Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cycling Humor

Some excerpts I came a crossed with...I really got a kick out of these, hope you too

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1. A tandem rider is stopped by a police car. "What've I done, officer?" asks the rider. "Perhaps you didn't notice sir, but your wife fell off your bike half a mile back". "Oh, thank God for that," says the rider - "I thought I'd gone deaf!

2. A tired cyclist stuck his thumb out for a lift: After 3 hours, hadn't got anyone to stop. Finally, a guy in a sports car pulled over and offered him a ride. But the bike wouldn't fit in the car. The driver got some rope out of the trunk and tied it to his bumper. He tied the other end to the bike and told the rider: "If I go too fast, ring your bell and I'll slow down. Everything went well until another sports car blew past them. The driver forgot all about the cyclist and put his foot down. A short distance down the road, they hammered through a speed trap. The cop with the radar gun and radioed ahead that he had 2 sports cars heading his way at over 150 mph. He then relayed, "and you're not going to believe this, but there's a cyclist behind them ringing his bell to pass!".

3. Jack and Jill have just climbed Le Alp de Huez on a tandem: "Phew that was a tough climb" said Jack "Thought I was going to bonk". "Yeah good job I kept the brakes on" said Jill "or we'd have slid all the way back down!"

- Your bikes are worth more than your car.
- You hear someone had a crash and your first question is "How's the bike?".
- You have stopped even trying to explain to your other half why you need more than one just go buy another one and figure it will all work out in the divorce settlement.
- You have more money invested in your bike clothes than in the rest of your combined wardrobe.
- “Four cheeseburgers and four large French Fries” is for you.
- You see a fit, tanned, Lycra-clad young thing ride by, and the first thing you check out is his or her bicycle.
- Despite all that winter weight you put on, you'll take-off weight by buying titanium components.
- You use wax on your chain, AND on your legs.
- Your current bike is older than your grown up children.
- You yell "Car!" when passing another car, and "Bump!" when you see a pothole - while driving your car.
- Your bike has more miles on its computer then your car's odometer.
- When you move to a new area the first thing you look for is a bike shop.
- You clean your bike(s) more often than your house.
- You put your bike in your car and the value of the total package increases by a factor of 4 (or better).
- You can't seem to get to work by 8:30 AM, even for important meetings, but you don't have any problems at all meeting your mates at 5:30 AM for a hundred-miler.
- Your New Year’s resolution is to put more miles on your bike than your car, and you do it.
- You can tell your other half, with a straight face that it's too hot to mow the lawn and then bike off for a century.
- You know your cadence, but you have no idea what your speed is.
- When driving your car, you lean over the steering wheel, just like an aerobar.
- Your kids bring a rear derailleur to "Show & Tell".
- Your car sits outside your garage because your garage is full of bikes and cycling gear.
- You wear your heart monitor to bed to make sure you stay within your target zone during any extracurricular activities.
- You're too tired for hanky-panky on a Friday night but pump out a five-hour century on Saturday.
- There is no time like the present, for postponing what you ought to be doing, and go bicycling instead.
- You no longer require a hankie to blow your nose. SNOT ROCKET!
- You smile at your evening date, and she politely points out that you seem to have bugs in your teeth.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Week 3: Davis Stampede ½ M training continues

Below is what my training program calls for, total of 29 miles:

Monday: Easy run 4 mi @ 8:49
Tuesday: Easy run 3 mi @ 8:49
Wednesday: Speed interval 6 mi incl warm up; 4 mi @ 7:26; Cool
Thursday: Easy run 3 mi @ 8:49
Friday: Rest
Saturday: long run 13 mi @ 8:49
Sunday: Rest

However, the above plan didn’t turn out the way it’s supposed to be due weather condition and I did the best I can just to keep the legs moving:

Monday: Bike 20 mi
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Easy run 4.5 mi
Thursday: Bike 16 mi
Friday: Core Workout (P90X ab ripper)
Sunday: Bike 26 mi

It’s getting hard for me to follow my training plan due to constant rain. But on the good note, it also opens up something that I need to be doing aside from running. This helps me to focus on cross training which sadly been neglected when I was training for my marathon last year. So for those days that I didn’t run, I rode. Personally it helps to stimulate some of the muscles that I haven’t been using during my runs and it gave my running muscles a break to recover. It still gave me the endurance training and I’m pretty happy about that. Though I missed some of the short runs during the week, I make sure that I do my long run of 13 miles within the required pace or at least a bit faster. The 13 mi run that Saturday was a challenge due to strong winds and the fact that I got nobody to run with was already a torture. I changed my route just to see new things and hoping to bump with someone along the way...nah didn’t happen, guess I’m the only crazy guy running that timeJ

I still have a month to go before the race and I still need to lose 7 lbs before hitting my ideal race weight of 160 lbs. We’ll see what next week may bring, it seems that we will be getting some break from the rain…its going be a good week.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Asics: Gel Nimbus 17 Review

Last week, I had the opportunity to test out the Asics Gel Nimbus 17 from a friend of mine who is also reviewing shoes on his blog. I initially ran it for a short 5 mile tempo and it feels like that the shoes were begging for more miles. So I asked if I could try them one more time on my 13 mi training run that weekend. I was thrilled and I can honestly say that the shoes didn't disappoint. So let's dive in and know the shoes better:

The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 has won the Runner's World Editor's Choice in June 2015. They are considered a Neutral shoes; so if you have high arches and need minimal support then the neutral shoes are for you. The shoes weigh in at 10.8 ounces and a heel to toe drop of 10mm ( Heel height: 23mm, Forefoot height: 13mm). I normally wear a size 10 but the product I tested was 10.5. I thought my feet would be sliding up but that wasn't the case, they really felt like a size 10 to me. So consider going a half size up when trying out these shoes. Better yet, go try them on instead of ordering on-line.
The upper is made of seamless Fluidfit construction that feels like you are wearing a glove-like fit, so you can say goodbye to blister. It also offers the breathability and moisture management system to keep your feet cool and dry, so that you can enjoy the run mile after mile. The Heel Clutch system is another plus that hugs my heel for full support and eliminates the chafing that other shoes may cause. Additional features are how the eyelets are independently placed so you can easily put tension on areas where needed. This is a big deal for me since my feet tend to be sensitive when it comes to lacing.
In my opinion this is the heart and soul of every shoe. This is where the rubber meets the road (literally). The shoes are considered a level 5"maximum cushioned" shoes and you can feel it with the new FluidRide that extends from forefoot to rear foot. The outsole material is still the same with Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) throughout the heel area that makes it durable so the shoes can handle all the miles you're putting in.

The Ride
To make a fair and unbiased assessment, I ran a total of 18 miles. The shoe is comfortable, cushiony and the support is not sloppy. The width on the forefoot is average, not constricting but neither is it particularly roomy. The heel feels firm but it actually have enough cushion to support my landing. I immediately noticed how cushy the forefoot was during my run and it felt like that there was a good rebound of energy going out every stride I made. My feet didn't feel beat up at the end of the run and no soreness on my knees. The only complaint I have is the weight which I think is a bit heavy but overall the shoes perform well.

My Verdict

There are so much to discuss about the specs and every detail these shoes have to offer, but I will save that for you. What I covered are the things that I immediately noticed during my 18 miles total run and what stood out the most in my opinion. The shoes sell for $150 which I think is a bit steep but you can find them cheaper in Amazon for as low as $109. The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 isn't the kind of shoes I'd use for all my runs due to weight which I think is still a bit heavy despite the fact that they already reduced it on this versionBut I would highly consider and recommend these for short tempo and easy runs. The shoes are well constructed and deserve the recognition they received last summer. Give them a try and let me know what you think.