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Old 06-07-10, 01:55 PM   #2701
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I have neglecting updating this thread for the last few weeks.
Saturday, i rode to Half Moon Bay and back, a little over 117miles/10.9k feet climbing.
Highlights include: Redwood Gulch->Hw9->WOLH->Hw84->Stage->Hw1->Tunitas->LobitosCuttoff->PurisimaCreek->Higgins to Main St.
On the way back took same route, but took Tunitas Creek all the way back to Hw35, PageMill then through Los Altos back to home.
Next time i should take Lobitos Creek Rd as a shortcut as well as Swett Rd.
Sadly, the coast was pretty cloudy/foggy but at least nice and cool.
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Old 06-07-10, 02:18 PM   #2702
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Yesterday I did a ride with the Folsom Bike race team. They're a lot stronger than me. I managed to hang on (thanks to a few regroups) through the climbing sections (Salmon Falls, Old Foresthill, ForestHill). The first 30 miles or so had something like 4000 feet of climbing. On the few little stingers in Auburn, I was shelled out the back and returned to the shop by my lonesome. That was ok though. I never would have been able to maintain their pace and I feel bad if they have to keep waiting around for me.

I guess I wasn't helped by a bit of mild heat exhaustion in the morning part, and my legs never did feel good.

With the ride back and forth to the start, I ended up with 80.5mi, 4300 feet, and a 15.9 avg. For me, that was pretty darned fast.

I'm going to go back for more punishment on Sunday.
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Old 06-07-10, 03:06 PM   #2703
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Went camping near Tahoe and did some repeats on Monitor...really nice weather and was glad to be away from Diablo for a bit.
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Old 06-07-10, 05:00 PM   #2704
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I finally got out and rode Saturday and Sunday for the first time since the 15th of May. I don't have an excuse other than I've been really busy at work, then I was in Seattle on vacation.

I realized it was time to get down to business because I'm doing the Livestrong Challenge next month and I've never ridden 50 miles. I just might die.

A part of my preparation, and something I'm really excited about, is that I've committed to commuting by bike to my summer job for the next two weeks. Well, except for Monday because my bike will be in the shop getting spiffed up. It's only 14 km one way, but it's a surefire way to make myself ride.

So far, I feel great and optimistic about my summer riding!
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Old 06-19-10, 10:34 PM   #2705
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Did a 45 miles / 4800 ft. climbing - out and back with Midland. Started in Martinez and went out through the Alhambra Valley over Pig Farm and the Bears then up to Inspiration Point on Wildcat. Then we turned around and went home back over the Bears and Pig Farm again.

Plus we threw in some insanity with climbing on dirt on Old Briones Road up the hill from the Orinda side of the park heading towards Martinez. It got so steep our 700x23's were just spinning so we turned around and continued on with the Bears.
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Old 06-20-10, 07:05 AM   #2706
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We started in Woodside, rode out to Halfmoon Bay and then back.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/37469646
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Old 06-20-10, 11:39 AM   #2707
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Road at Hellyer (Velodrome) for the first time! So fun!!!
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Old 06-20-10, 01:02 PM   #2708
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Rode from home, met up with ygduf, dl33 and his friend ... shooting for pb ... but I missed by 2 minutes 2:08. Just can't seem to break the 2 hour barrier. Sunday, did a ride up Page Mill. My back was still suffering from the previous day, so my performance was not the greatest.
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86 mi today and 4300 or so feet. But fast. I rode with the Folsom Bikes Club/Team. Most of the guys are racers. They're all stronger than me. I did better today, didn't get dropped until the last 5 miles or so. Here's today's ride: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/37596108
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Not much time to spare this weekend, so just a short spin on Saturday. We started in Dublin, rode over Calaveras, did a quick jaunt up Mt Hamilton, and cruised back though the San Antonio Valley and Livermore before retuning back to Dublin. About 114 miles and 9,500' of climbing.

It's all I had time for.
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Not much time to spare this weekend, so just a short spin on Saturday. We started in Dublin, rode over Calaveras, did a quick jaunt up Mt Hamilton, and cruised back though the San Antonio Valley and Livermore before retuning back to Dublin. About 114 miles and 9,500' of climbing.

It's all I had time for.
I like your definition of "quick".
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Not much time to spare this weekend, so just a short spin on Saturday. We started in Dublin, rode over Calaveras, did a quick jaunt up Mt Hamilton, and cruised back though the San Antonio Valley and Livermore before retuning back to Dublin. About 114 miles and 9,500' of climbing.

It's all I had time for.
Short spin, snort!

Do you have any GPS data on the route BBM?
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Old 06-20-10, 09:36 PM   #2713
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Short spin, snort!

Do you have any GPS data on the route BBM?
It's that Mendocino Monster that put stupid ideas in my head.

If I hadn't done that one, I never would have entertained doing this one under any circumstances, much less as an unsupported century. I used every last second of daylight, but the ride itself was not as big a deal as I thought it would be.

I do have GPS data - let me dig it out and I'll post it.
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Old 06-20-10, 10:27 PM   #2714
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Cool! I'd love to do that one of these days.

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About 114 miles and 9,500' of climbing.

It's all I had time for.
Well shoot, why even bother leaving the house?
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Old 06-20-10, 11:14 PM   #2716
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I did my first Terrible Two on Saturday. The provisional results were just posted here. It was a beautiful day and a fun ride with outstanding support. Couldn't ask for any more.

I will try and type up a ride report in the next few days.
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Do you have any GPS data on the route BBM?

This isn't mine exactly, but just about:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/62519
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This isn't mine exactly, but just about:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/62519
What is this appetite for long, hilly ride now? Are you shooting for doubles in 2011?
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What is this appetite for long, hilly ride now? Are you shooting for doubles in 2011?
No.

On this last ride, I found out just how much I was willing to do before getting off the bike for the day. I could have ridden more, but I was out literally from sun-up to sun-down, and don't really fancy riding pre-dawn or post-sunset. I have zero interest in doing doubles.

The Mendocino Monster was a lark that I happened to succeed at - it wasn't something I had been planning or was thinking about. The Hamilton ride was something that I'd always wanted to do, but never seriously considered actually doing. I had previously tried and failed to ride up the back side of Hamilton, and the two times I had summited Hamilton from the San Jose side I had always wondered what lay on the ahead on the east side. I needed to see it, and the opportunity just happened to come at the right time when I was still flush with victory over Mendocino, and it was offered by the right people.

I had a jones, and now it's been satisfied.
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No.

On this last ride, I found out just how much I was willing to do before getting off the bike for the day. I could have ridden more, but I was out literally from sun-up to sun-down, and don't really fancy riding pre-dawn or post-sunset. I have zero interest in doing doubles.

The Mendocino Monster was a lark that I happened to succeed at - it wasn't something I had been planning or was thinking about. The Hamilton ride was something that I'd always wanted to do, but never seriously considered actually doing. I had previously tried and failed to ride up the back side of Hamilton, and the two times I had summited Hamilton from the San Jose side I had always wondered what lay on the ahead on the east side. I needed to see it, and the opportunity just happened to come at the right time when I was still flush with victory over Mendocino, and it was offered by the right people.

I had a jones, and now it's been satisfied.
He's just warming up for the rides were gonna do in July ... right, BBM?
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He's just warming up for the rides were gonna do in July ... right, BBM?
Well, yeah - there is that. But a lot of that is going to be ride up on the gondola, bomb down the mountain, repeat. We're gonna do at least a whole day of that.

Here's the thing you'll get a chuckle out of - Arriving at the summit of Hamilton we were just about at the halfway point with the majority of the work behind us, and I was HUNGRY. All they have up there is a vending machine, so my reward for the past 20 miles of climbing was a bag of Frito's, a bag of Famous Amos cookies, and a bag of Peanut M&M's. But all I could think about was how good a chili-cheese dog would be right then. I mean - I've never ordered one in my life, and I was positively dying for one. Had to have it, and it occupied my thoughts for the next 20 miles until we rolled into The Junction, the only place for 50 miles that we'd be able to get food and water.

Guess what they had? That's right - and it was the best damned thing I ever ate.

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Raced at Nevada City. Half the reason I wanted to upgrade to Cat 3 was to be able to race NC. Now I have and I never have to again. Good lord, that race is hard. I am much too fat for that hill.

I think the velodrome is calling me.
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Raced at Nevada City. Half the reason I wanted to upgrade to Cat 3 was to be able to race NC. Now I have and I never have to again. Good lord, that race is hard. I am much too fat for that hill.

I think the velodrome is calling me.
I watched the cat 3 race. Holy cow who was the guy that was OTF by almost half a lap for the entire race? What an animal! I couldn't imagine racing on that course... just a complete suffer fest. What team do you race for and how'd you do?
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... it was the best damned thing I ever ate.

That looks great!

That spot there at the bottom of Hamilton is sweet. The Devil Mountain Double stops there for lunch, and they have all sorts of good stuff.

Hot dogs and chili are becoming more common on double centuries on the last few rest stops. It's a tradition at the Sunol stop on the Devil Mountain Double.

And OMG, do they hit the spot. I loves me chili dogs. I could slurp three of them down without batting an eyelash.
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Hot Italian (white and black kit). I was on the gray Cervelo off the back. They placed me 21st which was a huge surprise to me. I think some people got pulled or dropped out. About halfway through I was hurting on the stair steps so bad that I was looking for a discrete place to pull off the course, but the crowd was so loud and enthusiastic that I couldn't do it. Besides, my kids were there and I didn't want to have them see their dad quit. So I stuck it out. Wow, was that some suffering.

After the race I was standing with a couple of other cat 3s behind the announcer's stand and we were all kind of shell shocked.
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