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Old 04-04-09, 11:00 PM   #1601
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Gotcha - I'll have to try that sometime.
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Old 04-04-09, 11:11 PM   #1602
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Spending the week in LA. Rode up with my friend up Santa Anita Blvd, up the canyons, up to Chantry Flat, and up to the helicopter pad.



53 miles, 5,000 feet climbing.
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Old 04-05-09, 02:32 PM   #1603
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Today was an easy ride on the ARBT. Early this morning. 28 miles. Yesterday took a bit out of me. 80 miles and a bunch of steep climbing early in the ride. Next weekends ride will be harder.
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Old 04-05-09, 03:35 PM   #1604
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Despite the beautiful weather - no ride today. Instead, I SAG'ed the Cinderella metric century ride. The wife and daughter had a geat time, we got to visit with EastHill, and the family pooch was my wingman. I'm telling ya, he attracted the ladies like nothing I've ever seen.

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Old 04-05-09, 08:14 PM   #1605
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After my 55miles on Friday, I squeezed in a 23mile loop at the end of the afternoon through Canyon, up Pinehurst, looping round Chabot, then down Redwood and back from Pinehurst to Moraga/Orinda. Absolutely, freaking gorgeous weather and breathtaking scenery. Even though I've lost count how many times I've ridden that route.

Just a perfect glad-to-be-alive kind of ride, if you know what I mean. Very mellow now.
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Old 04-05-09, 08:30 PM   #1606
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I did a Mt. Diablo climb on Saturday morning, the North Gate side this time. It was a beautiful day on the mountain, a bit frisky on the way down but perfect for climbing. I usually ride South Gate and hadn't climbed NG in almost a year. It is a really beautiful climb, a lot of green and flowers this time of the year, less wind than on SG. Some sections are a bit steeper but they make for nice changes of pace. Going down is more technical, some curves are very sharp. The very tricky part of SG is the bottom section that is infested with ground squirrels. I hit one last year and was very careful today, I saw dozens crossing the road.
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Old 04-05-09, 08:41 PM   #1607
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Great weekend- did a metric century from Oakland to Berkeley and down Grizzly Peak to Skyline to Pinehurst to Redwood to CSUEB and back (via Tunnel). Great ride with 5500 feet of climbing!
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Old 04-05-09, 10:51 PM   #1608
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Sat - Santa Cruz crit pre-ride (crashed)
Sun - Santa Cruz crit (didn't go too well)

overall mood after weekend -- positive
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Did the sunday ride with LGBRC. Great riders and super nice people, I think they got a convert if they'll have me 55 miles with king's mtn in the middle. i was pretty pleased with my climbing today, especially since this was after doing stevens crk reservoir / mt eden on the tandem yesterday.

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Did the Cinderella ride on Saturday. A wonderful day to be out.
I did this ride for the first time several years ago when i was (52 and) relatively new to cycling. My bike then had a triple and i used the 'granny' gears often. The woman riding with me got rather frustrated with my slow pace and went off on her own. This year I did the route without using the small chain ring (using compact double now). Not sure why i decided to try that--perhaps inspired by watching taxi ride his single speed at the last Slowpoke ride. Surprised myself.

Except for the headwinds in the middle part, it was a good day (frustrating how much headwinds wear me down). I rode by myself and wasn't in a big hurry to finish (patience seems to be required for this ride). Even then, I was done in the early afternoon; nothing hurt too much and I had time to wander through all the displays near the lunch area.
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Nice work! It's fun to have sudden realizations of progress like that.

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(frustrating how much headwinds wear me down)
Don't worry, you're not alone in that. I hate wind more than rain, heat, or cold.
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Did the Cinderella ride on Saturday. A wonderful day to be out.
I did this ride for the first time several years ago when i was (52 and) relatively new to cycling. My bike then had a triple and i used the 'granny' gears often. The woman riding with me got rather frustrated with my slow pace and went off on her own. This year I did the route without using the small chain ring (using compact double now). Not sure why i decided to try that--perhaps inspired by watching taxi ride his single speed at the last Slowpoke ride. Surprised myself.

Except for the headwinds in the middle part, it was a good day (frustrating how much headwinds wear me down). I rode by myself and wasn't in a big hurry to finish (patience seems to be required for this ride). Even then, I was done in the early afternoon; nothing hurt too much and I had time to wander through all the displays near the lunch area.
Hey Joyce, Good for you! I'm glad to hear you had a good Cinderella ride
Hope to see you soon on another NorCal ride...take care and congrats.
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Old 04-07-09, 10:06 PM   #1613
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I went mountain unicycling with my brother on Sunday. We started at the Tennessee Valley trailhead in Marin and did a loop that ended up being just under 11 miles with about 1600 feet of climbing. Here's the route:

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We went up to the old radar installation on top of Hill 88 which involved carrying unicycles up some stairs. The ride down the other side of the hill was a blast with the trail involving several small sections of boardwalk.

While taking a short break near Rodeo Lagoon we started talking to a woman who teaches elementary school kids how to ride unicycles. How awesome would it be to be a unicycle instructor? She was trying to get her class officially integrated into the PE department (supposedly schools in the Seattle area already do this). Anyway, being on one wheel always garners lots of attention but it was cool to talk to someone who was a fellow unicyclist.




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I stopped after the sign. This is a good place to sit and take a breather.

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Old 04-10-09, 04:32 PM   #1614
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This morning I got picked up at SFO and dropped off in Palo Alto with the folder. I brought my laptop and few other work-essential items in a backpack and left the rest of my luggage in the car.

Took Page Mill, Alpine, and Pescadero home. It was so cold and foggy on the Alpine descent I just couldn't wait for the next climb to begin.

24 miles, 3900' on a clown bike with a 13-pound backpack. Whew!
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Old 04-10-09, 04:54 PM   #1615
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This time I was only gone for a day and a bit...took a red-eye to Philly Wednesday night and an early morning flight back home today.
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Old 04-11-09, 05:03 PM   #1617
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Was able to eek out a 33 miles (3,520') ride this morning. Familiar roads, slightly different route: Lafayette-Happy Valley Rd.-Bear Creek Rd (Papa Bear)-Wildcat Canyon-Grizzly Peak-Skyline-Pinehurst-Moraga-St. Mary's Rd.-Lafayette.
A bit frisky at first but otherwise perfect weather, a lot of cyclists on the road and a way too close encounter with a car. The idiot was passing some riders on Pinehurst, crossed the double yellow line in curves when I was coming head-on. At least he had a 3 feet clearance from the riders he was passing . I considered jumping into the ditch but it was way too deep for a safe landing. We ended up crossing each over with a couple of feet between us.
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Old 04-11-09, 10:08 PM   #1618
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Sorry to hear that Georges, I don't envy you your duel on Pinehurst.
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Old 04-11-09, 10:17 PM   #1619
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Well I had a different B&B ride today - Beaker and brentley. I wanted to get some more miles in before next weekend, hopefully 70 or so. So we headed off into a brisk morning just before 7:45. We headed down St Mary's through Lafayette, WC then Danville and off to Tassajara to Dublin/San Ramon and looped back through Blackhawk. It was an awesome ride, not too hot/cold, new scenery (for me) and dare I say it was nice to have a flatter ride for a change?

I got 80.9mi (my longest ride yet) @ 16.2mph average, 4h 59m riding time. Brentley's garmin says somehow we got ~3300ft up as well.

I feel well prepared to ride >100 now - great company as always.
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Rode up Bohlman / On Orbit for the first time. Followed that with a loop around Lexington Reservoir, and climbs up Soda Springs and Black Road / Skyline. 57 miles with 8,900 feet of climbing. I'm whupped.
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Cgallagh fashioned me a special mount on the bullhorns of the tandem for my left arm and we rode to Steady Eddy's for an iced tea and back, 21.3 miles, flat as a pancake. First time in 4 weeks I've been outside on a bike and OMG it was amazing! I can't wait for the next ride!
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Velodiva and I raced at the track on Saturday in the Omnium. I raced in six races and Velodiva 5. We raced with Pelikan (Mateo) Roaring Mouse. It was a great afternoon of racing with non stop events from 1 to 4PM. The most interesting race was the 25 lap points race with points laps set at random. I got a couple of point and I gave Mateo a perfect lead out in the last lap. I think I got second or third in the final lap.

BTW, Pelikan, Velodiva got third in the Australian Pursuit.
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Sat -- no ride
Sun -- 45 mi (Palo Alto - Hwy 9 - Hwy 35 - Page Mill - Palo Alto). nice, not hard ride
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Saturday:
I decided to help with a Century training ride put on by Integrate Performance after deciding to not race at Copperopolis. It was a leisurely 55 miles with three repeats of a climb from Purissima@Elena to Black Mountain@Altamont.

Sunday:
No riding, just Church, Easter Egg hunt, eating and socializing.
I did start to put the Bianchi back together.
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Rode up Bohlman / On Orbit for the first time. Followed that with a loop around Lexington Reservoir, and climbs up Soda Springs and Black Road / Skyline. 57 miles with 8,900 feet of climbing. I'm whupped.
Did you go straight from Bohlman/On Orbit to Lexington Reservoir? What route did you take? Sounds like a good candidate for the next epic Gladiator adventure. I've heard of the climb up Soda Springs but not familiar on exactly where it goes.
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