Monday, June 28, 2010

I just received my new RoadID and l WILL be wearing it from now on when I travel, go to the gym, ride my bike, run, work on the highway, and pretty much anything else I might do and could become incapacitated and need medical attention. This product could save my life.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tour De Beach 2010 Team FBC Foley Formed!

I just went to the Bike MS website and formed the Team FBC Foley team to ride in the Tour De Beach 2010. A worthy cause to raise money and support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Please come and join in the fun or donate to help a great cause, or even better do both. Hope to see you guys soon.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Beach Ride by mhare2001 at Garmin Connect - Details

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Nice beach ride with a friend from church today! We got out before the temperatures really went through the roof. The only down side was a bike malfunction that forced us to shorten the ride to about 14 mile. The beaches seem ok today and scenery was nice, a good day for a bike ride!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Training Ride to Jesse's and back.

Today's early morning ride took me to Jesse's and back down CR 26. The weather was a cool 90 degrees with a heat index of 102 and the winds out of the NE at 8. I think this was the first time I had a problem with sweat poring down my nose and getting into my eyes, in the past it always evaporated off, man that burns! Nutrition for today was a GU Orange Burst at 45 minutes into the ride and a PowerBar Protein Plus Vanilla Yogurt post ride to recover, I needed more fuel I was running out of gas at about 1:20 and it was a struggle to 2 hours. Stats are 2 hours 35 miles 2013 calories burned at an average speed of 17.5 maxing out at 29.4. My heart rate was 151 average and max at 166 with a average cadence of 89 and max of 108.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

#03 Tour of California Part 2

#03 Tour of California Part 2

Cervelo Beyond the Peloton...

Good Stuff

Beach Ride

I got up and road the beach route today, traveling 34 miles in 1:55 burning 1967 in calories. My average speed was 17.7 and I had a max of 35.8 mph going down the Perdido Bridge, cool! The weather was a hot 87 degrees with a heat index of 96, another day of extreme hydration.

This ride brought to mind another community activist issue I think needs to be addressed in our area, people blocking the bike lane. The bike lane is not a parking area, not a garbage can storage area, but a designated travel lane for cyclists. You would not leave your trash can or park in the middle of the street, so why do people not respect the bike lane? My question is, if this causes an accident will the owner of the trash can or vehicle that contributed to the crash be cited? If they are not cited, can they still be sued for negligence?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Multiple Sclerosis Society Bike Ride

Anyone up for a ride for the Multiple Sclerosis Society? Ride lengths are from 45 miles up to 100 miles Saturday and or 45 to 75 miles Sunday. I will be riding an if anyone is interested we can form a team and raise a little money for a worthy cause. Entry Fee is $30 and then a pledge to raise additional funds. Let me know.

More information is available at the following link. Tour De Beach September 18-19 2010 Orange Beach Alabama

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Early Beach Ride

Road with a friend from church Monday morning at O Dark Thirty having a wonderful time riding the beach road from Gulf Shores to the west end of the beach, then back to the bridge at Perdido Pass and back to Gulf Shores. It was good ride averaging 15 mph and I maintained a 126 bpm heart rate. This was a much needed training ride at a pace that I can sustain for extremely long periods of time. (limited to my ability to stay in the saddle)

The scenery is always great at the beach, white sandy beaches with sea oats waving you by and lots of people out for there early morning walk, jog, or ride. The beach life has it's perks. It appears the state is able to keep up with the inflow of oil to the beach so tourism seems to be surviving the terrible disaster happening out in the gulf, lets keep on praying!

We talked about riding the Tour De Beach ride coming up in September hopefully we can form a team of couple of riders and have a good showing.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rideyellow 2010 Bike Ride by mhare2001 at Garmin Connect - Details

Rideyellow 2010 Bike Ride by mhare2001 at Garmin Connect - Details (Click For Details)

I road the Rideyellow 2010 bike ride in Bay Minette Alabama today, wow what a great ride! Started at around 7 this morning and ended around 9, brutally hot but very fulfilling! I was battling the ending effects of a cold but survived nonetheless.

Todays nutrition was started with a Clif Mojo bar and a PowerBar Energy Bar for breakfast and supplemented during the ride with an assortment of GU products including a package of GU Chomps. I also mixed two bottles of Heed strawberry energy drinks and used a GU recovery drink post ride. The word of the day was HYDRATE the heat and humidity was very high with a blazing hot sun beating down all morning, but with the drinks I brought, along with a few fill-ups from the hydration stops everything worked out great.

I also road with the Hincapie Tour of California Jersey and came to the conclusion that George Hincapie makes some of the best cloths for cycling in the industry, definitely two thumbs up. It was cool and dry the whole ride and the look wasn't bad either. Thanks George for a nice jersey.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Training Ride by mhare2001 at Garmin Connect - Details

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Training ride with the Hinecapie Jersey, this was my second time and I can say that it is definitely a drier jersey, but not quite as comfortable as the Castelli jerseys I have been wearing. I give a thumbs up to the Hinecapie Jersey.

I fueled up with Powerbar Products today, having a Triple Threat Energy Bar Caramel Peanut Fusion pre-ride followed by a PowerBar ProteinPlus protein bar Vanilla Yogurt. Both tasted great and I feel helped me complete the ride with fuel in the tank and no hunger pains.

The ride conditions were some of the hottest of the year 96 degrees with a heat index of 111 and winds from the south @ 6mph. I started the ride a around 12 noon.

Oil Spill From the Deep Horizon at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Interesting trip to the beach yesterday to take a few photos, I happen to run into two other photographers one from New Jersey shooting stock for one of the large stock agencies and another from a Northern Alabama News Paper, who I know through mutual friends and come to find out having shot for the same paper a few years ago.

Two State Troopers did not want them going to the beach to take photos accosted both photographers. My friend said the Troopers followed him from the main road to the parking area and told him that Tomorrow NO ONE is getting down here to take pictures. The other photographer relayed a similar story, making the comment that BP had hired the State Troopers to suppress the story. I guess the reason the troopers did not bother me was that I was walking to the beach and had my family with me; I did not look like a reporter.

More Photos

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Back from an early morning training ride after getting in late last night, I ran out of juice at about an hour, skipped breakfast to start today and did not take any supplements with me. But overall I was able to manage a 17.6 average speed for a 23.67 quick ride before heading home to start a catch up day from traveling all week. Weather was hot and humid at 83 degrees and winds from the southeast at 6. Good ride to clear the head and start the day. I wore my Castelli FY jersey and Bontriger bibs both are holding up well and I am very satisfied with there performance.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Completion of Zipvit Nutrition Supplements Evaluation

Today's ride was a grueling 40 mile ride with a strong headwind on the way home, tiring but satisfying. I completed my evaluation of the Zipvit products today Starting with a ZV8 Yogurt Peach Apricot Energy Bar for Breakfast, not bad, this is the best tasting bar I tried from Zipvit. Then 30 minutes In I had half a pack of ZV10 Black Cherry Energy Chews chased with ZV1 Fruit Punch Elite Energy Drink. Next at 70 minutes in I finished off the package of Chews, starting to feel the fatigue, but I did get a boost of power from the supplements. Two hours in I used my ZV7 Black Currant Energy Gel for a pick-me-up to carry me home for a 2 hour and 22 minute 40.26 mile ride.

This completes my evaluation of the Zipvit products and overall I was satisfied with the performance and would recommend to other riders, but I will probably not purchase anymore for my own personal use. This is always subject to change.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Nutrition Update

Had a good 32 mile ride today, started off with a Zipvit Zv8 Energy Bar for breakfast followed by a GU Energy Gel Vanilla 3o minutes into my ride followed by a GU Energy Gel Espresso Love at 70 minutes into the ride. The Zipvit taste was great but these bars are a little dry for my personal preference but it filled me up and I was not hungry during the ride. The GU Energy Gel Vanilla Orange Roctane tastes great and definitely added a kick at the 30 minute mark followed by the Espresso Love to help carry me home. Could of used a little more carbs towards the end but I made it home fine. Latter in the day I hit the Hammer Electrolyte Drink for an afternoon pick-me-up. Overall my impression of the Energy supplements are positive but I seem to be hovering towards the GU products. More to follow.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just back from a 30 mile ride, used the GU Roctane Blueberry Pomegranate for a quick kick to start the ride, nice flavor and easy going down followed by the GU Energy Gel Lemon Sublime at 50 minutes into the ride. Both were flavorful and easy to swallow. I would recommend both products.