It’s been so exciting to find my #bikelove again over the last couple of months! Last year didn’t work out like I had hoped it would, so now I’m itching to get out on two wheels this spring as soon as I can to make up for lost fun.
I want to hit the ground ready to pedal a decent distance this spring, so I decided to subscribe to TrainerRoad in order to get in better shape and keep things interesting in the basement while I wait for the snow to melt. I’ve loving it! It was easy to download and setup…I did experience a bit of confusion regarding the virtual power aspect after doing the first FTP test. I emailed support on a Saturday evening and heard back within minutes. Not only did he take a look at my FTP test and told me what I had forgotten to hook up, but he gave me links to some beginner articles from their website to help me get to know TrainerRoad better.
There are numerous training programs that you can choose from according to your goals and time availability to train. I would love to ride everyday, but with three active kids and a knee condition that seems to act up if I ride too frequently-I have settled on a low volume (3x per week) base program. Some of the programs also have great tips via text that pops up on the screen to give you motivation. It is so fun! If the kids are in the basement with me-I talk and interact with them between the harder intervals. If I get to ride on Wednesday morning when my youngest is in preschool from 9:30am to 11:45am, I turn on the music channel pretty much full blast as I ride and love it.
At this point, I’ve decided that I don’t want to race or do repetitive rides this summer. I’m not able to get out as often as I would like because family and kid stuff comes first, so I want to really enjoy it when I do find the time (and good weather!!) to ride. This summer will focus more on bike touring-think the documentary Inspired to Ride without the roadside camping 😉 I’m going to pick some fun areas to explore for a day trip, print out maps, wait until the weather is working in my favour, and take off when it works for me. I was considering a couple of gran fondos, but the problem is that they are super expensive and if the weather is crap-I’m not going to have any fun. I don’t want to be locked into anything so I can go do a long ride on a gorgeous day and not have to worry about messing up a training schedule.
Now that I have my plan for the season and am happily working hard on building my bike fitness, it’s time to have a bit of fun! I decided to give Sweet Caroline a bit of a makeover today. The accessories that came on the bike were white…which looked lovely at first, but it has been getting pretty grubby over the years. Since my cycling will be going in a different direction this year, my bike should look a little different too!
Here is Sweet Caroline nearly two years ago when the bar tape was looking ok:
Here is the mid-point mess. Yes, that’s blood on a tissue…it seems derailleurs are sharp:
The makeover complete with a new Lezyne Mini GPS computer! Doesn’t she look pretty??
I’m also going to look around for a small handlebar bag for the front when I’m riding far from home or my vehicle so I can carry more stuff with me. I already installed a hand pump for emergencies on Sweet C in case I mess up with the CO2 canister. I will need more practice changing flats and will pick up a patch kit/multi-tool as well. I want to be self-sufficient and most importantly-SAFE-on the roads.
We are supposed to get some warmer temperatures this weekend, so I plan to give her a good cleaning out the deck. Sweet C’s cassette, derailleurs, and chain could use a bit of de-griming.
WHEN WILL SPRING GET HERE??????
**If you are on Strava, I would love to have more friends to follow on there-my name is Amy Matthews from Calgary.