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    Went out yesterday (Memorial Day) with 3 friends from work (Red Fred, whose bike is a red Giant and he is a fred; Spinning Bob, aka Sissy Boy or just SB for short; and MTB Mark, who rides MTB's all the time but occasionally decides to show us how his skillz translate on a roadie). We started out at the Red Fred's house in the city and did a little urban riding. Heading out of town toward the local YMCA, Red Fred's chain dropped, so we all pulled to the sidewalk for a short mechanical. Once taking back off, Spinning Bob decided to play the part of Niagara and Fall - you know, one of those 0 mph tumbles that everyone but me (insert your name here) has had. After checking that Spinning Bob was OK (except for that bruised ego), we headed for the start of the first rural portion of the ride. Some nice back roads heading out to one of the straightest and flattest sections of the ride. We headed on into the "downtown" of the next town. We blink and zoom on through it heading toward the next county over, which we briefly venture into. On this back road we come up on a doe and her recently born fawn. They decided they wanted nothing to do with us so ran out of the road.
    Next we came up on asphalt hell. The hills totally sucked! Stupid hills... and me suffering from gravity poisoning... so we huff and we puff and get to the top... and stop for a power bar. After getting some weird stares from some passersby, we head on back toward the city. We hit Main Street and end up making most every light. During this stretch, we lost two of our number (Spinning Bob and MTB Mark). I look back and see two cyclists, so I tell Red Fred to go ahead and hit it. We do and shortly I hear MTB Mark yell, "We lost one but picked up another!". Sure enough, Spinning Bob got caught at a light and we picked up an occasional riding buddy (we'll call him Mr. Fixie, for obvious reasons). We find that Mr. Fixie is taking a different route and has just started. We're about 30 miles into our ride at this point. We say ur farewells when he turns off and then we pull over to wait on Spinning Bob. He comes up fairly soon. We get out of the city and then get rural again. At this point we are riding among cows, horses and goats and we run into another cycling work buddy going the opposite direction. We stop to chat and then head on. We then decided to ride a "Rails to Trails" path that is only about 2.5 miles long, but it takes us back into the city without getting back in the traffic lights. MTB Mark and I are just inside the entry of the path when I yell out to Red Fred to watch for glass at the entrance. He was oblivious to where we were and went right past us. As he was turning around and causing a traffic jam, Spinning Bob follows him. We finally regroup and head down this path. It is quite flat and shaded. Really nice. MTB Mark and I decide to just lay down some rubber (yeah...) and it felt good. Then we started seeing the gang sign painted all on the path... then we had to dodge all the broken glass. That little bit of unpleasantness didn't ruin the path for us though. We regrouped at the end of the path and headed back out to Main Street and back to Red Fred's house, where we had grilled burgers. 46 miles total at a leisurely 15.7 mph average. Wonderful ride, but it reinforced that I need a new saddle that doesn't chew on my inner thighs... it'll hopefully be in Thursday.
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    I brought my bike to work today "just in case" and lucky me, late this afternoon the ugly front that was passing across the state stalled and parted which made for a very nice ride up on the Natchez Trace. I did another 25 but lost two tenths down to 16.8 avg, maybe having worked 10 hours has something to do with that. I feel like I really suck at hills... even the slightest incline has me on the inside ring up front and climbing the rings in the rear. I'm not very muscular (6'2" 140lbs) so maybe that has something to do with it but I really need to work on climbing. I do seem to do better after about 40min in though, usually can do the mild stuff still in the larger ring up front. Next week I think I am going to start prior to the on-ramp to the trace which will give me a 3.something mile climb up onto the ridge. It's not a climb like we had back in VT but it's pretty good for this area. Hopefully going to be able to justify some clipless stuff for fathers day... I'm probably going to go with MTB shoes and egg beaters because you can use mtb shoes for on the road but not the other way around... and I do a bit of both.

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    41mi yesterday, 2:30hr. no riding today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavush View Post
    ... even the slightest incline has me on the inside ring up front and climbing the rings in the rear. I'm not very muscular (6'2" 140lbs) so maybe that has something to do with it but I really need to work on climbing.
    No, you need to work on gaining weight and becoming stronger. 140 lbs for a 6'2" fellow sounds dangerously thin unless you are under the care of Dr. Ferrari.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealH View Post
    No, you need to work on gaining weight and becoming stronger. 140 lbs for a 6'2" fellow sounds dangerously thin unless you are under the care of Dr. Ferrari.
    nah - it's just in the genes. I'm a high metabolism / ectomorph sort of person as are most of the males on my dad's side of the family. I've weighed between 130 and 140 since high school. (almost 10 years ago) I actually weighed 144 prior to starting cycling again but I lost the 4lbs... and I eat constantly. (see my myspace if you'd like to see a few pics..) When I was in high school in a personal fitness gym program I had a series of weight training routines for cycling that I did for several months and saw very little (if any) increase of muscle / weight... I wouldn't call it impossible... but it's against the nature of my physique.

    oh, and Yes... I got to ride today... went down, then up the 2 mile hill over by the start of the 'trace 4 times, then passed the parking area by a mile or so and turned around to call it quits as my mother in law was nice enough to watch our daughter a while later so I could ride. Did 18.25 miles. the 3rd time up the hill was at a difficult 72-74rpm to do the steeper section of it and just about wiped me out. The 4th time I couldn't get it above 68 and had to stand . I hit 40.8 on the way down the hill one time... probably the fastest I've been on my bike, it was everything I had to get that spinning at 114 in the tallest gear.

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    5/30: Did 29 at the jax-baldwin trail late in the day.
    5/31: Did 23 in my normal loop, started off warm and really got hot toward the end.
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    41mi route of the 3 Mountain Madness in Pilot Mtn, NC.
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    I rode yesterday--does that count?

    Wow . . . 140 pounds. That makes me feel fat.

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    I rode yesterday, too. I found a 36 mile route through Powell and Halls on MapMyRide.com and tried it out. It featured three tough (for me) climbs that really wore me out! Improving my performance on that ride has just become my next personal fitness goal.

    I was going to go out for a recovery ride today with my wife, but the evening rain scrubbed that idea. I may take her to Cherokee Blvd tomorrow after work.

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    I rode 30 miles today---not great, but the most that I have ridden since my double knee replacemnt. I rode from Elyria to Kipton, Ohio, on a nice rails to trails path. I averaged about 13.5 miles an hour---again, not great, but I am still working through things.

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    went out on the natchez trace again after work, decided to push a bit harder and go a bit further, wound out going further and faster than I have to date with 28.0 miles at a 17.7 avg.. could have hollered a whohoo when I got back to the car if I wasn't so busy trying to stay alive. I found I was able to push 1 smaller gear going up many of the hills except for the steepest few and one long one (about a mile?) around the 24 mile mark.. read an article about climing last night and tried to apply what I learned... like breathe even, space hands / arms far apart for less restriction... seems like it helped... could have been just in my head though.

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    13.8 miles which included 3 sets of 3x30s intervals. light week for me because of Assault on Marion next monday.
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    went to go do a 40 mile loop with a guy I met and got back at to the car at 38 and still feeling pretty good, so I went to do the last two and thought "Well, 10 more isn't a whole lot..." but I did my math wrong and wound up at 53.54 - it helped that I found 3 guys who were 62 miles into their ride and had about 18 to go. One guy was having a bit of a tough time and was in uncharted territory for distance in a day. I went with them a bit... with about 2 miles until I had to turn around I went to take the lead but apparently miscalculated my speed because when I looked back they had dropped back quite a bit. rookie mistake I guess, hope they don't think I was trying to be a jerk .
    the last 6 miles were pretty tough...to top it off my rear derailleur cable slipped while I was shifting and I got stuck in the smallest gear with only a half a mile to go... and then it decided to drop off between the wheel and frame so I had to dismount, loosen the wheel, readjust the cable enough so it would work and go another 1/2 mile to my car. ride time was 3 hours and 27 minutes. 15.5 avg. Think I'll go take a nap.
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    yea, i rode today...short ride that included my last set(s) of 30s intervals before AoM. 23mi. only 36mi for the week so far - i'm used to having WAY more miles in by this time saturday (at least 2.5x more). that's ok tho, need to be well rested for Monday.
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    Yes, I rode in the early-mid AM when it hasn't gotten above 85 F yet, even though it hit 100 yesterday and is going to do that today also. I did 33 miles today and 45 yesterday, both at about 16.8 mph. The first ride pretty much drained me and I was cramping at the end, mostly since the heat has just gotten cranked up this season. Though I did feel a little better today even though it was just as hot. I was just trying to make the distance at a decent clip and not overdo it. Hopefully I'll be well prepared (i.e., sans cramps) for a metric century on the 4th from Cary.
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    42 sweltering miles in Loudon and Roane Counties. I was sidelined by a flat tire, but had a lucky break as another cyclist came by and helped out.

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    Rode 35 miles down the new bike lanes on US21 on St. Helena's Island, and disliked the sandy surface SCDOT had put on the lanes in Frogmore. I felt as if I was riding on sand. I then hit a rock and damaged a cord in my rear tire, but did not puncture the tube. My wife and son brought me another tire at the Sonic, as I didn't want to end my riding and planned for more.

    My son and I switched out the tire, and I continued on across Lady's Island, on to Coosaw Island, then back to my house in town. I'm a bit sunburned, and those 90+ temps didn't feel too good, but I'm a lifelong Southerner.
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    Did 28 miles up on the trace after work... was too excited about going fast and used myself up on the way out... pretty slow going on the way back.

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    Left bike shop and it was really hot and windy. The ride to the bridge was good and fast. Upwards of 20 for most of the way. Got to the bridge and felt good, went slow, but HR really spiked and heat started to take effect. I stopped and rested before ascending the return side. HR hit 190 about 1/4 way back up so I stopped and rest for 3 or 4 mins for the HR to get back in the 150's. Finally maked it over the bridge and waited for the remaining riders to gather up. Ride back to shop was in the wind the whole way, although it was cooler as the sun went behind the trees. Played sweep and pace another rider and right in from of Epping Forest, I picked up 3 or 4 nails\tacks in my rear tire. This is really getting old, that is 4 flats in 2 weeks. Made it back to the shop ok.
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    75mi AoM.
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    Just 4.5 miles this evening, but I had my youngest on the trailer-bike and my oldest rode with us.
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    yes. 16.8mi recovery ride tonight.
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    It almost felt cool riding in the mid- to lower-80s this evening.

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    well, yes i did ride today....20 miles. started out in hot & humid conditions, but a storm was blowing in and about 6 minutes into my ride the temperatures drastically changed. could feel the cooler air blowing in. the direction that i was riding was directly towards the darkened skies.

    10 miles into my ride, i start hearing thunder. ok...maybe i better turn around and try and hurry up back to the car. 2 miles later, you could smell the rain on the pavement and hear the drops hitting - those big rain drops that hurt when they hit you. 1.5 miles and it really starts to rain, wind blown rain, the kind that really stings when it hits you.

    the last 6.5 miles was in a torrential down pour, coming towards me and from the side. the wind was blowing me all over the road. i was trying to stay away from the shoulder because that's where the water was draining and i had no desire to ride in that and lose traction and take a spill.

    finally make it back to my car, still pouring, throw the bike into the car and head home, where it has rained nary a drop!
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    I headed over to the mtb trails at the state park to get a ride in and went from my car, around the race loop (8.5 miles) and back to my car in an hour and a minute... (down about 4 minutes from my last attempt) It felt like I was flying through a lot of it, it was fun. and I didn't even wipe out this time.
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