Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hojack

I'm still not riding regularly, but today I rode the Hojack trail on my fat tire uni.  Not having ridden, my saddle was uncomfortable and I was feeling saddle sore quickly.
The trail was mostly dry but had some muddy ruts here and there.
I started at the North Ponds Park parking lot along the Hojack trail.  I rode the Hojack then cut through Vosburg to the Big Field, did a lap, and came back.
MapMyRide

I noticed some minor trail improvements.  The steep hill trail leading up the Big Field from Vosburg has been changed to a switch back.  It's real nice, but still has some steep parts and I wasn't in shape enough to climb it all.  Maybe next time. I did ride the Overlook trail connected to the Big Field, so at least I hit a bit of real single-track.

I saw four teenager boys in Vosburg and one said "Mr. Weetman"!?  They were some of Kyle's friends.  We said hi for a minute.  Other than that, I saw a fox and a number of walkers and cyclists.
A few pics during my ride:







Saturday, February 18, 2017

Big Field

I rode today at the Big Field trail.  A few days ago it was 20F out but today it was over 60F!  I'm sure we'll go back to freezing and have a bunch more snow before Spring, so it was good to get out.
Trail sections varied from wet, muddy, slushy, icy, snowy and grassy.  It was very windy in some areas.  My fat tire uni was a good choice.  I rode 4 laps for a total of about 4.5 miles.  Being the first ride of the year I will most definitely be muscle sore and saddle sore.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Starting Cardio

Image: Hulk on Unicycle
I won't blog about every workout I do, but this evening was my first cardio workout in a long time.  I did a shorter one, but it was tough for me.  I can tell I'm not in great shape.

Yesterday I did my second Stronglifts 5x5 day.
At this rate I'll be the Incredible Hulk by the Spring.

FitnessBlender workout:
15 Minute HIIT Metabolism Booster - Total Body and Abs HIIT Workout

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Starting to Workout

I cleaned up my basement workout area today.
I'm starting with Stronglift 5x5, which I had done in the past.  It's all barbell exercises, starting with relatively low weight and slowly adding 5 pounds each session.  The workouts are 3 days a week.  I'll add in cardio at some point too.

My goal is to get stronger for muni in the spring.  A long term goal might be to ride with Steveyo and Robi in the Whiteface Uphill Bike Race on June 4th.  $70 to register?!!  Geez!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sold the Geared 29er

Three years ago I bought the geared 29er from one of my Albany friends, Steveyo.  He wasn't riding it enough and it's a pricey item to have hanging in the garage.
Over the years when I've seen Steveyo at events he would asked how the 29er was doing and joked about buying it back.  He was joking, right?
Several weeks ago Steveyo emailed me to say hi and, again perhaps tongue-in-cheek, asked if I wanted to sell the geared 29er back to him.  I haven't been riding so I decided it was fine, and decided he would.  I always thought of it as Steveyo's even though I bought it.  Even the Schlumpf hub has his name on it from the factory (they do that).

Today Steveyo was passing through the Rochester area so we met up.  So now the geared 29er is on its way to Albany.

There's a good chance I'll buy another 29er once I get back into it.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

7th Unicycle Anniversary!

I haven't been riding lately.  Busy busy.

But my family remembered it was my unicycle anniversary today.  Syd spent a long time making a sign on the driveway.  She's awesome!!


It sounds like we're also having Volcano!!! for dessert.  It's basically brownies and vanilla ice cream formed into a volcano that we had when we were at the Rainforest Cafe at the Disney Animal Kingdom.

Friday, April 15, 2016

And... We're Back!

I finally got back out riding.  I hadn't ridden since last August when Robi was in town.  Life got busy and then the winter wasn't inviting.

Robi was in town again, today.  We rode at Webster Park.  The trails were muddy here and there where it was expected at this time of year.  I brought my saw in my pack and I recruited Robi to clear one downed tree.  We heard a chainsaw in the distance and thought maybe someone was also clearing.  We didn't bother clearing any more, though we never did encounter any one with a chainsaw, nor any evidence of one.  I'll probably bring my saw and do some more clearing next time.  Generally I didn't see nearly as much fallen trees as I have after past winters.

After not riding for about 8 months (wow, that's a lot), I was a bit worried about how I'd do.  It turns out my brain still knows how to ride.  There wasn't really a skill problem.  My muscles on the other hand were not quite up to the task.  I haven't been working out or really doing any exercise since maybe a few weeks in November or December.  My legs would start burning way earlier than when I'm in shape, even on generally tame terrain.  Muni is hard work.  It makes me appreciate the winter workouts I've done in the past when I try to stay in shape.  It pays off at the beginning of the season.  Maybe next year.