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Old 04-23-12, 12:38 PM   #1
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Athena journey so far

Here is me last summer just after purchasing my Trek FX 7.2 WSD. This picture was taken in July 2011



Here I am this past March 3 2012 in Seal Beach CA with the FX



And here is me again in Seal Beach with my new baby (2012 Trek 3.1 Madone with SRAM Apex)



Yesterday I rode the furthest ever for me: 32.8 miles with my highest avg speed to date as well (13.9 mph).
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Ooh, shiny bike! Congratulations on your 32 miler, looks like you're having a ball. Are you hitting one of the river trails? It looks like some of those are on the beach path.
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Way to go! That's a respectable average for that distance imho. Your pics clearly show your progress.
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Ooh, shiny bike! Congratulations on your 32 miler, looks like you're having a ball. Are you hitting one of the river trails? It looks like some of those are on the beach path.
The last two pics are taken at the end of the San Gabriel River Trail. They have a nice area there to take pictures, use the restroom, get water...there is even a restaurant (Rivers End Cafe)...

My ride yesterday was this:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/170838740

I rode to the LBS in Huntington Beach to get a refund on the difference in price as they had my bike on sale this weekend for about $70 less than I paid. Nice excuse for a long ride.

Here are some pics from my ride yesterday:

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Good job! Did you feel beat to hell or fresh as a daisy after 32 miles? Keep adding miles, but don't push too hard or you'll burn yourself out.
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Nice going! That a touch faster than my own usual average.
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I actually felt pretty good - not exhausted but not like I left a ton of gas in the tank. Doing a 31 mile ride on May 5 (Tour of Long Beach) and am planning on signing up for a Metric Century in June.
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In that case, add around 5 miles a week to your long ride and keep riding a few miles every day or two during the week (10 a ride would be good). You're ready for the 31 mile ride, but you need to get some miles in your legs for the metric century so you can finish strong. You could probably finish it now, but you may not want to ever ride a bike again if you tried it now.
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Nice job! It looks like you have beautiful areas to ride.
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Thought I recognized it - I've been to that little water fountain a few times but never peeked over to see what the restaurant looked like. even though it's only 20 feet away .

That newly repaved section is niiiiiiiiiice. Here's my bike relaxing at that water fountain, with the shadow of my noggin:

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Thought I recognized it - I've been to that little water fountain a few times but never peeked over to see what the restaurant looked like. even though it's only 20 feet away .
They did a really nice job with redoing the area including the SGRT. I have yet to try the cafe (keep telling my husband to ride with me by telling him "there's beer at the end"...but it hasn't worked...yet).
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That newly repaved section is niiiiiiiiiice. Here's my bike relaxing at that water fountain, with the shadow of my noggin:

Nice shot of your bike. Good spot for a pic too. May have to do one like it next time!
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Way to go! That's a respectable average for that distance imho. Your pics clearly show your progress.
Thanks...I wasn't sure if I had made visible progress yet.

I just noticed you are from Ellensburg. I was just up that way visiting family in Selah/Yakima area. I graduated HS in Selah. Had a great visit with my dad. Every time I saw a bike lane on the street, I was wishing I had my bike.
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Your progress is easily seen in the photos. Though you don't look much different at a glance, closer inspection -Don't mention it; it was my pleasure- reveals far better muscle and skin tone.

You're looking great and doing great. We're happy for you. Keep it up.
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Nice job nice bike!

We ride the San Gabriel trail every once in a while but do Santa Ana trail most of the time. Give it a try, nicer, purtier.

Although the SGRT has been much improved over the last year.

Couple months ago on the SGRT to Seal Beach. Nice, 71 miles to Encanto Park (above the SF dam)

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The video was awesome. What do you use to film? Would love to make one of those eventually with my cycling group. What pace were you guys riding? Seemed pretty fast to me.
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The video was awesome. What do you use to film? Would love to make one of those eventually with my cycling group. What pace were you guys riding? Seemed pretty fast to me.

Thanks! I use a Flip video recorder. I actually have 2 (one still new in the box as back up). Works well, easy operation, good sound but doesnt' have a shock resistance system so it can be a little shakey since I do it without a mount (freehand).

Battery pack allows recharge while plugged into port. Internal edit program, also wmmoviemaker 2011 compatible. But they did discontinue production from what I understand. I paid about $140 but last I saw a few months back were on sale for $69.

Nice steady mage with a tripod but on the bike, not possible.




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Pace on the ride 71 miles 17.0 average.

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Stupid question...what is GMR?
Not a stupid question. I/we at times take it for granted that everybody knows our lingo.

GMR (Glendora Mountain Road). Ver popular ride in the cycling world. 210/57 fwy area Lone hill exit area of Glendora.

Mountain road that climbs the first 8 miles at a 6% grade. Many riders are happy with that. Some of the more determined riders go to the village (21 miles 5000 ft gain total over 42 miles).

I have pics of the road and a video. My wife has done the shack and 6 beyond about 20 times. Our Athena friend Alyce has done it aobut 15 times. She shocks me cause she does not talk the talk but walks the walk unlike many "serious" riders I know. Let me tell you, if anybody has a serious disadvantage over other riders, it's Gina and Alyce but they ride up there without excuses.

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Beachgrad,

Keep it up! It can be done, I'm living proof!

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Congrats on the rides. Looks like things are progressing well with the distance/experience. Definitely faster than I usually ride at this point.
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I want to check the GMR out!
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Another question....no cars?
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Another question....no cars?
On a weekend GMR ride, you might see 10 motorcycles (usually together) and 5 cars. On the way down you might only see 2 motorcycles and 1 car as descending speeds are much higher than ascending speeds.

Duirng the week, even fewer vehicles. Some weekends are a bit more crowded but not much.

GMR is referred to "GMR". If one says "The GMR", other riders will not understand what you are talking about .
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BG, great accomplishments. Which June metric are you aiming for?
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The one I'm thinking of is this one.

http://bigringcentury.com/

Ths is the route

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/64833248
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