GA-400 Bike Ride

On June 30, there was the GA-400 bike ride. Last year, I had done the 9-mile ride, but decided to go 45 miles this time.

Here’s the route along with my info:

Some observations about the ride:

  1. Some cyclists use earphones in both ears during the ride which I believe is not allowed in Georgia.
  2. Most riders call out before passing you, but a few pass too close without any verbal warning.
  3. I know it is a hassle to stop at every stop sign and traffic light when you are wearing cycling shoes attached to clipless pedals, but all must stop even if there’s no traffic. This is one issue which gives cyclists a bad repute.
  4. Most car drivers do not know that they have to pass cyclists at least 3 feet away. But I was surprised when several vehicles passed close to us who had bicycle racks on them.
  5. While most drivers are considerate and careful, a few would really like to hit the cyclists off the road.

Here are some photos:

Body Fat 14%

My body fat percentage is now down to 14%. It’s the lowest I have ever measured.

About 9 years ago, almost 25% of my weight was fat. That got me worried and I had exercised my way to 20.5% fat by New Year 2005, losing 11 lbs (5 kg) in the process.

Body Fat 2004

In another year (Jan 2006), my weight was down a further 10 lbs (4.5 kg) to 158 lb (71.7 kg). My body fat was also down to 17%.

17% was still on the higher end of normal, but it stayed that way for years.

Then last year, I got excited about running and cycling. That is now paying off. I haven’t lost any weight. I am 159 lbs (72 kg) right now but my body fat is down to 14%, lower than my New Year 2005 resolution target of 15%.

I wonder if I can reduce the body fat percentage further to 12%.

Oh and my BMI (body mass index) is 21.3 kg/m2.

Silver Comet

I had been thinking of riding the Silver Comet trail for a while, but first I needed to up my mileage. The original plan was to ride with a friend, but he had to back out. Since the trail seems fairly safe and well-traveled, I decided to go it alone.

On April 13, Amber dropped me off at the Anniston, AL trailhead of the Chief Ladiga trail. With all my things in my Camelbak Mule NV, I was ready to ride the longest distances I had ever done.

Here’s what I packed:

  1. Plenty of Power and Clif bars for snack and lunch
  2. Energy gels
  3. 100oz water (with GU Brew electrolyte tablets) reservoir in the hydration pack
  4. 25oz water bottle
  5. Tube patch kit
  6. Tire levers
  7. Mini pump
  8. An extra tube
  9. Bike lock
  10. Garmin Oregon 450 GPS
  11. Chamois Butt’r
  12. Rain jacket
  13. Rain shell pants, which I also wore when I went for dinner etc.

The one thing I forgot was sunscreen. Portions of the Chief Ladiga trail don’t have much tree cover and I did get tanned a lot.

I rode 45.3 miles the first day to Cedartown, GA. I went at a comfortable, slow speed and stopped a bunch of times to enjoy the scenery.

I stayed the night at the Holiday Inn Express there which is about 1.5 miles from the trail. The hotel let me keep my bicycle in the room which was nice.

The next morning, I had the complementary breakfast at the hotel and headed out. Sitting on the bike seat hurt at first but I got comfortable soon.

The weather started out as cool and nice.

Right out of Cedartown, the trail left the old rail tracks and got hilly for a few miles. I was glad because I am used to rolling hill rides around home.

The Silver Comet had a lot more people, cycling, walking and running, than the Chief Ladiga trail.

Around Dallas, GA, it started raining. I was glad I had my rain jacket and rain cover for my backpack. But I still got completely soaked and had to ride the last 20 miles in the rain.

Finally, I reached the Highland Center Shopping Center on the Connector trail (about a mile long) where Amber was waiting to pick me up.

I rode a total of 54.4 miles on Sunday, thus totaling 99.7 miles for the weekend.

1,000 Miles Progress

One of my new year resolutions this year was to do 1,000 miles in 2013.

Running a thousand miles in a year requires 2.74 miles/day or 19.19 miles/week. That is beyond my ability. But I do some cycling on the weekends. So I decided to count my cycling miles at one-third.

Let’s see how I have done since January 1.

Running: 4.26 + 4.05 + 5.1 + 4.19 + 4.04 + 3.22 + 4.11 + 4.2 + 6.04 + 4.31 + 4.25 + 6.16 + 4.2 + 4.29 + 6.33 + 4.07 = 72.82 miles

Cycling: 29.5 + 31.5 + 40.3 + 28.9 = 130.2 miles

Adding them up, we get 72.82 + 130.2/3 = 116.22 miles.

Today is February 6, the 37th day of the year. So 10% of the year is gone. To keep my pace for the 1,000 miles, I needed to do 100 miles till noon today. Thus I am on track.

Big Creek Greenway Bike Ride

Last week, I went bike riding on the Big Creek Greenway. I rode about 20 easy, flat miles.

I tried out my new Garmin Oregon 450 which I mounted on my bicycle using the Garmin bike mount.

Here is the Big Creek Greenway Bike Ride Garmin Adventure. Unfortunately, I don’t know if it’s possible to embed that map here.

Bicycling on Alpharetta Greenway

Yesterday, the weather was nice. So we loaded up our bikes on the car and headed to the Big Creek Greenway.

Michelle and I rode our bikes for about an hour. Here’s the trail map.

The trail was crowded and it was a lot of fun.

Seventeen and Forty-One

This month we celebrated 17 years of our marriage. It’s been a long, great time.

Also last week I turned 41. For my birthday, Amber and Michelle got me a bicycle, a Cannondale Quick 5 hybrid.

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And here I am, a long long time ago.
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