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Old 01-10-08, 01:15 PM   #1
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Are we really this boring?????

I mean what is going on in Nor Cal? Does everyone stop riding because of the weather? Geeze, its quiet in here. So what are you doing with your time? Are you riding in the weather or do you have other hobby's? No video game couch potato stuff either.

Me Im riding, going to the gym, and riding the trainer depending whats on my training schedule.
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Old 01-10-08, 01:28 PM   #2
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I had been off the bike since the Mt. Hamilton Jan 1 ride. Last night at 7:30pm I said fug it and put the lights on the bike and did a 35 mile ride. Over to and up 9 to 35 then stopped at the parking lot to put on the full shoe covers and some more layers. I contemplated taking 35 to Page Mill but it's really dark and I'll wait till I get a helmet mounted light of some sort. Descended 9 to Saratoga Sunnyvale and used that flat stretch to work on my 100 to 110 cadence back to El Camino.

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Old 01-10-08, 01:43 PM   #3
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Since it was wet out, I was on the rollers for 45mins at 5 this morning (while watching the X-files). I was hoping to wake up to dry streets but it didn't happen.

But it looks like a dry week ahead.
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Old 01-10-08, 02:01 PM   #4
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There's too much road debris all over (no fun changing an inner tube in the rain)...and bike gets filthy after just one ride on the wet roads.
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still riding. have to stay/get in shape for the early birds.
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Rode three times this week but not today. Hoping to do a group ride on Saturday.
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The four days before it started raining, I climbed Mt. Diablo from the house. On two of those days, I brought my 8 year old son along and made it to the south gate station one day and to the junction the other day. This is him on our way down from the junction as it began raining on us . He's using my arm warmers as leg warmers . I'm pretty sure he would have summited if it hadn't rained.



Aside from that, I've been on the trainer and have given running (slow running) a try. Ran for an hour last Sunday and ached for the following two .

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No video game couch potato stuff either.
Hey man! Guitar Hero III is quite the workout. My wife and I did most of the 42 songs (on easy) during the hellish storm last weekend. My left wrist and right thumb are still hurting.

I haven't been out on the road since Christmas Day. Been hitting the trainer not as regularly since then too (only about 3x/week instead of 5-6x/wk). I would love to go on a ride Saturday but my wife wants to go to SF. Sunday if it's not raining for sure.
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Ever since the ski trip to Park City at the end of the year, I've been a sloth. I'll try to ride into work tomorrow.

Lately, I've been spending too much time investigating DLG Sailplanes.

Being Boring. It ain't too bad with Bruce Weber.

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Old 01-10-08, 02:55 PM   #10
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I picked up a rear fender to put on the fixie, then I ride in the rain. Its really great fun. I enjoy all the looks people give like Im crazy. When I was a kid I always rode my bmx bike in the rain. Found out I still like riding in the rain.
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Old 01-10-08, 03:18 PM   #11
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Too much work is going on in my life right now. I guess that's good, I don't know. Too much work sucks.

I've been able to get away in the am for a quick run. Weekends are reserved for MTB or skiing. Lot's of skiing to be had.

And then there's the kids sporting events this month. Do even get me started!

So let's compare mtd to last January...yep, ok, I did 99 miles last year. Therefore my goal is to at least do that this month.

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I mean what is going on in Nor Cal? Does everyone stop riding because of the weather? Geeze, its quiet in here. So what are you doing with your time? Are you riding in the weather or do you have other hobby's? No video game couch potato stuff either.

Me Im riding, going to the gym, and riding the trainer depending whats on my training schedule.
I'm going to a cycling event conference on Saturday and doing a quick loop around Stevens Canyon/Mt Eden on Sunday... does that count?????
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I'm going to a cycling event conference on Saturday and doing a quick loop around Stevens Canyon/Mt Eden on Sunday... does that count?????
The riding part does if ya dont chicken out. lol Maybe Ill ride from home meet up with ya then head into the mountians.
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The riding part does if ya dont chicken out. lol Maybe Ill ride from home meet up with ya then head into the mountians.

Heck, its only an 19 mile loop so I doubt I'll chicken out! And of course I'd love to meet up with you but I doubt you can ride that slowly Maybe you should do your mountain loop twice, and then come over and ride the loop with me????
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Not much riding this month yet but I did a 5 mile snowshoe hike last week in Yosemite (up to the Sequoia Grove) right before the storm.

I tried to set some rides between the showers but couldn't managed to get the bike out. So I decided to set the trainer last night (for the first time this winter) and put an 80 minute Spinervals DVD (Aero Base Builder). Got it started, a lot of rubber smell but I went on. Man was it tough, I didn't remember it to be that tough last winter. Released a bit of tension between the wheel and the drum, still tough and I couldn't follow the cadence recommended on the video. Went back to the tension adjuster and saw a lot of rubber debris at the bottom of the wheel. I wasn't using the trainer at the same location as last year and finally realized that my wheel was in contact with the tile floor which is obviously not even. Huge skid mark on the floor, square tire (good is an old one). After adjusting the trainer I could complete the 80 minutes of workout. I felt great this morning.

I registered for the Death Ride, it would be my first. I am not sure I will finalize my entry if I make it through the lottery but, at least, I have an incentive to train and ride.

Who else in the NorCal forum is registering for the Death Ride?
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Old 01-10-08, 04:25 PM   #16
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Been spending a lot my time cleaning and drying my bikes after riding in the rain and I'm sick of my cycleops but at least my mileage is more than last year at this time.
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December is my busyest month, getting demos ready for CES. January is always busy dealing with everything that backs up in December, the Photonics West conference in San Jose, and new things to jump on because of the two shows. Bring on the rain, I say!
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Old 01-10-08, 05:28 PM   #19
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I'm still commuting by bike. I had my first commuter hours on BART with a bike experince when i went to a meeting in Alamo.
My new frame should arrive Friday via UPS.
I teach at Los Medanos college. Students arrive and classes start Monday. I should be working right now.....
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I have.
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Old 01-10-08, 05:48 PM   #21
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Heck, its only an 19 mile loop so I doubt I'll chicken out! And of course I'd love to meet up with you but I doubt you can ride that slowly Maybe you should do your mountain loop twice, and then come over and ride the loop with me????
Are you riding that late? Im not real good at riding too early. It'll take me about 3 hours to get there.
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Old 01-10-08, 06:17 PM   #22
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I've been arguing with a poster on another BBS regarding the size of bike I am riding and the one I just bought my son. The guys says I made a mistake and bought bikes that are too small. I'm 5'8" and he says I should be on a 58cm and my son who is 6' should be on a 61cm. Totally out of sync with all bike manufacturers, fitters, bike shops, etc. The guy bills himself as an ex-racer. He's full of sh1t. Just because he has a PhD and works at Cal Tech, he thinks he knows it all. And, yes, I've actually met him. Once was enough.
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Old 01-10-08, 06:21 PM   #23
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is his name steve?
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I've commuted everyday to work by bike so far this week and commuted to work twice last week. I'm hoping to put in some major mileage this weekend by riding from my house in Antioch to Mt Diablo. Sunny skies forecasted for this weekend.(fingers crossed) Otherwise I still have one more course to finish to get a Super license in GT 4.
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Hmm, work is actually kinda busy right now, not that I can ride yet... t-minus 12 days.
I've been hanging with the kids, playing Wii with them, and buying bike stuff (none of it
fancy enough to be schwag).

I also registered for the Party Pardee 100k in April and the SF Marathon in August, woohoo!
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