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Old 07-12-09, 10:30 PM   #1
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Birthday Ride

My 56th birthday was Saturday, July 11th. I had to work all day so I waited to do my birthday ride today.

I started out by riding what RCK and I will probably call The Smock Valley Road All Out Challenge from now on. I started at the east end of Smock Valley Road in southern Green County, Wisconsin. I rode to the west end of the road. The "All Out" part of the name has to do with riding out of and back into the valley on each of five roads that intersect Smock Valley Road. There is one nasty hill, Mother, at about the middle of the valley and another not quit so nasty hill, Big Sister, about a mile further on down the road.

Mother has a elevation difference of over 200 feet from top to bottom. The grade on Mother is from 12% to 18%. Big Sister has about the same elevation change but only about a maximum of 12% grade. All of the climbs out of the valley have at least some 10% to 12% grade sections but run mostly from 4% to 8%. When I got back to my house, I had ridden only 40 miles and had climbed just a little less than 3000 feet.

After replenishing my water supply and a quick snack, I hopped back on my bike and did another 17 mile loop to Juda, WI and back. I finished for the day with 57 miles, averaging 13.5 mph, and 3650 feet of climbing. Considering the fact that today's ride accounts for about a tenth of my year to date mileage this year, I'm happy with my performance.

I'll post some pictures at a later date.
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Old 07-12-09, 10:50 PM   #2
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Good job and .........
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Old 07-13-09, 12:01 AM   #3
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Congrats on the birthday and the ride.

I will not be joining you and RCK on the Smock Valley Road All Out Challenge, anytime soon. Don't remember ever noticing that road.
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Old 07-13-09, 04:38 AM   #4
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Very nice...good ride!
Happy belated Birthday as well.
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Old 07-13-09, 06:41 AM   #5
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Happy belated birthday

Thanks for the warning about the roads to avoid if I ever ride in your area
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Happy belated b-day Skipper. I forgot to say so when last I saw you.

The hill Skipper speaks of "mother" is the one I use to check for max heart rate. I just start riding up and when I start to get tunnel vision and feeling like I'm about to pass out I look at my monitor. If it doesen't tell me that I'm dead, I figure that I'm close to max hr.
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Congrats on a great ride and

I'm anxious to see the pictures...Oooo, Cranky likes pictures!!
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