Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Orthostatic Heart Rate

I read somewhere at some point about using the difference between resting morning and standing heart rates to assess fatigue level.  Today, I finally found out that it's called Orthostatic Heart Rate, and also found a nice little article with the protocols to use.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bike Infrastructure study on Copenhagen

A great Bike Infrastructure study on Copenhagen with Data Visualizations on the Guardian recently came out here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Couple of Books for My List

Rough Stuff - Cycling in the Alps

The Comeback - The Greg LeMond Story

Monday, May 7, 2018

North Cascades Highway 2018

My annual pilgrimage was successful this year.  I was able to set some personal bests on the way up, and the road was clear for about 22 miles.

Looking down the Skagit river as it wends its way towards Puget Sound.

Back down the plowed highway.

Bike and snowplow.  The last little bit up was only as wide as this plow - about 8 feet.

I kind of wished I had dragged cross country skis up with me.

As it turns out, the DOT ended up connecting the plowed sections the following week, and I got up there for the last weekend it was available.  

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Spring and the North Cascades Highway

Here is a handy link to the WA DOT Twitter where they post updates on progress of the plowing of Highway 20.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Exploring the Rhone Valley

This was the site of one of the very best meals I have ever had.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Climbing the Col du Tourmalet

This summer saw me fulfill some lifelong dreams, among them getting the chance to climb the legendary, mythical Tourmalet.  My new wife and I rode up from the St Marie de Campan side of the beast, where Eugene Christophe had repaired his fork back in the 1913 tour.  Everywhere in France, it seems, is covered with history.

The day was very hot, and Beth and I climbed at a slow pace, stopping several times, including at the ski area of La Mongie.  The gradient, once underway, is brutally unrelenting, with the road’s km markers always letting you know what you are in for over the next km.  Most of the way up is fairly wooded and covered; however, the forest opens up above La Mongie into Pyrrenean meadows as the road twists and winds its way up.

In the forested section below, the road is mostly straightforward, but higher up and it twists and turns the way good mountain roads so often do.

One can just make out the La Mongie Ski station at the center of the picture.

At the top, there are placards and monuments announcing the history of the place, as well as a souvenir shop selling jerseys and other trinkets.

The Octave Lapize memorial at the top.

The clouds were rolling in as we descended, and a couple of hours later, the area erupted with violent thunderstorms bringing hail the size of sugar cubes.  We were both very glad to be sheltered and eating at a fine restaurant by this time.