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Old 02-15-14, 01:52 AM   #1
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Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - February 15/16

Happy Valentine's Day Weekend ... have you and your SO been cycling together this weekend? Tell us about your cycling adventures or your other sports.


Saturday - Rowan and I cycled 36.06 km up to the top of Bonnet Hill and back. I wanted to cycle that route to check out an area we're considering for a possible move, and especially to see and experience some of the cycling options. I hope we can head out that way again for further exploration.

The temperature today reached a high of 25.6C, and it is humid. They were predicting heavy rain all day ... and the humidity had me feeling like I was in a rain shower (sweating up a storm) ... but we didn't experience a single drop of rain on the ride. Moments after we got in, it started ... for about 15 minutes.


It was a bit hazy with the humidity ...






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My first ride outdoors in February happened to take place on Valentine's Day!

We have had sporadic yet what feels like consistent snow storms in the NYC area! I rode some laps around the park at a leisurely pace and imagined riding through the Belgian Ardennes minus the 10-12" of snow on the side of the road.

I then rushed home to cook wifey and I a candle-lit dinner consisting of a green salad, some rotini with broccoli, a glass of vermentino di sardegna, and a slice of the cheesecake, which I made the night before.

This is not how one trains to get in shape to cycle the Dolomiti but no more excuses!
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Old 02-15-14, 11:22 AM   #3
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Left the house at zero dark thirty to get my usual ride in before the next round of snow. Did my 40mi ride and was home before 0800. The snow showers were to begin at 0900, so I was feeling pretty good about myself. Now I sit here at 1221, and I have yet to see a flake.

I should have have been a weatherman.
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you're nuts. i'm waiting until wed, fri, sat. when it will be 45-50 instead of 20

1:20 flurries are just starting.
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Old 02-15-14, 03:35 PM   #5
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It was a balmy 28F when I left this morning. It seemed to warm up noticeably once I got into Newport. Of course, it was still cold enough that the black ice did not melt. I ended up hoofing a little under a mile all told. Had to dismount 4 or 5 times. I had to get a ride in today as tomorrow will probably be lost. If it wasn't for that, I most likely would not have gone out today.
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yea.. i havent been since Feb 2 will probably go snowshoe somewhere tomorrow. you should come maybe around Ft Barton or Weetamoo. i have spare shoes if you want
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50 easy miles around town, but my legs felt tired. Supposed to do a climbing ride tomorrow, but might stay home if I don't pep up.

Beautiful warm day in LA, though, 82 degrees by 11am. Don't be too jealous, we've had no rain. Good for cycling but we're in for a bad wildfire season come summer.

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4"+ of snow yesterday...frigid cold temps and another 1-2" today...zero outdoor riding. Man, I'm sick of snow. I'm running out of places to pile it. The sides of my drive way are 3-5' tall...
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I finally got sick of not being in decent cycling shape until summer (due to not riding in winter) and bought a decent pair of winter knickers, booties, gloves, etc. Forecast was for 60 today was waaay off, so I tested the new gear in 37 degree weather -- my "coldest" ride ever. 41 miles later, I was still toasty.
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Bleh. Went off-road today. 10.3 miles in, derailleur hanger decided it no longer wanted to remain a singular entity. Plans tomorrow, so that's it for me this weekend.
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I finally got sick of not being in decent cycling shape until summer (due to not riding in winter) and bought a decent pair of winter knickers, booties, gloves, etc. Forecast was for 60 today was waaay off, so I tested the new gear in 37 degree weather -- my "coldest" ride ever. 41 miles later, I was still toasty.
A little bit cooler and you'll live up to the "frost" part of your name.
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Sunday - Today we decided to tackle a somewhat long ride.

When we started the ride, it was an overcast 16C, so we had to dig out some cooler weather gear. The high reached 19C, and the wind was gusting to 50 km/h.

Our ride took us across the bridge, up the cycleway, and across the bridge to Bridgewater, over to Brighton, and then into the countryside.

We took a beautiful road ... a bit hilly, but not overwhelming, and with a decent road surface, a small shoulder, and light traffic!! That road connected up with another road that was a little bit busier (end of weekend traffic), which then connected up with some more quite decent roads.

The route had a bit more climbing than I'm used to (ouch), and a whole lot of wind for the last half of the ride, but overall it was quite an enjoyable route.

All up ... 87.65 km.


An approximate elevation profile courtesy of http://www.mappedometer.com/ ... I wish that program gave total climbing.


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Anyone else cycling this weekend?
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Yea! Finally, got in a full weekend of riding. Saturday I went out for 37 miles. Strange weather, however. Started out sunny, but then I hit a wall of rain. The temp dropped, wind picked up and changed direction. On Sunday I waited until the afternoon and was treated to perfectly clear skies and mid 60's. On the downside everyone else was out enjoying the weather. I actually got slowed down in several spots by cars, pedestrians and fellow cyclist.
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Sun: snowshoed 3.5-4mi in 8" of fresh snow. bunch of people out on the trails having fun.

end of this week looks good for riding though
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The standard 60+ mi loop on Sunday. Beautiful weather- especially after Saturday's drizzle.

I took all the hills but the last- thanks to my buddy's holiday weight gain.

In one field, there were two small herds- they looked like deer, but getting closer, one (flock) was turkeys. They were almost as big as the deer!
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Today (Monday) was still the weekend here in the States. Did 165.9km ride up the coast and back. My Garmin died at 74.2km in, so I used my iPhone to Strava the rest of the ride.

My knees aren't happy with me right now.
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Photos from Sunday's ride ...





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55 miles on our Saturday group ride through beautiful "rolling hills" from Inverness to Brooksville and back. Temperature in the low 60's and pretty windy. Then 7 miles on the mountain bike with my wife through Yankeetown. Sunday a short 10 mile ride on the Inglis barge canal trail. Monday 35 miles in 72 degree perfect weather...had I had more time I would have ridden another 35...it was spectacularly beautiful. Today, back to work.
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No rides with the wife, but did a 70 mile race on Saturday & 62 mile race on Sunday.

Saturday was mostly flat and the pace wasn't bad at all. But... I burned 3000 calories and don't think I refueled enough for the rest of the day... because on Sunday I started a 2 man break from the start, and bonked at mile 50 just before the big climb. First time I'vs ever bonked, and it's not any fun. Oh well, at least my breakaway buddy held off the pack and won the race.
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Anyone else cycling this weekend?
Yes, our club had the annual season opener ride. 90 miles around the local lake. We had over 30 people show up at the start incuding several members of a local race squad. The snow has melted in the valleys the past couple of weeks. Mostly cloudy, but the temps were in the high 40's and low 50'sF (unseasonably warm this time of year).
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This last weekend was crap for me.

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Went on my first group ride. It went very well. The leader was nice enough to me let ride with them even though I've never rode in a group before. I did some research on group etiquette ahead of time so I was able to adapt pretty fast. Long story short. We did 50 miles and it was my first long distance ride since starting school in January. If I have the time each weekend, I would ride with them in a heartbeat.
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