tampacycling

Man I'm spoiled

So for the last couple of days I’ve seen on various social media outlets how cyclists are gearing up for spring. Pictures of shiny bikes, new equipment and kits and of course pictures of pasty skin and legs.

It kind of makes me realize, at ~2400 miles for the year so far, that I’m a little spoiled down here in Florida. Most of the time I don’t pay particular attention to what other cyclists are doing and lately I steer away from social media for days at a time.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel bad about this. I get to ride year round without hesitation! But I am grateful for the ability to do so.

And keep those pasty skinned pictures coming my friends.

We have listened to the requests long enough! Here’s your excuse to call in late to work on Friday! Join us on Friday mornings for a weekend warm up coffee ride. From the shop we head, at a conversational pace, to Davis Island for 3 fast laps that will reconvene at the Davis Island Peter O Knight Airport. [Don’t like fast? Take your time. Don’t like 3? Do 2! Or 4! We’ll see you at the airport, either way!) From there, a conversational pace to Buddy Brew Coffee where a mandatory cup is consumed. Lets do it!

Crazy beautiful weather on today’s ride. I think the temp got up to 76°F. But I won’t lie… I still wore a thin wool baselayer under my jersey! And I didn’t even get hot! But today’s 46 miles gives me 913 for the month with one day to go. #cycling #tampacycling #igerscycling #tampa #florida #tampabay #specialized #iamspecialized #roubaix #weather #beard #beardporn #beardy #mybeardisnotrend

Grinding against the wind on a fair 41-miler today. That gives me 954 for the month. It was a good month too. I finally feel like I may have my legs back after several months of rough going. And the return of heat to Florida may have something to do with it too. #cycling #cyclingphotos #tampacycling #tampa #florida #igerscycling #scattante #easton #eos #eastoncycling #doitontheroad #gorideyourbike #outsideisfree #capsnothats #caps

Big numbers on tonight’s ride. Must be due to USF power! By the way, I’m going to start making and selling these caps. I’m starting with USF since that’s my alma mater and will branch off into different styles. I’ve got some Ohio State and University of Florida in the works simpley because I think they’ll sell and, well, I’m from Ohio. I’m not huge on sports teams and college stuff but if I can sell ‘em, I’ll make’ em. Anyone have anything they’d like to see? For the sake of ease, I’ll probably begin on eBay or Etsy and will be sure to keep updates going. Right now the price point is looking to be around $12-$15 for a lightweight, summer cap. It may be slow to get going because I already have a full time job and the rest of my free time is on the bike! I’d probably be open to custom sizing, colors, etc. just as long as I can get the materials. #cycling #cyclingphotos #tampacycling #tampa #florida #igerscycling #specialized #iamspecialized #prevail #beard #beardporn #beardy #mybeardisnotrend #capsnothats #doitontheroad #gorideyourbike #outsideisfree #usf #universityofsouthflorida #gobulls #

Continuing to work on my cap making skills. After a couple of prototypes (including one using blue denim that looked like a civil war cap) I think I have my process and sizing worked out. This one still isn’t perfect but it’s a keeper. #cycling #cyclingphotos #tampacycling #tampa #florida #igerscycling #sewing #realmensew #diy #capsnothats #usf #universityofsouthflorida #gobulls #bulls #beard #beardporn #beardy #mybeardisnotrend

I’ve been using a 2009 Echelon helmet since 2010 and definitely buy in to Specialized’s claim that the design keeps you cooler. I’ve always liked the Prevail style and at clearance prices, I hope this is the last helmet I need to buy for a long time. (That means I’ll crash this summer, I know it.) #cycling #cyclingphotos #tampacycling #specialized #iamspecialized #prevail #clearance #sale #igerscycling

I’m totally not joking when, 50 miles into today’s ride, this temperature felt “cool.” Maybe thats because for the last 4 months this is the usual temperature at 7:30am when I start my ride. What a nice taste of fall in Tampa. #tampa #tampacycling #weather #fall #Florida #cycling

The First 100

So tonight was my 100th ride of 2013. So far the tally looks pretty good. 

5,140.98 miles, 267:40:22 (Hour:Minute:Second), Just over 19.2 average. 

With 750 miles already this month, I’m hoping to finish with 1150 - 1200 miles in June. This is party due to the Strava Junedoggle challenge. I’m currently 973 out of 80,135. I’ve been as high as 571 but some rest days dropped me a bit. I’d really like to finish inside 750 but as long as I crack the top 1,000 I’ll be happy. However, There’s also about 12 miles I’ve lost on Strava due to the GPS signal dropping. 

Ride time. I’m not sure if I like the scheduling at my new job or not. I don’t have a set day off and my work days vary. I just had two days off, worked a 12 hour shift and now have today off. When in doubt, ride. (Just ignore the lovehandles) #cycling #cyclingphotos #igerscycling #tampacycling #nightcycling #nightshift #nights #gratefuldead #lovehandles