Day 2: Biking in rush hour

By Skip

Biking in rush hour is not a great scenario but sometimes it is a necessary evil.  Biking before work will not really work out for me because it would be too early and it would not be light out enough to be safe.  My alternative is going out after I get home from work.  The good news is that I get home from work around 4:30 or 5:00 so I have a couple of hours of light before the sun starts to set.

I got ready quite quickly and headed out as there was a huge storm not far away and really didn’t want to get caught in that.  Not that I would get wet but now that I have slicks I didn’t want to fight crazy traffic and have little traction at the same time!  I ended up on one of the busiest roads there is because I figured I had my best chance at continuous riding without too much interruption and it has a very wide bike lane… not that Florida drivers know what the heck a bike lane is.

I knew I had to be extra careful and was very cautious watching every  vehicle that could put me in danger.  There were MANY cars that pulled out in front of me but the WORST was an ambulance that did it to the point I had to slam on the breaks!  Were they short on work and looking for another victim?  Maybe.  I even made eye contact with the driver but that did not change the situation.  Keep in mind the ambulance did NOT have its lights on so it was not in a hurry.  Worse yet, it was a “fire rescue” truck which means it was a city owned ambulance.  Pretty unbelievable.

I promise I won’t tell too many of those stories because I am sure it would dominate most of my blog posts.  Just shocked me as I have not experienced biking in crazy traffic like this before.  Here is what I was up against today:

  • WU: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: 25 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

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Please note that when you look at the chart above, I am still playing around with Garmin “auto pause” feature so I can get it to a point to capture accurate data without all the stoplight interruptions.  If anybody has a good setting for this, let me know because I have not found it yet.

All in all it was a pretty good ride.  My speed was not awesome BUT I felt like my biking endurance is building up.  I was able to handle the 45 minutes of riding with no problems.  I am actually looking forward to the next time I can get out there on the road… I think my next workout day is on a Saturday so there should be less traffic… yeah!

Filed in: Biking, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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