Ready for the darkness

Since the first ride on my rowingbike I haven't gotten around to riding it again. Last week I had 24/7 stand-by from work and that meant carrying a laptop with me (not so very handy). This week I don't have to but there still is another problem, I haven't fitted the bike with a headlight and that was necessary for biking to and from work in the dark. The mounting point was there and so was the headlight, but the problem was that the light was to far back and the footslider would crash into it if I started to use the bike.


Heatmap bike rides (2010)

A heatmap is a image where data is represented in a graphical way using color differences or intensities. In my case I created a map where all my non-commute rides are shown.


Oliebollenride 2010

This time in the far-away Tilbug, but that isn't much of a problem. For me this was the first time, seeing I only own a velomobile since this February this year. I'd reserved a couple of day's for cycling to and from Tilburg. The first day before the ride I went to IJsselstein where I could stay at Maarten S. his place for the night. The alarm clock would go off at 6 AM and 1,5 hour later I was in the bike. The day's before the ride I worried a bit about the amount of snow I'd encounter on the way there and if the bike paths would be clean enough, but generally speaking it wasn't to bad.


First ride on my Rowingbike Thys 209

Last Sunday I received my new bike and yesterday afternoon I was able to ride it for the first time. Fortunately the roads were mostly clean. In some spots there was still some snow, but for 99% the roads were clean. The last time I rode a rowingbike was about half year ago, but this time it went quite well. Only getting started and riding at slow speeds still needs a bit of practice. This Monday I'm leaving for the Oliebollentocht in Tilburg (in the South of The Netherlands), I will be back on Thursday.


Start rowing...

... well, almost. This afternoon my Thys 209 rowingbike was delivered by the owner of Liever Ligfietsen in Leeuwarden. I've waited a long time for this (almost half a year), but soon I can take it outside. At least... if the snow and dirt are gone. Now it just sits in my living room on one of those Tacx Cycletrack Speedbraker T1800. I can practice a bit until the weather clears.


Slow, fast and pulled over

This morning I left on my bike to do some erg (read: indoor rowing) on our rowing club. There is still ice in the water so you have to do something to keep in shape. And I got enough training on the way there. The new bike path between Zuidhorn and Groningen wasn't very nicely cleared of snow and ice. They had swept it bit that was a few days ago. Now all the snow and ice was frozen again and the tracks of other bikes were frozen into it, making the speed drop some 10 to 15 km/h. A good workout.


A message from Italy

Last night I received a email from a Italian (Fabio Bianchini) with the following text: "Ho una bellisima tua foto che ti ho scattato durante una mia vacanza in Olanda. Vorrei inviartela se hai un indirizzo di posta elettronica in cui allegarla come foto.jpg". As I don't speak Italian I used Google Translate to translate the text: "I have a beautifull and your photos I took during my vacation in Holland. If you would like to send an e-mail when attaching a foto.jpg", which I was able to decipher.


It's getting colder

Usually I would be sitting in the boat by 11 hours, but because there is ice that wouldn't happen. Instead I did some ergo, less fun...but you have to keep up your condition somehow. The first 5 to 10 minutes was warming up en then we did three series of 3 minutes V+15, 2 minutes V+10 and 1 minute V+5. The V is the average 500 meter time of a test I did some 2 weeks ago (I had a time of 2:03.8 per 500 meter). The +15 for instance is 15 above the V time.


Bible study weekend Esbeek

Last weekend there was a Bible study weekend in the Southern part of The Netherlands. Just as two years ago I took my recumbent to cover the distance, but with a few differences. First of all there was the location. Last year it was in Maasbommel, now it was Esbeek. Resulting in a distance increase from 216 to 272 kilometers. Seeing that I now own a second recumbent (my velomobile), I could use it for this long trip. Two years ago I covered the distance with my Nazca Fuego which I had for only two months. Now I am more accustomed to long distances.


Guess what...

Some half year ago Fietsje (a small bike company) celebrated their two year existence in the A-kerk (A-church) in Groningen. I knew there were images of that event, but now I've actualy seen them. And guess what... I'm in it!

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