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I’m just going to let some pictures tell the story of yesterday’s ride. These photographs were taken during a leisurely paced ride down Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina. If you follow along on Instagram the hashtag #rideTHATgreenville, you can see these and other images of our town. While you are at it, why not use the hashtag yourself to share your favorite scenes.

Heading downtown along Wade Hampton Blvd.

Heading downtown along Wade Hampton Blvd.

Sunday afternoon in the North Main Street neighborhood.

Sunday afternoon in the North Main Street neighborhood.

Quiet spin down the residential area of Greenville's North Main Street.

Quiet spin down the residential area of Greenville’s North Main Street.

Kickball in the park.

Kickball in the park.

Stone Avenue and Main Street... more new construction in the city limits.

Stone Avenue and Main Street… more new construction in the city limits.

One of several couples out riding on Main Street.

One of several couples out riding on Main Street.

Tree canopy above Main Street.

Tree canopy above Main Street.

Peace Center for the Performing Arts

Peace Center for the Performing Arts

Overlooking the river walk from the Main Street bridge.

Overlooking the river walk from the Main Street bridge.

Enjoying lunch overlooking the Liberty Bridge and Falls Park.

Enjoying lunch overlooking the Liberty Bridge and Falls Park.

Pedal Chic - one of several cycling shops in the area.

Pedal Chic — one of several cycling shops in the area.

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End of the Main Street tour with Fluor Field, home of the Greenville Drive.

The one thing I will add is that I made a mistake and turned down a wrong way trying to create a loop back home. I ended up on a large highway that I actually had never ridden before (on a bike or in a car). What was supposed to be a simple 10 mile ride turned out to be close to 20 miles.

It is one of the fun things about cycling. So often wrong turns become adventures.

Well, that didn’t take long

I was in a meeting at mid afternoon when the Beautiful Redhead texted me to invite me to a dinner with the cast of a play she is acting in this summer. Their plan was to have a quick dinner and then do a table reading. My plan was to join her for the food and then head out on the Felt. I had some work to do.

The menu consisted of hamburgers and hotdogs with fixings, potato salad, chips, and strawberries. I downed the grilled burger and about a third of a hotdog along with potato salad and chips. I topped it off with three strawberries. After thanking the host and kissing my wife goodbye, I headed back home to prep for my ride.

I rolled off shortly after 6PM. My plan was to make my way out to the scene of a thief. As you may recall from yesterday’s blog, John James had called me out in the street at noon for a shootout over a Strava segment. He had stolen the Walker Wimps segment from me by one second.

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Came upon Towmater while riding my route.

First I had to get my brain to sort out how best to get to the scene of the crime. I typically come upon this segment while riding with the Sunshine Cycle Shop Saturday morning ride. I don’t even need to think about how to wind my way through the Hour of Power route. However, when I tried to navigate my way there via a more direct route, it took a little bit for me to get it clear in my head.

That done I found myself on Locust Hill Road nearing the area of the segment. It was then I regretted my dinner. You see, I sometimes have a bad problem with acid reflux. Char grilled meat is something I love, but something that doesn’t return the charity!

I’ll spare you the details, but I’ll just say that I had to pull over to the side of the road and relieve some of the acid (what is it, bile?) from my stomach. Actually, I didn’t have a choice. My stomach made me pull over!

Anyway, with that done, I was starting to feel much better. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to carry out my plan, but as I neared Walker Road, I was feeling the best I had since starting the ride. I decided to give it a go.

Paris Mountain in the distance. Home is on the other side.

Paris Mountain in the distance. Home is on the other side.

My plan was to go as hard as I could in my 53×11. I could then evaluate that performance and return another time to go for winning back my KOM. I was guessing I would need to go up a bit on my cassette to get my best time. After making the adjustments, I could return with my GoPro and use the attempt as one of my Strava Segment videos. It’s always good to get the KOM when you’re recording it.

The battlefield. The segment starts at the bridge and ends around the turn at the top of the hill.

The battlefield. The segment starts at the bridge and ends after the turn at the top of the hill.

I rolled down and hit the flat portion over the bridge. So far so good. I felt strong coming into the first part of the grade. I had no idea how much wattage I was putting out. That would be discovered later. It wasn’t until about two thirds up the climb that I started to feel bogged down in my gearing.

In my mind I thought, “Well, here is where I’ll lose it. I’m not keeping my momentum very well.” Still, I kept trying to grind to the finish and then through the finish. Immediately, I knew if I was going to go any faster, it was going to be done through technique and not effort! I had given it a pretty good go.

From there, I took it easy back toward home. My mind was wondering what the results of the effort might be. It then turned to the beauty around me. The final portion of the ride was in the cool of the evening with the sun beginning to set.

Coming over Piney Mountain Road toward home.

Coming over Piney Mountain Road toward home.

Coming over Piney Mountain Road, I stopped at Pleasantburg and looked toward the west. Right where the sun was beginning to slip behind the hill was the knoll where George Hincapie’s house is located. I wondered what his view might be of the sun setting over Paris Mountain casting its shadows toward Greenville’s skyline.

About that time I heard the sound of a well maintained bicycle coming up behind me. It was Matt Tebbetts. He had just come over the mountain and was delayed because he had to stop to help a motorcyclist who had wiped out going too fast down the east side. It made me thankful I had made it this far safely.

We rolled off talking and I mentioned I was sorry I couldn’t stay with him when we formed a break during the Tuesday night training race. “Oh, not a problem,” he said. “I’m just glad you’re back.”

At home, I loaded the data up to Strava from my Garmin. This happens automatically as soon as my Garmin connects to my wireless network. I then log in to the Strava app on my phone to change the name and adjust any details about the activity. Before I could even do that, I got a notice I had received a Kudo for the ride. When I did log in I found a crown graphic.

Click to see the full leader board.

Click to see the full leaderboard.

Turns out on my test run, I had won back my KOM by one second. It was kind of fun to toss it back at John. I imagine it won’t be long before he’ll be gunning for it. It will be fun trying to defend it. Yeah, I guess I am “back.” I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I like the way it feels.

Well, that might explain it

I was feeling pretty down after my training race on Friday. Tuesday evening’s training race didn’t end with me finishing, but I hadn’t planned on making it to the end. While I made it to the end of Friday’s race, it wasn’t the performance that I wanted. Perhaps I shouldn’t feel so bad about it when I look at the data.

It wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that I even felt getting on the bicycle. My legs had felt pretty heavy all morning, but by mid afternoon I was feeling the itch. So, I decided to brush off the SE Bikes Draft single speed and ride to Main Street, Greenville for a cup of coffee.

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As usual, I was glad I made my choice to ride as soon as I started up my street to merge onto the bike lane that would take me to Cleveland Park and then on to Greenville’s Falls Park and downtown. I’d sit out on Main Street with a coffee and people watch for a bit. Then I’d ride the 3 miles back to my home.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 3.38.59 PMOh, boy! As I neared Falls Park along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, I started seeing crowds of people. Then when I reached Falls Park I discovered the above scene. You can see the stone bridge there to the left of the photograph. It is covered with people… and that was the path I wanted to follow to my coffee stop. I love the beautiful park, but today it was time for a change of plans!

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 3.42.42 PMSo, I headed rode around the Main Street area to pick up the Swamp Rabbit Trail on the other side of the downtown area. While there were still a number of cyclists, families out for walks, and dogs pulling their owners along; I found the ride along the shaded trail to be refreshing.

As I pulled into Travelers Rest, I stopped at a street to wait for traffic to clear. Someone pulled up beside me on a bicycle. I looked over and discovered my old teammate Randy McCreight. Even today, I remember the time so many years ago when I first began to ride on the road. I was doing laps in Cleveland Park and I saw this guy killing in on the route. While I figured he was way above my level, he stopped to take the time to talk with me and encourage me. That was Randy. Randy hasn’t changed.

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Turns out Randy was heading to Travelers Rest for the same reason I was. Coffee. So, we decided to ride on together to Tandem. We sat talking over our cups. The conversation turned to Zwift and then Randy’s non-profit Village Wrench. It was good to catch up, but the afternoon had passed and it was time to head home.

Randy headed back to Greenville on the SRT. I decided to head home on the roads. I needed to get home more quickly and I figured I would make better time riding with the cars than trying to dodge pedestrians on the trail!

It was at this time I felt the bite again. On the rolling terrain, I found myself getting a bit of a workout with the track gearing. Only once do I recall instinctively reaching for my SRAM shifters just to find there was no gear to shift! It did remind me of the fatigue I was feeling.

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This chart shows my workouts over the last 365 days. It is May 3 and I am already at the fitness level that I reached on July 4 in 2014. This is the fastest I’ve reached that level in the three years I’ve been tracking this data in Strava.

Bottom line is I just think I am getting tired. Just Friday, that Fatigue number was 88. While I think there were some technical issues why I had some struggles in the Friday Training Race, I realize that another contributor is my need for some rest.

Training is not just not fulfilling workouts. Training is also about resting. Sometimes the resting is the hardest part of the process! Well, I think next week’s work schedule just might help me with the rest objective. I think it is time for an easy week.

We’ll see what happens then!

 

 

A couple of minutes of why I love riding in Greenville

Several days ago, I had the opportunity to hop on my bicycle and head up toward Saluda, North Carolina. This would lead me out from downtown Greenville into Northern Greenville County to Old Highway 25 and the watershed. This route (officially beginning at North Greenville University) is known as the Bakery Ride.

On my way out I left the GoPro running and enjoyed seeing some of the video from the ride. I’m posting it here to give you an idea of the scenery and roads that we get to enjoy. Notice also the traffic — or lack thereof.

Now, go out and enjoy the ride!

The Bakery Ride – 35 miles
Head North on North Tigerville Road
Turn left on Old SC 11
Turn right on Dividing Water Road
Turn right on Old Highway 25
Turn right on County Road 23-17
Cross SC/NC border (becomes Mountain Page Road)
Turn right on Main Street (NC 176)
Get yourself a sticky bun at Wildflour Bakery!
Turn left on Main Street (NC 176)
Turn left on Mountain Page Road
Cross NC/SC border (becomes County Road 23-17)
Turn left on Old Highway 25
Turn left on Dividing Water Road
Turn left on Old SC 11
Turn right on North Tigerville Road
You’ve worked off that sticky bun!

A grinning day

After rolling out of bed Saturday morning and rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I looked out the window to see if the precipitation forecast for the day would greet me. In the dim light the asphalt on the street beyond the shadowy grass lawn came into focus. It wasn’t the tarmac moistened dark from the nocturnal rain that caught my attention. It was the light colored arches forming an inverse shadow beneath the water oaks.

I would ride today.

The target for the day was the Sky Top Apple Orchard in Flat Rock, North Carolina. Not having ridden to the top before, I explored the route with Google’s “bike route” feature the day before. It had me reaching the destination in four hours and thirty minutes. I knew it wouldn’t take me that long, but I had to incorporate two objectives and needed to find a way accomplish both. I wasn’t certain how the timing would work out.

I needed to get to some roads with elevation to carry out the workouts prescribed by my coach which included turning the pedals for over five hours. At the same time, I needed to make it up to the orchard in time to celebrate Thing Three’s seventh birthday. I figured I could get up to the watershed and do my workouts and then finish up picking some apples.

Northern Greenville County near North Greenville University

Looking out over the hills toward the Blue Ridge

The first obstacle of the day came in the form of a late start. At best I would get in would be five hours instead of the five and half Jim commanded. No problem, I could give the thirty minutes. My main concern was getting to the watershed in time to get my intervals in before climbing Pinnacle Road to the party.

There was no rain falling as I spun out of my driveway. The morning was cool and while the tarmac was damp, there was no standing water to make things miserable. Above me there were still clouds, but also a small patch of blue being exposed by the sun that was now coming farther over the horizon.

As I passed Sunshine Cycle Shop, I noticed riders gathering. Not sure they saw me as they were engrossed in conversation. I almost called out to them, but I knew I was already behind and couldn’t afford to stop. Kind of sad since the October issue of Bicycling Magazine just named the shop ride one of the top 50 shop rides in the country. It would not be my ride today.

Continuing on I followed part of the route the Hour of Power riders would take. A lone rider approached me going the opposite direction. It was Art! Art is the rider I wrote about two weeks ago that was caught up in a bad accident and went over the handlebars to land on this head and injure his shoulder. This would be his first HOP back. Once again I felt the call to the shop, but I rode on.

Before long I was leaving the streets of Greenville behind as the Giant led me into the rolling countryside of Northern Greenville County. It was Highway 253 that would take me to Tigerville Road and then on to Old Highway 25 and the watershed. My first landmark would be North Greenville University.

Though it was 8:30 in the morning as I approached the campus, I sporadically saw riders heading toward Greenville. Had they already ridden up to Saluda before the sun rose? They passed and I was left to consider their origin and destination. Once I reached the campus I saw even more riders arriving at a parking lot used by many riders as they begin the famous Bakery Ride. Wow, I thought I had started early!

From that point up to the where I had to decide between a left to Hendersonville and a right to Saluda, I would periodically pass riders going down. For the most part I was alone. Those times were glorious. Shortly before NGU the rain began to fall more heavily. Rather than bring misery, it brought a calming rhythm to the world around me.

As I rode alone up the winding roads all I could hear was the sound of rain drops bouncing off the broad leaves of the trees. At times I would be near enough to a creek to hear the rushing of the water. Always there was the chirping and croaking of any number of different insects and frogs.

Before I knew it, I had reached the watershed and began to attempt some of the intervals Jim had outlined. I must be honest (though he will probably read this) my heart was not in it. My heart was not in the structure of training.

My heart was in pedaling my way along taking in the wild turkey and turtles that either scurried in front of me or continued on their steady way. Suffering over the handlebars I most likely would have missed that beautiful 4 inch horned caterpillar or the shivering little chipmunk who for some reason was sitting inches from the asphalt as I rode by.

North Carolina state line

North Carolina state line

I started getting near the Apple Orchard as I began to roll into the metropolis of Tuxedo, North Carolina. I knew by this time that because of the weather the party would be moved back to our house from the orchard. If I was going to make it back on time, I would have to turn around once the computer clock read 2:45.

Pinnacle Road – an insanely steep road that takes you to the orchard – greeted me when the clock read a little past 2:20. Hey, I could make it all the way to the orchard AND still make it back in time for the party! I attacked the road with gusto. It attacked me right back!

You climb nearly 850 feet in three miles to an elevation of around 2700 feet. However, the hardest part of it is that several times the grade kicks up to at least 20% or more. Not often do I think I am going to have to stop and walk, but this time I almost did!

Still, I made it to the top before 2:40 rolled across the face of my Garmin. After taking a moment to alert the beautiful redhead to my location, I turned around and started the hair-raising descent back down Pinnacle Road — with wet rims and brakes! I confess, I basically rode the brakes the whole way down sliding my body onto the rear of the seat.

Greenville to Sky Top Orchard

Click map to see Cyclemeter map

Then it was time for some fun! While the ride up to the orchard was about slowly enjoying the nature around me, coming back was all about making sure I made it to my son’s birthday bash on time. What a blast coming down the watershed at 40 mph! My average home increased by 4 mphs over the ride up.

It was one of those grinning days. Those days where I climb off the bike with that grin that doesn’t show up so much on my face as it does on the inside. Training is good and when you are about to embark on an endeavor like I am in 6 days, you need to train. However, sometimes you just need to grin.

2010 Ride for Mike route: Day Four

Greenville, here we come!

Here is one of the legs of my journey on the Ride for Mike that I get asked about the most. “When will you be in Greenville?” The answer is on day four. It is the final push for the long days and the end (I hope) will find me in my own bed that Wednesday evening.

Day Four Route

Dawsonville, GA to Greenville, SC

This is also another ambitious leg – Dawsonville, GA to Greenville, SC. The Google maps estimate is 124 miles this day. I’m hoping on two things… 1) that I will be farther along than I have planned by this point — which will help shorten the distance on this day, and 2) that the fact that I will be riding into Greenville will give me extra motivation — the old “horse smelling the barn” syndrome.

It is now 18 days before I start this journey. Actually, the journey started  little less than a year ago when I hatched this idea while riding my bike from Greenville to Austin with the Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride. September 19 will just be the beginning of the end of a longer journey — but it will also be the toughest part. Still, I am getting that excited feeling in the pit of my stomach!

Friends have been asking about riding along with me once I get near Greenville. I certainly would appreciate some help on this leg, but I will also be looking for some help on the leg out of Greenville. I should be publishing that part of the route in the next several days. I’m thinking that I will leave out of Greenville that Thursday morning from the campus of Bob Jones University. It will probably be a later start (around 9 AM) so we can avoid the early morning traffic.

If you do want to join me on the Day Four leg (GA to SC) you might want to have someone drive you backward on the route until you come across us. You can then join in and help pull my tired body up the Calhoun Memorial Highway. I plan to end the route that day at Bob Jones University, so you can call your ride to pick you up there — or just ride on home if there is still enough light!

Yes, I realize that 123 can have some traffic and speeds. However, the more I have looked at the route, the more convinced that staying on these divided highways is the best option. Though the speeds will be higher the traffic will flow more smoothly if the chase car and I don’t clog the only lane of traffic. Also, these types of roads are typically engineered with fewer step inclines. They help level out some of the terrain. Frankly, I just feel safer about it than riding on a hilly rural road with blind curves.

Thank you to all of you who have supported me up to this point. If you have not supported the 2010 Ride for Mike yet, please consider giving to the cause. I announced yesterday that we will be placing a second order for the Ride for Mike bibs and jerseys. It is a fun way to support the ride AND have something useful to remember it by later. Check it all out at RideForMike.com.

Short video along the Reedy River

This blog often covers the workouts involved in my training. However, not all of the rides are heavy duty. Sometimes it is just an easy hour of spinning. Often, the course isn’t made up entirely of roads.

Such was the case yesterday when I went out for an early lunch ride. A thunderstorm was forecast for the early afternoon and into the evening. If there was going to be a ride, it would have to happen then.

Sorry that it is so shaky. I was using my iPhone and the sidewalk had slight ripples in it. Even with the iMovie image stabilization feature, I still ended up with the jerky movements.

Still, it is a enough to give you an idea why so many of us love Greenville so much. This is just a portion of the lovely areas that are available for you to ride — and walk. Now that the rain came and washed away some of the pollen, it is even better!

Greenville goes to Belgium

All of us cyclists here in Greenville think it is a great place to live and ride. It is. However, it doesn’t take many moments of viewing the Ronde van Vlaanderen — for us, the Tour of Flanders — in Belgium to know that it is a cycling crazed place! Over a span of seven to ten days the two worlds meet as several Greenvillians have made there way across the pond to see — and particpate in — European racing.

Foremost, of course, it George Hincapie. After a solid finish of 6th in Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, he is now eying April 11th’s, Paris-Roubaix. There will be some American flags being waved by supporters from his home town.

The Greenville "Boys" cheer on George

Photo from HincapieSports.com blog

You can follow George with the guys along with Rich Hincapie at the HincapieSports.com blog. Steve Baker is passing along some photos from the trip Rich is taking with friends. Looks like they are having a blast!

In addition to his father, Rich has a few traveling companions from Greenville in tow.  Knowing this crowd, they are horsing around, riding, drinking and laughing their way through Belgium.  We can’t wait to hear some of the stories about their adventures.  This trip marks the first time several of them have ridden the cobbles.  Let’s hope the newbies keep it upright in the saddle.  At least they are smiling in the pictures we see. — Steve Baker

You can read more and see more pictures at Hincapie.com/blog.

I’m also enjoying following another blog of some friends just out to have a good time riding their bikes in Belgium. Several of them are my teammates. They even had to opportunity to wear their POA colors in action with Rodney taking a 16th place overall and 4th in the Masters division. Way to go, Rodney!

The first climb, the Kluisberg, was paved and not too bad at under 800m, but number two was the Knotenburg which in english means “my first gel wants to get a second taste, and big guys don’t always go up hill slow,  as Windjammer no 1 decided to check out. ”   5k later the first cobbled climb, the Kwaremont at 1600m, was the wake up.   I learned how to ride a bike again!  Lean forward to pull on the bars, back wheel comes up,  not good!  I might add that we did have the best conditions possible fo the epic ride with 20 mph wind, pouring rain almost all day and cobbled sections flowing with water and mud! Read more here.

My only regret is that there isn’t more to read! It is going to be hard to keep these guys quiet when they get home. Then again, I’ll be all ears!

The POA guys and Steve

Taking in the Belgium experience

Hincapie takes a piece of us with him

I’ll admit I’m a George Hincapie fan… not a fanatic, but certainly a fan. Part of it has to do with the man himself, but a large part of it is that George takes a little bit of me and my community everywhere he goes. Added to that is the fact that he has never let us down in the way he has conducted himself — both here in Greenville and around the world.

When he left HTC-Columbia, I wasn’t real thrilled. I liked Bob Stapleton and the chemistry in the team seemed genuine. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when a team dominates like they did in stage wins.

Bob is still the same and while several riders left the team, it appears the same camaraderie exists among the remaining and newer riders. However, with George moving over to BMC I find myself drawn to learn a bit more about the wild card team that is showing itself worthy in the Tour Down Under. I might find myself checking the general classifications for two teams this year!

Anyway, I happened across this article on CyclingNews.com and thought I would archive it here at LowCadence.com.  If you are a George or BMC fan, I think you will enjoy this up close look at the 2009 National Champion’s steed. The BMC STX01 RaceMaster is a nice machine!

Photo from Cyclingnews.com click image for gallery.

Photo from Cyclingnews.com click image for gallery.

After Greipel’s first win, I saw him put his arm around George’s shoulder. That Hincapie Sportswear USA National Championship kit looked pretty good standing out from the crowd around. I couldn’t help to think of the crew over off Pete Hollis Blvd when I saw it. There was a piece of Greenville right there on the roads of Australia. More than that, there was one of Greenville’s best ambassadors doing what he does best… riding a bike and encouraging a younger rider.

Unfortunately, for the big guy, he had a little tumble in the beginning of Stage 3 and had to get patched up a bit. Then he had trouble with his front wheel. However, he came back to finish with the main group – just 1 second behind the winner. That puts him in 19th place in the general classification only 20 seconds back. More important is the fact that BMC has moved into 3rd on the team classification. This bodes well for fans who want to see George and his team in the major races of the year.

Next stop… the Land of Lance

It is October 1st.  That means only 17 days remain before I leave on the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride from Greenville, South Carolina – “The Hills of Hincapie” – to Austin, Texas – “The Land of Lance.”  Honestly, I haven’t been that excited about it… until now.

I’m putting the fund raising portion behind me.  I certainly welcome any gifts people wish to give (donate here signifying “Jonathan Pait” as your designated rider), but I set this day as my deadline.  I won’t be bugging you about it anymore.  However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing about the ride!

The attention of this blog will start turning toward this epic ride.  I’m sure it will be the focus of this entire month.  Over the next few weeks, I will be recalling some of the experiences of last year’s ride and talking about my plans and hopes for the 2009 event.

This year we have five teams.  I’m on the Green Team.  It includes Jerry Page, Bo Zimmerman, Megan Snyder, and myself.  We’re going to have a fun time, but I sure will miss Team One from last year.  Joey Sullivan and I are the only returning members of that cast.  Joey will be joining the Yellow Team this time around.

This year my main hopes are for safety and that our team will get along well together – both as individuals and riders.  After that, I’m aiming to enjoy the time in Austin as the Beautiful Redhead will be joining me there this year.  Finally, I hope I’ll once again get to ride with Lance like I was able to do during last year’s LiveSTRONG Challenge 90 mile ride.

This is the last day I’ll ask you
to help me raise $5000.
$1355 raised so far to fight cancer.
Give to the fight today!