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Old 01-20-14, 05:01 PM   #76
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Went on a bike ride with a group that was published as "17-19 mph pace." Ended up with an average of 21.3 mph for 45 miles and 1,053 ft of climbing. Spent most of the ride hanging on to the back of the pace line. Lost the group about a mile from the finish on the last climb. Felt good that I was able to keep pace for 44 of the 45 miles.

Mileage for the month = 421.8 miles
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1/2 ~ First ride of the yr & it was a dirty cruiser: 6mi - 986ft - 45:51
1/6 ~ Lunchtime Interval suckage Day1...dry 80*: 13.3mi - 427ft - 42:49
1/7 ~ Trying to be Speedy lunch ride, still hacking lungs from my cold: 18.8mi - 823ft - 59.20
1/9 ~ Lunch ride looking for elves: 20.1mi - 1,211 - 1:03:21
1/21~ Sucks to be sick but that is life, back to the grind...hill grind : 16.6 - 1,332ft - 59:21 http://www.strava.com/activities/108065735

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14 miles on the rollers today.

Goal: 250 miles
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MTD 327 miles. Going for 400+ this month. Need at least 600 km for the "Prove It" on strava which i am over 500+km. Was going to do a nice 65 mile ride this past Sunday but had a wipeout and bent my rear derailleur cage and drop out hanger so had to cut it short. Anyone else doing the Strava challenge?
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192.32 YTD
Been cold, windy, and unseasonably rainy here in North Central Florida............
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Of my 100 mile goal, I am at 35.7 miles... It's been pretty cold, so I've only managed 3 rides so far

1/1- 21.1 miles
1/11 - 6.9 miles
1/20 - 7.7 miles

Now I have been using my old fan bike to just spin as much as I can stand... Since I have 170 minutes of , and I avg 12mph, would it not be safe to assume that I would have covered an additional 34 miles? That would at least put me at 69.7miles for the month...
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1/2 ~ First ride of the yr & it was a dirty cruiser: 6mi - 986ft - 45:51
1/6 ~ Lunchtime Interval suckage Day1...dry 80*: 13.3mi - 427ft - 42:49
1/7 ~ Trying to be Speedy lunch ride, still hacking lungs from my cold: 18.8mi - 823ft - 59.20
1/9 ~ Lunch ride looking for elves: 20.1mi - 1,211 - 1:03:21
1/21~ Sucks to be sick but that is life, back to the grind...hill grind : 16.6 - 1,332ft - 59:21
1/22 ~ Easy lunch pedal : 19.3mi - 1,312ft - 01:06:28 http://www.strava.com/activities/108285355

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According to the thermometer it's 'nothing' out so another 90 min trainer session with 4x9 min intervals at 105% pFTP with 9 min in between

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Running: 33.9 miles/ 2,139' gain
Riding: 76 mi / 3,934' gain
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1/22 ~ Easy lunch pedal : 19.3mi - 1,312ft - 01:06:28 http://www.strava.com/activities/108285355
Remember about year ago when a hard ride was 2 mph slower than that?
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Remember about year ago when a hard ride was 2 mph slower than that?
The truth is scary......yah I think every road ride was in the 15-16 mph range. Now everything is in the 18-20 range no matter the mile counter. Now looking for a lower stem. Played on a guru fit machine before dinner. Got a good feel of changing out my 110mm\-6 stem for a 120mm\-10 or -17 one. Lean towards the 10 as it should look better
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The truth is scary......yah I think every road ride was in the 15-16 mph range. Now everything is in the 18-20 range no matter the mile counter. Now looking for a lower stem. Played on a guru fit machine before dinner. Got a good feel of changing out my 110mm\-6 stem for a 120mm\-10 or -17 one. Lean towards the 10 as it should look better
Amazing how that works eh? Seems like a solo 50 mile ride in 2 1/2 hours is out of the question then next thing you know it's an everyday thing.

There is a GURU deal at a LBS near here and I spent a LONG(!) time on it going through many different configurations. When they switched the machine back to my "old" specs while I was riding it was a quick "Stop! that's horrible, go back!" Awesome machine.
When I went from a 100 to a 120 it opened up my chest a lot. Breathing was far easier. I still don't have that much drop from the saddle to the top of the bars; maybe 2 1/12". Old isn't flexy
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great start to the year...I hit my goal of 300 miles for the month yesterday. Still got 8 days left for the month...all extra miles in the bank. I can not take all the credit...the new Garmin 500 has helped me geek out on all the data when I download it to Strava...
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I still don't have that much drop from the saddle to the top of the bars; maybe 2 1/12". Old isn't flexy
I spent only 30min on the GURU, my friend that works at the shop told me to come back this weekend after my ride to play on it more and dial my SS to the GURU.

I have my 58cm with zero spacers on the low profile spacer on the super6. With the 110mm -6* I'm around 4 1/2" drop "eyeballing it" and feel the need to go lower when the speed kicks up on the ride, I'm hunching more then I should it seems. Hence changing to a -10* or -17* stem to get a bit more aggressive when in drops. The only thing I don't like about aggressive fitting is when going down 10% grades or more, I have to move the weight to the rear more when braking. But now I have the disc CX bike for those adventure roads
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great start to the year...I hit my goal of 300 miles for the month yesterday. Still got 8 days left for the month...all extra miles in the bank. I can not take all the credit...the new Garmin 500 has helped me geek out on all the data when I download it to Strava...
congrats hitting your goal, I don't think I'm gonna hit any of mine with the 2week sick vacation from my bikes. More I rode the worse it got with the dry air we had. So just had to go cold turkey. Strava is awesome motivator / tracker
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great start to the year...I hit my goal of 300 miles for the month yesterday. Still got 8 days left for the month...all extra miles in the bank. I can not take all the credit...the new Garmin 500 has helped me geek out on all the data when I download it to Strava...
I started using Strave in October 2013 and I have been very motivated using it as a tool. I had no idea how far I was riding before that. I can set goals for the month and know exactly where I stand...Good job!
P.S. apparently you have to have 50 posts to send a message. My Strava is Timo Haugen if you want to follow one another
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jsigone and thrllskr....thanks for the congrats. I had no idea who addicting the Garmin would be for after the ride. Before the garmin I had a cycle computer on all of my bikes...and I tracked the mileage every month, and for the whole calendar year. The #'s have been a huge motivating factor for me since I started riding as an adult back in 2010. But this is going to take it to another level. I am starting to pay attention to the heart rate and cadence readings. I had been told in the past that I had a high cadence spin. I now know that I like being in the mid to high 80's for my feel good cadence.
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I started using Strave in October 2013 and I have been very motivated using it as a tool. I had no idea how far I was riding before that. I can set goals for the month and know exactly where I stand...Good job!
P.S. apparently you have to have 50 posts to send a message. My Strava is Timo Haugen if you want to follow one another
so if you are on Strava...are you shooting for the 600km for the month of Jan or should I say the "Prove it" challenge? I have 382 KMs to date. I added you to follow on Strava. You can find me as Larry Lopez in Sacramento, ca
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1/2 -- 21.8 miles, 945'
1/3 -- 25.1 miles, 1453'
1/4 -- 46.8 miles, 1654' (should have eaten on this one; last hill before home was tough!)
1/6 -- 21.6 miles, 935' and in the low 30s. Clingfilm wrapping my toes in my shoes!
1/7 -- 21.6 miles, 938', also cold and no I have no cold weather gear.
1/9 -- 21.6 miles, 938'. Weather warmed up and ran it as a tempo ride.
1/10 -- 20.2 miles, 1322'. Don't ride up a canyon in gusty weather when you've got to get back to work for a con call. Just sayin'.
1/11 -- 38.7 miles, 3494'. Testing myself, my gearing, and my nutrition on some longer climbs. Fun stuff.
1/12 -- 20.3 miles, 1893'. Wicked, wicked windy, so confined myself to more sheltered areas and some climbing
1/13 -- 16.2 miles, 827'.
1/17 -- 26.2 miles, 1512'. Back from the work trip
1/18 -- 32.8 miles, 2605'. Had to get over 500km.
1/19 -- 21.5 miles, 935' -- time for the standard cruise at a nice moderate HR
1/20 -- 23.7 miles, 1257'
1/21 -- 20.5 miles, 883'. Was trying the REI Novara Tempest tights, and /hated/ them. Need to find something more built for me.

MTD -- 378 miles (603km), making the Strava 'Prove it' Goal I had set myself. Stretch goal is to match jsigone's 450 total for the month.
-- 21,614'

It's gravy from here, but MIGHT try for the Gran Fondo challenge. That's definitely a lot longer than I've done so far, so it's possibly a bridge too far.


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1/2 ~ First ride of the yr & it was a dirty cruiser: 6mi - 986ft - 45:51
1/6 ~ Lunchtime Interval suckage Day1...dry 80*: 13.3mi - 427ft - 42:49
1/7 ~ Trying to be Speedy lunch ride, still hacking lungs from my cold: 18.8mi - 823ft - 59.20
1/9 ~ Lunch ride looking for elves: 20.1mi - 1,211 - 1:03:21
1/21~ Sucks to be sick but that is life, back to the grind...hill grind : 16.6 - 1,332ft - 59:21
1/22 ~ Easy lunch pedal : 19.3mi - 1,312ft - 01:06:28
1/23 ~ Social Lunch ride in the wind: 15.5mi - 679ft - 01:01:24 http://www.strava.com/activities/108491115
1/23~ MTB night ride w/o garmin O the agony: 11mi - 1500ft - 1:15:00

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MTD -- 378 miles (603km), making the Strava 'Prove it' Goal I had set myself. Stretch goal is to match jsigone's 450 total for the month.
-- 21,614'
You're totally killing my numbers and still have a weekend to play with
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You're totally killing my numbers and still have a weekend to play with
Hah! Yes, but now the wind is here. 30mph sustained and 50mph gusts is going to keep me off the bike.

Like I said, i've been amazed by your numbers. It's been a LOT of work to match them, so I continue to admire it. Interesting to read the comments on the speed; I'll be very happy to see what mine look like later in the year when I actually break 2k cycling miles.
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6 dag gum degrees out so another 90 min on the trainer - jsigone would know it as a 3x20@90% pFTP

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Running: 33.9 miles/ 2,139' gain
Riding: 76 mi / 3,934' gain
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It just won't get over 34*F here and it's been very cloudy and foggy for over 8 days. Not very good weather for cycling. So, I did another 15 miles on the rollers today.

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MTD -- 378 miles (603km), making the Strava 'Prove it' Goal I had set myself. Stretch goal is to match jsigone's 450 total for the month.
-- 21,614'

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so it's possibly a bridge too far.

Nope - you can get there.
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MTD -- 378 miles (603km), making the Strava 'Prove it' Goal I had set myself. Stretch goal is to match jsigone's 450 total for the month.
-- 21,614'

It's gravy from here, but MIGHT try for the Gran Fondo challenge. That's definitely a lot longer than I've done so far, so it's possibly a bridge too far.


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Great! you made the prove it! I was thinking about the Gran Fondo also but, with the wind as you have said...100 miles with wind is miserable and I like to enjoy my rides. I am going to hit over 600km this week also.
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