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    Finally got to ride

    I was beginning to think it might be spring before I got to ride. The weather was decent this morning - 30F, light winds and not a chance of snow. I met the regular Sunday morning riders and we did 25 miles before heading to breakfast.

    We took a route that takes us to the top of a nearby dam (hightest point on chart). Thankfully we chose the easier climb to the top and got to experience a fantastic downhill. The easier climb is a couple miles of 4-5% grades. The views from the top are great. Sorry, no pictures. All the other Sunday riders are men and I really have to push it to keep up

    By the time we climbed the dam and a couple of those short 12% climbs my legs were burning. How quickly we lose conditioning with just a few weeks off the bike. By the time we reached the restaurant I didn't think my legs could make the four steps at the entrance.

    Hopefully the weather will be a little kinder and I can get back into shape quickly. This is the same group I'll be riding with on TOSRV and they'll show me no mercy

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    Good for you! I'm right there with you on the "conditioning in hiding". Hopefully the conditioning will show back up this spring!

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    Way to get the most out of your limited chances to ride.

    I've had good weather the past two weekends so I rode on the road each Saturday and MTB each Sunday. I hope this pattern of crappy cold and rainy weather during the work week and nice weekends continues so I can keep on being a weekend warrior.
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    I'm hoping to find a way to get in a ride or two soon. But it keeps snowing here (here being back in Wisconsin, got in a couple of hours ago).

    Snowed today, freezing rain predicted tomorrow, snow on Tuesday, etc.
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    I'm glad you got out for a ride. I had one on Friday that was one of the most restorative I've had. I didn't know how much I needed my fix until I got home and was cheerful and happy the rest of the evening.

    Our spate of rain appears to be moving eastward so the week looks lovely for squeezing in the occasion fast and furious ride. I have my sunscreen out, just in case it's warm enough to leave the arm warmers home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    I have my sunscreen out, just in case it's warm enough to leave the arm warmers home.
    I'll just be happy when all I have to wear is arm warmers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
    ... when all I have to wear is arm warmers
    That should be an interesting ride

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    Just picture arm warmers on her avatar.
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    I got my first "ride" of the year in today. This is sad,17.5 miles. About 10 miles in it starts to spit little minature snowballs, about like the frozen icecream things sold at street fairs(dots I think). At 20mph it was like being the target in a paintball tourney.

    Hey Al Gore where the h*** is that global warming thing?

    You know you have been off the bike too long when you get to the end of the street and find you don't have a helmet on! Guess all the winter gear made my head feel like it was there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106 View Post
    I got my first "ride" of the year in today. This is sad,17.5 miles. About 10 miles in it starts to spit little minature snowballs, about like the frozen icecream things sold at street fairs(dots I think). At 20mph it was like being the target in a paintball tourney.

    Hey Al Gore where the h*** is that global warming thing?

    You know you have been off the bike too long when you get to the end of the street and find you don't have a helmet on! Guess all the winter gear made my head feel like it was there.
    I'm not too far ahead of you with miles for the year....I have a whopping 45
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    Doing one short ride every other week might make you feel better for being on the bike, but it really won't help with conditioning for TOSRV. For that you'll have to wait till the weather improves, then get out every day. Trouble for me is, the weather doesn't improve until a couple weeks before the big event!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Doing one short ride every other week might make you feel better for being on the bike, but it really won't help with conditioning for TOSRV. For that you'll have to wait till the weather improves, then get out every day. Trouble for me is, the weather doesn't improve until a couple weeks before the big event!
    Weather generally starts improving in March around here. The best I can do when snow and ice is on the ground is use the trainer, treadmill and weight lifting. Hopefully that will keep me in good enough shape until I can get outdoors on the bike more often.

    If that good weather hits on a work day I'll just have to call in sick It's almost 60F today but it's pouring down rain and they're predicting flooding. This weekend is looking good
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    Glad you got out.
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    Sheesh, I thought I was tired of the "cold" here. I couldn't get motivated over the weekend to get out and go. I believe this weekend will be better.

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    No riding tonight or tomorrow. Perhaps no driving either. They are forecasting 10"-12" of snow, beginning around 4-5 pm.

    Should have stayed in Florida for another week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Way to get the most out of your limited chances to ride.

    I've had good weather the past two weekends so I rode on the road each Saturday and MTB each Sunday. I hope this pattern of crappy cold and rainy weather during the work week and nice weekends continues so I can keep on being a weekend warrior.
    You should be so lucky. Have to admit that Saturday would have been not too bad for riding- But I was at work in the Morning and getting the garden ready again for the high winds expected on Sunday and for the rest of the week. Got to ride Sunday in the wind- But if your forecast is anything to go by-- we have the same. My problem is that I have a lot of Yard work to do this week- In the high wind and rain. Got soaked yesterday so took in the Goretex today. That material still works. Just hope that the weekend "Good" weather carrys on.

    8 pm right now and 2" of rain fell today- Mainly in my garden and the 30 mph wind is howling round the house. Roll on the weekend- cos I ain't doing evening rides in this weather.
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