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Old 05-18-09, 06:31 PM   #1
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Good Victoria Day Ride

So today in Canada we have a holiday called Victoria day or Queens day. Did a club ride, first one my brother in-law has ever been on and what a bad way to introduce himself. Hit a good size rock no one pointed out, went down taking another rider with him. No real injuries but the other guy had to limp back with a bent derailure. Brother inlaw got right back up checked out bike and got right back on. We ended up doing 132km with some climbing mixed in. Was the longest ride he has ever done as well as most climbing. Other than the spill it was a great ride.
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Old 05-18-09, 07:12 PM   #2
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So today in Canada we have a holiday called Victoria day or Queens day. Did a club ride, first one my brother in-law has ever been on and what a bad way to introduce himself. Hit a good size rock no one pointed out, went down taking another rider with him. No real injuries but the other guy had to limp back with a bent derailure. Brother inlaw got right back up checked out bike and got right back on. We ended up doing 132km with some climbing mixed in. Was the longest ride he has ever done as well as most climbing. Other than the spill it was a great ride.
My wife and I also got a ride in today, her longest at just under 13km, included a couple of good sized hills, she did better then I thought she would! Yeah I know not that long overall, but she is just getting really started this year.
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Old 05-19-09, 04:57 AM   #3
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13km is more than I could ever get my wife to do. She has a saying " whenever I wanted to get anywhere as a kid I had to use my bike, be damned if I ride one now"
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I went on a 37 km ride the day before, with that headwind from hell.

short 10 km ride yesterday in much nicer weather.
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Old 05-19-09, 09:49 AM   #5
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My wife and I did a roughly 21 mile ride on Sunday (that's like, 100 kilometers, right?). It was a lot of fun. We averaged 10-11 mph on the way out, which was fine, since she's on a mountain bike with smoothies, and I'm on the Denali. At the end of the trail was a delightful coffeehouse where we got a snack and Italian soda. Bad mistake. Never give my wife carbs while riding. I ended up clocking her doing 15 mph on her mountain bike. Of course, it took me a couple hundred yards to catch her. We finally peaked with a sprint of 17 mph In other words, the 10.4 mile ride out was roughly an hour, the same ride back was just under 50 minutes. It was a lot of fun
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62 miles is 100km. 21 miles = 33.7962 km, which is still a nice ride.
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Yeah, I know. It was the fisherman in me, mildly exaggerating, hoping nobody would catch it, LOL! It was still a fun ride.
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I did a 211km ride yesterday and did not even break a sweat but i needed to get gas mid way LOL. All kidding aside thats amazing i be happy to break the 20km mark again like i used too. Right now 10kms is still REALLY hard to pull off but i working at it i ride pretty much every day since i got the bike.
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I did a 211km ride yesterday and did not even break a sweat but i needed to get gas mid way LOL. All kidding aside thats amazing i be happy to break the 20km mark again like i used too. Right now 10kms is still REALLY hard to pull off but i working at it i ride pretty much every day since i got the bike.
There is no doubt riding is physically demanding but I think a lot of it is mental. My blaw had it in his mind he couldn't do over 100k. I just told him our ride would be like 90k. He finished with no big problems, felt like he could have done a 160k.
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I had my best ride of the year so far. It was a 31km roundtrip out and back on the local bike trail. Some asphalt some road some gravel 1/3 each. 27.1 KM/h avg speed, cadence avg 83 and HR avg 145

I felt really good afterward and celebrated hard with a hunk of carrot cake. Surly Cross Check with 700 x 32 - it was my fastest ride in the two years I have owned it.
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I did a 211km ride yesterday and did not even break a sweat but i needed to get gas mid way LOL. All kidding aside thats amazing i be happy to break the 20km mark again like i used too. Right now 10kms is still REALLY hard to pull off but i working at it i ride pretty much every day since i got the bike.
it will get easier relatively quickly.

I've been meaning to tell you - you should check out the Cambridge-Paris rail trail. Nice level route along the Grand River - perfect for your new bike.

http://webhome.idirect.com/~brown/webdoc2.htm
http://www.grandriver.ca/index/docum...Sub1=84&sub2=0

check that site out, there's a few other local rail trails.
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