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    I just got back from my second annual "California Dreaming" trip. Just me, my dog, and my bike. 2 nights in Santa Barbara and 3 in San Diego (old home town). I did 240 miles and over 12K of climbing in 4 days:

    Santa Barbara: Lake Casitas loop - 75 miles with coastal and inland paths and roads
    Santa Barbara: "Ridge" - 5K of climbing over about 10 miles of the 40 mile loop
    San Diego: "Elfin Forest Loop" with one other rider; 45 miles
    San Diego: Carlsbad through Camp pendleton to San Clemente and back (Group); 80 miles

    Fantastic time!
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    AZT. Great trip and some of my favorite cycling is SoCal.
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    I'll post a report on the trip when I can, as I think how I found and followed the two solo routes I did is interesting. By the way, I had what one guy called an "epic blowout" Saturday. Going through a fast stretch in Camp Pendleton, we hit some potholes. I tried hopping one, but only got my front wheel over it. Rear wheel blew with enough force to take one of the tire beads off, and so it was rim on pavement as I controlled the bike to a stop from 25+. Tube was looped around a brake pad and then wrapped around the axle about a zillion times. Wheel is still true and no apparent problems after replacing the tube, but I almost joined the 50+ accident recovery ward. Whew...
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTallRider View Post
    .....I tried hopping one, but only got my front wheel over it. Rear wheel blew with enough force to take one of the tire beads off, and so it was rim on pavement as I controlled the bike to a stop from 25+. Tube was looped around a brake pad and then wrapped around the axle about a zillion times. Wheel is still true and no apparent problems after replacing the tube, but I almost joined the 50+ accident recovery ward. Whew...
    None of that! Glad you're okay - you must have fantastic bike handling skills, AzT!
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    Great results with PR's Hermes! Take that momentum onto Elite Nationals.
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    My wife and I spent the weekend in Western PA at our cabin. I got to ride some steep hills on the road bike, gravel roads with the 29'er and fished the pre-hurricane bite and post hurricane "non-bite". On Monday my wife and I rode on the paved rail trail along the Allegheny River for 26 miles at her pace which was very relaxing. I did catch a bunch of little smallmouth bass and one tasty walleye which was 80% of 2' and 5 lbs.
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    I'm glad everyone is doing well and enjoying their waning days of this summer. Reading about all of the PR's is delightful! Who says 'age is an issue'?

    Me, I've had a funky, lackluster, almost miserable last five weeks. It's been almost like a grand conspiracy of some sort. I crashed just as I was coming into my own, pushed it on the recovery and made things worse, and then work and the miserable foggy weather around here has taken the heart right out of my desire to get back. My enthusiasm has just withered, my motivation is weak, I hurt physically, and I've gotten into a funk because I seem to be heading right back to where I was four years ago - lazy, lethargic, and glued to the couch - with fatty food in front of me. I haven't been in this sort of mental state in ages, and I'm really unhappy about it. I hold the key, I know that, and I have to find my way out of this. I'd better, that's for sure.

    I'm off to do the Tuesday Group Ride - I hope it goes well for me mentally.

    I'm sorry for the whiny vent...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    I'm glad everyone is doing well and enjoying their waning days of this summer. Reading about all of the PR's is delightful! Who says 'age is an issue'?

    Me, I've had a funky, lackluster, almost miserable last five weeks. It's been almost like a grand conspiracy of some sort. I crashed just as I was coming into my own, pushed it on the recovery and made things worse, and then work and the miserable foggy weather around here has taken the heart right out of my desire to get back. My enthusiasm has just withered, my motivation is weak, I hurt physically, and I've gotten into a funk because I seem to be heading right back to where I was four years ago - lazy, lethargic, and glued to the couch - with fatty food in front of me. I haven't been in this sort of mental state in ages, and I'm really unhappy about it. I hold the key, I know that, and I have to find my way out of this. I'd better, that's for sure.

    I'm off to do the Tuesday Group Ride - I hope it goes well for me mentally.

    I'm sorry for the whiny vent...
    Sara, you are new to the competition side. You are also a chick so a little whining is OK. There are peaks and valleys on the journey and you need to let time pass then jump back on the train. The harder one works out and rides the more often injuries can occur resulting in resetting one's goals. Less than 2 years ago I went to the doctor to find out if there were any new procedures to treat my left ankle which had no cartilage left. The solution to the ankle problem was fusion which was the best option for living a normal life and not so good for cycling. After a few months I was back to normal and probably a stronger person since I was determined to overcome the new limiter.

    Enjoy your group ride and the people making it up. Getting back to what you like to do can fuel the desire to achieve and excel. Most everyone has those moments when we need to adjust our attitude. Recently I let my coach know that I needed some time to just enjoy riding and spending some time with riding buddies and not concentrating on specific workouts. We decided to take a 2 to 3 week mid-season break with any rides that I wanted to do or just do the recovery routine. I’ve had a blast so far and am now mentally ready for Cyclo Cross season and some had training again. I’m excited to have a mtb TT tonight, my first cross race Saturday, and I may even do a hilly road race on Sunday.
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    Thanks, AJ! Very much. :~)
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    Sara, sounds similar to what I was going through, and that I think I am finally coming out of. There are lots of factors that can push against the enthusiasm and momentum, and injury is certainly one of them. I don't have any great insight, and the factors working against me were mostly different: a disappointing finish and a dearth of family support. I agree that doing the kind of riding you like best should help, and if you do lots of that, maybe it can help turn the tide physically? I suspect that, if you do enough fun riding to turn the conditioning momentum around, it will get you over the hump and back on track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTallRider View Post
    Sara, sounds similar to what I was going through, and that I think I am finally coming out of. There are lots of factors that can push against the enthusiasm and momentum, and injury is certainly one of them. I don't have any great insight, and the factors working against me were mostly different: a disappointing finish and a dearth of family support. I agree that doing the kind of riding you like best should help, and if you do lots of that, maybe it can help turn the tide physically? I suspect that, if you do enough fun riding to turn the conditioning momentum around, it will get you over the hump and back on track.
    AzT, I did the Tuesday group ride today as I said I would, and - well - I had one of the best rides I've ever had. I won't bore you or the others with the details, they're sort of irrelevant, but I will say some of the group always does a sprint towards the end of the ride. I was third. Pent up anger, frustration, mad at myself for the pity party? I don't know, but today, unlike yesterday, I had legs. Nothing hurt (except my mood), and after I warmed up, I let it go. That hump you spoke of? I think, I hope, I may have crossed it. I'm going to take your advice on the "fun rides". I'll do more.

    AJ, you're right, too. I'm a chick, and we have our moments (don't we?). I'm a tad off of absolute center of female behavior, in that I rarely get down about anything. It normally takes quite a lot to challenge my upbeat outlook. That crash and the result was "quite a lot". It was a new experience for me, I have never hurt myself that badly before, and I misjudged (through denial) how physically damaged I really was. I'm a new athlete, I don't know these things, and I'm having to find them out, sometimes the hard way.

    I keep reading, hearing, being told that 90% of performance is mental. I'm beginning to get that. As a girlfriend told me (again this morning, thank you Cath!), when running there are good runs and bad runs and bad miles in good runs. You learn to work through it.

    And you know, there is nothing quite like kind words from the people you respect to wake you up and get you moving.

    Thank you, fellas!
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    Sara, your positive outlook, and your willingness to accept a challenge, is always inspiring. Thank you! And congratulations on the great ride!
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    Hey, just want to wish Cleave and Hermes good luck at the Masters Championships starting tomorrow in Bend.

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    All the best to Cleave, Hermes & VeloDiva.

    Hope you all have tailwinds, no flats, and starch in the legs.
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    Saturday was the Winters Road Race. 48.5 or so miles with 1990+ feet of climbing. It's flat, rollery, big hill, flat, repeat -- a 24 mi. loop. The 5s &4s did 2 loops, the 3s 3 loops, the P/1/2 4 loops.

    During my warm up I identified my goal for the race (to bring honor and glory to the team as I was the only W4 racing), identified who I wanted to be ahead of, and at the very least to finish (two years ago I flatted).

    I was comfortable in the pack from the start, and stuck with them, reeling in the few breaks that were attempted before the hill. When we were in the rollers before the serious climbing, where the road narrows, twists and turns, a moto neutralized us so the P/1/2s could pass. We went into single-file mode, and when I came around the corner found that a group had made a breakaway, and there was no way to catch them without killing myself.

    So I hit the feed zone, grabbed a bottle from c_gallagh, enjoyed the chalk messages & verbal shout-outs, and pressed on. I dropped more of my group on the steep parts and got pretty reckless on the downhill -- I ride these roads all the time and know them intimately.

    On the flats again I caught a couple women from my group, and the group of 4 of us worked well together, cheerleading, encouraging, taking strong pulls and keeping a steady wheel. One of my targets was in the group -- the other got off with the fast group.

    Not surprisingly the rollers again separated us, and I rode about 5 miles on my own, including the feed zone and beyond and over the hill again. Screamed downhill again without holding back, emboldened by my desire to be ahead of everyone behind me.

    I passed a lot of casual riders, some of whom didn't understand "on your left." So I hollered, "Don't move!" and that helped a lot to keep people in their places. One of the 3 of my previous group caught me and we worked together and she said she'd pull me for the sprint.

    So suffering, speeding, feeling quad muscles trying to cramp, eating, drinking a 5-hr. energy drink, racing, we come to the 200 k sign, she does her best lead-out and I stand to sprint and voila! Legs got nothing! So I sat down and road across for I think 25th place of 50 riders. Still haven't seen official results.

    I averaged over 19 mph for this ride, a PB for me. I knew I'd worked but wasn't so blown that I could ride 4 mi. for a warm-down and then attend a wedding and birthday party afterwards. Between events the compression tights and foam roller were my best friends.

    I finished well ahead of my target, and 2 min. behind my other target (one of my TTT members), so I was pleased. That I finished ahead of some of the CAT 4 & 5 men was a bonus. *cheesy grin*
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    Hi Folks,

    Greetings from Bend, OR, where I have just finished getting stuff ready for tomorrow's TT. Ran into a big problem. My TT extensions were longer than the legal limit and I had no way of cutting them down before tomorrow. I made some adjustments to the bike and read about how to get a morphological exemption and will do my best to sit on the bike properly tomorrow morning so that I can race. This is not going to be pretty.

    Other than this added stress I feel pretty good considering my lack of training leading up to this. One benefit of my time off the bike (though I don't know why it happened) is that I lost a few more pounds. I am just south of 150 lbs so we'll see if that counts for anything during the road race.

    Red Rider, sounds like a great race for you. Maybe I should reduce my race count and focus on a couple of races per year like you.
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    Congratulations on the PB Red Rider and best of luck to all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    Hi Folks,

    Greetings from Bend, OR, where I have just finished getting stuff ready for tomorrow's TT. Ran into a big problem. My TT extensions were longer than the legal limit and I had no way of cutting them down before tomorrow. I made some adjustments to the bike and read about how to get a morphological exemption and will do my best to sit on the bike properly tomorrow morning so that I can race. This is not going to be pretty.

    Other than this added stress I feel pretty good considering my lack of training leading up to this. One benefit of my time off the bike (though I don't know why it happened) is that I lost a few more pounds. I am just south of 150 lbs so we'll see if that counts for anything during the road race.

    Red Rider, sounds like a great race for you. Maybe I should reduce my race count and focus on a couple of races per year like you.
    I hope it all works out and they let you race.
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    Hermes and Cleave, good luck! I know you'll do well - despite the "added stress", Cleave.

    RR, you rock, girl! Next year I'll be on your team. I promise! That sort of ride is right down my alley. Hey, big hugs and congratulations on the PR! Wow!!
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    I am home and not in Bend, OR.
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    I know you cannot get enough pictures of me so here are a couple more courtesy of our LAVRA photographer. She does a spectacular job of shooting great track shots in difficult lighting and speed situations. In my flying 200 meters, I went by a 35 mph so it is really hard to capture an image perfectly on such a short track.

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    BTW, I have not seen a picture of AZT on his bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    BTW, I have not seen a picture of AZT on his bike.
    Come to think of it, neither have I...hmmm. :~)
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    Good point. My only fairly recent photos were from the San Diego Century, and they just didn't seem good enough to procure. And I'm afraid an attempt to have my wife take one wouldn't even go as well as that approach did for AJ.

    I may have to actually win a race to get a decent shot!
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    I find it hard to believe that a man with 5 iPhones and a trainer cannot take a picture and post it. Actually, we would really like a better picture of the coach.
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