Mid-Season Performance Stats

Hubby and I enjoy tracking our stats with mileage being the most important stat of all. We are generally more concerned with the distance of each ride and how that puts us closer to our annual goal versus how fast we are riding. That being said, now that I have over 1,000 km in, the stats do show that my average speed is steadily increasing i.e. I’m getting stronger, fitter and faster.

Strava shows that, on this recent 66.3 k ride, our average speed was 24.5 km/hr and I achieved two PR’s (personal records) on segments we regularly ride. Even though going faster is not one of our goals, it is fun to see the stats and see how performance changes over time.

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Adventure planning for 2021

Hubby and I are planning an adventure and thought you might like to follow along! Since COVID-19 hit we’ve had to cancel two planned Katahdin Climbs (more on that can be found HERE) and we’re getting the itch to go back to Maine for an adventure. Rob has been toying with the idea of hiking the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail some day. After careful consideration, I’ve decided that walking all day for 5-6 months doesn’t really appeal to me. After that realization, he asked if I thought I could handle 8-10 days. So it was decided… we are hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness from Abol Bridge near Katahdin to Monson Maine next July. We have started to purchase gear so this is happening! Check out our new website…

50% of 2021 Goal Achieved

My husband retired in the spring and he’s been a cycling machine ever since. He’s already racked up 2,000 km and it’s not even the 1st of August. Me, on the other hand, I’m still a workin’ girl! I have been working more from home due to the pandemic, so I do feel I can sneak away during the day for 30 kms a couple of times a week. Weekends were traditionally where we really put in the miles but, as we get older, we are finding that we are not as keen to do the 100km ride anymore. Oh well… 1,000 km before the 1st on August puts me on track to reach my goal before the snow flies.

Cycling the Globe

From our first 11 k ride to together, we’ve now cycled over 50% of the circumference of the globe (21,308 km). Our annual mileage accomplished together has averaged around 2,000 km. With retirement looming on the horizon and therefore more free time in our future, 3,000 per year doesn’t seem like much of of a stretch. At that pace, how long will it take us put in another 20,000 km? 6-7 years?

NEW GOAL. To have cycled the equatorial circumference of the earth together (40,075 km) before Jan 1st 2027!

Resting Heart Rate

Living in Atlantic Canada does not allow us to cycle year ’round and we don’t really have a winter sport that we enjoy doing together (other than walking to the pub all bundled up) so we tend to spend the dead of winter in front of the roaring woodstove with a glass of wine in hand and a Netflix marathon on the TV. It’s not ideal… We gain a little weight, lose some muscle mass and notice a decline in our cardio fitness. We are not the kind to measured these things closely but our pants are a little tighter and we get a little more winded during our winter outings. That being said, my fitbit does provide this insight. A fairly steady improvement in resting heart rate between January and July. I feel good and my pants fit a little better.

Happy New Year 2020

Winter has arrived in to our corner of the world in Atlantic Canada. A hike in the woods today was a real treat in the sunshine but even the hiking trails were ice covered… road could be tricky/dangerous in spots. I realize today that I had not uploaded the last ride on my Garmin so just did that. Fell short of my annual mileage goal but we still had a great season of riding. As I was digging around my gear for my Garmin,  I also noticed that it might be a good idea to throw all of our cycling clothes in the laundry before we settled in for our long winter nap! See you in 2020…

happy new year

Creative breakthroughs while riding

I came across an article this morning on the mental health benefits of cycling. I’ll be honest “healthy addiction” was listed as one but I can’t say, even after all these years, that I’m addicted to cycling. There are days when it’s still a struggle to suit up and get out on the road but I’m always glad I did for several of the other reasons that are listed such as 1) promotes an overall healthy lifestyle 2) improved self-esteem and 3) better sleep.

One of the benefits listed is reduced stress. I can see how it could reduce any stress I might be feeling related to works and/or the kids, for example, but riding in traffic can create a different type of stress for me.

They also list “creative breakthrough” while riding. I ride almost exclusively with my husband and this definitely applies to him. While I might be focusing on the pretty flowers in the ditch, he’s thinking about problems at work and how to solve them. I can always tell when he’s deep in thought because he slows down. I sometimes have to snap him out of it in order to get back to our normal pace. Me –  “what ya thinkin’ about?” Him – “oh…sorry…work”

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Riding in Cap-Pele NB

Accepted an invitation to Cap-Pele again this summer. Our friends have a great cottage there on the Northumberland Straight. After a quick breakfast we hit the road. Our friends have been renovating their summer place and admitted they had been so busy that it was there first time on their bikes this summer. Yikes!

It’s always windy in Cap-Pele but the relatively flat terrain makes up for it. Our friends biked with us for about 20 km and bailed… we stretched it out to 34 km. After the ride, our friends took us to a sweet little restaurant and art gallery called Le Chat Bleu which is housed in a historic general store in nearby Baie Verte, N.B. We shared a few delicious plates…my favourite way to try a new restaurant!!

B.K. Ride

Getting back in the swing of things with a nice long ride on a sunny day. This is a route we’ve done many times. The first section (18 km)  is a hilly route through Bayside NB with no shoulder (nerve wracking!) then on to a rural road with a nice shoulder. A 30 km stop a Burger King in St Stephen, NB for a little energy break (1 cheeseburger) then on to the highway for a little stretch (not as bad as is sounds) taking us back through Bayside and back in to town. 66.5 km total ride..

 

Inaugural ride of 2019

20190505_124958Mother Nature finally blessed us with a beautiful day to go riding. We recently got our bike tuned up and we’re promised they would perform “like new”. They did not! Neither of our bikes would shift gears properly. We got our mandatory minimum 20 km’s in and then loaded the bikes on the car. Back to the shop they go…

Odometer still 0!

Yikes! We are getting off to a slow start this year. The spring has been cold, wet and windy. It was an icy winter which meant a lot of sand was spread on the roads and the bike lanes are still full of grit. To make matters worse, our road bikes have been in the shop for weeks. They both have more than 10,000 km on them and our bike mechanic informed us they needed some significant maintenance. When he quoted us $600 per bike, we considered just getting new ones but to replace the one we have now we’d be looking at $2500 each so we said “fix em!” I know this all sounds like a bunch of lame excuses for not riding and you are probably right. Hoping for a nice weekend to break the dry spell!

Cycling with my Valentine!

My husband and I have cycled over 18,000 kilometres together. That’s close to 50% of the circumference of the earth and we’re just getting started! Yes, we are in our 50’s but we foresee even more cycling in our retirement years. At 2,000 – 3,000 km per year it should take less than 10 more years to reach 40,000 km

(The circumference of the Earth in kilometers is 40,075 km).

“Combining your hobby or exercise routine with time spent with your significant is not only efficient, but it can increase your emotional bond. When you ride together, you are in a way coordinating your actions. You’re moving in the same direction, with the same movements, and matching your pace can create a connection that goes beyond your time spent in the saddle.” Source: www.ilovebicycling.com/cycling-with-your-partner-why-you-should-ride-together/

missed my goal in 2018!

We had a busy year! I’m using that as an excuse for why I fell short of my cycling goal. We built a new house and had a lot of fun doing it but it was distracting. To compound matters we had a short autumn. The cold arrived very early which prevented us from enjoying those typical great fall cycling days. Yes… I’m a wimp. When the winter winds start to howl, I’m curled up inside with a hot toddy!

2018 Goal –  2,000 km
Cycled  – 1,485.47 km

There’s always next year. Stay tuned for another year of spinning the wheels in 2019…

Canada Day

Spent two nights in Cap Pele NB with friends at their cottage. Day 1 had us riding in to Shediac and back. It was a beautiful day… not too windy!

Day 2 was very windy so we took a 35 ride with the wind and had someone come pick us up. It felt a little like cheating but after a night of Canada Day celebrations it was all we could muster. We enjoyed an ice cream cone on the church steps while waiting for our “sag wagon” to pick us up!

 

Charlotte County Ride

We are building a home in Saint Andrews by-the-sea. It’s a seaside resort town in Atlantic Canada. It will be a weekend and summer place for a few years and will eventually be our retirement home.  Spent my hubby’s birthday cycling in the area.  It was a great 61 km ride with a stop at our new home builder’s office in St Stephen to drop off an installment cheque.

  

 

Hiking Goal

20180421_133604.jpgUPDATE: removed hiking goal. We continue to go a lot of walking and hiking… I just keep forgetting to track it!

ORIGINAL POST: I mentioned earlier that my cycling goal for the summer is 2,000 km. We are close to 400  km YTD so tracking pretty well. I also added something new to this site… a hiking goal. I was not sure where to start so I plugged in 300 km in 2018. I do a fair amount of walking in the city to and from meetings etc… this doesn’t count towards the goal. In order to count, the hiking must be on a trail with my hiking boots on!

New year…new goals!

Happy Spring everyone! This blog has been sorely neglected but that is about to change. Weather is finally warming up and snow is melting.

2017 was the third year in a row that I fell short of my cycling goal. After we climbed Mount Katahdin in late August we started seriously talking about hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2022. We had a beautiful fall last year and we got the hiking bug so the bikes didn’t get used as much as usual. We still got plenty of exercise and fresh air just nothing I could track here!

I expect that this year is going to be similar. We are becoming obsessed with hiking plus we’re building a house this summer so, taking those two things in to consideration, I have revised by cycling goal to 2,000 km for 2018. Stay tuned for adventure and mileage updates coming soon!

More Adventures in Montreal

This is the third year we’ve cycled in Montreal on the August long weekend. It’s no coincidence that it’s the same weekend as the Osheaga outdoor music festival which my teenage daughter likes to attend. We arrived Thursday evening. There was not enough daylight left for a ride but we enjoyed a nice walkabout, gourmet burger and refreshments.

Day 1 – 92 km. Our day included cycling on Ile-des-Soeurs and on the canal bike path. Unfortunately, at about the 50km point, I missed a sharp turn in the bike lane, lost control of my bike and fell. Luckily I had Continue reading

New Clifton Royal Photo

I’ve added a new photo to the Clifton Royal Photo Project but after getting home I realized that all the other photos were taken “landscape” and my hubby snapped this one “portrait”.  I may have to switch it later in the year if/when I get a chance to retake it.

This is the 5th year in a row that I’ve taken a photo in the same spot (the key is to get the tree & the fence in the shot with river in the background). My original plan was to take a photo in this very spot, on my bike for the next 20+ years but I realized this past weekend that it will be more challenging than I thought. My husband and I purchased a lot in a town which is 129 km (80 miles) away from this spot. We plan to Continue reading