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Old 07-17-11, 05:19 PM   #1
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A hilly metric century with the young bucks

I did a hard and hilly 64 mile ride with three friends from the club, all in their 20s. We rode the loop clockwise, hitting hills early on Kings Road and Stembridge Rd. (This segment does not show up in my Garmin map for some reason. Not sure if it is included in the elevation gain total.) More hills on either side of Oconee, a couple around the river on 57 and finally the familiar hills on 112 from Toomsboro.

We stopped at stores in Oconee and Toomsboro. Glad they were open. Friendly staff at both stores let us fill our bottles with water. We did buy drinks and snacks, too. The store in Oconee was nice with a big picnic table inside where we could rest and eat.

They were nice to the old man and hung back with me for most of the ride. Occasionally a couple of them would leave me on the hills while one stayed back to keep me company. On the final stretch I told them to go ahead and not worry about me as I knew the way back. They did hang around at the end while I finished. Good kids.

I was channeling my heroes from the Tour de France, the guys who plod along way off the back through the mountains only concerned with making the cutoff time.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/99908907

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesda...17575882/show/

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02 pre-ride2 by BluesDawg, on Flickr

James does an impressive track stand for a long time at a traffic light.

03 track stand by BluesDawg, on Flickr

One of the long hills going into Oconee

04 hill1 by BluesDawg, on Flickr

Heading out from the store stop in Oconee - and right up a hill.

08 Leaving Oconee by BluesDawg, on Flickr

Rolling through Toomsboro

14 Toomsboro2 by BluesDawg, on Flickr

A field of sunflowers near the end of the ride

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Old 07-17-11, 06:17 PM   #2
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'looks like a great ride. You must be doing something right if the kids invite you to tag along and give you some time before lighting the afterburners.
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Your story and pictures remind me why I got back into road biking after such a long time...
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Looks great. What was the elevation gain per mile of the ride?

In SW Pa we usually consider a hilly ride at least 100 ft of elevation gain per mile.
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I always like your pics. One of these days I think I'll wander down and do some riding in your neck of the woods.
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Looks great. What was the elevation gain per mile of the ride?

In SW Pa we usually consider a hilly ride at least 100 ft of elevation gain per mile.
Good for you. It was hilly by my standards. That's all that matters.
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You even got the fields of sunflowers!. No wonder you were channeling your TdF heros. Looks like it was a very good day.
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Reads like you found some riding buddies BD! Guys who drop their ego's and work together are hard to come by.
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Your pictures always look like quiet backroads should look. Thanks for sharing.
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Since your medical episode(s)-has your endurance completely returned? Do you notice the weight difference on rides like this with good hills?
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Since your medical episode(s)-has your endurance completely returned? Do you notice the weight difference on rides like this with good hills?
Yes and yes. Because of some slight residual difficulty eating, I have had to pay more attention to nutritional supplements on long rides. As a result I am running on better fuel and seem to actually have better endurance than before. I also think I learned some things about conserving effort during my recovery period which helps me keep going longer without tiring.

Being 30 lbs lighter has definitely made climbing easier and faster than before, although I would never claim to be a fast climber. I am able to keep my cadence up in a higher gear now in most situations and I rarely get into a slow, grinding, struggling to keep moving situation.
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Looks and sounds like it was a great ride, Love your pictures of the roads, as mentioned about, looks like back roads should look like. Sounds like you made a few friends too.
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