James Revillini

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Biking Every Day from May 15 to June 15, 2010

I’ve entered a contest which mandates riding your bike or trike or unicycle every day from May 15 to June 15.  My route is the same as usual – 11.6 miles each way, so 23.2 miles a day during the week, and whatever I log on weekends.  My weekday rides should come out to at least 464 miles.  Of course, I may get bored with such a short ride once my legs start to adjust, in which case I might go for the 16 mile ride from New Hartford.  Did that once … wasn’t quite ready and was exhausted after it.

Part of the contest is journaling the rides, so I’ll be doing so here.

Today, I practiced more patience and higher cadence.  Until now, I’ve been trying to keep the bike on the hardest gear as much as possible, thinking I was doing myself a favor.  But I started noticing soreness in the tendons or whatever those things are right behind on either side of the knee on Tuesday.  I looked up some riding tips and the advice was the same everywhere I went: use a comfortable gear … your legs will still get strong and they will tell you when it’s time to move to something harder.  Today, I put that theory to the test, and the ride was so fun and beautiful!  It flew by.

My current speed is about 13.3 mph.  My ride is mostly paved, but has maybe a 2 or 3 mile section of easy off-road paths.  There is a new fun obstacle right near the commuter lot in Unionville … a tree came down across the path, along with a tangle of vines.  The only way is over, so you have to grab your bike and hoist it over.  I’m getting pretty good at traversing it, staying constantly moving, constantly moving forward.  I love stuff like that.  I’m not praying for more trees to fall, but this one breaks up the ride a little bit.

biking to work

I started biking [part-way] to work a few weeks ago and thought I’d mention it. I’m riding my old Fuji Sandblaster SX mountain bike that my mom bought me for Christmas 12 years ago or so. What a great bike! A little WD40 and oil and I was ready to ride (albeit still without a front brake, but I’ll get around to fixing it some day). Here is my route, which is apparently about 10.6 miles:

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I drive my bike to Canton from Winsted and park at the commuter lot there at the intersection of 44 and 179, then take 179 into Unionville and 177 to work. 177 is sketchy – alomst no shoulder in some places. I’m told there’s a bike trail that will get me pretty close to work that I’m planning on checking out one of these days.

My plan is to gradually shorten my drive and increase my ride. Maybe some day I’ll be able to ride the whole way. Right now it’s taking about 45 minutes to do the 10 miles. My entire commute is about 22 miles each way, so at my current skill level, it’s way too far to attempt. If I can get down to 30 minutes for the 10 miles, I’ll start increasing the biking part of my commute.

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