Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Brought to you by the number 15

It still may be allergies affecting me, but I took some OTC drugs last night and felt ten times better this morning. However, I went to bed with the worst stomach ache and felt like throwing up. I dealt with stomach issues every time I ate this weekend, but thought that was gone! What in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is going on?

I went into school this morning but was only there for a short time. I just had the hardest time being productive and there is still so much to do. Afterwards I had to hit up scheels for an air pump for my bike. I noticed the last time I rode that my back tire was getting a bit low.

Once I filled the tires, I changed and was out to enjoy the sunny day! I just realized that no matter how hard I try to avoid it, there is always going to be the issue of wind. I also realized that in ND, no matter what direction the wind is blowing, your going to feel it whether you are going north, south, east, or west. The wind today was only 8mph out of the WNW direction and when I was heading north at one point I ALMOST fell off my bike. For reals. for really reals. On that stretch of the road, the speed limit was 40 and it happened right after a huge semi-truck passed me. I am sure it had to do with the combination of the wind and the truck passing me.

But, I pushed hard through this ride and reached an average speed I have never reached before! 15 miles per hour! I was so pumped. At one point I was averaging 16 for about 5 minutes, but then the wind got the best of me.

Cheers to a beautiful Tuesday!

OCN: 10.8 miles, 43:36, avg. 15 mph
81 degrees, winds from WNW at 8mph, UV index 7

Today's Song: P.Diddy (featuring Keyshia Cole, Pharrell, & T.I.) - Last Night
(in sidebar)

22 comments:

Stef said...

NICE WORK on the bike!!!!!

IronGambit said...

do you run to that song?

Marcy said...

Ooohhh awesome job on the bike chica! Sounded brutal.

I love that song. Diddy annoys the sheet outta me but I *heart* Keyshia so she makes up for his lame a-- LOL

Jess said...

It is pretty windy out on those plains!

Molly said...

whoooo-hoooo on the ride!
take care

L*I*S*A said...

Stellar work on the bike. I need to get me one of those speedomters. ;)

Wes said...

Excellent work! I hope the allergies are scared of you now :-)

P.S. You need to check your tires before EVERY ride!!

Borsch said...

Way to work the bike!

Kevin said...

Great job on the bike

Brian said...

good ride, it's adversity that makes you stronger or at least whats what I keep telling myself.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Nice cycling. You're taking it by the horns and just going!

mangotriathlete said...

Woo-hoo! NICE job on the bike pushing through the wind! Wind on the bike terrifies me (fear of falling increases) so I'm extra impressed. Do you have that worry?
Oh, thanks for the pointer about the pushup challenge - I'm going to look at the site this morning and hope my puny arms can handle it :-)

jahowie said...

Great job on the bike!!

Ms. Math said...

Oh yes, the lovely wind! :P

Colleen said...

Great job on the bike... I hate the wind so I probably shouldn't consider moving to ND huh?!?! :)

jkrunning said...

Sounds like you & this bike are getting along. I'll get one some day.

Annette said...

15 mph!!! Nice average. I'm impressed. Watch out for those semis - Yikes!

By the way, school has not started yet. Stay out of the classroom! :)

ncrunner12 said...

Nice ride, I so have to get a bike. I know what you mean when it comes to the wind... I feel the same way ever time I get on the golf course.

Runner Leana said...

I hear ya on the wind, it is like that here too! Did you just buy a pump for your bike now? Wes mentioned it below but you should check and inflate your tires before every ride... Glad you are enjoying that bike though!

M*J*C said...

That's some serious speed! Good for you!!! Hope your allergy stuff is all gone!

Erin Leigh said...

Great job!!!! Sorry about your scare but you pushed through.

David said...

Nice ride! Yeah, when you start going faster, you always have a head wind. Unless you are riding in some CRAZY wind, in which case you probably don't want to turn around and ride back.

BTW, a good bike pump is important to have. I top off my tires before every ride, and they always lose a few PSI, even overnight.