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Old 03-29-14, 03:27 AM   #1
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Weekend Cycling Ride Reports - March 29/30

Last weekend of March ... end of the first quarter of 2014 ...
Tell us about your cycling adventures this weekend.



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Saturday - 121.35 km

Longest ride in a long time!

Rowan designed this route ... Brighton, Middle Tea Tree Road, Richmond for lunch, Midway Point, Seven Mile Beach for snack-time, back to Hobart and some twists and turns to get the distance over 120 km.

This route is relatively flat for the area. In other words, if you come from Manitoba, you'd find it quite hilly ... but for the Hobart area, it's almost dead flat. There were only about half a dozen significant hills.

It was a nice day ... started cool (14C) and warmed up to about 19C, but felt warmer than that. We had cloud to start, then it cleared and became quite nice and sunny until near the end of the ride, when clouds moved in and we had a bit of drizzle.

And for some reason that I can't explain ... it came together for me on this ride. I have been struggling with the distance rides all summer. We've done four 80-90 km rides, and two 100+ km rides since mid-January, and I have struggled and slogged through most of them. I've done the distance, climbed the hills, battled the wind and made it through each time ... but it was a slow and painful workout.

However ... this ride felt good. I had energy. I wasn't struggling with my breathing as much. I wasn't in as much abdominal pain. My speed even improved!! And I don't know what made the difference.
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and for some reason that i can't explain ... It came together for me on this ride. I have been struggling with the distance rides all summer. We've done four 80-90 km rides, and two 100+ km rides since mid-january, and i have struggled and slogged through most of them. I've done the distance, climbed the hills, battled the wind and made it through each time ... But it was a slow and painful workout.

However ... This ride felt good. I had energy. I wasn't struggling with my breathing as much. I wasn't in as much abdominal pain. My speed even improved!! And i don't know what made the difference.


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Fri: 24mi in the wind before it rained

sat: 40mi first shop ride of the year with good temps and not too much wind. probably had 15-20 guys/ladies so it was good times.

sun: was going to do a local battenkill style organized ride but looks like a lot of rain so i rode the last 2 days instead. 100k in 40F rain is not my idea of fun.
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Yesterday: 35 miles, in town & then winding out into the edge of town into a canyon where the horsey crowd lives. Pretty back there, with gnarly live oaks and celebrity McMansions. Then back home through a wild canyon, a state park. Normally all golden and brown but right now it's all wildflowers & greenery as we've had a little rain.

Today: 60 miles & 4000 ft of climbing up into the national forest. Here you can see the switchbacks of the road we just came up. It's a 7 mile climb, 2000 ft and I took this pic about 3/4 of the way up. A beautiful day in SoCal. But maybe rain tomorrow.



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sun: was going to do a local battenkill style organized ride
As was I, until I woke up and my yard was under water. Car was packed, fenders installed and ready to go, but I just don't feel like I can leave my wife at home with a flooded yard. With my luck, if I went, we'd need an ark by the end of the day. Since I stayed, nothing with happen.

I'm going to ride this route, just not today.
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Sunday -- I thought I might need a rest day today, so that's what I planned, but I actually felt pretty good all day. Nevertheless, we did take a sort of rest day. We went to the tip shop and local shopping centre ... and we went for a 2.5 km walk on the beach.

It has been a little while since we've walked on the beach (a few weeks) so it was nice to do it again on a nice warm, sunny afternoon. Just beautiful.

The only downside was the jellyfish that stung me ... but that was almost to be expected given the quantity of them around this year.
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As was I, until I woke up and my yard was under water. Car was packed, fenders installed and ready to go, but I just don't feel like I can leave my wife at home with a flooded yard. With my luck, if I went, we'd need an ark by the end of the day. Since I stayed, nothing with happen.

I'm going to ride this route, just not today.
yea.. wasn't going to ride it in the rain.. i don't have the gear for that and it is too cold for me to be riding wet. Bikeworks was fun yesterday. a few mph off summer speed but I spent more time on the front than i've ever done with them. i'll be at NBW in lincoln next weekend.. gotta put the hurt on Burlingame rd

now i'm hoping for good pictures and stories to show up on the facebook page
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4h40min, 120km, 1degC, winds 20 km/h NE
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No pics because I did the same climbing ride today as yesterday. Total today was 67 mi, 4200 ft climbing. It was windy today, the kind of winds that knock over tractor-trailers on the freeway. The descent was a little gnarly at times, zipping through the canyons was ok, but as soon as you'd get to an exposed location, you'd get hit by a big crosswind and get blown around a little too much for my comfort level.

My second big numbers week in a row: 200+ mi, 10,000+ feet climbing. Now I'm on a training break.

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Did a nice 45mi island ride and the weather worked out pretty well.

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Saturday, 20 miles over the mountain- drizzle.

Sunday, Group ride 70 miles with that same over the mountain at the end. I came up with a route that is off the beaten track, including some in town sections and bits of bike path, but you've got to mix it up to keep it interesting, right?
A bit windy, but maybe the only dry day in a week. The charity ride training groups are out in force.
At the bakery stop- which often has more $$$$ bikes than you can shake a stick at- there was a tricked out time trial bike- aero everything, carbon everything, including an aero carbon bento box!
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Beautiful day, 28 mi. Got lucky enough to bike past the local airport when 10 skydivers or paragliders were landing. Some rainshowers on the return.



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It was a soggy 40 mile ride on Saturday. I took the hybrid mostly because it is easier to clean. This turned out to be the correct call since the damp streets mixed with a lot of oak pollen made for a mess on the bike. Also Saturday was the Criterium race in downtown Tampa. I cut through some of the course in the early morning before the action started. I can pretend right? Sunday was windy and cool but clear 40 miles of riding.
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Here in Tampa, we don't have a lot of elevation. A few hills here and there. What we do have as a substitute are bridges. I was going to ride the few big ones back and forth across the bay, but I decided to see how many bridges I could hit. We have a river running through town with lots of old drawbridges and a bunch of other road bridges. I zig-zag'ed my way through town hitting every bridge save for the ones farther out on the east side where the bridges are all flat. There is a dam on the river, so no tall boats past that. I ended up hitting 22 bridges in my 35.5 mile loop. No bridge crossed twice. Made for an interesting ride through the grit of the city where normally the traffic lights and intersections would interrupt a good ride.
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Did 57.5 miles on Saturday. Started on the Withlacoochee Trail and went with a small group off onto the rural roads of Citrus and Sumter counties. The first 43 miles were in an occasional drizzle and on very wet roads, since it had rained all night Friday into Saturday morning. The last 14 or so miles were in a thunder and lightning storm with heavy, but not quite blinding rain, although combined with the "wake" from the bike in front of me visibility was pretty poor. We kept a pretty good pace (20-21 mph) in the rain to get back to our cars before it got any worse. One in our group (the smart one) stopped to wait it out in a shelter in Floral City. I was completely wet and filthy, as was my bike. I spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday cleaning my bike (cleaned and lubricated the chain) and drying my shoes with a blow drier. At least it was warm, and I got a good workout. Before the rain our pace was very fast for me (22-23 mph), and while I couldn't pull at that pace, I did manage to hold on. The 57 mile ride took more out of me than the Century ride I did a week earlier, I think because of the pace and the few "hills."
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Did almost 60 yesterday. Saturday was too wet to ride. I hit Costco Hill in the middle of the ride. The wind was in my face the whole way home though.

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Great weekend of riding... started Saturday with a 52 mile warm up. Sunday the Everglades Bicycle Club Snowbird Century. Great day of riding (despite the headwinds)!
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Here in Tampa, we don't have a lot of elevation. A few hills here and there. What we do have as a substitute are bridges. I was going to ride the few big ones back and forth across the bay, but I decided to see how many bridges I could hit. We have a river running through town with lots of old drawbridges and a bunch of other road bridges. I zig-zag'ed my way through town hitting every bridge save for the ones farther out on the east side where the bridges are all flat. There is a dam on the river, so no tall boats past that. I ended up hitting 22 bridges in my 35.5 mile loop. No bridge crossed twice. Made for an interesting ride through the grit of the city where normally the traffic lights and intersections would interrupt a good ride.
Since I live in Tampa I have to ask about this route. I can only think of about 7 or 8 bridges heading from the Heights neighborhoods heading into downtown. Add a couple more if you throw in Davis Islands. 22 is really creative. If you don't mind me asking, roughly which route are you riding?
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Ok, this will probably bore the rest of you, but here's what I did:
South to downtown, Meridian onto Harbor Island-1, W then N off the island on Franklin-2. W across river on Brorein-3. South onto Davis Island-4, then off on the other bridge-5. Bayshore and back over Platt st. bridge-6, north to Kennedy and across-7. North and across Cass-8. Back across Laurel-9 then north on North Blvd over again-10. W on Columbus-11, north and E on MLK-12. North then W on Hillsborough-13. N then E on Sligh-14. North on Florida-15, S on Nebraska-16. East to 22nd/Rowlett park and north across again-17. East to Temple Terrace and over river again on Bullard Pkwy-18. S on Harney across bypass canal-19. W on Sligh over railroad bridge-20. N on 56th-21, then W and south on 40th st-22.
If I had more time I could have hit Fowler an Fletcher and Morris Bridge rd. River crossings. There is a couple more across the bypass canal on East side, but as I mentioned all those on East side are flat.
I usually try to get out of the middle of town to ride, but this made it a bit more interesting.
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Beautiful day, 28 mi. Got lucky enough to bike past the local airport when 10 skydivers or paragliders were landing.
I love it when you get to see something out of the ordinary on a ride. A month or so ago I rode past an in-progress softball game. I was riding parallel to the 1st base line toward home plate and watched a girl belt a home run as I passed.
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Ok, this will probably bore the rest of you, but here's what I did:
South to downtown, Meridian onto Harbor Island-1, W then N off the island on Franklin-2. W across river on Brorein-3. South onto Davis Island-4, then off on the other bridge-5. Bayshore and back over Platt st. bridge-6, north to Kennedy and across-7. North and across Cass-8. Back across Laurel-9 then north on North Blvd over again-10. W on Columbus-11, north and E on MLK-12. North then W on Hillsborough-13. N then E on Sligh-14. North on Florida-15, S on Nebraska-16. East to 22nd/Rowlett park and north across again-17. East to Temple Terrace and over river again on Bullard Pkwy-18. S on Harney across bypass canal-19. W on Sligh over railroad bridge-20. N on 56th-21, then W and south on 40th st-22.
If I had more time I could have hit Fowler an Fletcher and Morris Bridge rd. River crossings. There is a couple more across the bypass canal on East side, but as I mentioned all those on East side are flat.
I usually try to get out of the middle of town to ride, but this made it a bit more interesting.
Thanks...forgot about the north eastern bridges. I go out that way sometimes when the wind is right. Now you just need to throw in the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Gandy Bridge and S. 22nd St. Causeway.
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Sunday -- I thought I might need a rest day today, so that's what I planned, but I actually felt pretty good all day. Nevertheless, we did take a sort of rest day. We went to the tip shop and local shopping centre ... and we went for a 2.5 km walk on the beach.

It has been a little while since we've walked on the beach (a few weeks) so it was nice to do it again on a nice warm, sunny afternoon. Just beautiful.

The only downside was the jellyfish that stung me ... but that was almost to be expected given the quantity of them around this year.

A photo from our walk on the beach ...

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