Janet Minner had a dream. She wanted to ride her bicycle along the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, but had some doubts. She wondered if her employer would allow her to take enough consecutive vacation days to accomplish this goal. She also felt uncertain about her physical ability to ride 470 miles with nearly 49,000’ of elevation gain, despite her years of cycling experience. And, she wanted to be rewarded each evening with good food and a comfortable bed.
Take a moment to read this article about how bicycle gears work by Jason Schliser of Vision Quest Coaching. He does a good job of providing a basic explanation that even non-gear-heads will understand.
As I shared with you previously, I am now using a Cycling Coach to help me prepare for the upcoming cycling season. No, that’s not quite accurate. I am being coached to remain capable of the physical requirements of my job. Owning and operating a bicycle tour company offers many things to love (meeting new people, […]
The first in a series of posts about the adventures of using a cycling coach to improve fitness, strength and endurance while having fun on the bike.
May arrived bringing bright sunshine, blue skies and cool, crisp air – the ingredients for a perfect weekend for cycling.
The spring cycling season is upon us and, although we rode throughout the winter, we are riding even more now. As we celebrate the beginning of a new cycling season
December weather in Western North Carolina tends to be very welcoming to cyclists. Daytime temps can be mild, perfect even for the sport of cycling. Snow is rare at lower elevations and the roads are free of salt, sand and chemicals used to clear the signs of winter from our paths. The leaves have fallen […]
At one time, I kept a detailed journal of all rides, races, finishing times, heart rate stats, weather, general notes about my cycling and running experiences…you name it, I recorded it. This was well before such tools as Garmin, Strava, RideWithGPS, etc.. Now keeping track of your performance is easier than ever, yet, I no […]
Cedar Creek/Hebron Headwall – Ride #4 50 Miles & Elevation Gain 5,141’ What an incredible ride! This route is definitely my newest favorites. We started in Black Mountain and spent some time warming up on our good friend Route 9 by heading across the continental divide. Then we whooshed down into Bat Cave. This descent […]
Teamwork The Misery Loves Company Team has now completed three training rides. We’ve climbed Hickory Nut Gap from both sides, Bearwallow Mountain from the Fletcher side and Ox Creek. Those of you who know me well will understand that I am squarely in my element when I am climbing. I absolutely love to climb. If […]
Base Building & Cross Training It’s easy for me to get carried away dreaming about our upcoming Mountains of Misery training schedule. For a gal who loves to climb, it’s like a spring cycling season spent in heaven. So, to keep myself grounded in the reality of the task at hand, I am focusing on […]
This is my first update message concerning preparation for Mountains of Misery – affectionately known as MoM. David says that my writing style can be heavy on facts and light on fun so I am planning to pepper a little fun in between the hard facts…you can let me know how I am doing. Are […]