Archive for April, 2009

Pretour Training Challenge Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Today I encountered wind I could barely bike into. It even brought down a couple branches around me. Plus, I spent half my effort just maintaining lane position. I’m starting to think that wind is the cyclists top performance and safetly enemy, except if you’re a Fernandez brother during the next two weeks. In that case, your enemy is your brother. That is to say, with a short few weeks until the big event, it’s time to motivate training with a little friendly competition. We will be tracking miles ridden through May 11th. As a gesture of nondescrimination in training routines, running miles will be credit three times towards cycling. This post will be updated with progress. Let’s make the Provincetown tour look easy!


Course Change Monday, April 27th, 2009

Our original course was dictated by expected living arrangements. As these have changed, so have the course plans. Henceforth, the goal will be Londonderry, NH to Provincetown, MA, a jaunt that Google paces out at 316miles round-trip. While this cuts a few miles off the overall achievment, these can easily be replaced with auxilliary excursions as suits our mood. Advantages include anticipated smoother riding along the MA east coast, the option to ride through Boston, and the chance to prove that Provincetown is only a ride away from my front door.

Interstate Bike Ride Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Map Interstate RidingNew York is doing fine. I checked on her today. She is still there. I figured why do a intrastate ride when I could do a interstate ride. It was my first ride by myself. There was alot of hills toward the middle of my ride. I set out to do a 25 mile loop but after riding 15.5 miles out and not seeing my turnaround point I decided to turn back and thus no loop. Here are my riding states for the day.

Time: 2hours 38minutes
Distance: 31.1 miles
Top Speed: 35 mph
Elevation: 900ft total ascent

I felt pretty good the entire ride. I didnt stop or really feel a need to rest. There is a difference when you are not carrying any load. I will go out again this weekend.

My thoughts Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I couldnt have recaped our weekend any better. I would add that my body is very sore especially my bottom. I rushed back to stamford on monday to make class and just as I was pulling into the parking garage a girl rolled through a stop sign and I got into my 5th accident with the celica. SWEET! However, despite the conclusion the weekend was great, and I believe devon and I are well prepared for our cape cod adventure. I will continue to put my winter sleeping bag to good use.

Trial Run Monday, April 20th, 2009
All Loaded Up For The First Time

All Loaded Up For The First Time

This weekend we loaded up our bikes for the first time with the gear we plan to use on our cape trip and had a trial run. This was our chance to evaluate lightweight hammock shelters, bike packing techniques, and our ability to achieve the required distances.  It was a successful and enjoyable weekend, but not without challenges …


bIKE! Monday, April 20th, 2009
Isaac's Bike - Brand New

Isaac's Bike - Brand New

On Friday, Isaac came to NH and became the owner of a Metallic Black 2009 Trek 7.3 FX! It’s very similar to my bike, but has  frame forming improvements, upgraded components, and a slicker finish.  Convenietly, it came equipped with road tires similar to those I’ve swapped on my bike. We added a matching rack, and lighting.  It was a clear, warm day and we started wearing it in immediately with a smooth 15mi bike trail ride .

Packing List: Sleeping Bag Friday, April 17th, 2009
Sleeping Bag Label
Sleeping Bag Label

My camping gear consists primarily of items inherited from a previous generation.  My usual sleeping bag is a time-honored Coleman design featuring a drab green exterior and a comfy flannel lining with a red and tan print of birds and wildlife that I think is intended to evoke memories of an autumn hunt.  (more…)

Still in class Monday, April 13th, 2009

Well im still in finance class and it is 10:10pm and the professor is talking about co variance he just said he has one more thing… lets just say i am glad dad bought me starcraft 8 years ago. I got a bunny too. It went to the office and people got a kick out of it. I will be done in 72 hours. I cant wait. Thank you grandma and grandpa for the card.

Happy Easter! Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Easter Bunny Bike

Spill Saturday, April 11th, 2009
My cold weather glove protected my hand from this scrape :) 


My cold weather glove protected my hand from this scrape :)

I’m happy that we’re thawing out, but I would really like to reschedule the rain for weekdays.  There’s more rain coming this weekend.  Last weekend I went for a spill off of my bike just as it hit the lifetime 500 mile mark.  My hands were well protected by my gloves, but I don’t think they’re “windproof” anymore :)  Taking it easy this week to recover I logged only about 30 miles.  But, I do have some new equipment in hand to talk about soon and it’s less than a week until Isaac’s bike shopping day!!