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Old 04-04-10, 11:36 AM   #2576
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I did Party Pardee as well. I was with my buddy Roy whom Curtis has met previously. We looked for you and Tracy/Wayne but didn't see you.
We started at 8:00am on the dot and got back around 12:20, total 3:58 rolling time.
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Old 04-04-10, 12:15 PM   #2577
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I'm well into Death Ride training with TNT ... unfinished business from last year.

I think I'm finally back in the groove.

Last week's training ride, which was over the exact same route that I crashed on exactly a year ago, was pretty brutal for me, both physically and mentally. Not on account of the crash, specifically, but just because I was wondering "what the heck am I getting myself into?" and seriously questioning whether I could stick it out.

I had a bit of attitude re-adjustment this week, and lo & behold, yesterday's ride went way better. I was still slower than snot, it still put the hurt on me, but I dealt with it.

Which is good, since I've gone and re-committed to finish out the training and do that freakin' ride.

Anyhow, here's the route we took yesterday. It's basically the first part of the Grizzly Peak Century which I'll be riding next month. The views from Skyline & Grizzly Peak Blvds were amazing.

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Old 04-04-10, 01:14 PM   #2578
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Rode on Sat. w/ LanceOldstrong. 78 mi. with me stupidly saying "no" to Cantelow rd. & instead opting for Mix Canyon rd. Bad move. He made it up with dignity & aplomb, I was just glad no one was looking.
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Cold, blustery but dry ride this morning with the team. 40 miles, lots of echelon practice, worked so hard I had to take a nap after a shower, a wrap made by cgallagh, and a cold beer. Really glad for compression tights right now.
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3 hours on the trainer in front of the TV watching Spartacus dominate The Hell of The North
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3 hours on the trainer in front of the TV watching Spartacus dominate The Hell of The North
Wasn't he wonderful??? *sigh*




On Saturday we had a DR team ride starting from Danville, which headed up Mt Diablo from the South Gate, then down North Gate, up Ygnacio Valley and around Clayton then south on Morgan Territory, then headed back to Danville via Highland and Camino Tassajara. It was 68 miles and about 7000 ft of climbing, and as cold & windy as all get-out on Diablo and points beyond.

I was so freakin' whupped on the Morgan Territory climb that at the rest stop at the top of the climb (manned by our good friend JonathanB), I parked my bike and just sat for a bit. Then I started to get re-organized, but by then all I wanted was to just stop and be done with it; I was actually crying a bit at the thought of getting back on my bike(!!).

My poor coach (who is a stickler for taking very brief stops) then asked me if I was ready to go. At about that point I was ready to just pick up my goddamn bike and throw it over the fence. Instead, I threw the rest of the sandwich I was trying to force down. Heh, I'm nothing if not a prima donna. Wasted a perfectly good sandwich though, sorry JB!

I then got back on said goddamn bike and continued on the ride. Fortunately for me, and for all concerned , it was practically all downhill from there, so I was feeling much better (physically and oh-so-emotionally) by the end of the ride.

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Old 04-12-10, 10:10 AM   #2582
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I braved the wind in the valley on Saturday for about 30 miles, with a mid-ride beer at the pub! Yesterday I did stuff inside the house - built a crib, cleaned up, etc
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Rode out to Kings (was too lazy to drive) on Saturday and did intervals. Ended up around 4 hour ride. On Sunday tried to beat the rain, and failed miserably. So just did my usual two hour weekday loop to Woodside and back.
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Rode the Stormavera yesterday - 102miles of wind, the last 30 with heavy rain. Good times. Actually it was kinda fun.
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Rode the Stormavera yesterday - 102miles of wind, the last 30 with heavy rain. Good times. Actually it was kinda fun.
Last time I rode my Roubaix in rain it developed a horrible creaking/groaning noise under power that won't go away. BB was totally cleaned out/re-greased. Pedals/chainrings, everything cleaned. Squeak/Creak/Groan still present.

Rain sucks.
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Skewers? I had a really annoying creak that appeared way worse under load/climbing - turned out to be the Williams rear skewer that came with my wheels and nothing to do with the drivetrain.

For some reason Primavera rain was much cleaner than WCC rain. Chain/cassette/BB look in much better condition than last year, but I guess I'll find out next ride. I did get my BB pulled after WCC and after cleaning/relubing the rest of the drivetrain it was all good as new.
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Wife and I rode the Lake Chabot loop today for the first time starting at and finishing at home in San Leandro. Probably nothing for you guys, but it was a big deal for us, 1384ft of elevation gain in 19miles (including the ride to the lake). I could really use rear suspension and a longer bike, some of the hills near the foot bridge were so steep I could not keep my front wheel on the ground seated, and standing I was peeling out! Had a ball, and the descents made it all worth while, not to mention the views.
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Saturday: Wente Road race. Almost bought it on the first lap on descent. good times all around.
Sunday: Wente Crit someone decided to crash in front of me on a straightaway. I was able to stop in time, the guy in front of me took a nose dive over the handlebars. That rear wheel sure went up high. It managed to knock of my computer which broke it's mounting bracket and on landing cracked it's screen. **** me. Then like a complete idiot that I am I decided to chase after them in stead of taking a free lap. Ended up pulled few laps later, just as I found someone to work with. At that point it was a lost cause anyway.
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Diablo Century Sunday. One hundred of the slowest miles I've ridden. I started feeling low, and finished lower. Every once in a while I'd push myself up to slow, then drop back to barely moving. I'm not sure if it was last weekends double, a week off the bike letting me knee recover, the extra glass of wine at dinner, or the alignment of the stars. But I was dog meat all day. But I grunted through it. I didn't even bail at the metric point turn off.

A shame, because MyLilPony was in great form. She held back a lot, but I still didn't see much of her. She just couldn't ride slowly enough. She'd have enjoyed rocking this ride, but I didn't give her a chance.

On the up side, my knee was fine after I warmed up, so I think I'll be OK for the Davis Double. Here's hoping I don't ride there like I did today. YIKES.

The ride it itself was fine. Good support, and a nice route that included Morgan Territory, Sunol, Redwood Road and Pinehurst Rd and Canyon. Even really nice folks at the stops. Sure, I've done this on my own, but it was nice to support a good local effort by the Walnut Creek Jewish Community Center.

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This morning: Latched on to the Alto Velo A ride for a mile or so. Those guys need to shower... Then found some Cat 3's to race up OLH ... couldn't quite keep up with them. 23'45" intersection to intersection
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Did the Davis to Santa Rosa Breakaway ride put on by specialized http://www.breakawayride.com/stage-2-ride/
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It managed to knock of my computer which broke it's mounting bracket and on landing cracked it's screen.
The SRM computer? Oh, man...

I did Wente RR too -- my first time. Ouch. Nice course, though.
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On Saturday I rode the TNT Death Ride team's training ride from Steven Kent Winery in Livermore, along Mines Road & up the backside of Hamilton, turned around at the Hamilton summit and retraced our route back to Livermore. About 93 miles and 8000-something ft of climbing.

I saw a few bj denizens: JB was one of our roving SAGs (and a marvelous SAG was he ), and, as I was heading back down I saw Princess Zippy and her royal consort setting up their DMD SAG stop about a mile before the summit.

I'm (almost) never anxious on descents, but the descent down the backside of Hamilton freaked me out a little bit. I stopped just before the cattle guard partway down to gather my wits, and I was fine after that.

Near the base of Hamilton, a great big jackrabbit ran alongside me for a ways. Maybe it was a jackalope.

It was fun to see all the Mt Hamilton Challenge riders as we were heading towards Hamilton , and then all the DMD riders as we were heading back to Livermore. Many people were wearing jerseys from past epic studly rides -- I saw lots of DMD jerseys of course, but many Death Ride, CA Triple Crown, and TTwo jerseys (to name a few) were present & correct.

At one point somewhere on Mines Rd a deer bounded into the road in front of our paceline. It missed the rider at the front by inches, inches I tell ya!

Those last few climbs on Mines past the junction heading back to Livermore sucked.

But the final descent into Livermore was wonderful - it helped me get my descending mojo back, and helped me forget how miserable I was about 20 miles back.

The ginormous Cadillac margarita I had afterwards at a mexican place in downtown Livermore helped even more.

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night ride
had to get out of the house Saturday night. what to do? when in doubt ... RIDE! :-)

41.5 miles
29.7 max
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3 hrs 3 min saddle time

stow; sudbury; weston; wellesley; w. newton; watertown; lincoln and back to stow

fired up the dual rear strobes and mr. magic shine up front. had him at low power most of the ride but brought it up to full power in some more dangerous and brighter sections, then for the long haul afer the 1/2 way mark I put it on fast strobe which is remarkably bright. since i was only out for 3 hrs I could have used high or medium the whole time, but I had no idea how long I would be out or how far I would go, nor had I planned wha roads I would take.

it was quite free spirited and morphic. I climbed most hills out of the saddle. of course those long grades I had to do in the saddle with some exceptions. I'm getting better at this.

I got home in time for SNL but I had no idea it was so late. the roads were quite and I didn't get wiped out by a drunk teen driver. wonderful

I like this night ride idea and have been toying with the notion of a night time century. maybe to woods hole! :0
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I did the Diablo Century, but opted for the metric since it is very early in my season. I wanted to hit Diablo once and ride to work (18mi each way) beforehand, but the weather and family obligations prevented it. So I basically hit the road with zero training except for some stationary work at the gym. It started really well (I'm not used to passing people), but I flatted about 3 miles from the top of Morgan Territory Road. I stink at changing tubes. After learing the hard way, Kevin showed up in a SAG wagon and taught me many good lessons in tube fixing. Thanks Kevin! However, my legs had cooled down and I was very stiff for the rest of the climb. By the time we got to Blackhawk, I knew where I was and was WAY behind where I wanted to be timewise. I broke away and went home (still did 57 miles!) and had my wonderful wife drive me to the JCC for checkout. Fail.
The ride was very well put together. Everyone (support staff and riders) was very friendly and I still had a good time. It was also very well routed (avoiding Ygnacio and Treat whenever possible).
Looking forward to doing it next year with a bit more training.
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I redid the loop that I rode right before surgery. Went well except when my HR went out of control climbing Wilson/Ridgeview. That's a tough hill with a lot of 12%. I think it was my electrolytes out of whack. Time to start drinking more than just water. Anyway, 65 miles, 4300 feet. Felt pretty good after and I think I'm going to go out for a 28 mile ride after I drop my daughter off at school.
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Skewers? I had a really annoying creak that appeared way worse under load/climbing - turned out to be the Williams rear skewer that came with my wheels and nothing to do with the drivetrain.
Like YgDuf, I've been trying to to track down a squeak forever. Will check out the skewer....
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I've got a creak on one of my bikes too. Aggravating.
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Skewers, need a kiss of grease. It isn't Williams that's teh problem.
Also, check your headset spacers and bar/stem. I hint of Phil Woods grease can save your sanity.
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