James Revillini

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Month: June 2010 (page 1 of 2)

The Perfect Summer Song

This song, Daisy, by Stone Temple Pilots, in my opinion, best captures the spirit of a summer day by the pool, lake, or pond.  I picture a gentle, lazy, hot afternoon, or a cooling transition into the evening, sun heavily edging toward the horizon.

Oh boy oh boy, the trike, it’s a comin’

I am excited.

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I hope it gets here before the holiday weekend, because you know the shipping dudes are going to be drinking and partying and probably blacking out, or selling their freight for more booze money.

I WON THE TRIKE!

Bentrideronline.com‘s Bryan Ball informed me via e-mail that I had won the Terratrike Recumbent Tricycle which was the prize for the Terratrike Car-Free Challenge!

I don’t have any further details yet, but I’ll post them as I know!  I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself!!!!

James D. Revillini, Age 80

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Day 32

I couldn’t bike to work yesterday (day 32) because I was running late, and where I wanted to park, I would have had to go through road work in an already slow intersection, so I just continued on to work in my car (unhappily).

Fortunately, I had the Winding Trails Triathlon later that day, and I did alright!  The tri included a 4.99 mile off-road bike trail.  Fun!  My road biking paid off in a 3.75 minute gain in mountain biking time, which accounted for most of my performance increase from last year.  I swam a little slower, but I ran faster, beating last year’s time by a minute.

Well, yesterday was the last day of the Terratrike 2010 Car-Free Challenge.  I’ve got my fingers crossed.  I don’t know if they have a winner yet.  I’ll post later if I won.

I don’t plan to continue blogging about my rides unless something significant happens, but I shall continue to log my rides on bikejournal.com.

Day 31

Ride 1

I’m too lazy to copy and paste the stats today.  My ride to work was 9.6 miles (I think), and it was easy and fast!  Nothing much to talk about there.  I’m continuing to work on spinning more and transferring more energy into a full turn of the crank and I’m seeing the benefits in time and speed and reduced fatigue.

Ride 2

I had to go to an off-campus meeting only 4.1 miles away.  Getting there was a little tricky due to construction and it just being a non-bike-friendly road, I I beat the traffic.  I used a truck as my marker and I got there before the truck.  I cheated a little and treated myself like a pedestrian a few times. :)

Ride 3

Coming back from my meeting was not as easy as getting there.  Rt. 6 in Bristol really sucks.  I got hit by my first car, in fact!  But don’t worry, it was more like a rub than a hit.  I didn’t even fall over or anything.  Someone didn’t see me and took a right into a business, forcing me to kind of bounce off their car.  I thought I executed the move pretty slickly.  They didn’t even realize that it had happened.  I pulled up to them to see if they wanted to exchange info or anything, but the girl said if I was OK, then no need to exchange info.  So we went on our way.

Exciting!  It was a nice beamer too.

Day 30

Ride Stats

Distance: 16.60 mi
Time: 01:00:00
Weather: 63F, cool, slightly rainy. Chipmunk index of 0.
Terrain: Road: Flat
Bike: Specialized Allez Comp
Club: Road 2010 TerraTrike Car-Free Challenge

The Ride

I rode down to my LBS to check out some mountain bikes in preparation for the Winding Trails Triathlon series.  My sandblaster is still toast, and I feel it’s time to move on to something that fits me better.

I looked at the Specialized full-suspension XC (a.k.a. Expert).  It’s a very nice bike.  The first thing I noticed was the cushiness of riding with full suspension.  You don’t feel a thing from the road!  My fears about too much power being lost to the suspension was quickly allayed by a demonstration of the shock adjustments that could be made.  Either shock could be locked in place with a quick turn of a lever – this can even be done while riding.  My sales rep, Dave, also showed me how the amount of travel and speed of return could be altered on the rear shock.

Plus, as you can see, it’s red, just like the Sandblaster.

Respect.

I’m thinking on it and will make a move tomorrow, most likely.  I need the bike on Tuesday, so I don’t have too much time to dilly-dally.

Oh yeah … I was supposed to be reporting on the ride itself.  Well, in the last 30 days, I’ve gone on 41 bike rides.  So to say that riding is as much a part of my day as walking or driving is an understatement.  This challenge has really adjusted my thinking about riding.  I used to see it as purely recreational.  Even last year when I would ride about half of the week and drive half of the week, the riding just seemed like an extra thing I did to stay in shape and have a peaceful activity.  Now, driving feels like an abomination unless the car is absolutely required.  I’ve gotten thinking that taking a half hour to an hour to go 10 or 20 miles is no big deal, nor is strapping a bunch of stuff I need to carry to the bike.

The features available in bikes has come so far since I was young.  18 gears is now the minimum (fixies excluded).  Disc brakes are standard for mountain bikes over $1000. The smoothness with which the dérailleurs operate is fantastic.  So what if you have to kick it into the easiest gear and chug up a hill?  You’re benefiting everything – your health, the environment, your mind.

And, you’ll see some mind-blowing beauty along the way.  Today’s visual score was either a crane or a blue heron or something similar (the one to the right is not him … just put him there for a visual).  I almost missed him.  He was standing majestically in some low water on the other side of the fence along the Greenway.  He looked perfectly still and had probably been there for awhile scoping out some food.  I wonder if anyone else saw him.  He belnded with the background very well, and I almost missed him.  No car passenger would have seen him – that’s for sure.

We bikers sure are lucky.

Day 29

I have no excuse for not riding yesterday.

Day 28

Morning Stats

Distance: 22.90 miles
Time: 01:09:00
Terrain: Road: Rolling
Bike: Specialized Allez Road
Club: 2010 TerraTrike Car-Free Challenge
Weather Conditions: 61F, cool, overcast. Chipmunk index of 3.

Morning Ride

The first chipmunk I saw was running about 20mph across rt 179, just after the Ocean State Job Lot in Canton.  He avoided a truck going one way, a car going the other, and me.  I cheered him on.  I found out from my pals at bikejournal.com that I’m not the only one who talks to the animals a lot when they’re riding.

I told myself as I was leaving the house that I was going to try to keep a mild pace.  It was almost a 23 mile run, and I didn’t want to overdo it.  Well, I overdid it.  My average speed was 19.91 mph.  I hope I’m not stupid on my ride home.  I really should chill out and have a nice long recovery ride.

I’m starting to look at cross bikes … maybe I shouldn’t be.  The one I want is made by Pinarello.  The dude at Benidorm Bikes in Canton says I just asked him for an Aston Martin.  It turns out that maybe I should be looking for a new mountain bike for the type of riding I want to do.  Damn.  I really had my sights set.  Wouldn’t you?

Evening Stats

Distance: 22.90 miles
Time: 01:30:00
Terrain: Road: Rolling
Bike: Specialized Allez Road
Club: 2010 TerraTrike Car-Free Challenge
Weather Conditions: 66F, partly sunny, nice sunset. Chipmunk index of 0.

Evening Ride

Tonight’s ride was long and beautiful.  I took my own advices and kept the pace comfortable.  I even took a minute to stop at the Canton Creamery and have some delicious, home-made ice cream – tahitian coconut with chocolate chips and cinnamon – and I ate it while I was riding.  I marveled at the irony of burning calories and eating a bunch more.

I have to go feed the cats.  They’re bugging my wife.

Day 27

Morning Stats

Distance: 11.60 miles
Time: 00:41:13
Terrain: Road: Rolling
Bike: Specialized Allez Road
Club: 2010 TerraTrike Car-Free Challenge
Weather Conditions: 57F, light mist, overcast. Chipmunk index of 7.

Morning Ride

I tried to break my record from yesterday … 11.6 miles in 39:55, but I missed it by a half minute.  Actually, that’s pretty good considering that I’m wearing heavy clothes today and crappy converse sneakers because my regular sneakers did not fully dry out.  Yesterday’s ride was wet and messy.  Also, my extra pair of sneaks in in my sister’s car, so all I had were my converses.  It really made em appreciate having good shoes normally.

The chipmunks were really busy today.  They were zooming across the pavement, rather than their usual run stop chew something run stop scratch run stop look scared.

I also thought about slowing down a little bit today, because I realized that I was zooming past things breathing hard the whole way.  There seems to be an opposite correlation between pushing hard and seeing interesting wildlife.

Note to self: slow down and enjoy!

Can’t believe there are only 3 days left in the challenge.

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