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…I lived… April 28, 2008

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Well, I finished the 2008 Haleiwa Metric Century… and I even did the whole 100km.

Overall, I felt better than I did last year. I rode with two friends, and had a great time.

Starting off, I wasn’t doing so well. My legs ached and felt drained 5 miles into the ride. By the time we hit the first check point at the 10 mile mark, I figured out that I had two problems. The first was that my seat was too low. I had made some adjustments after it had worked loose, and did not get it back to where I needed it. The second was that I was starting on an empty tank. I hadn’t eaten anything in the morning before the ride.

So, I raised my seat a little, and fueled up at the first checkpoint. After that I felt much better.

The morning was absolutely amazing. Beautiful. We fought a bit of a headwind, but that would obviously help us on the return. As the day wore on, it got hotter and hotter. The last stretch was miserable… but we finished.

Distance: 100km (actual bike computer distance: 59 miles)
Time: 4 and 1/2 hours (actual bike computer time: 4hrs 28min)

Not too bad. We started rolling a little before 0800, and rolled back into Haleiwa a little after 1300, so not quite an hour off the bike during the entire ride. Waaaay better than last year.

I’ll tell you what, though… I’m tired of riding the hybrid on these long rides. It’s too heavy and upright. Quite a workout on my legs, but I think I’m ready for a faster road-style bike.

Here’s some pics:

Waiting line

This is the waiting line for the start. It’s about half through right now. There were hundreds of riders. Not quite a thousand, but there were hundreds.

family bike

This was definitely a family event! He’d already unloaded most of the family and was “parking the bike” when I snagged this pic. Everyone looked like they were having a lot of fun.

…biking can be tough… April 16, 2008

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Biking in Hawaii? Not so rough.

If you ever want a “perspective-check” to help you realize that whatever conditions and distances you are biking are really not so insurmountable, just Google the name Kathi Hirzinger-Merchant.

She managed a 25 and a half day ride on her fat-tired mountain bike over more than 1000 miles of remote, winter filled, uninhabited Alaskan wilderness.

From a Craig Medred article:

Having already driven a snowmobile from Knik to Nome, she decided this year she had to go by mountain bike, so she dragooned Bill into riding once again. Off they went.

It was not easy.

Here is a bit of what race director Dan McDonough posted to the race Web site:

On their approach to Nome, Bill and Kathi faced “immense winds and cold temperatures. At one point, when they were protected from the constant wind, Kathi looked at the temperature and saw minus 30 degrees … Bill described pushing the bikes at a 45 degree angle to prevent the wind from blowing the bikes away.

“After 25 and a half days Bill was looking forward to having a beer upon his arrival. Instead, when they arrived at 2:58 a.m. they were greeted by one woman on the street who was heading to work.

The only place open for food or drink was a coke machine.

“They celebrated with dehydrated food in Styrofoam coffee cups.”

You can read the full story here: http://www.adn.com/outdoors/story/374243.html

No matter how wet and rainy and/or windy it is here, I just have to remember that I’m biking in Hawaii. It only gets so cold (sometimes in the mid 60’s), and I can only go so far (my trip around the island was less than 160 miles). I won’t starve. I won’t get eaten by a bear.

So, next time you hear me crying about a ride on my blog, remind me that others do more…

…support bike friendly upgrades… April 14, 2008

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More on the Haleiwa Metric Century…

This is a great ride, a beautiful ride. There are hundreds of bicyclists doing this ride. This puts a lot of us on the road at the same time. Driver awareness for bicyclists will be higher than normal, due to the sheer numbers of us.

Riding a bike along this same route is not as safe the rest of the year. In fact, it is one of the more dangerous roads – with no bike paths, high numbers of tourist traffic, narrow roads, angry locals who do not want to share the road.

If you want to be a part of changing this, then add your name to the growing list of people who want the City and County of Honolulu to take immediate action and begin improving conditions along the North Shore, for a bicycle friendly route.

Email “Bicycle Mom” aka the-green-one@hawaii.rr.com with your name and title (parent, teacher, engineer, lawyer, etc). Please include whether you are a bicycle commuter, or a recreational rider.

Read more in the draft proposal she is submitting:

http://www.box.net/shared/jq9naxf28s

You can also download it from the box.net widget on the right side of this blog.

*** Update from “Bicycle Mom” ***

  • 29 Neighborhood Boards supported the bicycle safety resolution
  • Honolulu City Council and OMPO also adopted the resolution
  • The Big Island is currently working on its resolution, and I would like to see Kauai and Maui also adopt resolutions by the end of the year
  • A bill to revise the state traffic code will be introduced at the beginning of the next legislative session.

…warming up… April 14, 2008

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So, I did a little Metric Century Warmup ride with a friend yesterday. Pretty fun. Started at Starbucks for some coffee and gas (scone), then did a 25 mile, 2 hour, ride which included sprints on Ford Island and hill climbs around the Salt Lake area.

Yeah, my legs are toast.

The cool thing about the Haleiwa Metric Century is that it is such a flat ride. Hardly any altitude change at all. There is the one bump by Waialua, but nearly everything else is flat – and soooo beautiful! If you haven’t ridden an organized ride in Hawaii, you really should make this your first.

…2008 Haleiwa Metric Century… April 7, 2008

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If you haven’t already registered, you are running out of time! Packet pickup will be on April 19th. See www.hbl.org for more information.

The Haleiwa Metric Century is a 100km bike ride starting in, you guessed it, Haleiwa. We’ll ride East up and around the North side of the island, all the way down to around Swanzy Beach State Park, then back. It’ll be a great time. Last year, there were over 900 riders.

You can register here: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?CHECKSSO=0&EVENT_ID=1558136

If you are not up for a 100k yet, then try it out with one of the shorter distances. This is a great family ride with lots of well outfitted rest stops, so you should give it a try.

As far as my mileage update for the year, I’m up to over 340 miles since Jan 1st. Not too bad, but it could definitely be better. With the Metric Century at the end of the month, my mileage will jump quite a bit.

…it’s a boy!!!… February 6, 2008

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Just got home from the hospital. Had a baby boy (well, my wife did – ok, we both did) on Feb 4th, 2006 at 8:10pm.

He weighed 10 lbs and 4.6 oz, and was 20.5 in long. Big kid… we thought he was going to graduate college he was in there so long. He went almost 42 weeks.

Everybody is resting tonight, I’ll post pictures tomorrow.