Weekly Stats for week ending March 27th, 2011

This is the last full week for the month of March and I’ll post the monthly totals in a few days. This weeks totals were boosted by the Share the Road cycling event that went through McAllen, after work on Tuesday. It was a 20 mile ride at a nice slow pace so that everyone could keep up as it was really blowing that day. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel the wind affect me all that much. My ride ended up being 26 miles as I had to ride to and from the starting point. Sundays ride was also a good one. Finally, less wind and more heat! Really got to sweat and get drenched. Passing those sprinklers, watering the lawns, was a cooling experience even though I never got wet.

Well, here are the weekly totals:

Harlingen Area

Harlingen and it's surrounding areas provide plenty of rural roads to go out and explore.
Almost a Century Ride91 milesEndurance ride with a stop at the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park at mile 38.

Ride Starts and stops at the Super 8 Motel parking lot at the corner of US 83 and FM 509.

Fun weather facts

Gusty winds and the month of March have been on my mind lately and that got me to thinking, is March really the windy season? Current belief is that it is, but I need data to show me the way. I had seen a historical wind chart for the Mission area before and I need to find it again. Google is my friend.

After a few minutes figuring out the correct search terms, I found what I was looking for at City-Data.com. This site has all sorts of facts and figures to look at from population, crime data, unemployment to weather data and much more. There is just a wealth of information, but I found what I was looking for at a section called, Average climate in Mission, Texas. Here is what I found:

  • Wind peaks in mid-March at an average of 14 mph
    • National average is at about 10 mph
  • Wind dips in September at an average of 9 mph
    • National average is at about 8 mph

In July you can expect the Daily High temperatures to reach close to 100 degrees while the national average is a cool 90 degrees.

Just something to think about when out cycling. Hydrate, sun screen lotion, shade and food will be important during those times when the sun is just beating down on you as you ride.



Weekly Stats ending on March 20th, 2011

Well, another windy week has come to a close and I managed to reach 114% of my goal of five hours. Yes, but I’m also tired. I also bought some new gloves this week as my old ones were tattered and long over due to be replaced. I’m also starting to eat something right at the forty minute mark. Eating something, such as a banana, seems to help me avoid the shakes due to low sugar levels.

Brownsville Area

Brownsville offers a lot to see both within the City and out on the rural roads, plus it's a lot closer to the beach than the mid-valley area!

Be sure to use Google Maps and turn on the Bike overlay for all the bike routes within the city limits in Brownsville. There are many routes to choose from that can get you across town.
Gladys Zoo to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park8 / 16 milesRoute starts and stops at the Southern Pacific Linear Park parking lot (across from the Zoo). Visit the zoo then head on over the Palo Alto Battlefield and take in the National Historic Park.

8 miles one-way, 16 miles total
Brownsville to Padre Island27 / 33 / 54 / 66 milesRoute starts in Brownsville and works it's way to Port Isabel on highway 100. The causeway is closed to cyclists unless it is a special cycling event. If it is an event you ride over to Claytons otherwise you can end the ride in Port Isabel or ride back to the starting point.

This is also known as the Pedal to Padre Bike Ride. Be prepared for windy conditions either going or coming back (and sometimes both ways). Be sure to top off your water bottle in Los Fresnos and/or carry a spare.

27 miles to Port Isabel, 54 miles round trip
33 miles to Claytons on the island, 66 miles round trip
Gladys Zoo to Los Fresnos12.3 / 24.6 milesRoute starts at the Southern Pacific Linear Park and follows the hike n bike trial past Palo Alto Battlefield park and continues on Paredes Line Road to the Valero at the corner of Peredes road and Highway 100.

12.3 miles one-way, 24.6 round trip.