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    Just got in from a nighttime 100-mile highway ride: http://app.strava.com/rides/8349349 17.4mph, not so great. But it was cold, down in the high 30s Farenheit in some of the chilly valleys out there. I wasn't in the mood to produce a ton of power. My neck was hurting too (old injuries), it took four ibuprofen tablets this time

    Nuun mileage challenge: 51% complete

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    Solo 48-mile daytime ride in great weather: http://app.strava.com/rides/8407408 Took the sport-touring bike (rack, fenders, trunk bag) but no pannier full of extra cool-weather clothing.

    21.2mph rolling average
    2 quarts Gatorade, no ibuprofen, no chocolate milk, no EPO
    Raised the bar on two of my standing KOMs: 17:48 down to 16:44, and 1:01 down to 0:50
    54% complete on the Nuun/Strava mileage challenge


    Dunno if it's the lack of the pannier's weight and air drag, or not having to dress warm, or just the "performance-mode" mindset of a weekend ride. But whatever the reasons, that's a nice change from the 17-18mph averages of my after-work-into-nighttime expeditions.

    Next, I'm eating, taking a shower, and going on a group mountain-bike ride

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    Rode out to meet the mountain-bike crew: http://app.strava.com/rides/8416697 21.1mph average on the mountain bike, although that's going downriver.

    Then did the ride with them, rode back to downtown to pick up my backpack of work laundry, and headed home: http://app.strava.com/rides/8416747

    So that brings my day up to about 87 miles and about 5 1/2 hours of riding (and 57% complete on the Nuun challenge). PIZZA TIME!

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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

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    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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    I know but this is BF.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/177898969

    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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    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.

    http://app.strava.com/activities/8688728#
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    cat 1-o-meter: wtf am i doing??????
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    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
    Ouch.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
    Awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    I know but this is BF.

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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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    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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    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
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    http://app.strava.com/rides/8760058

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jaedong View Post
    http://app.strava.com/rides/8760058

    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.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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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
    http://app.strava.com/rides/8804114

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by baiskeli View Post
    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.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    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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    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/179541697
    Hilly but not that bad. Gorgeous weather.

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