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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 05-13-12, 10:53 PM   #3376
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Nice sunny weather, currently 77F/25C. I put a couple quarts of Gatorade on the sport-touring bike, plus a third bottle with enough powdered Gatorade mix to make two more quarts, and headed out to the rest stop about 35 miles from the city, where I brewed up my Gatorade mix and headed back.

http://app.strava.com/rides/8490855

72.5 miles @ 20.0mph average (solo, other than some draft from passing vehicles)
4 quarts Gatorade, one very gooey PowerBar of the "Triple Threat" chocolate-coated variety, one gel packet, no chocolate milk, and no ibuprofen (because I forgot it)
Trunk bag, no pannier, no bottom-bracket motor
62% complete on the Nuun distance challenge, currently 24th of 5598 participants
Holy crap man!!!! That ride put you at over 500 miles for the week, amazing.
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Old 05-14-12, 12:38 AM   #3377
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oh man.. i'm so glad i stumbled onto this. i'm new to my area that i just moved to near blossom hill road and snell in san jose. will this garmin connect show me some trails to ride on? i know not all trails are safe to ride on road bikes, but hopefully there's better way to find out paved trails around this area.
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Old 05-14-12, 11:46 PM   #3378
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Another highway ride out to the rest stop and back, after work:

http://app.strava.com/rides/8561624
73 miles @ 18.8mph
67% complete and currently in 21st place out of 5589 on the Nuun distance challenge, with 996 miles this month. I see two people have already hit 100%.

As typical, I reached the turnaround point at sundown. It was 84F when I started, but there were some chilly pockets of air in the usual places, so I rode back in my jacket, then threw on a base layer before the final descent into Spokane.
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Old 05-15-12, 04:29 PM   #3379
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Met up with a guy I had connected with from Strava this morning (we met on Sunday also):
http://app.strava.com/rides/8580846

Kind of a shake-out ride. Man was it windy! Wind coming from the east...we were headed right into it, when he said something about going behind me. I said, "why don't you go ahead?" It was almost like the wind disappeared

We checked out a crit course a local group uses, and he wants to go back tomorrow for speedwork. Not sure I'll like it, but figure that's good for me. He may do a real crit on Saturday, but I decided to pass on this one (I'm still very new to cycling, think I'll stick with tours/century-type stuff for now).
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Old 05-15-12, 11:36 PM   #3380
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http://app.strava.com/rides/8632475
73 miles solo @ 19.4mph
72% complete on the Nuun/Strava distance challenge, currently ranked 15th of 5720 victims 410 miles to go with 16 days left.

I gave one of my waterbottles of Gatorade to a hitchhiker early in the ride (he later waved as he went by in someone's car). So I drank less, but came through fine on just two quarts of Gatorade (I mixed up some powdered Gatorade at the turnaround point) and the good karma points.

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Old 05-16-12, 03:15 PM   #3381
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I know these ride are minuscule in comparison to most of the ride posted here but this was my first serious ride of the year so here you go!
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Old 05-16-12, 06:58 PM   #3382
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Still sick from my sinus infection but I didn't want to skip the Ride of Silence. Before the ride we hit one of our local climbs and I managed a PR on the first mile of it. Not bad considering how crappy I'm feeling.

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Met 2 other guys for a 'speed' workout last night:
http://app.strava.com/rides/8580846

I hate this type of workout, really despise them, for any sport, but I know in the long run it should help.

Comparatively, my run (I know this is BF but...) this morning felt surprisingly good:
http://app.strava.com/runs/8720873
(was my first non-hamster wheel run in about 2 months). yes, the MUP was busy.
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Old 05-17-12, 10:12 AM   #3387
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My short ride from yesterday. Did a steep hill in Arlingon (Quincy St, also known as "Puke On the Top Tube Climb") and beat my best previous time by 27 seconds

http://app.strava.com/rides/8688964

I've been slowly getting better. The first time I did this hill last year I had a 6:02 time. Yesterday, 4:02 (2 minutes off). My ultimate goal is to be able to do this hill in 3:15

I weight 175 lbs right now and I suspect my ideal climbing weight is somewhere between 160-165 lbs.
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Old 05-17-12, 07:13 PM   #3388
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Still feeling like crap but got a short ride in. I did manage to take a KOM from a buddy of mine though. I only had to average 322 watts for 11:47.

http://app.strava.com/rides/8755477
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Good ride LowCel.
I'm new to Strava. I'm guessing the "Power" estimate for those of us without meters is fairly inaccurate.
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Good ride LowCel.
I'm new to Strava. I'm guessing the "Power" estimate for those of us without meters is fairly inaccurate.
Nice to see someone else posting from WV. The power estimates are pretty far off but hey, they are what they are.
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http://connect.garmin.com/activity/179458930

My first ride with my new 500, and my first outdoor ride of the year. Felt great, so pushed further on this route than I had gone last year. Ended with 22 miles. Pretty good I think for me!
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first decent ride in 2 weeks the avg surprised me i felt slow haha
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Still feeling like crap but got a short ride in. I did manage to take a KOM from a buddy of mine though. I only had to average 322 watts for 11:47.

http://app.strava.com/rides/8755477
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!!

According to Strava, I averaged 271 watts for just over 4 minutes on my hill, and I felt like I was going to die.
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Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!!

According to Strava, I averaged 271 watts for just over 4 minutes on my hill, and I felt like I was going to die.
Well in all fairness you probably weigh a lot less than me. I weigh about 205 pounds, my 4 minute max is 400 watts though.
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Well in all fairness you probably weigh a lot less than me. I weigh about 205 pounds, my 4 minute max is 400 watts though.
I weight 175 lbs

I don't have a power meter, so I suspect Strava might be underestimating. Someone who weights about the same as me (180-199lbs including bike) on the same segment came in at 3:29 and 415 watts (if there is a lightning symbol next to the wattage then it came from a power meter). The segment is .6 miles and an average of 8.5 % (with sections of 16-17%). I don't think a 130 watt difference would only make a 30 second difference.

Either way, I'm going to ignore the watts until I get a powermeter. As long as I am faster than I was last time and keep getting faster I'm happy.

From Strava, my 5 minute wattage is 272 Watts
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Hilly but not that bad. Gorgeous weather.
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From Strava, my 5 minute wattage is 272 Watts
Unfortunately Strava is not very accurate

But on the bright side my 5 minute power is 403W according to Strava......and I weigh 120 lbs.
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I got off work early and set out at 4:30PM, giving me nearly 4 hours of daylight, and I had my pannier loaded up with ample cool-weather gear, so I was debating how far to go tonight. I sort of wanted to go out 60 miles to Colfax. But I also realized that would keep me out there long enough for the temperature to start dropping fast. Plus I want to ride serious mileage the next two days, too. So in the end, I made it a century:

http://app.strava.com/rides/8837533 17.5mph average, I wasn't performing too great. Ironic that taking two rest days turns my legs into trash, but that seems to be the case.

79% complete on the Nuun distance challenge, 310 miles to go. Hopefully I can get that down close to 100 miles left by Monday, because there's supposed to be a chance of rain for the whole week.

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Unfortunately Strava is not very accurate

But on the bright side my 5 minute power is 403W according to Strava......and I weigh 120 lbs.
Hah!, initially it said 507 for me, but I went in and found the ride it was based on (for some reason my weight was showing 333lbs on that ride). Edited the ride. I did have a "Wooohooo, time to enter the TDF moment" :-)

No matter your power, 120lbs, you must be flying on the climbs
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Just finished the Bridge to Ridge ride. I was a little slower this year but considering how crappy I have been feeling I'm okay with that.

http://app.strava.com/activities/8871960

58.8 miles, 5,276 feet climbing, 17.3 mph avg, 185w avg. Not to shabby for a 205 pound fat boy.
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