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Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 Trail Schedule

Time to compose a nice wish list of trails to ride this year!

Bike excursions in Illinois 2017:

1. Stern Woods to Hebron trail, FRT

2. Maywood, IPP

3. Sycamore, FRT,GWT

4. Greenbay Trail

5. 606

6. Robert McClory

7. Skokie Valley

8. Combo of lakefront trails to Milwaukee

9.  Jane Addams Trail

10. Pecatonica Prairie Path

11. Bloomington Normal to Peoria(on trails)

12. I&M canal path

13. Hennepin canal path

14. Mississippi river trail path to Galena

15. Oswego and back on FRT

16. Bliss Woods/Virgil Gilman Trail 

17. Long Prairie Trail.

18. Stonebridge Trail.

19.  Plank Road Trail.

I will try to start riding these trails as soon as 55F temps start showing up in the weekly weather forecasts.Any other illinois trails I should ride this year? I welcome any and all suggestions on this.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Progress Report

Hey everybody! This is about two and a half months since my knee surgery took place. Nice progress so far. I am getting about 13000 to 20000 steps a day in at work and the knee is finally accepting that. I have been getting in 5 minutes at a time on the inside bike for about three weeks now. And have pushed that up to ten minutes at a time for about the last week or so. The biggest issue with my knee still is the going DOWN of stairs. Still a bit weak there because it has been easy to cheat and use gravity to propel me.
     Another thing I have been working on since the surgery is my diet. I have been in need of losing weight for quite some time now How does this relate to biking? Well, I have gone through two rims on two different bikes in the last year due to my excessive weight of 235 lbs. I have since the surgery managed to lose 36 pounds and only just yesterday celebrated breaking the 200 lb mark. Woohoo! My goal is to aim for about 170 lbs eventually. Already I have noticed that my energy level has gone up in the last week(finally!). I started this care for my diet out by counting carbs, not calories! I focused directly on eliminating soda, breads, potatos, pasta, rice, fruit drinks and juices. I allowed myself all the proteins and meat and veggies and fruit. That got me to about 25 lbs lost over a two month period. I allowed carbs sometimes because it isnt too healthy to deprive ALL carbs all the time. I kept a food log every day to stay focused on the goal. I finally got the app for my phone called My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter. I set a goal of 170 lbs and 1880 calories a day to get there. That is aggressive enough without pushing things too much.
     So far all of this is working. And I hope to be ramping up that time on the bike really soon! Keep on biking!



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Totals for 2016

Here is the final list of what trails I wanted to get to in 2016. The items with a line struck through them represent what trails I DID ride on this year.

Bike excursions in Illinois 2016:

1. Stern Woods to Hebron trail, FRT

2. Maywood, IPP

3. Sycamore, FRT,GWT

4. Greenbay Trail

5. 606

6. Robert McClory

7. Skokie Valley

8. Combo of lakefront trails to Milwaukee

9.  Jane Addams Trail

10. Pecatonica Prairie Path

11. Bloomington Normal to Peoria(on trails)

12. I&M canal path

13. Hennepin canal path

14. Mississippi river trail path to Galena

15. Oswego and back on FRT

16. Bliss Woods/Virgil Gilman Trail

This is as far as I was when I reached 1000 miles back in August. I had decided early on in the year to not push the miles too much this year due to a knee injury from last October 2015 that was not healing well. I have since been to the doctor (many times) and we have found this to be a torn meniscus on my left knee. Surgery was on Thursday November 17th. The doctors said I will likely be back to work on Dec 19th. But I am sure rehab will last much longer than that. Hopefully I will be back riding next spring! 👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽👽

Monday, August 1, 2016

More schedule update

Bike excursions in Illinois 2016:

1. Stern Woods to Hebron trail, FRT

2. Maywood, IPP

3. Sycamore, FRT,GWT

4. Greenbay Trail

5. 606

6. Robert McClory

7. Skokie Valley

8. Combo of lakefront trails to Milwaukee

9.  Jane Addams Trail

10. Pecatonica Prairie Path

11. Bloomington Normal to Peoria(on trails)

12. I&M canal path

13. Hennepin canal path

14. Mississippi river trail path to Galena

15. Oswego and back on FRT

16. Bliss Woods/Virgil Gilman Trail 

I finished Bliss Woods/Virgil Gilman Trail and then to Oswego a couple weeks ago. And did part of the I&M Canal Trail this last weekend. Will maybe post for each of these trips soon.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Schedule update

It's only been one weekend and I already need to update the schedule. Woohoo!

Bike excursions in Illinois 2016:

1. Stern Woods to Hebron trail, FRT

2. Maywood, IPP

3. Sycamore, FRT,GWT

4. Greenbay Trail

5. 606

6. Robert McClory

7. Skokie Valley

8. Combo of lakefront trails to Milwaukee

9.  Jane Addams Trail

10. Pecatonica Prairie Path

11. Bloomington Normal to Peoria(on trails)

12. I&M canal path

13. Hennepin canal path

14. Mississippi river trail path to Galena

15. Oswego and back on FRT

16. Bliss Woods/Virgil Gilman Trail 

I will probably tackle Bliss Woods or Oswego next.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

McHenry to border then Hebron and back.

Got in 35 miles round trip, from the town of McHenry North on the Fox River Trail/McHenry Prairie Path to the Illinois-Wisconsin border and then West on the Hebron trail to the town of Hebron and back. 29 miles of this trek were unpaved. Here are some pictures.
MCCP trail just North of Rte 120 in McHenry.
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Bridge over Boone Creek
Me
Railroad overpass just South of Richmond
The railroad recently patched the walls and primed away all the grafitti. The bridge has been redone with some big girders. The large metal walls were removed.
Me at the intersection of MCCP and Hebron trail. Sign points North to border, a few hundred yards away.

Western trail head of Hebron Trail
Grand Illinois Trail information sign about Kenosha Division Railroad.
Note distances at bottom of sign. Example: Richmond -->7 miles West of Richmond.
Dashed line square highlights area this trail is in. Prominant lines are individual trails that make up the Grand Illinois Trail.
Right side blowup of Hebron Trail
KD Railroad
Picture of old Hebron train station
Me
Look how dusty my bike got on these trails.
This ride was the first half of item one on my 2016 schedule.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

My schedule for the year

I know I havent posted alot or even at all lately. And I know its killin this blog. I don't have any good answers for ya. Other than I am busy elsewhere. Anyways, here is the schedule I made up of things I want to do this year riding bikes. I had plenty of time in the first part of year being sick and injured and having lots of cold and rainy spring days indoors to work on this list. OK so here it is:

Bike excursions in Illinois 2016:

1. Stern Woods to Hebron trail, FRT

2. Maywood, IPP

3. Sycamore, FRT,GWT

4. Greenbay Trail

5. 606

6. Robert McClory

7. Skokie Valley

8. Combo of lakefront trails to Milwaukee

9.  Jane Addams Trail

10. Pecatonica Prairie Path

11. Bloomington Normal to Peoria(on trails)

12. I&M canal path

13. Hennepin canal path

14. Mississippi river trail path to Galena

15. Oswego and back on FRT

16. Bliss Woods/Virgil Gilman Trail

Thats it for now. Might add more if I can get some of these knocked out this year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ten miles on the bike rollers

Finally got some miles on the bike over the first few days of this week. Although they were miles on a bike which is perched on rollers indoors, I am still happy to be getting miles again. Am so close to at least getting over 1000 miles for the year.  Am happy about that. :D
The above pictures are of a new piece of trail that is being put in from the (almost) edge of the Fox River Trail to Carpenter Park. This area used to be the utility area for the city vehicles including gas pump for the police and a salt and gravel pile. I guess they plan on running that new trail through the park and it will link up to the new trail that they have running up the side of Maple hill.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Fall Changing Of The Bikes




Okay. So the whole summer biking season came and went without so much as a single blog post from me. Yeah,yeah. I could make big promises and say I am going to blog x times a week or something like that. I am just going to say that I plan to make a list of biking and exercise goals. And I am going to do something besides saying i want 2500 miles next year. Because there is always some kind of stumbling block in the way of long sighted goals of that nature. So that list is to follow in the future with short term goals.
    Let's discuss the above picture. That is my Scott racing bike being wheeled into an upstairs room to eventually be put on rollers for winter use. Now, I haven't totally given up on biking outdoors for this year. That is what my hybrid folding Montague-Swissbike Tx-(whatever number it is inserted here) is for. It has nice wide semi-slick tires, but not as wide as a mountain bike tire. That bike is much better equipped to handle the leaf-chowder that is strewn all over the paths and roads in the fall. My rule is that when you start seeing groups of leaves gathering on local trails, its time to retire the road bike and use the folder or mountain bike. I don't want to take a chance on a nasty accident on that stuff, which would most assuredly happen with those little skinny tires on a road bike.
The nice thing about this arrangement of my bikes is that I can keep the folding bike in my trunk. So when a nice day comes along in this cold fall weather, I can  just pop the trunk and unfold the bike.
    All that being said, lemme splain my biking year so far. That allergy which was kicking my axe last year kinda had dragged into spring. So I didn't really start getting any bike miles of significance in until June. I managed to start interspersing my bike miles with a bit of jogging and was doing well with that. Then, sometime in early October I started developing some pain and swelling behind the left knee on the back side of the leg. So I finally had to cease and desist with jogging OR biking as well for a bit of time. Actually going to try the bike on the rollers today to see how well the leg is getting along. I am at about only 950ish miles for the year so far. I would like to at least eek over one thousand, if possible. The sad thing about this is that I only managed to ride one trail outside my local area this year. That is just sadder n sad. Hence, that list which is forthcoming.
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BIKE!BIKE!BIKE!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring is here - Yeay!!

So far I have four rides in this year, the first being on March 16th. I have around 75 miles right now. My miles are a joke so far this year thanks to no indoor miles AT ALL this winter. That happened due to a nice little skin allergy I have been fighting since late August of 2014. It's kinda funny being so far down on the list of riders keeping track on the League Of Illinois Bicyclists 2015 log. Because every time I do go for a ride, I jump several spots on the list. Here are some pics from my last ride and some of the other rides from this year:
Am glad the long winter of holding my breath and getting no miles is over. Time to plan some new trails and courses! See ya on the trail!