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Old 03-11-11, 01:57 PM   #1
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Don't forget these on your 1st ride of the season

You may not have these if you've been lounging around all winter.

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Old 03-11-11, 01:59 PM   #2
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LOL... I can feel that lack after just a couple weeks! (And that's about all I'll be off the bike, any time of year)
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Old 03-11-11, 02:23 PM   #3
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Actually BluesDawg,

I've been riding all winter. It's a SoCal thing. My first ride of the year was Jan. 1.

Off to Taiwan tomorrow (for a week at the Bike Show), then my first double of the year a week after I get back. Then we'll see how the legs do . . .

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Old 03-11-11, 06:57 PM   #4
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Thats a good one, except I say that nearly every ride.
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Old 03-11-11, 07:24 PM   #5
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This notion of a bike season is kind of new to me. I grew up in NorCal and bike season was always year-round. I (mostly) live in OR now, and even though the weather here is almost the same as NorCal, no one rides from October through March. Okay, not no one but it is a very small percentage. I don't get it. I'm sure folks in the mid-west would ride every day and then some if they had our weather. (I, on the other hand, am really glad I don't have to deal with snow, ice and cold. I doubt if I would ride much Oct-Mar if I lived in MN.)
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I'll admit it. I haven't been on my bike outdoors since November. I hate riding in the cold and have been regularly using the rollers all winter. Maybe this weekend I'll go outside, supposed to be in the upper 50s.

And thanks for reminding my of Yehuda Moon. I haven't read it since he took a break last year. Got some catching up to do.

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I've been riding all winter. It's a SoCal thing. My first ride of the year was Jan. 1...
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So have I. I rode on 1/1/11 also and have not gone more than 2 weeks without a ride all year and many of my rides have been 50 miles or longer. We rarely have a full week of weather I consider unrideable. But my frequency is way down, as is my intensity. Short days and standard time make for very few daylight hours outside of work during the week. That all changes as of this Sunday, though.

I have finally come to realize that Spring is much less painful if I keep riding all year. I gave up my membership to Team Old Guys Who Get Fat Over The Winter.
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Legs, yes, but lungs, too. Legs can't do much without gas exchange.

Rode 13 miles a few days ago and that was one of my major rides this Winter.
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I am hoping the spin classes will ease the start up pain this season. Although this morning I tried a simulated long hill climb, was supposed to be 1 hour of climbing, I dialed back the watts after 10 minutes. Oh well, will be back outside in a few more weeks where I can see just how big a job I really have in front of me.
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Yehuda rides year-round so he can probably crush Joe's soul right now. I think he's messing with Joe's head.
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As I recall, with the exception of 17 days after my back fusion, I believe I have ridden some every week this past year - 2010 and so far in 2011. I even rode on our cruise to Alaska. So, my first ride this year was way back in January. However, I still am missing my legs.
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I live in Western Washington and ride year around. Yes, I get wet. The real impetus for not taking a break during the cold dark months is not having to get accustomed to my saddle again. Today was my ride #50 for the year.
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Timely comic. Saturday is my club's first ride of the season. The traditional route includes two hills higher and longer than I've ridden all winter. I'm torn between a double or a triple.

Still, the potluck dinner afterwards provides both incentive and recovery nourishment.
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I live in Western Washington and ride year around. Yes, I get wet. The real impetus for not taking a break during the cold dark months is not having to get accustomed to my saddle again. Today was my ride #50 for the year.
I'm at 106 rides YTD, although 86 of them are commuting. Therein lies the problem. It's a nearly dead-flat run back-and-forth to work--98 feet of elevation in 4 miles.
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Yep - I can hardly wait to see if I have any legs left when I can start riding again.
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Legs? What are legs?
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