Thursday, August 28, 2014

Last Days of Summer

August has been a great cycling month for me!  There were my morning coffee rides which were awesome because of the beautiful summer mornings and sunshine and of course the reward of coffee at the half way point.  Then there were my long weekend rides, all along scenic views like the Sumner to Alki ride where I had lunch with a spectacular view which looked out across the sound to the Seattle sky line.  Then there were the Sumner to Gig Harbor rides, with a magnificent view from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  I also participated in the inaugural south end "All Girls Ride".  FUN!  And of course my big big ride the RSVP.  Ride from Seattle to Vancouver BC and Party!  A two day ride which started at 6 AM on Friday, August 15th from the University of Washington's parking lot to Bellingham, WA with a total of 110 miles to my hotel.  And from Bellingham to Vancouver on day two with a total distance of 82 miles.  I'm always sad when my summer break ends and I'm back at work but on the bright side I go back with a great bank of memories of wonderful rides that will get me through the long winter months.  Summer 2014 was a super cycling season!  :-)

 Sumner to Gig Harbor
 Sumner to Kent Station for coffee

 Sumner to Alki for lunch
 Morning ride from Sumner to Kent

 2014 RSVP, Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th

 Sumner to South Prairie for coffee

Inaugural all girls ride from Sumner to Gig Harbor

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Sumner to Gig Harbor

Yesterday, August 2nd, I joined Patty and Rick on their ride from Sumner to Gig Harbor and back.  We met at the Fred Meyer parking lot at 8:00 AM.  There were 23 riders including myself on this beautiful summer morning.  We set off and rode from Sumner through Puyallup into Tacoma.  We passed Stadium High School on our way to the Ruston Way waterfront.  The highlight of the ride was riding over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.  I love riding over this bridge.  The views are always spectacular!  After we crossed the bridge we headed to Olympic Village shopping center where we stopped for our mid ride break.  On our return ride we had to go down South 25th Street hill that runs through Tacoma.  It's very steep with a traffic light at every single corner and of course we caught every light!  We finished off on flat roads back through Puyallup and into Sumner.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Vashon Island Ride

Every summer I take the Point Defiance Ferry to Vashon Island and take a bike ride around the isle.  I did my ride this summer on Friday, July 18th.  The day started out with a very light marine layer that burned away quickly.  By the time I arrived at the ferry dock the sun was peeking through.  The crossing is only 15 minutes and once docked I exited the ferry and began climbing.  My first visit was to Maury Island and Point Robinson to see the lighthouse.  To get to the lighthouse meant a lot of climbing but with a sweet reward of an awesome downhill to Robinson Park.  After my visit and numerous picture taking I left and began my climb back up and out of Robinson Park.  I decided not to visit the bike in the tree this trip because I have seen it many times and I have countless pictures of it so I continued on until I came to the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie where I took a nice break and enjoyed a wonderful dark chocolate mocha.  My ride continued to the north end of the island where I screamed down a 21% grade to the Vashon North End Ferry Terminal.  After a short break I climbed back up that hill I flew down.  Believe me coming down was a lot more pleasant and fun then the climbing up and out was.  I finished my adventure on Vashon by riding around the west side of the island back to the south end and the Tahlequah dock where I caught the ferry back to Point Defiance.  What a great day on both my bike and the island.  

Monday, July 07, 2014

Summer Start 2014

June was a busy month.  I finished the CTS series, riding the last ride of the series on July 5th.  It was a celebration ride.  We did the 50 mile full lake loop with a BBQ at the finish.  It was a beautiful day and a great ride.  In the month of June Joe, Jackie, and me visited my sister and her husband in Basalt, CO where I got to ride on the Rio Grande trail from my sister's house to Aspen and back.  Forty miles out and back on a beautiful trail with gorgeous views of rivers and mountains of the Aspen country side.  We were only there for three days so I didn't get to ride on some of the roads I wanted to but I will be back to visit again and for a much longer time so I can ride all the roads!  After Basalt we drove through Wyoming and into Montana where we visited Joe's brothers and sister before heading back home.  

I will be riding as much as I can through July and August both leading rides and riding on my own too.  I have one big ride this summer the RSVP on August 15th and 16th.  Start is in Seattle.  On day one we cycle to Bellingham on day two we continue on to Vancouver, BC.  This will be my first RSVP and I am looking forward to it very much.

I've also been doing a lot of riding in my neighborhood.  The weather has been beautiful.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Busy Spring

What a busy busy spring I had on my bike!  In the month of March I finished the GR2R ( Getting Ready to Ride series) only to begin the CTS (Cascade Training Series) in April.  Our first CTS ride was only 28 miles long with a total elevation gain of 1160 feet.  I just finished riding CTS #10 last Saturday which was 92 miles long with an elevation gain of 4146 feet.  There are only three more CTS rides left to this year's series.  June 22 and 28 and our final ride on Saturday, July 5th which is more of a celebration ride, the 50 mile loop around Lake Washington which we did on CTS #4.  Also, in mid May I began a diet of sorts.  I cut out all processed foods and refined sugars with wonderful results.  I lost 7 pounds in 5 weeks.  My goal is to lose 10-15 more pounds.  I will be off all summer beginning June 18th (I just love working in a school because of the great breaks, especially summer break!)  Here are a few pictures from some of the rides I did from March, April, and May . . . 

 March 9, 2014 Auburn to Black Diamond Bakery.  GR2R series.

 April 27, 2014 CTS #4 Full Lake Loop Log Boom Park

 Friday, May 2, 2014.  Just a ride I did from Renton to Leschi on a beautiful spring day.
 May 10, 2014 CTS #6 Two Points and a Levee.  Picture taken from Brown's Point off of East Side Drive NE.

May 31, 2014 Flying Wheels Summer Century.  I just finished the century ride which was actually only 96 miles.