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George Hincapie Video – The Dempsey Challenge

George Hincapie Video – October 4th in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine – The Dempsey Challenge features 10, 25, 50 and 100 mile cycle route options and a 5-kilometer course for walkers and runners.

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Trek Across Maine – Day 3

We were not surprised to wake to wet roads yet again. Breakfast opened early at 5:30 and the hall was quite busy at that hour. I think most people were anxious to get the last day over and get home.

After picking up the bikes and meeting up with friends I threw my leg over the bike to clip in and realized that my crank was spinning freely and not engaging the wheel/cassette. I wasn’t going anywhere.

I urged my friends to go ahead without me as I got in line for a mechanic, who told me I was done. He wasn’t able to help me. There was another mechanic on site but he only had a spare 9-speed wheel and not a 10-speed wheel so that wasn’t going to help either.

My only option was to hop a sag wagon to the first rest stop to receive help there. I can’t believe how disappointed I felt not being able to ride. My heart sank even more after passing a couple friends. I received a text from another friend who said that Jamie of Gorham Bike and Ski was at the first rest stop. I felt a little relief but also knew that if he couldn’t help me it would probably mean a sag ride all the way into Belfast.

To my glee, Jamie had a 10-speed wheel for me to borrow to get me to Belfast. After it was installed I rode off with a couple other friends I had met there (the ones I passed in the sag wagon). Unfortunately I just didn’t have the legs to keep up with them. They had already ridden 15 miles so they were much more warmed up that I was after having sitting in the back of a club cab for 15 miles. I finally told them to go ahead without me. With a 20 mph head wind I couldn’t continue to catch up to them after being dropped on a few of the climbs.

At the second rest stop I met up with the friends that I parted with at the beginning of the day. We rode mostly together from there to Belfast and crossed the line together.

My husband was there to meet us. After a quick bite to eat at the BBQ we were on the road back home.

Even with all the rain and gray skies, the Trek is one of my favorite biking events. I signed up for next year’s Trek on May 28th, before this year’s Trek even took place. Hopefully we’ll have better weather in 2010.

Trek across Maine – Day 1

This will be a quick update. Today was the first day of the trek and if you aren’t following me on twitter then you don’t know that it rained all day. However, once I got wet and used to the wet roads I was fine. Both my friend, Tracey, and I agreed that it wasn’t as miserable as we anticipate. I just rode tempo with a nice average mile per hour for a rainy day. That was primarily a solo effort as there weren’t many that went by me to use as a draft. InsteAd I found myself passing most riders. We got a late start and I think most of the seasoned and faster riders started much earlier.

After being wet on the bike for 65 miles the shower didn’t even feel good- I was wet and just wanted to be dry for a while.

Off to dinner soon then meeting up with some classmates at a local pub. (I grew up not far from Farmington, the first stopping town for the Trek, and some classmates are still in the area. Good time to catch up with them!)

Corporate Challenge Indoor Triathlon

This looks CRAZY FUN!

Great Weather for an Indoor Triathlon

The Portland YMCA will hold a Corporate Challenge Indoor Triathlon on February 28 where Corporate teams of three will be using the Y’s heated pool, treadmills and stationery bicycles to compete in a sprint type triathlon. One member of each team has to either swim, run or bicycle for 15 minutes. The distance covered by each team member will be combined for the total distance covered.

The Corporate Challenge Indoor Triathlon is a co-ed event with each team having to have at least one female competitor. Entries will be limited to 15 teams in this inaugural year. Deadline for entries is February 18.

All participants in the Corporate Challenge Indoor Triathlon will receive an event t-shirt.  Winners will take home a trophy, plus the chance to win tickets to The Longest Dinner, the CCY’s major fundraising event to be held in June 2009.

The Indoor Triathlon will raise awareness of the YMCA’s commitment to providing programs and services to all, regardless of their ability to pay. Each year the Cumberland County YMCA awards just under $600,000 to children and families who would not otherwise be able to afford Y facilities and services.

Here is the Registration Form. For more information, please call Debbie Reed, wellness director, at 874 – 1111.

An indoor triathlon! What could be more fun for a great cause?? And “easy” too! 15 minutes – I can do that!

Rather serendipitous the way this information presented itself to me.

I’m trying to coordinate a team through my office. I’ll let you know if I’m successful!

A Castelli Christmas

Some of you know how much I love Castelli cycling apparel. The most important person that knows this is my husband.

I love Castelli because they make good quality items and we can usually find deals on them. Another reason I love Castelli is that not everyone and his/her brother wears it. Pearl Izumi is ubiquitous in the cycling world, and although I like their products and own some, I much prefer Castelli because it’s much less common.

Castelli also has some of the best designed clothing I’ve ever seen.

Here are some of the items I received this year for Christmas:

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superleggera-black superleggera-white-red

track-jacket castelli-socks

I’ve also been pining for a pair of Sidi shoes. Who doesn’t?? Santa didn’t disappoint.

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My sister asked me on Christmas Eve if I’d be having a biking Christmas, wondering if I’d be receiving biking items this year. I told her that for the last few years, since I’ve been into cycling, that has been the case. My husband was within earshot and I want to assure him, and her, that even if it wasn’t a “biking Christmas” I wouldn’t be disappointed. I never am.

Everyone should have a special Santa like mine! I only wish I could buy for him like he buys for me! I always fall a bit short, way short, of that benchmark.

I didn’t mention everything here. I received more cycling and some non-cycling items that were greatly appreciated as well.

There was also more to my Christmas than just presents, which I will explain in my next post. In the mean time, let me know what special gift, biking related or not, did you receive!

2 1/2 Hour Ride in the Snow

Well, sort of.

Okay, not really.

It was snowing outside (a classic Nor’Easter with 10-12 inches predicted to accumulate by storm’s end) but my workout was on the bike on the stationary trainer.

dsc018811Wish you could really see how much it was snowing outside.

dsc01885My view from the bike/trainer.

pats-gameI was listening to the book on CD, Every Second Counts,and watching the Pats stomp all over the Cardinals.

I was hoping for a 3-hour ride but my legs had had enough at 2-1/2 hours. I could have kept going but my cadence would have dropped. I’m happy that the average cadence was 99 – not quite the triple diget mark but still okay.

My long session was makeup for not doing anything yesterday. I spent all day, literally,  in the kitchen making lovely holiday treats for friends and family.

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I’m Finally Back

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I’m finally getting back in the grove of what is my life. It’s been hectic.

SUNDAY

Sunday was the best day of my husband’s reunion, in my opinion. We sat around a table in a small group for breakfast and talked. No loud music, not tons of people, just a few of us. It was really great to get to know a few of Don’s classmates in a quiet setting.

I also saw some cyclists come in so when they were wrapping up their breakfast on the outside deck I went to introduce myself and to find out a bit about group rides and renting bikes in the area for future trips. I never would have done anything like that when I was younger. I find many cyclists to be very friendly and always happy to talk about cycling in their area. I would be the same way if someone from out of town approached me!

Then it was off to visit my husband’s step mother and her husband. It had been almost three years since we’ve seen them. They are such fabulous people and I truly enjoyed seeing them again.

The worst part about all the visiting with friends/family was all the sitting I did. When I was packing our things that evening I noticed that my ankles were very swollen. I’m not used to that kind of inactivity and it showed!

MONDAY

Monday started off in a crazy way and never ended.

First, my alarm never went off as it should have. So we woke up a bit late and rushed to run out of the hotel for our flight. It worked out well and we made it in plenty of time.

Then we were delayed departing JAX due to thundershowers in Chicago, our connecting airport. We finally left an hour later but were delayed in flight to the extent we had to stop and refuel in St. Louis.

We made it into Chicago early afternoon. We rebooked on an early evening flight and were set for standby on the 2pm flight, which finally left at 6pm. (Later we found out they had a mechanical and the flight was canceled.)

Our confirmed flight at 7:30 ended up being canceled, without an announcement. So it was off to the customer service desk to rebook. It was a choice of flying into Manchester, NH late that night or fly into Portland in the afternoon of the following day. We chose Manchester.

We really questioned whether the flight to Manchester would really happen. But at 2am local time it left Chicago.

We arrived in Manchester before 5am local time Tuesday morning and waited around for a rental car. First, unless you have a reservation for a car in Manchester the likelihood of renting one is very slim. Secondly, rental car company’s, if they allow one way rentals, charge extra for that service. We needed to get home so we paid the extra and left.

Upon arrival in Portland we still had to go to the airport to retrieve our luggage and car. (How is it that will all the canceled flights our luggage managed to arrive in Portland?) We had been up for 28 hours (with the exception of a little snooze on the Manchester flight) and it was time for a bed and some sleep. I managed three hours then went into work for a few hours.

Tuesday

Needless to say that I didn’t make the Tuesday night women’s ride. Luckily Shannon was kind enough to lead it for me. I just needed more sleep before mustering a ride.

Saturday

After finally catching up on sleep throughout the week I finally managed to make it out on the bike for a ride. Between being away, catching up on sleep, and a lot of rain last week, I had been off my bike for a week and a half. I really felt the loss of fitness!

I rode easy to watch some friends participate in the Tri for the Cure and take photos. I returned home to drop the camera and head out on a real ride. I only managed 20+ miles. It was good to be out on the bike and working hard. However, that only led to a 1+ hour nap and an early bed time with not much energy in between.

Sunday

A nice morning coffee ride with some friends. My legs felt a bit like Jello from the previous day’s ride. But I finally found a rhythm.

Since I was all sweaty from the ride I thought I’d mow the yard before hopping into the shower. (It really needed it!) I also took advantage of the time to thoroughly clean my bike. It’s sparkling now. It would have been so easy to take a shower and have a nap. Now that I’ve pushed through that first level of fatigue I should be able to manage to do a few other things around the house, including unpacking, which has yet to be done!

I’m looking forward to my routine this week. I hope the thundershowers will hold off so I can manage a few bike rides with the club. And if not, I’ll be working on some strength and flexibility with my new Yoga DVD.