him the next day.
3. Report the dog bite to the authorities. They will monitor what goes on with pet bites and they can follow up.
You can get further information on the web. Be careful, have a plan and be vigilant. Follow your instincts.
I am still getting used to my e-assist bike. I did not ride it over the winter. The first ride quickly reminded why I enjoyed this bike.
1. As i get out of breath, kick up the assist and catch my breath.
2. Keep up with a group of faster, stronger riders.
3. Give a quick start going across a road.
What is your favorite benefit of an e-bike?
One of my work out plans was to work on my breathing during exercise. I remember the strategy of keeping your pedal cadence constant and shift gears to maintain that cadence. How would this work for my respiration?
If I am riding along a level route I can keep the a steady pace. The wind could make in easier or harder. When it gets harder I will have to stop to catch my breath. What I would work on is to adjust my pace so I will not have to stop that frequently.
Focus on the breathing. Feel your heart rate, have a good sense of your threshold and look at the path ahead. Putting all those aspects will help develop your consistent pace.
Getting outside to ride
The situation does not need to be perfect to go out and ride in the winter.
What is perfect for me probably does not hold true for you and vise versa. What do I define are outside riding conditions for me? What do you consider when making the decision to ride out in the winter?
The most important thing for me during the winter is to maintain my level of conditioning. I think of it as my base. I do not want to fall back. I want to be ready when the weather breaks. I try to ride the same number of days in the winter as I do the rest of the year. It is cold, snowy and the days are shorter. I use my trainers on most days. My mileage now is a third or half of what it will be in the summer. Inside cycle training does not hold my interest as long as when I am riding outside.
I look for a warmer day. I dress to be sure that I am comfortable. This is a good challenge to determine the right outfit.
I look for no slippery road surfaces
I determine areas that will keep me safe with traffic. No one expects to see a bike rider in the winter around my house.
I look to have enough time to work of a good heart rate.
I consider what I want to accomplish from the ride.
I consider the negative effects on my equipment.
Fat biking in a snowstorm
Today we have our first big snowfall. I was in the mood to try the fat tire bike through the 6 inches of fresh snow . Last year I went out once and traveled across the packed snow on mountain bike trails. Today's ride had a much different feel. What were those differences?
The tires sank right in the snow. The temperature was in the mid twenties and the last couple of days has fluctuated around freezing. This may have an impact. As expected, the tires compacted the snow leaving about a half inch. Pushing through the fresh snow was hard work for me. I moved the chain ring from the middle to the smallest gear in the front to hopefully make it easier for me.
It was slippery. I could not determine how the land slanted ever so slightly. I was wiggling to get going and I did not keep the handlebars steady. The wheel slipped through the snow and the wet grass. I stumbled to keep from hitting the ground. This happened to me repeatedly.
My lungs were screaming and stopped in stretches of an handful of pedal strokes. Frequent stops during winter exercise. I just need to focus on relaxed breathing of deep intake and slow outtake. I say to myself just calm down because you will be okay. In a few minutes I was fine to move on a little bit.
Easy gear is not perfect. Once I started going I stood up to get momentum and the rear wheel kept spinning. I wondered whether I should stay in the middle or larger chain ring. I would have to stop anyway no matter how hard I was pushing the pedals. After my next ride I will focus on the gearing impact for me.
When you struggle you do not enjoy what is around you. I was so focused on breathing, the heavy snow in the air, and staying upright that I did not look around. I made my way back I headed to the sidewalks and snow covered road. I noticed a much easier ride. I went .4 miles in 11 minutes of pedaling, but I was out much longer.
Final thoughts. I am glad that I went out. I did not go as far as I had planned, but I worked hard today. I needed a hard workout. I needed to push myself into the winter weather. I realize that next time the snow is like that go cross country skiing or snowshoeing. I got fresh air. I wanted to do this. I want you to try a fat bike.
BREAKING THE SEAR BOLT
I took the ebike out on to the trails in Stony Creek Metro Park. I was feeling fine and came down from a root bump and snapped off the bolt holding on the seat on the seat post.
The seat is only held by one bolt. I did not ever thought of this happening. My REI bikes have two bolts to secure the seat. This week I was reading a bike packer equipment list and this person mentioned taking an extra seat bolt. I can agree with this now that I had it happen.
I rely on my seat almost all of the time when I ride. Don't you? There was no way to secure this temporarily. I was going to have to stand and pedal all of the way. I probably only had three quarters of a mile to go to get back to my car. I figured that I could ride and walk without much difficulty. Someone asked if I was okay while I was stopped. I just yes, how could they help me?
Luckily I could find all the pieces. When I got home I found a bolt that would fit at my local hardware. I am hoping that the supplied bolt from the bike assembly was not as sturdy as my new one. I will not try to plop on the seat when I am mountain biking.
You see my repaired seat. I tried it on the trail and it worked.
Eight reasons this happens to me
This time of year is always hard to maintain my good workout habits. Why is this? I share this not to provide excuses to validate my behavior; it is just to provide insight for myself and maybe it relates to you.
I am ready for a break!
My heaviest mileage is during the summer. It is when I do organized ride events and tours.
My motivation to cycle is lower.
This relates to the previous factor. I do not have an immediate goal or event in the future. I just want to maintain a base level of fitness.
Fall is a harder time with allergies and acclimating to the the colder air.
I do not know when these health concerns will flare up. I am most likely to get bronchitis and I am content with cycling on the trainers inside. When I am inside I do not go as long.
The days get shorter and the sun sets faster.
By the tine I get home and fix supper my available ride time is shorter . It gets dark quicker. I need to plan my rides more carefully. Drivers do not expect cyclists now like they did in the summer. Remember to have your lights with you.
I am still not a morning person.
I cannot ride inside or out early in the day unless I absolutely need to. Sunrise is getting later too. If the Sun is not up yet, then neither am I.
I must get my house and yard in order for winter. Play time is over. Doing this always tires me out. It gets me outdoors which is good. I also find that I am more in the mood for stretching, resistance or weight workouts. I am more in the mood for bike maintenance.
More rainy days.
It has been a dry summer and I know that the rains pick up due to the seasonal shift. We also I likely to get impacted by the tropical storms giving us rain.
Keep riding fun, but keep the fitness base.
The ebike did great in the dirt and gravel. Roads were smooth and lightly traveled. The drivers were nice.
Another Michigan State Park to add to my list of campsites.
The hill was not that bad.
After dinner we went fishing. Catch and release.
I was happy that I could be there to see the joy.
I rode the bike to see the lakes. This lake was a favorite of small craft.
What beautiful views.
I love finding classics cars for sale. What a fun camping weekend. I will do this again.
An early start was on everyone's mind. They wanted everyone back to Frankfort by 3 p.m. Like myself, I am sure that everyone was ready to head to the next destination. I was up early and got packed quickly and ready to get out of the tent when I heard drops of rain.. Luckily it was not more. During breakfast we had a little shower. We have had such good weather during this tour.
I had heard that we had a long climb once we have we were leaving Traverse City. The predictions were right; miles long.
It was a beautiful ride.
The morning moved quickly. We went through some woods and lake areas. We were beating the heat, but it was overcast. This was the first day of the tour that I did not need the sunglasses.
We were there to early in the morning. There are always reasons to return. Some of this tour had segments that I had done before, but I did not mind the ride.
Many thanks the the SAG volunteers for your hard work and many hours. Thanks also to the other volunteers. They are essential for the success of the tour.
St. Ambrose was ready for our visit. Great to feel welcome.
I was happy to hear that they did beer as well as wine.
The greeting at the finish line felt so good. Piece of cake. Shower. Load gear. Drive home with sweet memories.