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Old 01-16-12, 07:44 PM   #3776
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^^

I couldn't help but notice that all the flags I saw mid-morning today on my drive to Pinole were hanging limp on their respective poles. Saturday was a nice no-wind day, too.

Who was the Einstein that chose Sunday for this little milk run?
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^^^ You rang?
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The Delta windfest was as much fun as it was windy. Thank you to Bikingshearer for starting this, LanceOldstrong for the route, Curtis/Tricia for the BBQ, and everyone else for fun & help in the wind. Really pretty in the delta this time of year.Highlights were of course any time the wind was at your back, open roads, variety of birds spotted, Giusti's(ceiling covered in hat's),ferry rides, and lot's of laughs. Good group, thanks for the invite.
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Catholic? And Jewish? And South Jersey? Wow, talk about the guilt-trip tripple-whammy. Not to mention a serious side order of "go perform an anatomically impossible act on yourself."
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Here is the wind speed record for Rio Vista in the last 7 days. Sunday afternoon: 18 to 20 mph wind from 1:30 to 5 pm, perfectly timed for our after lunch cruise.

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An easy 40 miler today from Lafayette to Blackhawk. Last Sunday windy ride was a good training to face today winding trip back to Danville. A little bit of drizzle and one big shower. Thankfully I was crossing downtown Danville when it poured and finding cover was quick. We need the rain so I won't complain much but having the clean the bike is a bummer.
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Drove all the way out to Patterson so I could ride up Del Puerto Canyon and break my chain. Good times.
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Oops, Hope you didn't fall and get hurt.
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22 miles and 1000 feet of climbing today in a parking garage with Midland

Up Periscope! we went to the 7th level to check the sky and went back inside
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22 miles and 1000 feet of climbing today in a parking garage with Midland

Up Periscope! we went to the 7th level to check the sky and went back inside
Couple of girls.

Rich and I did 20 miles, out on actual roads. What's the matter, didn't want to get your skirts wet?
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Pretty much. ha ha. Was more technical & fun than I thought it would be, and definitely different.
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Thankfully no. SAG ride back to the start/finish was in order.
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Drove all the way out to Patterson so I could ride up Del Puerto Canyon and break my chain. Good times.
I saw the results and figured it was a mechanical. Sorry for your trouble.
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22 miles in a parking garage???
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22 miles in a parking garage???
Somehow, this does not surprise me at all about LanceOldstrong, who once voluntarily did somethinhg like a five hour session indoors ona trainer. (I'm sure he can amd will give the corrct figure.)

I am, however, surprised and worried about Midland. I thought he had more sense than this. I guess not.
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Somehow, this does not surprise me at all about LanceOldstrong, who once voluntarily did somethinhg like a five hour session indoors ona trainer. (I'm sure he can amd will give the corrct figure.)

I am, however, surprised and worried about Midland. I thought he had more sense than this. I guess not.
7 hours on the trainer that one time, since you brought it up So by comparison 22 miles in a parking garage was pretty lively.
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I am, however, surprised and worried about Midland. I thought he had more sense than this. I guess not.
Well thinking about it, a parking garage is not much smaller, and may be bigger, than a BMX track. Not sure he ever covered 22 miles non stop on such a track though.
Now what they didn't tell us is how many cars they jumped over or used as rebounding boards.

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Rode from Newcastle to Foresthill via Hwy 49 and Old Foresthill Road. That meant descending down into the canyon and climbing back out, both ways.

When I got to the bottom of Indian Hill Road I noticed that I'd only ridden 49.4 miles and climbed 4,841'. Unacceptable! I wanted 5,000', so I rode up Chantry Hill Road and the two side streets, then rode through old town Newcastle, dropped down to Taylor Road, and climbed back up to old town via Old State Hwy and Cypress. 51.74 miles and 5,062' of climbing. Much better!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/145804973

Captured on video were two (hopefully) friendly motorists honking as they passed me on climbs up Foresthill Road, and a motorcycle passing me in the dirt on the side of the road. I heard him coming and looked to my left, expecting to see him in the lane. I didn't think to look right, so I didn't see him until he passed me. Startled me a bit!

I tightened the straps on the GoPro "Chesty" chest mount strap, so the video is a little less bouncy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ybG-CxYl0

Top of descent out of Auburn on Hwy 49

Hwy 49 in Auburn 8% grade sign by kittyz202, on Flickr

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View of snow-capped Sierras from the parking lot of Worton's Market in Foresthill


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Here's some more video from last Sunday's ride. Since I also had the ContourHD recording on the helmet mount, I got a different perspective of the descent into the canyon from Auburn. The scenery is more visible, but the speed looks lower due to the camera being higher up.

Since the ContourHD is notorious for excessive wind noise, I added music but left the raw audio in place with lowered volume so it is more natural.

This is the entire first descent into the canyon from Auburn, and the faster part of the second descent down Old Foresthill Road on the return trip.

http://contour.com/stories/hwy-49-an...scents-1-29-12

None of the footage from the return trip was included in the longer ride video I posted earlier, since the video was already long enough and the ride back was rather uneventful. However, I found some good suffer clips from the climb back out of the canyon towards Auburn. The battery on my GoPro died mid-climb, but not before capturing the best suffering on the whole climb.

I edited out all the loud motor vehicle traffic, so the audio is all suffering. It's short and sweet. I like this one because the chest mount gives the viewer a much better idea of the difficulty of a climb. The more rocking and heavy breathing, the harder the climb.

http://vimeo.com/36041423

At the end of the ride in Newcastle, I stopped to take the picture of the antique store sign and I spotted a kitty across the street, so naturally I had to make friends with her. The ContourHD was still recording, so enjoy the sounds of her adorable purr-meows (turn up the volume!).

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More story and photos than you really need about Lance Oldstrong and my "both sides of Hamilton" ride.

Bonus song lyrics at the end may make up for it, or just add additional pain.

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Yesterday was some dirty fun. It was my first mtb ride in 15 years.

I took my brand-new Trek Wahoo Disc 29 up to Auburn for some climbing and descending bliss. These are some of my favorite trails from the good old days back in 1992-1993.

All of these trails have technical sections to keep things interesting. For those not familiar with the Auburn trails, I'll give the details.

The first trail is Clementine. It starts at the bottom of the canyon by the American River and climbs up to the next trailhead (Fuel Break). Clementine starts out as doubletrack, narrows to singletrack for a while, then widens to doubletrack again as it climbs.

Fuel Break climbs for about 1/2 mile, descends for 1/4 mile, climbs again, then descends to the next trail, Culvert. Culvert drops down to Old Foresthill Road.

Confluence is the really fun downhill that starts at the OHV parking area. After I finished that one, the real suffering began. I started up the short steep part at the beginning of Stagecoach Trail, but instead of making the left turn at the first switchback, I accidentally overshot it and continued on to the next switchback. When the grade got steeper instead of leveling off somewhat like it's supposed to, I started to wonder if the trail got re-routed in the last 15 years.

I spun out a few times and had to restart. Great fun! Other times my front wheel lifted off the ground, forcing me to stop. I was starting to wonder if I was going to have to walk this one, but I eventually made it all the way up by pedal power.

Where I ended up was the top of the Ridgeview trailhead. I went back down and explored some trails off of the steep climb. Found another short steep climb, and after several tries I made it up that one. Picking the right line was absolutely essential with this one. It was technical and covered with pine needles.

I went back to my truck to get more water (gonna have to get a Camelbak, I guess), and started up Stagecoach again. This time I didn't miss the turn-off. After the steep part, the trail leveled off and there was very little suffering for the remainder of the climb. Near the top I saw a group of hikers heading down. One of the women said "Good job!" (you can hear it in the video), and I thanked her.

After that climb I continued climbing on the pavement on Russell Road, then turned around and enjoyed the descent back down Stagecoach.

I'm going to have to remove the spacers and slam the stem to cut down on the front wheel coming off the ground on steep climbs.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/147539848

Here's the video. It's raw footage, so my standard heavy breathing audio warning applies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVbLnjysj4o

One of the technical turns on Culvert

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Confluence trailhead

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Middle fork of American River as seen from Confluence Trail

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Middle Fork of American River and Confluence Trail by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

American River and Clementine Trail

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Start of Stagecoach Trail steep climb

Start of Stagecoach Trail climb by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Ridgeview trailhead

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Steep sufferfest climb I wound up on by accident

Steep climb above Stagecoach Trail by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

Short steep climb it took several tries to clean

Short steep climb above Stagecoach Trail by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

More pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/76286317@N05/

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I did the Knights Ferry road race on Saturday with my husband, the first road race either of us has done. We've done that mileage - twice that mileage - in a day, but never as fast as we could possibly go, without stopping. I didn't have the best of luck - I got stung by a bee and had one of those stickers get in my front tire, so I realized after the race I had a slow leak in the front - but without my Gatorskins, it probably would have been a full-on flat, so I'm grateful for those.

It was an eye-opening experience, and we decided we had to do a good solid ride with a lot of climbing yesterday to start to get our bodies ready for the Sea Otter; we both stupidly signed up for races on consecutive days, so we need to get our bodies used to it.
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^^ RG I'd recommend starting to do some your nearest faster club rides ahead of Sea Otter, those can definitely help motivate and get closer to race like intensity.
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Warning: Graphic pics ahead!

Yesterday I rode another one of my old favorites, the Salmon Falls Trail in El Dorado County. This was only my second real mtb ride in 15 years. The first one was in Auburn last weekend.

This trail seemed more difficult than the ones I did in Auburn, due to how technical it is. I intended to climb the 2 mile long Flagstaff Hill, but I overshot the trail leading to it.

On the way out I saw people walking and resting on a climb, so I knew this would be a good climb on the way back. Sure enough, it made me live up to my username! I made it all the way up without walking or resting. I did pick a wrong line and stall out once, but I restarted and continued on.

I saw another cyclist with a GoPro on his helmet. He was riding with a friend. They noticed my chest-mounted GoPro and that sparked a good conversation. One of the guys was riding a hybrid with 700x35c tires!

On the way back I saw a lot of dog walkers and petted a few dogs. Then the hamfist of the day occurred when I attempted to descend the most ridiculously technical section of trail I've ever encountered. It was a slow-speed crash too. Yes, it was caught on video!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/149250811

Video is 100% natural sound, so my standard heavy breathing on climbs audio warning applies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbdq1zN7Bz4

Sign I should have heeded, at least on the descent. I had no problem cleaning this climb, but the descent was another story!

caution sign on Salmon Falls Trail technical section by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

The section I crashed on

extremely technical section of Salmon Falls Trail by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

The aftermath. It wasn't as bad as it looks, just a few scrapes.

mountain bike crash aftermath 2-12-12 by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

After cleaning up

mountain bike crash aftermath 2-12-12 (cleaned up) by freighttraininguphill, on Flickr

View of American River from near the above technical section

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^^^^ And that, dear friends, is why I ride a road bike.
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