My ride from a couple days ago... 40 mile
My ride from a couple days ago... 40 mile
All in all, my route is just shy of 40 miles, 5 climbs (two Cat 3, 3 Cat 4's) for a total ascent of 2930ft. Its a fun route, let me know if you would like to meet up one morning and ride someday. I like to go early in the morning before the winds pick up. Anyway here is a link of my ride on Strava.
or putter around doing this if I don't wanna suck wind that day, I make all sorts of weird laps.
I think I'm riding in the area Saturday, Sunday and most likely the rest of next week. Not sure of the routes yet for the weekend, depends on the big climbing day I have planned for tomorrow.
You guys are giving me some good ideas of where to ride. Just tonight, my lady took me out Elizabeth Lake Road because she wanted to show me Lake Elizabeth, with the idea of a nice place to kayak. Looks nice. We'll need to get a forest pass first. I did notice Munz Ranch Road and wondered if it went over the hill to the AV. Your map shows that it does.
I've only ridden Johnson Road once, several weeks ago. Up to then, I was concentrating on my little 15 mile loop over Godde Hill. Been trying off and on for a year or so to ride that loop in under an hour. It really depends on the wind on any given attempt. With the West wind, getting up and over Godde is difficult, but the run in on ELR is sweet. I can make up time on that road that was lost going over Godde into the wind. I finally decided that I either needed to get up over Godde faster, or hit the signals just right. I always come within two or three minutes of an hour, but just can't quite get there.
Then, with the new bike, and on a relatively windless day, I finally made it in under an hour. I haven't ridden it since and have been looking for new personal challenges ... hence trying Johnson Road. I have to admit that I had a little trouble getting over Johnson. Avenue I is really not the best road to ride, due to the prison traffic. Once you get past the prison, then it is a lightly traveled road, but a bit rougher. If found 110th West to be a good road, but with my 53/39 and 11-27, found that my gearing was just a tad too high. I have a compact on order and it should arrive sometime early next week. And, if that isn't low enough, I can take the Trek, which has a triple and an 11-28. Certainly that is low enough, but it will just take me a little longer than you guys.
I too usually ride alone, except for when I ride with my lady friend. We were introduced a couple years ago with the goal of being "cycling buddies". It has grown to a lot more and today, we are each other's best friends. She doesn't like to ride with me because she thinks she is holding me back. I have a difficult time convincing her that just being together, riding, is enough and when I want to get a really good, aerobic cycling workout ... I'll just go ride by myself.
I question my abilities if I were to ride with other people, such as you guys. I'm on the larger end of the spectrum, height wise, of the serious cycling people, which means that it takes me a little longer getting over hills. I don't want to hold you guys back. I could stand to lose about 20 pounds too. That is my goal, but I eat too damn much. I am going to go ahead and ride one of those loops you guys posted, and compare to see if indeed I can keep up, or I'd hold you back too much.
Isn't there a cycling club in the area? The High Desert Cyclists? Or, something like that? They have rides frequently, I think.
As to when I ride, I have a day-time mortgage paying job over the hill which means I have to leave pretty early and don't get back to Palmdale until right around 6 or so. The past week or so, I've tried to get in a few miles several times a week. (Tuesday, I rode out on Sierra Highway between Rosamond and Lancaster. Sierra Highway is really a pretty good ride once you get out past Lancaster. Nice wide lane out of traffic to ride in. Not many signals either, so you can get into a good rhythm for some miles.)
We have every other Friday off work, and I usually that the other Friday off as a vacation day. I try to get in 40-50 miles or so on Friday. Then, at least one other day over the weekend for another 30-40 miles. This weekend isn't looking so good. I need to take the car in tomorrow morning for some service in Tarzana and I have a noon-time tennis match in Woodland Hills on Sunday, (USTA league match). We're going to try and go to the Hollywood Bowl tomorrow night too, so the only opportunity I'll have to ride this weekend would be on Saturday. I just might try that Johnson Road, Spunky Canyon, Bouquet Canyon, Godde Hill loop Saturday morning to see just how good ... or how "bad" I really am compared to you guys. I'll park at AVC so that I can approximate your mileage/route.
Another ride I'm contemplating riding is a century from Palmdale to Techachapi and back. It would be self-supported, but Techachapi is a nice half-way point where there are some nice eating places to re-fuel before the run back. I was planning on doing that in July one Saturday. Any one is welcome to ride along. I was thinking of leaving pretty early so I could get up the hill before the winds pickup. Only fear is intense cross winds on the way back, between Rosamond and Lancaster. (Maybe I was just too unprepared that one day when I rode half way up the hill, only to turn around because I bonked. The cross winds coming back were brutal on my psyche. I need to remind myself to drink and eat more while riding. I did make it a metric-century that day, so at least I have something to show for my efforts.)
Yeah, I should get off my duff and just do it. We can ask dblackwood72 also. Safety in numbers, and all that. We'll go PM from here on out, so we don't clutter the forum.
31 miles this morning http://app.strava.com/rides/807260
Went on a nice little ride with mtrider05 this morning. Rode a figure-8 38.2 mile ride. Mtrider05 was very kind to wait at the top of every climb until I was able to haul my fat, out of shape, carcass up to the top, then he made sure I was ready to go before we set off again. Have been afraid to tackle Spunky Canyon, but it turned out to be pretty easy. On San Fransquito, I even rode past a mountain biker, (with his lower gearing), on the way up who was hoofing it. That one was easier also. (I think mtrider05 took me the easy way up the climbs.)
It was a beautiful day for a ride; not too windy, not too hot, not too many automobiles. Just about perfect! If you ever get an opportunity to ride with mtrider05, do so. He is strong, fit, and the perfect gentleman. He even suggested an add-on extra few miles because he knew I'm trying to reach 300 miles for the month.
Garmin Connect version
Strava Ride version
(Note: mtrider05's stats are going to be a lot different than mine. He will have a whole lot more "resting" time and his average/moving speeds will be a lot higher.) Thanks for the companionship, mtrider05.
p.s. It was good to see so many people out cycling this morning. (All coming the other way), one fellow passed us riding solo; on a climb, four people came down as we were going up; the solo guy on a mtb; two riders later on. Usually, I don't see anyone, and maybe one out of five, I'll see one or two. The more we are out there, the more aware of us cagers will become.
Climb to Kaiser 2011
First ride since I busted up my ribs. Exactly one month off!
i rode from ojai to bates beach and back. i wanted to go all the way to santa barbara, but i was sick of fighting the headwind. oh well, 56 miles isnt that bad.
PR'd everything today, quite happy.
Today - http://app.strava.com/rides/1069902
On Sunday, I rode from my job to Aliso beachea via Miliken / Hamner to SART to PCH. First time riding on PCH. I was tired and the rollers were getting to me. Meeting up with the family at the beach made it worth it. It was a great day at the beach. Battery died in Laguna beach so cut off about 15 miles.
Lytle Creek Sunday
It was hot at around 1:30 PM, turned around about 3 miles before the end of the road.