First 30 Days Back in the Bike Shop Saddle
Hit the arrows above to enjoy photos from the past 30 days.
It’s been officially one month since I said goodbye to the ad agency. I am finding my groove back in the bike shop life and I have already have seen a couple successful milestones.
190 miles by bike. This could have been significantly more as I skipped most of last week, and there were a couple days early on that I didn’t track my rides.
Salvagetti has a new website. We launched a revamp of Salvagetti.com as the kick off of new marketing plans.
Successful Labor Day sale. We blew last year’s numbers out of the water.
Enjoying life. I’ve been seeing my wife more, spending a lot less time in the car, slow mornings with the dogs and unwinding my life a bit.
Meet the New Commuter Rig: Surly Ogre
A couple shots from the test ride of the stock Surly Ogre I recently put a deposit down on. Off the bat, I’m switching out handlebar, grips, saddle and pedals. Additional photos to come once I pick it up for it’s first ride!
Denver Event: Bike Parade for 26th Avenue Bike Lane Opening
Saturday (tomorrow), August 9th at 11am on the Green in Stapleton. Celebration at the Smiley Campus until 1pm.
Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed varies, as the athlete wishes. (Source: Wikipedia)
The art of exploring is why I fell in love with biking some 18 years ago. The ability to just go find new places and adventures on my bike without the demands of school, sports practice or home life. It was a great escape and something I think we all forget as we grow up.
This past Monday when Emily and I got back from our weekend in the mountains I hopped on my bike and went for a fartlek, or Fartlick as my iPhone calls it. The goal was to blend in different speeds, try new routes and see how my knee felt on the single speed. The result was great, I enjoyed myself and found new trails near my house. An elevated my heart rate also showed me that my knee isn’t ready for the single speed just yet.
Do you implement fartleks in your training or weekly rides? What do you find?
I find new places to take photos, time to beat up on the pedals and needed bike time without a Garmin or HRM. During big training blocks I often find my best power over time results as I’m just getting in a groove with out focusing on the Garmin.
Now, go fartlek. Take a friend if you can!
Photo Disclaimer: I lost my bar ends on the ride, they will be replaced ASAP!