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Old 09-06-10, 05:20 PM
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While I'm here...

I also put in a very pleasant 35k. Interesting in that the wind shifted a bit while I was out and it seemed I had more tailwind than headwind. Along with a milder temperature I had a surprisingly easy ride.

Intervals tomorrow.
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33 miles, 3000 feet elevation gain. Perfect weather. First time in the mountains. I like it. 42/24 lowest gear. I need a compact.
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Old 09-06-10, 08:52 PM
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Me and my wife, 20 miles on local paved trails.
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Originally Posted by kr32
My thoughts exactly
Am I missing some strange USA irony, wasn't this 'Rider from California' just feeling the pressure in the tyre, to compare his own , or to make sure the other rider's was correct? You can get a good idea by 'feel' - tyre pressure that is!
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Old 09-07-10, 03:25 AM
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Originally Posted by gramps
Am I missing some strange USA irony, wasn't this 'Rider from California' just feeling the pressure in the tyre, to compare his own , or to make sure the other rider's was correct? You can get a good idea by 'feel' - tyre pressure that is!
It was more like he was feeling the smoothness and not the pressure. And even if it was feeling for pressure that still seems rather weird to me. I would never just reach over a feel someones tire.
Now if we were talking about tires and pressure or tread maybe I would but we weren't.
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Old 09-07-10, 06:32 AM
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47 mile group ride on the tandem. A bit too much after 47 day before yesterday, but enjoyable nevertheless.
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Old 09-07-10, 07:43 PM
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Went to the meeting place for the local club ride. A thunderstorm passed through about 45 minutes before the scheduled ride. No one but me showed up, all the soccer fields were in use and the golf courses I passed had players. When did roadies turn into wimps? Went home got the cross bike and headed to a local park for some skill work and some Z5c sprint intervals (what I was scheduled to do in the first place but I wanted to ride with my buddies). Unbeknown to me the weekly cyclo cross clinic was having it's first workout of the season and due to the rain it started late. I got to do cross drills and race intensity intervals with similar minded riders. After the workout I did do the 6 x 1 minute Zone 5c intervals from a standing start.
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Old 09-07-10, 08:55 PM
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Rode 24 mi. today! Even after breaking a spoke for the fourth time in two weeks.
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Originally Posted by ran60
Rode 24 mi. today! Even after breaking a spoke for the fourth time in two weeks.
After 4 spokes break in two weeks, don't you get the feeling something bigger than a spoke needs to be fixed?
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12 miles today. Did 3 2mile hill(mountain) repeats. Morning drizzle, light rain in parts, had to wait to see if it would clear. Best going up, 14minutes 16 seconds 42/24.
Best coming down 4 minutes 8 seconds, 40.3 mph.
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Working on turning the fuel injected engine with turbo into a high performance diesel for cross racing. More power throughout the pedal stroke at a lower cadence is the goal. Tonight's 32 mile ride included 3 x 10 minute "chugging" intervals in the 52/12 gear at 60-70 rpm. It took a concentrated effort to get the heart rate into mid-Z4. Once the intervals were completed and I was riding back home I had a very hard time getting my cadence over 85. I must have wasted some of the muscle groups.
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Old 09-08-10, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet
Working on turning the fuel injected engine with turbo into a high performance diesel for cross racing. More power throughout the pedal stroke at a lower cadence is the goal. Tonight's 32 mile ride included 3 x 10 minute "chugging" intervals in the 52/12 gear at 60-70 rpm. It took a concentrated effort to get the heart rate into mid-Z4. Once the intervals were completed and I was riding back home I had a very hard time getting my cadence over 85. I must have wasted some of the muscle groups.
Your body is saying"what the heck are you doing to me,please make up your mind."

Oh forgot since I was here, I did 36 miles tonight, regular after work weekday ride. Very beautiful weather 88 12 % humidity.

Okay 17.7 avg.

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Typical day:

Resistance exercises

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Old 09-08-10, 06:51 PM
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17.67 mile commute home - all uphill, against the wind.
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Old 09-08-10, 06:55 PM
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20 mile ride after work. lost water bottle. Headwind on the way out, Nice tailwind back in. Fun ride on MUP, it was windy and overcast so not to many people were out.
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Old 09-08-10, 07:48 PM
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23 miles. How the heck do you have a headwind on every up hill when riding a loop? Shouldn't you have a tail wind at least 25% of the time?
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Old 09-08-10, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by seemunkee
23 miles. How the heck do you have a headwind on every up hill when riding a loop? Shouldn't you have a tail wind at least 25% of the time?
Sadly, it's the headwinds that we notice. The tailwinds we just attribute to a strong motor.
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Old 09-08-10, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by dahut
17.67 mile commute home - all uphill, against the wind.
And I bet the temp was over 100 degrees even though there was 3 feet of snow on the ground too. All while riding barefoot also.
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Old 09-08-10, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by skilsaw
After 4 spokes break in two weeks, don't you get the feeling something bigger than a spoke needs to be fixed?
Skilsaw, yes I know there's a problem, I've just been avoiding having my wheel rebuilt. Plus my 310LBs may have a little to do with it as well.
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Originally Posted by seemunkee
23 miles. How the heck do you have a headwind on every up hill when riding a loop? Shouldn't you have a tail wind at least 25% of the time?
I thought those winds were only in Southern Md.! Glad someone else has them, sorry.
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Originally Posted by Hillbasher
And I bet the temp was over 100 degrees even though there was 3 feet of snow on the ground too. All while riding barefoot also.
Temp yes - snow, no. Im in South Carolina = HOT. Barefoot? What, are you crazy?
Since its a one way ride home and the wind was blowing the wrong way - it was against.
As for the hills. I cross several small rivers/creeks, each of which presents deep drop-ins, over long grade spans. On the ride home, its quadruple the climb coming out, than coasting down.
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101.2 easy miles. Still Hot with Temps to 94* Sunny.
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26.5 miles 75-15 mph winds ho hum 18 mph avg.
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Another blustery day. Only did 10 miles.
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A quick 10 mile loop after getting home from work. It is still pretty warm here, but I can feel the change in the air. Not as hot as a few weeks ago.

I tested the leg with a tall gear acceleration on a flat section. The twinge of pain told me that I still need to stick with spinning low gears for now.
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