Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Rockingham rail trail

 I decided to kick off the long weekend with a ride on the Rockingham rail trail.  The unpaved path runs from Manchester to Newfields NH.  I have either run or biked on all of the trail but never all in one ride.  My goal was to complete the 51 miles from Auburn (Lake Massebessic) to Ash Swamp Road in Newfields (end of the line) and back in less than 4 hours.  Depending on how it went I figured I'd add on the extra distance from Auburn to Manchester and back...and maybe even a little more if I was close to 100 km (62.2 miles).

It was a bit chilly and dark when I hit the trail at 5 am.




I rolled along pretty easily with no issues except being careful to dismount on a couple of the steep tunnel entrances.  I did have a calf bothering me a bit and my hands were freezing for the first 1 hour.




I hit the end of the trail 1:53 and 25.5 miles after I started. So I was a little ahead of schedule, although truth told this was the easier part as it drops 400' from the highest point to the turn.  I was warming up as the temps rose through the 50's and 60's and would eventually hit the low 70's by 10am.  I was back through 51 miles in 3:44 which meant I came back a bit quicker despite the steady uphill.  I had time so I continued on adding on the short out/back to Manchester and then did 3 miles on the roads to get the "metric century".






I finished the day with a nice visit to Dunkins...

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Outdoor rides

 A few of my longest outdoor bike rides have been this week (I've done a few over 100 indoors and I've done a lot of rides over 50k on the ElliptiGo outside).  The 53.1 mile ride on Memorial Day was AFTER I'd already ridden for an hour indoor on the Go (14m) and I added another 5m on my Bianchi road bike right after finishing...so the day was a total of 72.2 miles in 5.5 hours.  Good training for the next adventure!




Monday, May 29, 2023

Top 25 weeks of biking miles

 Nearly a third of my "big mileage" weeks have been during this current injury.  I'll never hit the top10 again (those were done during the time I was working from home) :-)

This week was a solid 461 miles and with the Elliptical time added in I got a total of 30 hours in.  My first week of 30 hours during this injury.




Thursday, May 25, 2023

Outside biking

I do most of my biking in the basement (it is more consistent, not weather dependent, and I can read/watch TV). 

I've got some longer outside rides on the ElliptiGo, but here are my longest outside bike rides:

 

Rank

Dist

Date

Time

MPH

Bike

Location

1

100.0

8/20/2022

6:44:20

14.8

Giant touring

Blazing Saddles

2

82.0

9/19/2020

6:49:25

12.0

Giant touring

Cross NH Adventure Trail

3

81.6

9/23/2013

5:42:13

14.3

Bianchi Strada

Notch

4

58.1

7/3/2020

4:08:17

14.0

Giant touring

Northern Rail Trail

5

55.0

11/20/2007

5:30:00

10.0

Giant Boulder SE

Big Loop

6

43.5

11/11/1997

2:38:00

16.5

Bianchi Strada

Loop from home

7

42.0

11/10/1997

2:32:00

16.6

Bianchi Strada

Loop from home

8

40.0

5/20/2023

2:39:57

15.0

Giant touring

Out/back on four rail trails

9

38.8

7/26/2014

3:21:09

11.6

Giant Boulder SE

Presidential RT

10

35.9

11/22/2019

2:32:29

14.1

Giant Boulder SE

Martha's Vineyard

11

34.0

5/18/1997

2:04:00

16.5

Bianchi Strada

Cape RT

12

34.0

5/17/1997

2:01:00

16.9

Bianchi Strada

Cape RT

13

33.8

11/30/1997

2:01:00

16.8

Bianchi Strada

Route 108

14

31.1

5/13/2023

2:51:00

10.9

Giant Touring

Jefferson notch road

15

31.0

11/17/2019

2:19:33

13.3

Giant Boulder SE

Martha's Vineyard

16

30.7

3/29/2023

2:00:00

15.4

Giant touring

Van Fleet (Florida)

 

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Biggest weeks biking

I’ve been dealing with a hamstring issue over the last 9 weeks, and the last 7 have seen me on the bike.  Although not my most impressive weeks for mileage, six of those weeks are in the top 18 weeks for total mileage.  The mileage is a bit less since I’m taking time at work to use the elliptical and I’m also mixing it up on the indoor elliptiGo trainer.  I don’t count the elliptical mileage and the Go miles are much slower than the spin bike (14 mph average compared to 22 mph).  Mostly I’m encouraged by the TIME per week that I’m getting.  By week:  16:06, 18:31, 25:39, 26:39, 29:31, 29:22, 29:11.

 

29 hours is probably the maximum I can get in and the 3am wake up time is a bit of a grind.

 

Rank

Week Starting

Distance

Average

1

12/20/21

743.21

106.2

2

12/06/21

714.00

102.0

3

12/13/21

709.38

101.3

4

11/29/21

700.90

100.1

5

12/27/21

684.69

97.8

6

11/22/21

609.57

87.1

7

1/3/2022

591.40

84.5

8

12/02/19

552.70

79.0

9

11/15/21

552.69

79.0

10

7/18/2022

524.74

75.0

11

8/1/2022

519.40

74.2

12

7/25/2022

504.75

72.1

13

4/17/2023

492.30

70.3

14

4/24/2023

472.50

67.5

Not counting Elliptical and also ran 9 miles over 3 days

15

5/1/2023

466.50

66.6

Not counting Elliptical

16

5/15/2023

448.80

64.1

Not counting Elliptical

17

11/08/21

427.50

61.1

18

05/08/23

424.50

60.6

Not counting Elliptical

19

11/25/19

407.70

58.2

20

02/10/20

402.00

57.4

21

01/01/20

401.90

57.4

22

11/18/19

401.80

57.4

23

7/11/2022

397.00

56.7

6 days

24

4/10/2023

390.10

55.7

25

01/08/20

383.00

54.7

26

09/15/19

380.80

54.4

27

01/15/20

369.20

52.7

28

11/11/19

360.70

51.5

29

02/15/21

349.00

49.9

30

08/08/22

333.90

47.7

31

02/22/21

333.40

47.6

32

4/3/2023

324.80

46.4

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

MRI - hamstring

Distal semitendinosus tendon tear, complete tear with gap of approximately 3 cm.  The tendon is limitedly retracted.

 

Fully torn hamstring at the insertion.  The doctor has never seen anyone ever tear this ligament.  The semitendinosus is the one they harvest when they repair an ACL.  No surgery is done for this.  PT, EPAT treatment (pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism and enhance blood circulation to accelerate the healing process).  I’ll be out probably until the end of the summer (which hasn’t even started yet!) and maybe able to race in 2024.