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rosemaryt 08-23-04 11:05 PM

Hi from Seattle and Surrounds
 
I'm new to this forum--glad I found it. Any others from Seattle, Belleve, Kirkland, Redmond?

I'm in my 50's and recently took up biking. I'm encouraged to find all of these senior bikers posting around the forum--it is inspiring. I ride a 2004 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid. Did my first major organized ride two days ago--I bonked bad from not having the right food with me as I road and failing to eat the right stuff the days before. I tried those energy gels and they make me gag.

I crashed twice (those clipless pedals are pesky) mostly hurt my pride.

In my first 5 miles of the ride I got a wasp stuck under the lens of my sunglasses--stung me 3 times before I could grap my glasses off and pull it out of my eye lid. I subsequently did a web search on biking and bees and found I am not alone. I'll be buying some Rudy Kerosene's to seal off my eye area, take a bee kit and one of those squeeze coldpacks in my small backpack.

I clenched my teeth and finished that ride--I think my anger at myself gave me the energy. I feel like I've been initiated in to the real world of biking. I'm happy to know that there are other older stronger and fatter bikers than me--there were a lot of them on the ride--gave me great hope.

With all this I'm learning what to eat, not eat, what to wear, all the stuff I still have to buy to get myself set up.

capsicum 08-24-04 01:35 AM

There are a number of folks here from the Sea-Tac megopolis. Me and khoun are probably the most frequent posters from Wash. but there are a few other regulars, most of the women don't list there city or state so I don't know how many of them are from around here.

rosemaryt 08-24-04 01:51 AM

I've seen some of khoun's postings. I know there are tons of cyclists in the area. I just joined Cascade Cycle--the largest cycling club in the country ( > 5200). I'm sure they are around.

Where are some of your fav rides? I love the InterUrban and Green River trails. They are too easy for much a challenge, unless you just want to work on speed and endurance. But they are beautiful and peaceful. I did some urban riding in Portland last week and then the Vine Ride through the vineyards. That city is filled with cyclists of every breed & pedigree--and lots of accommodations for cyclists, it is a different world down there.

I'm looking for some not-to-dangerous urban rides around here--tried the Alki trail, Burke Gilman. Any ideas?

khuon 08-24-04 01:51 AM

Welcome to the forums. I'm sorry to hear about your wasp incident. I found that while my Kerosenes save me from getting stung in the eye, I have had several incidents of "a bee in my bonnet". There's great cycling up here in the Seattle Area. In addition to all the bikepaths we have, for a fun easy spin on the weekends, you may want to consider dropping by Lake Washington Blvd. and taking advanatage of Bicycle Saturdays and Sundays. There are of course other rides throughout the city which can be found on the Cascade Bicycle Club's webpages. Check their daily rides page. I particularly like the Weds evening ride which leaves from Gasworks Park. It's run in parallel with the Seattle Bike Club ride. If you want to go for a little faster pace and longer/harder route then ride with the SBC or ride with the CBC for a more liesurely pace. You can find some of my photos from these rides at:

http://www.neebu.net/~khuon/gallery/...ning_escapade/

Here's one from last week's ride...

http://www.neebu.net/~khuon/albums/2...e/pict0120.jpg

rosemaryt 08-25-04 03:01 AM

Coincidentally, I tried on a pair of Kerosenes today--it looked like they could deter the bug in the eye probem. Also I could get rx for them. What color lenses do you have? It looks like the polorized may be the best bet--but maybe I need some clear for night riding (of which I do a fair amount).

It looks like the bee problem is not uncommon. I read a post from a guy who swallowed a wasp and it stung him all the way down his throat--now that far surpasses my run-in.

Thanks for the links about local rides. I work in Kirkland not far from LK WA blvd. Maybe I'll check that out. I'm hesitant to try out the SBC rides or the Cascade Gasworks--because I am on the novice end of things and fear I may not be able to keep up. But perhaps it is just what I do need. Thanks for the photo--nice looking bunch of folks.

khuon 08-25-04 03:10 AM

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Originally Posted by rosemaryt
Coincidentally, I tried on a pair of Kerosenes today--it looked like they could deter the bug in the eye probem. Also I could get rx for them. What color lenses do you have? It looks like the polorized may be the best bet--but maybe I need some clear for night riding (of which I do a fair amount).

I have the smoke grey and I also carry a pair of clear lenses in case the lighting conditions change. I have been tempted to get some polarised ones as well as yellow too but so far, these have been fine for everything I've encountered so far.


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Originally Posted by rosemaryt
It looks like the bee problem is not uncommon. I read a post from a guy who swallowed a wasp and it stung him all the way down his throat--now that far surpasses my run-in.

Been there... done that... have the psychological scars to prove it. :(


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Originally Posted by rosemaryt
Thanks for the links about local rides. I work in Kirkland not far from LK WA blvd. Maybe I'll check that out. I'm hesitant to try out the SBC rides or the Cascade Gasworks--because I am on the novice end of things and fear I may not be able to keep up. But perhaps it is just what I do need. Thanks for the photo--nice looking bunch of folks.

The CBC ride is pretty liesurely and they stop to regroup. Some of the hills can be steep I admit but no one gets left behind. Our average pace on that ride is probably between 14-16 MPH. The SBC ride is between 18-20 although I've seen it hit into the mid-20s... depends on the hills.

The Lake Washington Blvd. I'm referring to in my previous post is on the other side of the lake. They close off the section between Madrona and Seward Park. It's not terribly long but it's fun to ride nevertheless. You can find some pictures of it in one of my blog entries from last year.

http://www.neebu.net/~khuon/albums/v...t_of_way_1.jpg
http://www.neebu.net/~khuon/albums/2...y/PICT0012.jpg

rosemaryt 08-26-04 01:38 AM

Oh, that side of the lake. I've ridden there with my husb several times. That is a nice little section of town. Have you ridden around Lake Sammamish? I've wondered how that ride is.

I sure cannot keep an average speed in the 20's no way. Usually I avg around 12 so far. I'm adding some more hill training to my route now. Although I don't know what you veterens call "hills". I've been on a few rides that say "mostly flat with rolling hills" now I know that hills are anything short of the Alps--and "mostly flat" means this side shy of the Rockies.

I enjoy your photos--very nice.

rosemaryt 08-26-04 01:39 AM

P.S. Really? you've done the bee in the throat thing? That would be a nightmare--you still have flashbacks???

khuon 08-26-04 01:57 AM

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Originally Posted by rosemaryt
Oh, that side of the lake. I've ridden there with my husb several times. That is a nice little section of town. Have you ridden around Lake Sammamish? I've wondered how that ride is.

I actually live up on the Sammamish Plateau. The ride around Lake Sammamish is really nice. The speed limits are low and the shoulder is wide in most places. The scenery is beautiful. The only problem is that you really need to go counterclockwise around the lake because there really is no bikelane going northbound on Westlake Sammamish Parkway. Technically there is but it's really a shared lane with the southbound bikelane and thus is dangerous because you are travelling opposite traffic on the wrong side of the road. Also, be warned that there's some construction going on around Marymoor Park and they have some of the bike lanes closed off on W. Lk. Samm. Pkwy.


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Originally Posted by rosemaryt
I sure cannot keep an average speed in the 20's no way. Usually I avg around 12 so far. I'm adding some more hill training to my route now. Although I don't know what you veterens call "hills". I've been on a few rides that say "mostly flat with rolling hills" now I know that hills are anything short of the Alps--and "mostly flat" means this side shy of the Rockies.

The CBC ride sounds like it would fit you perfectly. There are some challenging hills but the group will wait up and you will find that riding them only gets easier after you've done a few. They're certainly not insurmountable by the average rider. Don't worry about the pace. It will be what it ends up being. Some rides, we end up averaging 10MPH when you include all the stops and hills and such and other times it's slightly higher. Nobody will hold you to a pace.

khuon 08-26-04 02:01 AM

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Originally Posted by rosemaryt
P.S. Really? you've done the bee in the throat thing?

Actually it never got down the throat. It stung up the inside of my mouth pretty badly though.


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Originally Posted by rosemaryt
That would be a nightmare--you still have flashbacks???

... only everytime something big and buzzing smacks off me, my sunglasses or my helmet. Sometimes they bounce off so quickly, I'm not sure what insect they were but I always suspect the worse. The ones that bounce off my lips make me shudder. Those close calls bring back bad memories.

derrickito 08-30-04 04:13 PM

im from seattle! (u village area)
just signed up today on here, hi hi

rosemaryt 08-31-04 02:06 AM

Hi Derek. Are you a member of Cascade Bicycle Club? If not, you should check it out.

derrickito 01-13-05 02:38 PM

nope. they seem to put on some big rides around here.. but i think i might be a bit young for that club. :)


im going to do STP this year though, thats a CBC event.


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