Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-24-09, 05:58 PM   #1
Litespeed
Senior Moment
Thread Starter
 
Litespeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Lakeside California
Bikes: Litespeed Blueridge
Posts: 952
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Forgotten how hard this ride is

Since I couldn't talk anyone into riding with me today, I decided to hit the hills by myself.

I haven't done the Alpine ride in about 4 - 5 years (on my single, and NEVER by myself). It's only about 10 - 12 miles up to Alpine from my house, but it's just about all up hill.

Even on the way back, I didn't want to take the same route because of road construction and metal plates in the road. My only other option was going back into town and then doing another mile and a half climb to my house. By the end of the ride I had done 2300 feet of climbing (that's a LOT for me).

It didn't help that the weather decided to turn very warm (82). Guess I can't complain to much, I did have a great time -- isn't that what it's all about?

Well I guess it's off to my 3 mile walk, then I can finally relax.
Litespeed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-09, 09:09 PM   #2
David13
Senior Member
 
David13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Los Angeles area (SoBay)
Bikes: DiamondBack Edgewood// Raleigh M20
Posts: 280
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's killer. Real killer. It's a tough life, but somebody's gotta do it.
My cat is a cat who thinks I'm a cat also.
dc
David13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-09, 08:22 AM   #3
NOS88
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds like a very good ride to me. And, I would find 82 degrees to be a welcome relief to the current riding in SE Pennsylvania.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-09, 11:36 AM   #4
Rick@OCRR
www.ocrebels.com
 
Rick@OCRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Southern California
Bikes: Several bikes, Road, Mountain, Commute, etc.
Posts: 5,953
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Yes Litespeed,

I've done the Alpine Challenge (in Alpine, CA) ride several times, but not sure if you rode the same route. Good roads, good climbing, good scenery . . . what's not to like?

Rick / OCRR
Rick@OCRR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-09, 12:56 PM   #5
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Now that sounds a hard ride- 82 without acclimatisation would finish me aswell. And I hate to say it- but 2300 ft of climbing would make me think twice about that ride right now.

I am planning a few hills on Sunday but only 4 of them spread over about 30 miles. Each climb will only be about 600ft so will have plenty of time to relax and recover before the next one.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-09, 04:27 PM   #6
Red Baron
Senior Member
 
Red Baron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: On a Road in Central Bluegrass KY
Bikes: Not enough
Posts: 1,249
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good job Lightspeed !!!! Ive got many hills to climb yet in my life, as each one gives a strong sense of accomplishment.
__________________
**Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**
Red Baron is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:40 AM.