Things to Come

Just a quick post to write down some cycling ideas for the coming months.

I ordered a new power meter from PowerTap the C1 model. I hope to have consistent power data when I ride on chip seal roads. It was an issue at Conquer the Coast ride in September. I’ll have to have Bicycle World RGV install it for me as I don’t have the tools.

Some rides that I’ve been mulling around in my head are A) Mission to Rio Grande City and back , B) Mission to Harlingen and back. Both are doable 60+ mile rides. Maybe I’ll break it up into an over night stay and ride back the next day. A simple credit card mini tour as they are known as.

I also want to do a ride outside of the Valley that I haven’t done before. I was hoping to go with a friend of mine but ever since she broke her toe, I don’t know if she is up to it or not. I’ll have to find someone else to go with if need be.

My Top Two Cycling Goals for 2015

It’s January 2015 and the start of a new year. Like everyone else, I too am reflecting on what I resolve to do for the year. There is the usual lose weight and get fitter but there is something more that I would like to do. Cycle a 100 miles (century ride) and see more of the valley on a bike are the top two cycling goals I would like to do for the year 2015.

I’ve always wanted to join the Century club ever since I tried the Hotter ‘n Hell 100 in Wichita Falls, Texas many years ago. I completed about 75 miles and had to stop because they were closing the course. Rules! Ever since then I wanted to try again but life keeps getting in the way. There are a ton of excuses that I could come up with but not this year. This year I think I got all the pieces together to get the job done. Training plan, indoor trainer if needed, route for the ride and determination.

My other goal is more touring the Rio Grande Valley on my bike. I still want to reach Rio Grande City safely and I might make a run for it. I’ll need some more planing and maybe a little help. If I can safely make it to Rio Grande City, I’ll take a look at trying for Falcon Lake. There is a great State park there that would make a great stay over trip.

If I go the other direction and head East towards the coast I have more options and friendlier roads to cycle on. There are several Wildlife Refuge as well a civil war battle field park that I always wanted to visit via cycling. I have gone to two of them with a group of cyclists but this time I want to do it solo on my schedule and pace.

Besides what I have mentioned, there are a lot of small towns that dot the area. I’m sure there is some good food to be had if I looked hard enough. Would be nice if I could make it to the beach but the causeway is closed to bikes unless it’s a special charity bike event.

In essence, I would like to do more longer rides and a full Century is a good way to start. I can’t think of a better way to drop the weight by exploring the Rio Grande Valley on a bike. With the Valley’s nearly year long subtropical weather I should have a good chance of achieving my two goals.

What are your resolutions for 2015? Drop a comment and let me know.