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Old 11-30-08, 10:44 PM   #1
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Saturday's long ride

Well, 'long' is a relative term, but it was a long ride for me! For me this was the longest I've ridden a bike in 15 or 16 years. This was the ride referred to in this other thread. To sum up, my wife was never approving, even after I altered the route to get off of the higher-speed roads as soon as I could. The new route was 18 miles in length. The new route was very scenic, had very few cars, and a strangely large number of horse farms.

Bringing my car back to my apartment was an adventure when I ended up as the 2nd person stopping to help a car that had crashed off of the Mass Turnpike and flipped over (3 times!). The driver walked away with some head lacerations and a concussion. Amazing. I was expecting to find body parts by the side of the road when I stopped.

Anyway, the weather was nice, I hit the road at noon on my V-Rex, and cycled off. I made good time through the next 2 towns when I turned off the main road onto a side street at the 9 mile mark. So far so good, I drank some Gatorade, knocked back a Cliff Shot (yuck, never again) and some water, and pedaled on. Eventually, I turn onto a road called Farm St and head down it looking for it to connect to Farm Rd. Being a Massachusetts native, such a perverse set of road names seems hardly unusual to me. See the Google Map here. I eventually discovered I needed to take the short 'Bridge St' that connects the two, but not after adding an additional 6 miles of detour. I downed another Cliff Shot (still nasty) at the 16 mile mark when I realized I still had a ways to travel.

I finally rolled into my mother-in-law's driveway after 24.13 miles, at an average of 12.4 mph, with 1244 feet of climbing and a total elevation change of 125 feet. Slow but determined, I guess. My legs were shot at this point but nothing felt over-used and I had no injuries. I felt great having made my goal and have little soreness to show for it. I'll do a 10-mile ride tomorrow.

Just a few months ago a 1.5 mile ride left me half-dead.
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Sounds good!...Sometimes the long ride is gauged by time and not miles covered and 2 hours is a long ride. 2 hours flat is 30 miles while some hilss may make a 2 hour ride 20 miles so sounds LONG to me!

Yup, ez spin ride tomorrow. Does wonders!
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Congratulations on the great ride. And I think you've persuaded me to get a 'bent. That you could climb that much in a recumbent position gives me hope I can.
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Yup, ez spin ride tomorrow. Does wonders!
40 degrees, raining, and very dark out. I think I will take my neglected 24 kg kettlebell to the company loading dock for a lunch workout instead today!

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Congratulations on the great ride. And I think you've persuaded me to get a 'bent. That you could climb that much in a recumbent position gives me hope I can.
Here's the elevation profile from bikely.com, including detour...

My hill climbing speed varied from 6-12 mph, going much slower towards the end, of course. This is really an engine issue, once I finish dropping 50 lbs I expect to be going a bit faster.

One problem that cropped up was the handlebar position on this older V-Rex has your arms close to the chest with your elbows flexed ('hamster' handlebars). This aggravated my ongoing nerve problems in my left arm and led to severe hand pain after 1.5 hours. I'm upgrading to a different style of handlebar for Xmas that should solve this problem completely.
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My other big lesson learned: bring a ****ing $3 road map when I'm on unfamiliar roads.
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My other big lesson learned: bring a ****ing $3 road map when I'm on unfamiliar roads.
Never a bad idea.
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Out of curiosity, was your wife able to detect how proud you were of this ride? Do you think it helped her see how important this is to you? I don't want to go to far down the road of the "other thread", just wondered how the relationship portion of the ride turned out.

btw......Great ride. 24 miles is 24 miles. Actually, I think 24 miles is huge when you factor in the 6 mile detour/alteration of the route. That can mess with your head.

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Out of curiosity, was your wife able to detect how proud you were of this ride? Do you think it helped her see how important this is to you? I don't want to go to far down the road of the "other thread", just wondered how the relationship portion of the ride turned out.

btw......Great ride. 24 miles is 24 miles. Actually, I think 24 miles is huge when you factor in the 6 mile detour/alteration of the route. That can mess with your head.

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Well, she 'gets' that this is important to me, but she's still not sold on safety. That's going to be a long hill to climb but we'll get there. It doesn't help that this month I'm getting a front tooth capped that I broke doing a face plant off my bike when I was 8 or 9.

That detour really was a pain. I was mentally prepared to do 18 miles since last Monday I'd done 13. 24 was just not part of the plan!
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