Monthly Archives: April 2011

Great Day – Great Ride

Today was an excellent day for riding. Apart from the bright sunshine, there was only a slight breeze [around 10 mp/h from the North East], and the temperature [around 80 F.] as well as the dewpoint [around 45 F. = really dry air] were wonderful. So, shortly before noon, I decided to hop on the Dancelli. I had prepared it with the “fast road” rear wheel, which has a 6 speed cassette [12-21], and, as it turned out, that gave me very good gears [the chainrings, btw, are 53/42] for the ride, so that I averaged 16.5 mp/h. I decided to do my Hobson – Panna Maria – Helena – Runge – Kenedy ride as that gives me plenty of opportunities to cut it short in case I don’t feel up to it. And also, with the prevailing winds, I would have the wind on my back during the second half. Well, as it turned out, my legs felt good and I did the whole distance, 49.65 miles altogether. And at the end I still felt fine and by far less exhausted than after my short 20-miler two days ago, even if I had two very short stops only, for some glucose tablets and electrolyte capsules. And as it was neither as hot nor as humid as on the rides before, I used only two bottle of water, I guess about 48 ounces. I know, that’s not enough by far, but I felt like I was sipping quite frequently. Anyway, my scale showed that it certainly hadn’t been  enough: I lost aobut 6 pounds on the ride – and that is basically all fluids. But I know from past experience that I’ll fill that up again quite quickly overnight.

Check this ride out here: RideWithGPS


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Wind, Heat & Humidity …

… were all quite high today. The wind was about 15 mp/h sustained and 25 – 30 mp/h in gusts, the temperatures were around 92 F. [real feel 97 F.] and the dewpoint was over 70 F. [which means really awfully humid]. But I still managed to get in twenty miles and enjoyed the ride. The average, of course, showed the weather conditions: 14.8 mp/h [instead of the usual 16-plus for that route] was all I could manage without overexertiing myself. And even so, my heart rate [average 138 bpm and maximum 160 bpm] was definitely higher than usual. But that’s southern Texas!

My ride took my down to Kenedy on Hwy 181 [that was the hardest part as it was into the wind and had some allbeit slight climbs] and then back via Hwy 72 and FM 2102 and 1353. The latter two roads were fine as I had the wind in my back. And FM 1353 was great as it has been resurfaced and – you’d never believe it – with a wonderfully smooth asphalt at that [not the usual chip seal they nearly always use here in Karnes County].

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Upcoming Bike Rides [3]: Karnes County 42-Miler

Sunday, May 8th:  Karnes County 42-Miler

Ride starts at 11:00.  Meet me at Karnes City Court House [101 N. Panna Maria Avenue], intersection of Calvert Ave. and 123 Business] for a 42.5 mile ride.  This is an intermediate level ride.  The fast paced ride [intended average 15 mp/h] will take us through flat to rolling southern Texas countryside from Karnes City on Hwy. 123 & FM 81 via Panna Maria and Helena to Runge, and then on Hwy 72 to Kenedy and from there via backroads back to Karnes City.  Possible rest stops [with facilities] will be in Panna Maria, Runge, and Kenedy.  This is a good ride for those training for the Tour de Cure.

Directions:  From San Antonio, go south on IH 37 to exit 132 and take US 181 south through Floresville, Poth & Falls City. At the intersection of US 181 and FM 1144, take a left and follow W. Calvert Ave. [181 BR] to its intersection with 123 BR. There is ample parking on either side of Calvert at the Court House [101 N. Panna Maria Avenue] as well as at the Mercantile catty corner of the traffic lights and behind the courthouse.

For more information contact me at 830-299-9351 or e-mail me at

Printable map & cue sheet @ MapMyRide

Map & flash animation with elevation & grades @ RideWithGPS

Should, for any reason, a cancellation become unavoidable, it will be posted – as will be any updates on the above information – here on my weblog. Make sure to especially check there on the morning of the ride.

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Not too Bad a Ride

Luckily, the weather forecast was wrong, especially as far as the wind was concerned. Instead of the predicted 18-20 mp/h sustained, with gusts way above 30, we only had a light breeze – mostly, that is – of about 10-12 mp/h, and barely more in gusts. And as nearly all day was overcast, it didn’t get as hot as predicted either. So, the three of us that showed up had a nice ride. We averaged a little less than intended, ca. 14 mp/h instead of 15, but that was fine. And in the end we cut it short some, going back from Kenedy on Hwy 181 instead ot the roundabout way via FM 2102 and 1353. Thus it was 39 miles in the end. But a very enjoyable ride. I was happy that I had a different rear wheel on the Dancelli, with 14-28 teeth. And that helped a lot. Overall, I was much happier than on the same ride – well, nearly the same – on Thursday, when I had ended up with (horrible) cramps for the last 12 miles, which made me even walk my bike for a while. I don’t really know what caused the cramps, which I had never suffered from before on a bike ride. Maybe it was the combined effect of not having eaten enough [breakfast only] on the day before and dehydration, as I really didn’t drink much [maybe half a bottle of water] on that ride. I tried to keep up my electrolytes during the ride, with Endurolytes and a banana, but maybe without enough fluid that didn’t really reach the muscles. Well, today everything went fine: no problems at all.

And here’s some pictures:

pit preparing the bike

Preparing the Dancelli

,signing in

Joe - Signing in - Marty & Me

Looks like I really need a lot more and  harder rides to get rid of that tummy!   😉


On Our Way

The route, btw, was – after meeting at the courthouse in Karnes City – out on Hwy 123 and then FM 81 to Panna Maria, continuing on FM 81 through Helena to Runge, from there on Hwy 72 to Kenedy and back via Hwy 181 and FM 1353/S. Panna Maria Ave. to the courthouse in Karnes City.

Check the route out on RideWithGPS [with a flash animation of the elevation and grades] and/or on MapMyRide with a “flight” over the route via GoogleEarth.

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Upcoming Bike Rides [2] – Karnes County 42-Miler: Update [2]

The ride is on, even if we’re in for a windy one. See y’all at the courthouse at 11.

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Upcoming Bike Rides [2] – Karnes County 42-Miler: Update [1]

The ride is still on, but be prepared for a hot and windy one. Today’s weather forecast is predicting tenps of up to 85 F. and S(S)E winds of 15-18 mp/h sustained, with gusts of 30. With the heat (and the humidity) I’d strongly suggest riders bring plenty of water [even if we have our rest stops] and electrolytes.

I checked the route yesterday and it looks ok to me. So, unless something unforeseen happens, we’re on. But just in case, check this weblog here on Sunday morning.

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