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Old 09-10-06, 07:16 PM   #1
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My first metric

Just the facts, ma'am:

The event: Slow Spokes of Macomb (MI) "Peach of a Ride", an annual event.

Location: The bucolic farm and orchard country of northern Macomb and southern St. Clair counties.

Weather: upper 50s to mid 60's, mostly cloudy (partial clearing in afternoon), damp, wind NNE @ 10-15mph. Wind was mostly against us in the first half of the ride. Brrr!

Terrain: Flat to rolling; one fairly short but steep hill. Pleased to say I didn't use the small ring...just stood and mashed (and panted!).

Ride time, including rest stops: ~4.5 hours. (Edit: more like 5.)

Distance: 65 miles advertised (64.3 on my computer).

Average speed on my computer: 15.3mph. Rest stops excluded.

After ride pie: Hate to admit it but I was too tired! The club served pasta, salad, fruit and cookies after the ride in the school cafeteria (ride HQ).

I rode most of the course myself. At the halfway rest stop I met some people I knew and got into a pack of 8 strong riders. After about 16 miles at 18-22mph and a few hills, including that steep one, I faded back and finished the last leg at a leisurely 12-15mph. Yes, I was pooped.

This is the longest ride I've ever done. Perhaps a century next year?

Early bed time tonight, kids. Maybe a little Schubert on the stereo first.

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Old 09-10-06, 07:22 PM   #2
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Good stuff, and congrats. You have a well-deserved rest this evening!
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Congratulations.

And if you want to do a century next year, I am sure you will!
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Early bed time tonight, kids. Maybe a little Schubert on the stereo first.
But not the "Unfinished". Today you finished!
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Good ride. Congrats!
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Congrats on reaching a big milestone!

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Terrain: Flat to rolling; one fairly short but steep hill. Pleased to say I didn't use the small ring...just stood and mashed (and panted!).
Don't quite understand this -- that's what the small ring is for. Are you planning on riding this next year on a fixie?
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Excellent. Being in a group in windy conditions is always very helpful!!
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Good ride! If you do a century next year, who will you listen to prior to sleep?..... Mozart? Perhaps... Bach, or Mendelson, or maybe even Brahm's lullaby?
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Good ride! If you do a century next year, who will you listen to prior to sleep?..... Mozart? Perhaps... Bach, or Mendelson, or maybe even Brahm's lullaby?
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Congrats!
Very good ride report!
When you first start riding longer distances it really is a major accomplishment.
You might have been pooped at the end, but you will feel better today and probably you'll begin planning your next long ride!
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But not the "Unfinished". Today you finished!
Actually, that's what I played!

If I do a century, maybe the music should be Mahler's Symphony #2, "The Resurrection". Though the Haydn "Military" was a good idea, too.

Of course, if I bonk, there's always the Tchaikovsky "Pathetique".

I feel pretty good today. Maybe I'll do a recovery ride tonight.
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