Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
I feel really good about today's race. I managed to ride with the peloton for the first 15 miles, and I maxed at 29.3 mph. I think the peloton was averaging around 25 mph. Laredo Cycling Club was really pushing the peloton, circulating their riders to the front for breakaways, then blocking off the rest of the group. They were very organized and were executing planned tactics without any problems. Frankly, the 4-5 of us from Team McAllen seemed to be just riding, drafting, and trying not to get dropped.
To make things exciting, I accidentally dropped one of my water bottles around mile 13, but luckily nobody crashed. At mile 15 I was fading, and I stopped to refill my remaining bottle, and I rested for about 2-3 minutes. I then picked up with the next group, and rode the remaining miles with them.
So here's the stats:
Elapsed Time: 1:53:24
Saddle Time: 1:51:10
Avg Heart Rate: 176 BPM
Avg Speed: 21.1 MPH
Avg Cadence: 90 RPM
So, GOALS ACHIEVED! Lastly -- the Lone Star Pacesetters hosted a well organized, enjoyable event. Thanks!
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
My daily commute takes me from Mission, Texas to Hidalgo, Texas, then across the Rio Grande into Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Here's a few shots from the drive, most of them taken through the windshield.
Not the River. This is a Canal in Reynosa.
I Work in 'Parque Industrial del Norte'
Police Always Drive with Lights Flashing
Actually a Nice Hotel, Despite Graffiti
Sunday, April 22, 2007
- A large children's section, which was great. The most interesting thing was a large contraption that moved blue plastic balls around and represented the movement of water through the ecosystem. It's a small wing, but the quality of the exhibit is good.
- A VERY nice outdoor play area, again with a focus on moving water. There are water guns to shoot, pumps to move water, and typical playscape equipment. B loved this stuff.
A wing that housed one small exhibit of oil paintings, most with orchids as the subject matter. The art was okay, but not my favorite. I wish I could remember the artist...
- Multiple small rooms, primarily for children. One had 4-5 live reptiles and amphibians, and another had a water / ecology interactive area.
- A small multimedia room with still images from the Hubble Space Telescope, a video documentary, and some rock exhibits.
- Several nice sculpture pieces, displayed outdoors in the courtyards.
- A wing that was hosting a traveling motorcycle exhibit. We didn't pay the extra $$$ to get into this area.
For the valley, the content of the museum was good. Compared to other metropolitan museums I've visited, the museum earns a C-. My favorite part of the museum was the architecture of the building itself. Photos follow...
Spanish Mission Play Area with One of the Largest Mesquite Trees I've Seen
Interesting "Beehive" Made from Recycled Plastic Decking Material
Friday, April 20, 2007
At the Start