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Old 05-14-08, 07:13 PM   #201
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ooohhhh...yessss

Wasa great day in the Raleigh/Cary area for it too. However...i agreee the headwind was kinda rough. Was the reverse for me....started with a headwind.
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Yes. Very late. It got dark

P.S. Why is it still cold in mid-May?
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.... P.S. Why is it still cold in mid-May?
Because it is ONLY May, and you live in the mountains!
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Old 05-15-08, 11:35 AM   #204
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Took my track bike for a little training on the local middle school's running track. Three little kids on bmx's had the audacity to try and race me while I was doing rolling sprints! For grins, after I finished, I challenged 'em to a standing start drag race. The results were a bit different!
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Did 36 miles today, was trying for a metric but the wind 12-15 mph was killing me today, not sure why. Could have been that it's been my first ride in 2 weeks. Slacker..... head wind the first 15 miles and I just sort of got beat up by it. I was suppose to ride with someone, but they never showed and I could not link up with anyone to help take the beating from the wind for a while until my way back. The heat and humidity a lot higher than expected. Should have gone out earlier but it looked like rain. Will try again tomorrow.
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Old 05-17-08, 04:17 PM   #206
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I did the Tour de Chesapeake in Mathews County today. Did 84 miles. Only got confused on the route once which is why I did the extra four miles. It was more of a family fun ride than I'm used to, which is OK, but there was a lot of wobbly traffic to watch out for. Also there were tons of out and back sections just because I guess they wanted to hit every spot they could where a road ended at the bay. Anyway it was great weather, and a good ride. I'm not sure I'd do it again, because it's a haul from my house, but I'm glad I did it once.
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I rode the Brasstown Bald Buster Century today. 100.29 miles, 6 hrs 11 mins, 16.1 mph, 10,592 ft of climbing with a max grade of 24%. Yes, after 97 miles of riding / climbing; Brasstown Bald is as hard as described. It's miserable as you climb & then you get to the wall (24%) and you look down & you are doing 1.9 mph & your cadence is 30. Ridiculous. One of the riders in front of me was going so slow, he just fell over. I wanted to stop but I knew there was no way I would get going again. I asked if he was alright & he said he was. After the wall, he was walking his bike up there & we laughed about it on the ride back down. My legs are really hurting. I can't even guess when the next time I climb on a bike is
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Old 05-17-08, 06:55 PM   #208
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22 miles at snail like 15.6 avg. (my excuse is that I went up and down the attic stairs for 3 hours last evening...)
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Old 05-17-08, 07:39 PM   #209
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Any riding is better than no riding no matter what the speed is. That being said, my 36 was at 15.2
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Old 05-18-08, 11:57 AM   #210
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The rain held off long enough to get in my first crack at the Mt. Weather ride on Blueridge Mountain Rd. Parts were pretty hard but I held up better than I expected. I may have to do it again next week if the weather is nicer, and tack on a few more miles.
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Old 05-18-08, 06:58 PM   #211
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Rode 14 total miles. The first 10 were good, but then I couldn't shift into the big ring. The cable tension had gone slack, so I went home, retensioned the cable, then test rode a few miles.
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ok dont laugh.... Im still saving for a new bike (eta June 5th)....but my boss just purchased us a Beach Cruiser so I took off on it for a mail run.... again dont laugh .85 miles round trip. I would have gone further but i was on the clock.
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Old 05-19-08, 10:05 PM   #213
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yesterday after all the racing was over I did the 8.5 mile mtb course for the Monkey Grinder at Montgomery Bell state park. One lap was enough for me... but it was a blast.
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Old 05-21-08, 07:27 PM   #214
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yes! I went to the natchez trace again after work and a fellow by the name of Jim (assuming I got it right - I'm terrible with names) from Atlanta with a real pretty blue TCT trek was getting ready to go out and reasoned that it sounded like we were going to do about the same thing so we went together. He wore me out! Hardest I've ridden all year... doesn't help that on the way back we passed a couple of guys who passed us and naturally, we had to follow pursuit. It was a struggle to keep up and I kept yo-yoing, finally ran out of steam with about 3 miles to go. Got a couple of nice comments on my bike, might have heard the word "museum" in there somewhere but overall it was a fantastic ride. 22.3 miles, avg up 1 full mph to 16.6 - what a workout.
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HelloOOoo? - Where is everyone? Went on the Natchez trace again, same starting point as last time except I went a little further. I did a little over 25 with my avg up to an even 17 - and when I got to the car I was like "oh, back already?" rather than "praise the velo, there's the car!" I would have tried for 30 today but I'm also gunning for a mtb ride this weekend and didn't want to be wiped out.
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I actually did NOT ride today. Instead I went on a 10-mile hike in Harpers Ferry, WV. The shorter trails were crowded with other walkers. I can only imagine the roads were murder.

I'm ridin' tomorrow though
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Old 05-25-08, 02:32 AM   #217
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I didn't break any speed records, but I did complete the Horsey Hundred (104 miles) today. I am very proud of the fact I graduated from metrics to true centuries. Although it was tough for me, there is only one slowest person and I wasn't anywhere near that! By the way, the ride originated at Georgetown, Ky.
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Damn I'm tired. It's been a while since I've ridden the Trek and man can I feel it. Hard to believe that 11 pounds can make that much of a difference. Forecast called for possible rain and my CAAD9 has yet to see rain and I want to keep it that way. Was planning on 50 miles on a different route, but with the wind blowing about 12-15 from the East and Northeast, that route would have been miserable, so I did the Southside Loop through the business parks and the 40 miles gave me the workout that 50 miles would have done, plus the last 7 miles would have the wind at my back for the most part.

So it was a fairly uneventful ride until I crossed Southside Blvd going East into the Deerwood business park where I witnessed a hit and run between 2 cars. Luckily the driver in the car that stopped was ok, I called 911 and when the police got there I made my report and continued my ride. I was hating the delay as the wind was building as time was ticking away waiting to be released.

I rode down Baymeadows and had the wind at my back which was nice, but I knew the return trip would be hell. The overcast conditions made the temps pleasant and it kept me from overheating as the time was approaching 11 am. Someone please tell the University of North Florida to repave the road that loops around the campus. My brain is still loose from the rough road. On my way out of the Town Center area, there were about 6 runners heading west in the bike lane even though the nice brand new wide and not in the bike lane side walk was available. The Town Center is a major busy area and cars believe they should never give way to a bike. Please people, run on the side walk in that area.

I make it back to Southside to start my way home and luckily see the light is about to change so I take the lane behind a few cars and the dufus in the car behind me starts honking the horn and giving me crap cause I am in the lane. I turn an wave an they flip me off, but I maintain my position. Karma was on my side cause when they went through the intersection, they threw something at me, some kind of fast food bag full of garbage which ended up all over the road. Kindly Mr. police office was sitting at the light waiting to turn right on the same road, saw it and promptly pulled them over. As I approached the cop, I asked if he needed my name as the victim of a drive by garbage throwing, he laughed and said sure and as I continued my ride, I smuggly told the two guys in the car to have a great day and and gave them a little wave. All the time, I could hear the cop laughing. By the way, littering in Florida is a $500 fine. From the looks of the car, they don't have it.

I'm now about 5 miles form the house and I start having massive leg cramps in my front thigh. Obviously the weight of the bike and the wind have really stressed my legs. I make it back to the hood and I start to feel like my rear tire is a little squishy. I look and damn if I am not getting a flat. Crap, I am 1/4 mile from the house and I have a flat and my quads are tweaking pretty bad. I stop and walk home which was quite a chore with the cramping. I look at my Garmin and see that I am .6 miles from hitting the 40 mile mark. Just damn. I open the garage, pull the wheel, replace the tube and go back out for 1 lap around the the neighborhood. I ended up with 40.22 miles.

This was the first flat I have had on these tires ever, and I have close to 2300 miles on them and they look brand new. I highly recommend the Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase for any looking for a flat resistance tire. They roll nice and are fairly lite and very easy to get on and off the rim. I can almost get them off the rims just using my hand, so I only need to carry one tire tool.

Whew, quite an entry for todays ride.
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Old 05-25-08, 06:20 PM   #219
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Bike Ride

Yes I did,

Rode 20 miles today. It was a great day in the Snellville area.
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Yes, only 2 miles. I kicked up a stick into the rear wheel, my good 600/Open Pro, and broke a spoke.
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I turn an wave an they flip me off, but I maintain my position. Karma was on my side cause when they went through the intersection, they threw something at me, some kind of fast food bag full of garbage which ended up all over the road. Kindly Mr. police office was sitting at the light waiting to turn right on the same road, saw it and promptly pulled them over. As I approached the cop, I asked if he needed my name as the victim of a drive by garbage throwing, he laughed and said sure and as I continued my ride, I smuggly told the two guys in the car to have a great day and and gave them a little wave. All the time, I could hear the cop laughing. By the way, littering in Florida is a $500 fine. From the looks of the car, they don't have it.
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^^^^ Yea, I'm still laughing at them. I Did a short ride of 27 miles today. Overcast and windy, so it made it cool, but it was not bad.
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i've been a little lax with posting....

5/13: 24.5mi - 3x10min intervals at 95% of FTP, high cadence
5/16: 20mi on BRP
5/17: 51mi on Hwy 276/215/BRP
5/18: 7mi in Sylva (hurt knee could not continue)
5/19: 15mi easy, low cadence ride because of knee pain
5/21: 27mi to the airport and back, some climbing low knee pain
5/22: 28mi commute to work (14mi there & back)
5/23: 28mi commute to work (14mi & 14mi)
5/24: 12mi - 3x2min high cadence intervals (116, 125, 117) (appears knee is better)
5/25: 63mi - ncbc summer metric route, jordan lake area
5/26: on riding today - total non-cycling rest day. very much needed, as legs are still slightly sore from sunday's ride.
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I did by far my hardest ride ever today, in Loudon and Fauqier counties in VA. I've ridden nearly all of this route in sections before but never all at once:

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...l/814997614936

And this was after doing the "Blue Ridge Challenge" (Mt Weather) yesterday and a 10-mile hike on Saturday. I'm really, really wasted at this point.

But it was fun No problems with traffic. I did get one guy in a pick-up truck flip me off while coming my direction, for no apparent reason on Taylorstown Rd. Oh well.
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yes. 21mi to include 3x10min intervals at 95% of ftp. very nice out this evening.
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