Ironman Training with Life, Marriage, Children & Work
Ironman Maryland — Roll On
This weekend I’ll try to get a short synopsis of the recent bike ride up here. In the meantime, a short anecdote and a set of photos follow.
As I mentioned below in a previous post, during the last segment of the ride I passed a large number of people. After a while, I decided to say something to each person. Maybe I could lift their spirits or bring a smile. The time between each pass became focused on what I would say to the next person. After I told a guy in an Army kit to Beat Navy, I rolled passed a woman with a Naval Academy jersey and told her, “Go Navy, Beat Army.” The most common phrase employed was some version of “keep rolling.” I don’t know why, I don’t know where it came from. A few times it stood on its own like an Ironman koan. Usually it was combined with some reference to the person’s kit, a song lyric or a remark about the weather and scenery which were both fantastic for riding. Roll on…
I didn’t quite softpedal, but I also didn’t push it above 170 watts for the first 10 minutes. It allowed me to fix my sleeves, take a drink and get settled for the morning.
The light was still soft at about 8.00 a.m.
The sleeves ended up being good for sun protection but I didn’t use them as coolers. If you dump water over them they act like mini air conditioners while they dry from the wind.
The first few miles were through neighborhoods on wide roads with several 90 degree turns.
After a while, all bike pictures start to look the same. The scenery however kept changing even though the majority of the ride was in the same preserve.
The conditions were great for riding. The sun came up and it got warm but never oppressive.
Is my saddle high enough? Perhaps I need a new fit.
When turning, look where you want to go.
After years and thousands of miles on this bike, I am undeniably comfortable on it.
The road had several turns — more than I expected from the course map.
My arms look like sausages. Good thing I don’t have body image issues.
Despite the roads remaining open, there was only one section of less than 10 miles where there was any car traffic of note.