Bike Charlotte

Biking in Charlotte, NC

All quiet on the trail

The machines were idle this afternoon.

Had some work around the house to do today, but the lovely weather kept inviting me out. Once I finished up for the day, I suited up and headed out.

The trails were empty considering it was a Saturday, I guess everybody had gotten out earlier. There’s still quite a lot of work to be done on the main trail, the weir bridges still need to go up before the asphalt goes down.

Felt good, no more burning lungs, I guess it was the heat.

distance 12.9 miles, average speed 13.2 mph.

Cooling off

Woke up to a really nice cool morning.

Headed out to the McAlpine, it wasn’t a pleasant time. The amount of construction happening on this side of Monroe, made it near impossible to ride. Spent quite a lot of time walking and carrying my bike over obstacles.

Finished up riding around the neighborhood to get some miles in.

Looks like the McAlpine is going to be out of commission for the next few weeks as they lay down new asphalt. I’m not even going to attempt to ride it on the weekdays, I’ll wait for the weekend and see if the machines are idle.

distance 9.6 miles, average speed 11.9 mph.

The Look

The new digs, I like. Inspired me to get back on the bike, headed out this morning.

The McAlpine is still in flux, the weir crossings are for cyclo-cross enthusiasts. On the other side of Monroe, the main entrance and lake area are looking great, ready in time for the cross-country events that are kicking off at the end of August.

Felt good on the ride despite being out of the saddle for two weeks. Missed the trails, I have to enjoy it while it lasts, they’re getting ready to lay down the asphalt, make it all pretty like.

The weather is cooperating, I should be able to get out more often this week.

distance 17.3 miles, average speed 12.2 mph.

The heat subsides

The heat broke, no more triple digit temperatures, it’s now back to our normal range in the 80’s.

I’ve been off the bike for the last 3 weeks, between the high temps and my workload, it’s not been easy to get out.

Just did 1 lap around the McAlpine Greenway today, getting the legs reacquainted to pedaling and the body acclimated to the heat of summer.

The main trail is nicely packed now, the city’s construction vehicles have smoothed out the washboard effect, too bad, I kind of liked the hand massage.

distance 8.50 miles, average speed 12.7 mph.

Hunka hunka burning lungs

Made it out early today, and it was still too hot.

On the way back from the lake, with the wind in my face, my lungs started to burn. The heat coming off the main trail was unbearable, and it was like 10 in the morning.

I’m going to have to get out as soon as I wake tomorrow morning, forego getting on the computer and checking emails, forum threads, etc.

distance 8.40 miles, average speed 12.4 mph.

Dodging heavy equipment

Looks like the City of Charlotte is in fast pace mode to get the McAlpine done by August 1.

This morning it was not an easy ride, so I only did one loop around the McAlpine. There was quite a lot of activity on the main trail, I was dodging heavy machinery, it was a hair raising dust breathing ride.

It’s been hard to get out lately, the temperatures have been so hot, that early mornings are the only time to ride. But that’s when the city is out there with their toys.

Also, I’m spending quite a lot time on my computers lately, the wee hours creep up unnoticed, it’s 3 or 4am before I make it to bed.

distance 8.72 miles, average speed 12.2 mph.

All work, no play

Long days and nights on the keyboard.

Finally made it out today, felt good, muddy trails here and there. A rain front was moving in, made for a windy ride, fast one way, into the wind the other way.

Aired up the tires, flying on the packed dirt, thankfully the full suspension keeps it tires down. My speed is picking up, the quads are defined, how quickly old muscle comes back.

distance 13.35 miles, average speed 13.4 mph.