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Old 08-20-07, 11:00 AM   #1
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100 Miles with a Massage in Between

So, I know the majority of BFers rode the Cool Breeze on Saturday. And I read (repeatedly) all the comments on the air quality. Although I missed the group, I do not regret not riding. But by missing CB, I still had to get my CAM requirement for August. Fortunately for me, when I put out the feelers on the 100, Happylongtime (Joy) volunteered to create an Ad Hoc route in Palos Verdes. And lucky for both of us, Jason joined us (our boy toy for the day, yippee! ).

We all arrived at the park in Torrance and took off around 6:30am. It was cool and remained that way all through the morning, along the bike path into Santa Monica and back. Joy took us on side streets I didn’t know existed that were wide and less trafficked. The three of us hit a good pace although we did run into some pedestrian traffic on the path (even though the path is clearly marked “Bikes Only!” That drives me crazy!). The morning air was perfect and our first 60 miles very pleasant. We stopped for a sandwich at Subway (and got to meet Joy’s hottie hot coach, Dan) and took off for the one longish climb of the day, PV East, around 11:00am. That was when we encountered the muggy heat. Unfortunately for Joy, this is her hardest obstacle when riding. The woman is strong as can be, but once she overheats, it hits her so hard. She climbed steady but felt dizzy at the top of PV East. We took the descent (sweet) down and back to Malibu Cove and then decided to chill out for a half hour in the shade with cold sodas and chips. Joy needed that, and I needed the incredible neck, shoulder and head massage that Jason gave me (I see him being on all future rides!).

Once we took off again to finish our last 30 miles, my legs began to fatigue. I had ridden 81 miles on Saturday (with the last hour of it in unbearable heat), so I was not, shall I say, fresh as a daisy. The idea of climbing in more PV heat did not appeal to me. But I knew I had enough leg left to do it, even if I had to snail up any hill we encountered. Jason flew up ahead of Joy and me. As we rode along, she admitted it was just too hot and she was again feeling ill. I admitted that I was a little warm too and my legs were fatiguing. So, we made it our prerogative to change the route, and Jason, ever the easy-going lad, was fine with it. We turned around, headed back down to the coast and into wonderful cool ocean breezes. Our last 20 miles were at a strong pace, and when we finished, I definitely felt it in my butt and legs!

Last but not least, chili spaghetti at Big Boy’s and more massaging (Joy got her turn this time too). Great day, wonderful company, and I “almost” did my back to back centuries (a challenge that I still have waiting for me in the future).

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Old 08-20-07, 11:01 AM   #2
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The two hard Assos that I stared at yesterday:


















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Old 08-20-07, 11:04 AM   #3
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Jason's sexy SHAVED legs








From a distance, this guy looked like Travis, so I hollered at him. He wasn't, of course, but my the views in PV are NICE!
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Old 08-20-07, 11:12 AM   #4
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Looked like fun!!
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Great pics, as usual. I think we were probably in Santa Monica around the same time... I kept my eye out, but then we ducked into Rose Cafe for a bite.
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Great pics, as usual. I think we were probably in Santa Monica around the same time... I kept my eye out, but then we ducked into Rose Cafe for a bite.
We missed you, Vance. But we did ride by Rose Cafe very early (like 7:30am I believe).
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Sorry we missed you guys, Vance. My phone didn't buzz so I didn't get the text message you were out there til after the ride.

We hit the Palisades turnaround at 8:20am, after ME and Jason experienced much amusement at my Frau Frabissina impersonation ("ON YER LEFT!!!") and watching pedestrians leap off the bike path in terror.
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Looked like a lot of fun. I'm always missing the fun when I come down ... but CB was no slouch either, so it's not quite so bad ...

I sent out the recovery ride thread a little late ... oh well.
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Old 08-20-07, 11:42 AM   #10
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ya'll were only 8 blocks from me.


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Sorry we missed you guys, Vance. My phone didn't buzz so I didn't get the text message you were out there til after the ride.

We hit the Palisades turnaround at 8:20am, after ME and Jason experienced much amusement at my Frau Frabissina impersonation ("ON YER LEFT!!!") and watching pedestrians leap off the bike path in terror.
Sorry, yes, I forgot to put this in my report (I'm at work, so I wrote that in haste). But Joy is hysterical. She is so itty-bitty (albeit hot and buff in all the right places), but she certainly can command attention when she wants. I called her the Bike Path Natzi. She would YELL, "ON YOUR LEFT" and I swear flocks of birds would take off from the beach it was so loud. The people she startled would jump about three feet.

But it was very effective.
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Jason, is that Starbuck's in your pocket, or...?
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[QUOTE=merider1;5106136]

Jason's sexy SHAVED legs


[QUOTE]

Woo Hoo! We ALL know the work (and the thought) that went into achieving those sexy legs.

Nice pics, ME. Looks like you guys had a great time!
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You mean we could have had Texas Toast for breakfast?
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Jason, is that Starbuck's in your pocket, or...?
Extra water for the cutie roadies I was riding with. As for my ride report...

It was a great day... a fun time on the bike and a relaxing time off the bike. Beyond that, my lips are sealed.
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In marked contrast to yesterday.
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I recognize that garage door from when I used to do my Marina Del Rey Dock 52 ride to Rancho Plaos Verdes and back. I ended up not doing that ride so much due to all the traffic and almost getting taken out from cagers running the stop signs.
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Jason - you did a great job! The legs look AWESOME!
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Nice views

Thanks for the pics. Your views in PV are certainly nice--especially the adonis on the cannondale.
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You mean we could have had Texas Toast for breakfast?

with a side of beef.
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Nice views

Thanks for the pics. Your views in PV are certainly nice--especially the adonis on the cannondale.
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Hey! That was YOU I saw stopping to molest the cute little duckies on Ballona Creek!!

(No, folks, that wasn't a metaphor or a euphemism- probably the only comment in this thread that is, or will be...)

You left them all there. right? I was on my "alone time" post CB recovery ride, and heading out to Redondo pier for an easy spin, or I would have stopped and said hello. One of these days...
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Hey! That was YOU I saw stopping to molest the cute little duckies on Ballona Creek!!

(No, folks, that wasn't a metaphor or a euphemism- probably the only comment in this thread that is, or will be...)

You left them all there. right? I was on my "alone time" post CB recovery ride, and heading out to Redondo pier for an easy spin, or I would have stopped and said hello. One of these days...

That was us. I was leading the way and normally I'd call out, "glass" or "bump" but when I saw the six or seven half-grown ducklings blocking the path all I could yell was, "DUCK!"

We stopped (when with ME, one must stop at all wildlife) and I recall seeing a lone cyclist riding through them just a second later.. that was you!
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We stopped (when with ME, one must stop at all wildlife) and I recall seeing a lone cyclist riding through them just a second later.. that was you!
I have a pic of those ducks and you may be in it, but I think I erased it by accident. I'll look at my camera when I get home. That would be too much if I got a shot of you just as about plowed through them, DScott!
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