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Old 11-07-09, 12:35 PM   #2251
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The tandem has conquered Via Roble non stop for the first time. Yeah!!!
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Old 11-07-09, 07:36 PM   #2252
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A quick 13 mile loop up and down skyline near the SF/DC border. It's pretty steep coming up from the beach. (Glad I have my compact and 11/28 cassette.) Beautiful day, nice views down by the beach.
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Back on the tandem this weekend, and a wrong turn took us where I swore we'd never go: Hicks, from the south side, even. Yes, we walked. Jen was having some asthma/breathing issues but was a total trooper, we hoofed it up to the Umunhum intersection and descended the N side. Everything else was super nice, the ride through new almaden and the bottom reservoir were lovely. Why that awful b@st@rd is the only road back over to Santa Clara valley, I will never understand.
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Today marks the first official day of training for the 2010 Levi's GranFondo.

Took a ride out into the middle of nowhere. 10 miles out with a headwind. Averaged probably 12 mph. I hate wind. I normally would have given up struggling against the wind, but if I want to get any better, I have to get over it. I told myself to HTFU and pushed on!


Instead of out and back, took a slight detour and rode about 5 miles of stage 3 of the 2009 Tour of California. Sometimes, the flatness of this place is more horrifying than hills, which scare me because we clearly don't have any.


Surprisingly, this 5 mile stretch is slightly uphill over the 5 miles. I didn't notice, but I did notice the potholes.

Total miles: 22.72. According to MapMyRide, a whopping 135 feet of climbing!

I didn't see one other cyclist out. I wonder why.
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Nice job Loopy. Remember, wind is your training friend. It's like climbing a hill when you don't have one.
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Old 11-14-09, 10:28 PM   #2256
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So I did my usual weekend loop. I left Santa Clara bright and early, around 9, it was cloudy and looked like it just rained. lol. I get to the bottom of Kings and it's freaken raining. Oh well, that is what fenders are for. The timing worked out perfectly, and I met up my Mom part way up climbing it on her boat anchor of a MTB. We are shopping for a new hybrid for her. As we were chatting a big, what looked like all girl, ride went up. Anyone know who it was? They all had different kits.

I couldn't turn back now of course. My fragile ego would never survive. So I continued up. At the top it was not much better, but hey at least I had my fenders. I rode out to OLH on Skyline, back to Alice bar for some honey tasting, and then down to Woodside and back home on 84. As I was going down 84 I was contemplating the meaning of life, and thinking of how crazy all those cyclists I saw today were for riding in these conditions. I get back to Palo Alto/Santa Clara area and it's nice and shiny.

On the way back I stopped by a Korean market near my apartment to grab some freshly cooked Soon Dae. It has the magic ratio of being cheap and tasting great. So perfect recovery food.

On side note, the front crud racer worked great! I put a mud flap from rear fender on the front so it provided even better coverage. Plus that extension in the front really helped by keeping the spray from my face. On the other hand the rear SKS raceblade is still ***. Too bad crud racer rear mounting points are too short.

P.S. I have no idea why so many riders going in opposite directions were giving me long looks. I thought I was wearing a superman costume for a second. Well the cycling kit is not much better, but they were dressed in same goofy way.

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Old 11-14-09, 10:44 PM   #2257
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Was originally going to do a ride in the East Bay, but as I was preparing for it, it was raining here. So decided to ride a little later, and go up Page Mill, with eventual plans of hitting San Gregorio. Well, only made it to Skyline, then turned around. It was too frickin' cold and wet up there.

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Was originally going to do a ride in the East Bay, but as I was preparing for it, it was raining here. So decided to ride a little later, and go up Page Mill, with eventual plans of hitting San Gregorio. Well, only made it to Skyline, then turned around. It was too frickin' cold and wet up there.

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You have more common sense then me. Well at least I have more common sense then the ****** in SUV with two MTB's who passed a small van through double yellow, on 84, on almost blind corner, with oncoming car. I just hope when natural selection happens he is the only one to go.
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Old 11-15-09, 10:38 AM   #2261
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I joined up with TNT again, this time to prepare for the Solvang Century this coming March.

Yesterday was the first training ride in Pinole, and it was really nice to see some of my former Death Ride teammates.

JonathanB is now one of my coaches! pray for me.

Yesterday's ride was just a short sorting ride to assign people into groups. I had visions of the Hogwarts Sorting Hat. We could have used a Sorting Helmet I suppose. Unlike last year's Death Ride team, which was top-loaded with uber-studly climber types, I will likely not be in the slowest group this time.

Afterwards, Mrs Oldstrong & I rode up Pig Farm Hill. Her esteemed husband Lance Oldstrong had neglected to tell her that the side from Pinole is the steep(er) side, but she found out soon enough. Much to our surprise, as we turned the last corner huffing & puffing to the top (most of said huffing & puffing emanating from Yours Truly), we were greeted by cheers and cowbell ringing - Mr. Oldstrong and the Youngstrongs were waiting for us at the very top of Pig Farm! So cool to see them.

As I was catching my breath at the Pig Sale pullout, I was reflecting on the fact that this climb is part of a 200K brevet "permanent" route I had designed and actually rode a few times. Pig Farm Hill is about 90 miles into that route. Hopefully someday soon I'll be back to where I can climb up Pig Farm at mile 90 and continue on a 120 mile ride, instead of crawling up it after only about 10 miles and being completely out of breath at the top.
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Old 11-15-09, 10:55 AM   #2262
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95 miles of riding yesterday. Rode to ride start in Los Altos, then south again to Hwy 9, up to Skyline, left on West Alpine, out to Pescadero, Stage to Hwy 1, up Tunitas, down Kings Mountain, and back to Cupertino via Sand Hill, Foothill.

Our group dwindled with each bailout point until there were only 8 of us left at the finish. The fog was densest just south of Page Mill on Skyline. When we got to West Alpine there were a bunch of riders who'd just climbed the west side. They said that it was clear over at the coast, so down we went, taking the corners cautiously. We got below the clouds but the roads were still damp. At the top of Haskins and descending there was still some light drizzle. At Pescadero we could see some blue sky but it really didn't clear up until we got close to San Gregorio. There were perfectly blue skies at the coast and the climb up Tunitas was nice. Not very many cars on either Tunitas or on the descent of Kings Mountain.
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Did a 20 mile loop - Angels Camp to Murphys.... nice ride and the autumn colors were gorgeous!
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Nice job Loopy. Remember, wind is your training friend. It's like climbing a hill when you don't have one.
Thanks! I keep telling myself that about the wind. Unfortunately, if there are gusts, wind can be scary! And since live in ag land, we get nasty gusts. And if the fields are freshly plowed, well... you get the picture.

I hit a milestone today!!

Did an out and back, sort of told myself I'd turn around when I felt like it and head home. So I headed out into the middle of nowhere. Dropped my chain when shifting from the big ring to prepare for a little climb. Continued out farther into the middle of nowhere, then headed home. Ended up being my longest solo ride ever with 30.68 miles. As a woman on a solo ride with technical difficulties and my not knowing how to do much more than change a flat, I feel very accomplished. Especially since last Feb/March I could barely ride 3 miles and thought 5 miles was far.

I tracked down some hills.


What's more is that with my 22.72 mile ride yesterday, my weekend total is 53.4 miles. I also rode Wednesday so my 5 day total is 78.9 miles. I've never ridden that far in a year, let alone five days. I've got a long way to go before I'm ready for a century and I may never get there, but I'm happy anyhow.
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Thanks! I keep telling myself that about the wind. Unfortunately, if there are gusts, wind can be scary! And since live in ag land, we get nasty gusts. And if the fields are freshly plowed, well... you get the picture.

I hit a milestone today!!

Did an out and back, sort of told myself I'd turn around when I felt like it and head home. So I headed out into the middle of nowhere. Dropped my chain when shifting from the big ring to prepare for a little climb. Continued out farther into the middle of nowhere, then headed home. Ended up being my longest solo ride ever with 30.68 miles. As a woman on a solo ride with technical difficulties and my not knowing how to do much more than change a flat, I feel very accomplished. Especially since last Feb/March I could barely ride 3 miles and thought 5 miles was far.

I tracked down some hills.


What's more is that with my 22.72 mile ride yesterday, my weekend total is 53.4 miles. I also rode Wednesday so my 5 day total is 78.9 miles. I've never ridden that far in a year, let alone five days. I've got a long way to go before I'm ready for a century and I may never get there, but I'm happy anyhow.
Well Done Loopy!!! I've been doing 20-30 milers lately so if you'd like to ride together once in a while, I'd welcome it! Medianox is in Manteca as well and a really great riding partner too!
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No ride this weekend or last, darn it! No ride next week or the week after, either, darn it!! Stupid mole! Stupid stitches! Another beautiful frakkin' riding day missed! GAAARSH..sputter,sputter....

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No ride this weekend or last, darn it! No ride next week or the week after, either, darn it!! Stupid mole! Stupid stitches! Another beautiful frakkin' riding day missed! GAAARSH..sputter,sputter....

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Well Done Loopy!!! I've been doing 20-30 milers lately so if you'd like to ride together once in a while, I'd welcome it! Medianox is in Manteca as well and a really great riding partner too!
I might take you up on that! I should warn you though, I'm really slow.
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I might take you up on that! I should warn you though, I'm really slow.
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I'm hoping Thanksgiving weekend, but I'll have to see what the Dermo says when she takes out the stitches on the 25th.
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Up to Auburn and some of the hills to the West. All told, 93 miles and 5600 feet. Good ride!
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Afterwards, Mrs Oldstrong & I rode up Pig Farm Hill. Her esteemed husband Lance Oldstrong had neglected to tell her that the side from Pinole is the steep(er) side, but she found out soon enough. Much to our surprise, as we turned the last corner huffing & puffing to the top (most of said huffing & puffing emanating from Yours Truly), we were greeted by cheers and cowbell ringing - Mr. Oldstrong and the Youngstrongs were waiting for us at the very top of Pig Farm! So cool to see them.

...Hopefully someday soon I'll be back to where I can climb up Pig Farm at mile 90 and continue on a 120 mile ride, instead of crawling up it after only about 10 miles and being completely out of breath at the top.
You look pretty fresh in this picture, good job!


That there Pig Farm is a steep lil' beastie!
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