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Old 04-14-19, 07:07 PM
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NoWhammies 2019 ride log

Well let's see how this goes and how diligent I am about writing about my rides.

Already had a few rides this year, getting in an early ride in January with a new power meter. Then the rains hit I was off my bike until March. A couple more rides in March and then another ride today.

Today's ride was quick. Just 41k as I had other errands to run. But it felt good to get out and get a ride in, even if it was short. Hopefully, the weather will hold and I'll manage to get in some rides after work this week.

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Managed to get a 60k ride in last night before the sun set. I went out with a goal in mind of keeping my watts above a certain level and I'm happy to say that I did. The ride had a lot of rollers, but I made the most of it by building up speed on the downs, then using that momentum on the ups.

Worst part of the ride? Leaving my water bottles at home and then having to stop at a store to purchase a Powerade.
Best part of the ride? Feeling strong and just having a good ride.

This is/was the first ride of year where I didn't wear knee warmers. Felt strange to be 'exposed' like that, but then again I suppose first rides of the year in shorts always do.

I have not been doing much with my power meter readings. Just watching them as I ride and then forgetting about them once I get home. As the summer progresses I need to give some thought to importing the information in to Golden Cheetah and doing some evaluations.

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Rained out yesterday, damn it! The plan had been to get a bit hill climbing in. Nothing too serious, but at least start on doing SOMETHING hill related. Gesh.
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Tired. So very tired. I was dragging my butt when I arrived home from work and dragged it as I got ready to ride.

My tiredness must have been reflected from the weather as I was only 20mins in my ride when the rain hit. Nothing too crazy. Just a light sprinkle. But the rain was enough to detract from my original plan which was to do some hill repeats/climbing. Instead I managed to get in 35k ride and get home before the skies opened up. Which probably was a good thing since the ride was a bit of a struggle. Just didn't have any power or strength.

On the plus side I saw a few club riders out. So obviously others were trying to make the most of the limited daylight/summer too.
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No riding this weekend. Family matters. Which, while nice, is too bad since the weather was PERFECT to get out on the bike. Oh well. Hopefully I'll get some rides in this week after work.
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Had a good ride tonight. An easy 50k. Did a bit of climbing, which I've been aching to do for a while now. Nothing too crazy. Just over 600m. But good for an after work ride. Saw a couple of riders out, but nowhere near the volume I thought I would. What with it being a Wednesday and all, I figured there would be riders out all over the place tonight.

Legs felt good and I kept my average watts at a level I was happy with, especially considering I wasn't out for a hammer fest. About the only thing I can complain about the ride is the chilliness on the way down from the climb. If I'd done any more climbing, I'd have wanted to bring a toque with me to keep the ears warm on the descent.

Bike is working ok. Need to lube the chain and do some light maintenance on the bike. There is some slight noise coming from the drive train so I need to get the bike on the stand and take a look. Hopefully it is nothing serious and I'm able to make a quick/minor adjustment.
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Finally managed to get some climbing in! Total ride distance, 70k. Total elevation, 1,100m.

I felt good on the ride. Just slow and steady as I did my climb. The ride up was good, but the ride down. Wow. I thought I'd planned well as far as staying warm was concerned. Um, yeah, not quite. My hands freaking froze on the way down! The only way I could have avoided the freezing hands would have been to bring a second set of gloves with me. But not having a second set of five finger gloves meant I was pretty much boned.

That said, packing a toque up with me was brilliant as my painters hat was soaked with sweat and would have been BRUTAL on the way down. Also, I didn't plan my eye wear all that well. There was definitely not enough sun for sunglasses so the whole ride seemed rather dark/dim.

There is still snow up on the mountain too. Interesting to now that last year when I did this ride, daytime temps at the bottom were 22 degrees. Today? 13 degrees. Just a bit of a change.

Knee warmer - good idea.
Two layers - good idea.
Boot covers - good idea.
Toque - good idea.
Two pair of gloves on the way up - good idea.
Same pair of gloves on the way down - bad idea!

All in all though, was a good ride. Glad I am finally getting some climbing in.

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Wind. Tons and tons of wind today. That said I still managed to get in 100k ride. But man, the wind never let up! Riding over the bridge in the AM I was having a hard time breathing. The wind was sucking/whipping the air away before I could get a breath. Luckily for me, it wasn't like this all day/morning.

The good thing about this ride though is I rode with Dom and Steve. I hadn't ridden with them in a while, so it was nice to ride with friends again. And, they introduced me to a new little coffee shop off the beaten path. Very cool!

The ride wasn't a fast ride, but that's ok. It was just nice to get out and a 100k in under my belt. Still working on my sit bones though. At approx 60k sitting on my saddle most definitely was NOT comfortable. I think it is time to get a new saddle. I was looking at my saddle while oiling my chain and I can see the scuff marks in the leather from where I bit it years ago. Plus in looking at the rails, all of the paint(?) has worn off. That AND the saddle is permanently bent to the shape of my butt. Going to have to look saddles at the LBS and see what they can recommend.


Also, once I was back home I cleaned and lubes the chain. After riding in light/drizzling rain, not to mention through puddles and sand, the chain was a right mess. Took me longer than I thought to clean everything up, but now the chain is sparking clean. I used the Park Dummy Hub for the first time (thank you Santa) and it worked well enough once I figured it out.

Good ride today. Dressed for the elements well enough (warm weather gloves, knee warmers, 2 x base layers, jacket, toque, bibs, booties). I thought I was under dressed when I started, but turns out everything worked out ok.



What's cool about this image from the coffee shop is there was a road race going on. And we were at the finish line, so we had a live band to listen to as we chowed down on our mid-rid snacks.
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After being off my bike for a week I wasn't sure how far I wanted to ride today. I know I wanted to get out and hopefully hit 100k, but I wasn't sure if my legs would take me that far. The good news? I ended up riding 115k! However when I finished my ride my legs were spent!

Initially I thought I had dressed poorly for the ride. Turns out, I dressed just right.
  • Knee warmers
  • Toque
  • Under Armour
  • Base Layer
  • Warmer jacket/jersey
  • 5 finger gloves
  • Booties
I might have been able to get away from wearing the booties, but at least this way my feet were warm for the ride. NOTHING is worse than having cold feet.

Summer has definitely landed in my part of the world, as there were many MANY riders and clubs out today. I do miss the days when riding was a fringe sport and people freaked out when you told them you rode 100k on Saturday. Now people assume I'm training for a century ride when I tell them the distance I've ridden. <sigh>.

Saw Bruce out on the bike today. He's getting back in to riding again. I'll have to catch up with him for a ride.

I think my saddle has had it. After 50k I was starting to get some sit bone pain. Not good, especially this early in the season.


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Just an easy ride last night. 35k. Relaxed pace.

I didn't get out on the road as early as I would have liked. So this was just an opportunity to stretch the legs and spin. Plus by leaving a little later at night, there was less traffic on the road. All in all a good little spin.

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Did 65k yesterday but it was a TERRIBLE 65k. I decided to work out with the club and do hill repeats. Where to start with the problems...
  • Flats
  • Computer didn't have the proper screens for the workouts
  • Missed the group because of the flat and then I was so focused on the flat happening again that I didn't workout properly
Basically I was a fish out of water. Not good.

The only saving grace of this ride is that the sealant eventually kicked in and blocked the hole in the tyre. And continues to hold. So no need to replace the tyre. Plus the weather was spectacular. Garmin recorded a temperature in the low 20ies which kicks ass.

I'm hoping that this is my one bad ride for the season done and out of the way.
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A few points about today's 135k ride.

1. Doing a ride like this after 65k hill repeats was PAINFUL
2. Not wearing sun screen in the first intense sun of May was dumb on my part.
3. I went through six water bottles worth of fluids. Yes. Six. Today was hot hot hot.
4. I cracked at about the 110k mark. It was not pretty.
5. I think I'm starting to get saddle sores.

That aside, today was a gorgeous day. 135k ride. Great views. Nice route. I think my rear tyre is not holding air, so I'll need to check the sealant and either put in a plug, pull the tyre, or see if the sealant does the trick/job.
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Went for a nice quiet ride with the wife. 35k. Nothing crazy. Just a slow ride to get out and enjoy the weather/afternoon.

The BH had a flat and I couldn't be bothered to change it before heading out, so I took the Gallium out for a ride. The Gallium felt different at first, but after riding for a bit any awkwardness was gone. It's too bad Argon18 didn't have a bike that fit my needs when I bought the BH. Not that I dislike the BH - it is a AMAZING bike - but the Argon18 was also a nice bike to ride.

Still burnt to a crisp from the ride earlier in the week, so it is probably a good thing the afternoon was clouded over.

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