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The Korte Vasa plus about ten miles of getting there and back. Yes, I ended up metroing from Metro Center to Brookland instead of riding back up the MBT, but knees were angry with me, so I decided not to push it too hard.

It was in the low 40s when we started, but mid 50s when we finished. The route was down the monuments trail, cut across the top of the Hains Point Loop, back up to Maine Ave, then down around the waterfront to the Titanic Memorial (yes, DC has a Titanic Memorial), and then down and across the Frederick Douglass Bridge, up the Anacostia Trail past the skating pavilion, up to Benning Road, then, down through The Hill (stopping to wave at @dennymayo first), north at the Supreme Court, West on Constitution, up Pennsylvania Avenue’s cycle track, then past the White House, through the GW campus, and then back to the House of Sweden for some thick and delicious blåbärssop.

A good long ride and a good start for the season. I didn’t even die!

Ride Total: 24.59mi
Cals: 2,000??? (guesstimate, no HRM)
Time: 2hr 51min

2014 Distance: 43.19mi
2014 Outside: 43.19mi
2014 Inside: 0.00mi

The Korte Vasa plus about ten miles of getting there and back. Yes, I ended up metroing from Metro Center to Brookland instead of riding back up the MBT, but knees were angry with me, so I decided not to push it too hard.

It was in the low 40s when we started, but mid 50s when we finished. The route was down the monuments trail, cut across the top of the Hains Point Loop, back up to Maine Ave, then down around the waterfront to the Titanic Memorial (yes, DC has a Titanic Memorial), and then down and across the Frederick Douglass Bridge, up the Anacostia Trail past the skating pavilion, up to Benning Road, then, down through The Hill (stopping to wave at @dennymayo first), north at the Supreme Court, West on Constitution, up Pennsylvania Avenue’s cycle track, then past the White House, through the GW campus, and then back to the House of Sweden for some thick and delicious blåbärssop.

A good long ride and a good start for the season. I didn’t even die!

Ride Total: 24.59mi
Cals: 2,000??? (guesstimate, no HRM)
Time: 2hr 51min

2014 Distance: 43.19mi
2014 Outside: 43.19mi
2014 Inside: 0.00mi


No one will mistake me for fast right now. Downhill I do pretty good, and on the flat, I’m where I should be between 15 and 20mph, but give me any kind of incline and that drops way way down to 5-10mph depending. It was ugly out there.  But, it was a gorgeous day for it, my shoes are all aligned the way they’re supposed to be, and the RFLKT+ unit did exactly what it was supposed to do. Now I have to get my cadence sensor working again, but other than that, all was technically good.

I also need to wash my bike shorts and remember them next time, because damn is that saddle hard.

Ride Total: 11.9 mi
Cals: 1100 cals (guesstimate, no HR)
Time: 1hr 10min

2014 Distance: 18.60mi
2014 Outside: 18.60mi
2014 Inside: 0.00mi

No one will mistake me for fast right now. Downhill I do pretty good, and on the flat, I’m where I should be between 15 and 20mph, but give me any kind of incline and that drops way way down to 5-10mph depending. It was ugly out there. But, it was a gorgeous day for it, my shoes are all aligned the way they’re supposed to be, and the RFLKT+ unit did exactly what it was supposed to do. Now I have to get my cadence sensor working again, but other than that, all was technically good.

I also need to wash my bike shorts and remember them next time, because damn is that saddle hard.

Ride Total: 11.9 mi
Cals: 1100 cals (guesstimate, no HR)
Time: 1hr 10min

2014 Distance: 18.60mi
2014 Outside: 18.60mi
2014 Inside: 0.00mi


A walk and a bike!

That just means I have to shoot someone to make it an Olympic Triathlon right?

The walk felt great, the bike ride felt labored.

Ride Total: 6.70 mi
Cals: 630 cals
Time: 31minutes

2014 Distance: 6.70mi
2014 Outside: 6.70mi
2014 Inside: 0.00mi


Chuck vs. the Sizzling Shrimp today! Another vintage beauty, and one that resolves the whole stupid Ellie/Morgan thing into a working, if awkward, relationship. In so doing, they drop one of the awful plot lines from the early part of the first season.

There were two themes that start in this episode that continue through the rest of the show: Chuck losing a little touch with his immediately circle as part of the needs of the spy world, and Chuck becoming a real spy. Just a month or so in, and his whole team gets grabbed, and instead of giving up, he goes after them. This is why I like Chuck, because he does the things we all wish we did, albeit Chuck does them in a delightfully real fantasy world.

Some great moments:

"Don’t get Cocky, kid" from Chuck to Casey 
Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes” in the van
Sizzling Shrimp generally speaking.
Ride Total: 6.16 mi
AHR: 145bpm
MHR: 169bpm
Cals: 279cals

2013 Distance: 611.11mi
2013 Outside: 344.65mi
2013 Inside: 266.46mi

Chuck vs. the Sizzling Shrimp today! Another vintage beauty, and one that resolves the whole stupid Ellie/Morgan thing into a working, if awkward, relationship. In so doing, they drop one of the awful plot lines from the early part of the first season.

There were two themes that start in this episode that continue through the rest of the show: Chuck losing a little touch with his immediately circle as part of the needs of the spy world, and Chuck becoming a real spy. Just a month or so in, and his whole team gets grabbed, and instead of giving up, he goes after them. This is why I like Chuck, because he does the things we all wish we did, albeit Chuck does them in a delightfully real fantasy world.

Some great moments:

  • "Don’t get Cocky, kid" from Chuck to Casey
  • Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes” in the van
  • Sizzling Shrimp generally speaking.

Ride Total: 6.16 mi
AHR: 145bpm
MHR: 169bpm
Cals: 279cals

2013 Distance: 611.11mi
2013 Outside: 344.65mi
2013 Inside: 266.46mi


Today’s ride was Chuck vs. The Wookiee which introduces Carina Miller temporarily as eye candy and as a rival agent with the DEA. The rumored interlude between Carina and Casey was something to love, though, and we got a bit more of a human Morgan, instead of a caricature.

Ride Total: 6.1 mi
AHR: 132bpm
MHR: 147bpm
Cals: 231 cals

2013 Distance: 604.95mi
2013 Outside: 344.65mi
2013 Inside: 260.30mi

Today’s ride was Chuck vs. The Wookiee which introduces Carina Miller temporarily as eye candy and as a rival agent with the DEA. The rumored interlude between Carina and Casey was something to love, though, and we got a bit more of a human Morgan, instead of a caricature.

Ride Total: 6.1 mi
AHR: 132bpm
MHR: 147bpm
Cals: 231 cals

2013 Distance: 604.95mi
2013 Outside: 344.65mi
2013 Inside: 260.30mi


I’m going to re-watch Chuck while riding through the winter, I think that’s what’s going to keep me motivated to ride on the trainer. Today was Chuck vs. the Tango (1x03). This is probably the episode that completed the hook for me with the show. Smooth writing, well-captured plot, and of course music by The National and Band of Horses.

Yes, in 2007.

Yes, early Morgan was annoying, and early Casey is still not the agent we love later on, but I think early Sarah more than makes up for it.

Anyway, 7.5 miles on the trainer on a day when my knees and hips were cranky. Didn’t feel great, but it did loosen my hips a bit. Knees are still out to lunch.

Ride Total: 7.5 mi
AHR: 138bpm
MHR: 157bpm
Cals: 293 cals

2013 Distance: 598.85mi
2013 Outside: 344.65mi
2013 Inside: 260.20mi

I’m going to re-watch Chuck while riding through the winter, I think that’s what’s going to keep me motivated to ride on the trainer. Today was Chuck vs. the Tango (1x03). This is probably the episode that completed the hook for me with the show. Smooth writing, well-captured plot, and of course music by The National and Band of Horses.

Yes, in 2007.

Yes, early Morgan was annoying, and early Casey is still not the agent we love later on, but I think early Sarah more than makes up for it.

Anyway, 7.5 miles on the trainer on a day when my knees and hips were cranky. Didn’t feel great, but it did loosen my hips a bit. Knees are still out to lunch.

Ride Total: 7.5 mi
AHR: 138bpm
MHR: 157bpm
Cals: 293 cals

2013 Distance: 598.85mi 2013 Outside: 344.65mi 2013 Inside: 260.20mi


Of course, the day after I put the bike on the trainer, it’s 70, sunny, and I have some free afternoon time to ride. So I unmounted the bike and headed out on the streets. It was just about perfect out there, and I rode for about an hour.

This was the curtailed version of my usual ride, west toward the park, but this time down 11th to U, over to the 15th Street Cycle Track, down to the PA Ave Cycle Track, then around the Capitol to the MBT and home again. Great ride! Can’t believe I got one in in November!

Ride Total: 11.1 mi
AHR: 150bpm
MHR: 175bpm
Cals: 646 cals

2013 Distance: 591.35mi
2013 Outside: 344.65mi
2013 Inside: 252.70mi


Well, it’s winter biking season. I am going to try to ride indoors all winter. Here’s Santa Ana hooked up to the torture machine, which meant I had to take out the normal rear hub and put in the special one that came with the trainer, which was more of a greasy bear than I was expecting. I swear I must have burned 100 calories just taking the bike apart and reassembling it in the trainer.

But, once I got it in, I did five miles to feel it out. Man am I behind on my biking. But, now I can do 5-10 a day without too much trouble, and technically I could ride on that trainer hub if I had to or if the weather gets nice. I also have the city bike to use.

The lower picture is my new RFKLT+ sensor kit. My old winter setup had an iPhone mount that acted as a sensor interface for my cadence and wheel speed sensor which is ANT, and used bluetooth for my HR monitor. This RFKLT+ bike computer acts as the ANT interface and connects over Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

That means I can leave my phone on the window sill instead of having to strap it to my bike. A+.

While I was in LA, I biked about 30 miles indoors on the hotel gym bike, that is reflected in these new totals.

Ride Total: 5.02 mi
AHR: 135bpm
MHR: 156bpm
Cals: 197 cals

2013 Distance: 580.25mi
2013 Outside: 333.55mi
2013 Inside: 252.70mi


I started my Cyclemeter late, but here’s the ride with my Dad this morning.

Distance: 14.1 mi
Cals (est): 1278

2013 Distance: 545.23mi
2013 Outside: 333.55mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi

I started my Cyclemeter late, but here’s the ride with my Dad this morning.

Distance: 14.1 mi
Cals (est): 1278

2013 Distance: 545.23mi
2013 Outside: 333.55mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi


Distance: 23.85mi (avg speed 13.47 mph)
AHR: N/A
MHR: N/A
Cals: 2274 (estimated by cycle meter)

2013 Distance: 531.13mi
2013 Outside: 319.45mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi

Distance: 23.85mi (avg speed 13.47 mph)
AHR: N/A
MHR: N/A
Cals: 2274 (estimated by cycle meter)

2013 Distance: 531.13mi
2013 Outside: 319.45mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi


Yep, another bike ride. The problem with being off of your bike for 10 weeks is the readjustment to the saddle. My body hates me right now for doing that, but I’m glad I did it nonetheless.

Distance: 7.38mi (avg speed 13.03 mph)
AHR: N/A
MHR: N/A
Cals: 716 (estimated by cycle meter)

2013 Distance: 507.28mi
2013 Outside: 295.60mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi

Yep, another bike ride. The problem with being off of your bike for 10 weeks is the readjustment to the saddle. My body hates me right now for doing that, but I’m glad I did it nonetheless.

Distance: 7.38mi (avg speed 13.03 mph)
AHR: N/A
MHR: N/A
Cals: 716 (estimated by cycle meter)

2013 Distance: 507.28mi
2013 Outside: 295.60mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi


This isn’t quite the route I took, since Cyclemeter crapped the bed under iOS 7, but it’s close enough. Total roundtrip was just over 8 miles, in just over 45 minutes. That’s slow, if you’re counting at home, but at least it was a bike ride.

Distance: 8.21mi
AHR: N/A
MHR: N/A
Cals: ?

2013 Distance: 499.90mi
2013 Outside: 288.22mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi


Today’s ride.

Had some good spots, but ended at the bike shop to get some repairs done on my rear wheel which is so far out of true, it could be a political appointee.

Turns out, I biked right past my friends Jason & Beth at one point!

Distance: 18.72mi
AHR: 152bpm
MHR: 180bpm
Cals: 1268

2013 Distance: 497.69mi
2013 Outside: 280.01mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi

Today’s ride.

Had some good spots, but ended at the bike shop to get some repairs done on my rear wheel which is so far out of true, it could be a political appointee.

Turns out, I biked right past my friends Jason & Beth at one point!

Distance: 18.72mi
AHR: 152bpm
MHR: 180bpm
Cals: 1268

2013 Distance: 497.69mi
2013 Outside: 280.01mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi


I aced this ride, despite my neck strain. My Hains Point lap was 3rd fastest ever, I just wrecked the hills in Brookland, and I also ran into a friends from my swimming days (which were not just 15 years ago, but 3,000 miles ago) as she was headed with a group to the Tour de Fat down at the park.

Yeah, good ride, I’d say. It was also made better with my sweet new Ear Hero headset. It’s gonna take a little bit to get used to how they work (they’re meant to go behind your ear, then down your neck and around front) but I didn’t feel totally encapsulated on the road, and I could still hear traffic, other cyclists, and nature with them in, which are BIG points in their favor. There’s no bottom end on the sound, but I think that works out okay, too.

Are they worth the $150? That’s a longevity test, not a first run test. Hope they last long enough to make them worth it in the long term.

Distance: 25.29mi
AHR: 160bpm
MHR: 189bpm (!! That’s an 85% threshold!)
Cals: 1970

2013 Distance: 478.97mi
2013 Outside: 261.29mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi

I aced this ride, despite my neck strain. My Hains Point lap was 3rd fastest ever, I just wrecked the hills in Brookland, and I also ran into a friends from my swimming days (which were not just 15 years ago, but 3,000 miles ago) as she was headed with a group to the Tour de Fat down at the park.

Yeah, good ride, I’d say. It was also made better with my sweet new Ear Hero headset. It’s gonna take a little bit to get used to how they work (they’re meant to go behind your ear, then down your neck and around front) but I didn’t feel totally encapsulated on the road, and I could still hear traffic, other cyclists, and nature with them in, which are BIG points in their favor. There’s no bottom end on the sound, but I think that works out okay, too.

Are they worth the $150? That’s a longevity test, not a first run test. Hope they last long enough to make them worth it in the long term.

Distance: 25.29mi
AHR: 160bpm
MHR: 189bpm (!! That’s an 85% threshold!)
Cals: 1970

2013 Distance: 478.97mi
2013 Outside: 261.29mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi


Today ride wasn’t rained out, but it was rained on. This is a new route, and boy is Route 1 intimidating through Hyattsville and into College Park. Couple that with 6:00pm traffic and a bigass hill, and maybe this wasn’t my brightest idea ever? But, good exercise, and I’ll take a quick 40 minutes of workout time.

Side note: I have no idea how Strava interprets Cyclemeter Data. This is a 9.6mi ride in Cyclemeter, according to my wheel sensor, but a 9.2mi ride in Strava. I’m taking the raw data values rather than Strava’s, but since you can’t make bigger maps in Cyclemeter, I’m using Strava’s map.

End nerd rant.

Distance: 9.62mi
AHR: N/A
MHR: N/A
Cals: 944

2013 Distance: 453.68mi
2013 Outside: 236.00mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi

Today ride wasn’t rained out, but it was rained on. This is a new route, and boy is Route 1 intimidating through Hyattsville and into College Park. Couple that with 6:00pm traffic and a bigass hill, and maybe this wasn’t my brightest idea ever? But, good exercise, and I’ll take a quick 40 minutes of workout time.

Side note: I have no idea how Strava interprets Cyclemeter Data. This is a 9.6mi ride in Cyclemeter, according to my wheel sensor, but a 9.2mi ride in Strava. I’m taking the raw data values rather than Strava’s, but since you can’t make bigger maps in Cyclemeter, I’m using Strava’s map.

End nerd rant.

Distance: 9.62mi
AHR: N/A
MHR: N/A
Cals: 944

2013 Distance: 453.68mi
2013 Outside: 236.00mi
2013 Inside: 217.68mi



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