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Old 05-02-11, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by berner
Today's club ride drew quite a large crowd. There were, by guess, double the usual crowd, so about 150 cyclists riding from 25, 44 or 50 miles. I rode 25 miles and a good thing too as there was a fierce headwind for the return leg. I was able to maintain a decent pace against the wind that I was satisfied with. Next month I need to begin increasing the distance.
Hey, that's the ride I was on! (reported 3 above yours). We did 57, only because we rode from my house there, did the 44, and rode home. You might have seen us, my son & I were on mountain bikes, and my friend on the long tail cargo bike. We hope to be on the May 5th, Ray Young's ride in RI in 2 weeks to get some hill climbing in. If you see us there, say hi. We'll probably be the only ones on mountain bikes - which I intend to do until we finish our planned tour end of May.
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Hiya Transporter. I do remember the long tail and the mountain bike. We encountered you guys soon after the beaches and the wind hit us in the face. I was with a man I used to work with before retiring. He's a masters swimmer and in very good shape - better'n me. The idea of the long tail is intriguing. That design sure looks like it means business. I met a young woman on the bike path here in Bristol who was on a home made long tail. You can get a kit to build one and she had done the work hereself. If you guys rode 50 miles with that wind, you're animals.

I just finished re-gearing my bike for some light touring in New Hampshire sometime this summer. I stuffed a 26T ring on the front and cobbled a 30T onto the cassette and it's all working fine. I made a list and then weighed the gear I'd need for 3-4 day tours and it all came to 19 lbs. less food and water. I have a Specialized Secteur that has mount points on the back for a rack. I can do the planned tours with just rear panniers.

I'm hoping to do the Ray Young Ride also, same as you, to get some more time on hills. See you there.
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over the weekend

(I know the numbers won't impress anybody)

I rode Friday afternoon, after dinner and then Saturday I went with a group for a charity ride. This was the first time I had ever been on an organized ride (except for one time about 47 years ago . The ride was a lot shorter than I though it would be. I expected the rote would be 25 miles or so and planned to do about half that distance myself. It was laid out for 6.8 miles.

The ride was a good experience, not only because I met a few people but also because the guy who decided he was going to make sure I made it through okay had me riding a little above my usual pace. I know this because my watch kept beeping at me (over target HR zone) for more than 1/2 of the ride.

I think the zone could be pushed up a little because I never had any difficulty talking while we rode, nor any kind of physical sensation of weakness or anything like that. My conclusion is that I don't push myself very hard when riding alone.

Yesterday I rode 13.5 at a faster pace than I have ever done - or at least anytime I checked. In fact, I usually check that after the first 3 or 4 miles and yesterday's time was better than any of those.

One thing I an trying to do this summer is build sufficient endurance to make 50 mile ride.

(patting myself on teh back)

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Rich, the numbers are not about impressing anyone but about being satisfied with yourself. There is no doubt that if you continue to ride you will become fitter and faster and it sure is satisfying to be able to go faster. For myself, last year, as a new cyclist, I worked on doing 50 miles for a charity fund raiser and was able to ride that distance a number of times. This year I've signed up for the main club century which I'll be able to do or not. If not this year, then maybe next. Just keep peddling.
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Originally Posted by richyankee
(I know the numbers won't impress anybody)

I rode Friday afternoon, after dinner and then Saturday I went with a group for a charity ride. This was the first time I had ever been on an organized ride (except for one time about 47 years ago . The ride was a lot shorter than I though it would be. I expected the rote would be 25 miles or so and planned to do about half that distance myself. It was laid out for 6.8 miles.

The ride was a good experience, not only because I met a few people but also because the guy who decided he was going to make sure I made it through okay had me riding a little above my usual pace. I know this because my watch kept beeping at me (over target HR zone) for more than 1/2 of the ride.

I think the zone could be pushed up a little because I never had any difficulty talking while we rode, nor any kind of physical sensation of weakness or anything like that. My conclusion is that I don't push myself very hard when riding alone.

Yesterday I rode 13.5 at a faster pace than I have ever done - or at least anytime I checked. In fact, I usually check that after the first 3 or 4 miles and yesterday's time was better than any of those.

One thing I an trying to do this summer is build sufficient endurance to make 50 mile ride.

(patting myself on teh back)

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Old 05-02-11, 09:57 AM
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re: over the weekend

berner and cehowardGS,

thanks for the positive replies. I always preface my posts with something about the low numbers etc. (because I see so many people posting really impressive numbers).

I am happy about what I'm doing and I don't even mind the sweeper riding with me (to be sure I make it). I'm not embarrassed or concerned at all because this activity is really good for me (it makes me feel better, stronger and able to do a lot more than I could even last year).

It would be better to make some longer rides because then I would be able to ride with some old friends - who have been doing this for a long time and can take some of the hills I would like to ride on - but it's good to be doing it just a few miles at a time.

What do you think about riding in groups? Do you feel like it requires you to hold back or do you get something out of the competitive aspect of it (not talking about having to beat everybody - just the thought of riding with a group of riders of higher ability)?

It seems like there is a lot of down time to group rides. On the other hand, you meet other cyclists and you get some kind of feedback on what you're doing on the bike.

I think 95% of the time I will be riding alone anyway.

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Old 05-02-11, 10:36 AM
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Keep on doing what you are doing. You are on your way to doing what you want to do. Group rides can be good as a reference point for your progress and for how hard you may want to push yourself.
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73 miles in the Desert Classic on Saturday, and 31 yesterday. Both rides were windy. At least yesterday I got the benefit of a tail wind on the last leg.
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Old 05-02-11, 12:07 PM
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Friday's ride ..... About 2 hrs of mostly climbing. That's as accurate as I like to keep my workout stats


Saturday and Sunday.... snowshoeing and skiing, 2 hrs each day.
May 1, 2011 .... Day 63 skiing this season at age 63. Coincidence ? ... I think not !


Last Thursday's workout ... Another 2 hour ride ...

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Old 05-02-11, 01:29 PM
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Is it not wonderful and inspiring the breadth of interests and abilities of the folks who post here. Thank you all. Don't stop.
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Old 05-02-11, 01:45 PM
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Did my usual ride but added an extra lap around Stone Mountain.
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Originally Posted by werks
Friday's ride ..... About 2 hrs of mostly climbing. That's as accurate as I like to keep my workout stats


Saturday and Sunday.... snowshoeing and skiing, 2 hrs each day.
May 1, 2011 .... Day 63 skiing this season at age 63. Coincidence ? ... I think not !


Last Thursday's workout ... Another 2 hour ride ...
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Today, I did my regular 20 mile commute back and forth to work. The highlight was, I was on my 85 Raleigh Prestige..And my favorite colors are red, white and black.., can't get any better than this..Might do a profile ride in front of Starbucks when I get home..






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Howard, great photos, very cool bike: you da man.
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Old 05-02-11, 03:57 PM
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Yesterday - did about 21 sunny miles with the hubby.
Today - did a 14 mile round trip to my Dr. appointment. I had to cut through a local park and deal with the traffic on Main St. to get to the Dr. office, so I gave myself 15 extra minutes just in case and it was a good thing I did because I got a flat about a mile from the office.
Tomorrow - rain :-(
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When I grow up, I wanna be just like you!!!
LOL ! .... Actually, I'm just trying to keep up with you

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Rich, I enjoy riding alone also. This is the case most of the time. This situation provides my hermit gene a chance to express itself. I seem to notice more detail when riding on my own. I also enjoy group riding because it does push you into going a bit harder. I also enjoy seeing the large variety of bikes that people ride. The last club ride had a long tail utility bike and a bike friday.
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berner,

it's going to be important to me to ride with other people, at least sometimes. It's enjoyable I agree. The only thing about riding alone that I don't like is the (at least I think it is this way) danger from cars and trucks. At least where I live, the roads are kind of scary (most drivers are more than careful but some aren't). This is what put me off of riding about 20 years ago - it just scared the hell out of me. But I drink more wine now (joking)

I grew up in Coventry.

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05/03/2011

Solo ride today. One ride partner out of the country the other one had to work.
Miles today: 45+
Mileage this month May: 88+ (I hate it when these numbers are so small)
Mileage this year: 3059+
Percent of 2011 goal achieved: 43+%
Over/under riding days 2011 vs. 2010: -4 days
Over/under miles 2011 vs. 2010: +398 miles
Average miles per ride this year: 38+ (best ever)
Average miles per ride this month: 44+
Miles needed to hit my 2011 goal of 7,000: 3940, and an 8,000 mile year (best ever) is not out of reach.

Very quiet ride today, just did the Deer Path ride.
Tomorrow I plan to ride solo again.
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Originally Posted by berner
Howard, great photos, very cool bike: you da man.
Thanks man, I don't EVER want to grow up!!
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Yesterday I did the LBS ride. Must have been over 30 bikes. 26.70 miles at good speed with climbing. Nothing drastic but fun and challenging. On one climb while others were struggling up the climb I dropped in to my 30x27 (oh I love the triple) and upped the cadence and enjoyed the climb.

The Monday night rides are great for challenging yourself to improve. Varying levels of speed from the very fast to the quick. I like starting with the higher speeds and if I get dropped by the front runners (20-30 somethings) I melt in with a following group and finish out the ride. This is my first year doing group rides of this size, this is great!!!

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My double up ride are getting to be regular now.. I rode the 79 Raleigh Competition GS for about 20 miles around my area. The Velo Leather bartape really stood out. It matches the brown Brooks leather seat. The ride of the Raleigh is sweet. All orginal, a one-owner jewel. I couldn't bring myself to get off it. And I did a 30 mile round trip to the gym on the GSX R1000.. Sweet and fast.. You can tell by the smile I have on my face..

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Today was the kind of day when I wondered why anyone would want to live anywhere else but Little Rock. After almost two weeks of tornados and thundershowers, the weather was perfect, a few puffy clouds in blue sky and the temps in the high 60s.

I pedaled my recumbent up, over the hills and down to Two Rivers park to ride around. It was the middle of the afternoon, so things were quiet. Soon after arriving I was greeted by a turtle maybe 5 inches long, whose back was covered with dirt. He was in the middle of the bike path and not moving, so I picked him up and moved him to a little stub of the path and dropped him by some flowers. He brightened up, and scurried over to them.

I took the trail down to where they are building the new bicycle/pedestrian bridge across the river to join with the Big Dam Bridge trail. It was quiet, and I cruised along enjoying the birds in the trees, the carpets of flowers, the lush green trees and the swamps that even covered the trail in a few places. It's not often I ride between the fish swimming around.

They've closed the trail just before the bridge, so I had to stop there and admire the cardinals flying through the jungle. I took a break at a raised picnic shelter. An armadillo came directly at me and walked under the floor almost below me, and continued across the open grass. Dragonflies and butterflies floated around.

After resting, I returned up the path and took the other main path. I was rewarded with seeing two beautiful deer crossing the path right between two cyclists coming in the other direction. I stopped the cyclists so they could see the deer. The man was German and the woman Chinese, I couldn't help but wonder how they met.

Following the path I got to the point. There was an inlet to the swamp on one side and the Little Maumelle River on the other side, and the Arkansas River straight ahead of me; and I could see the Two Rivers bridge under construction. There were several aluminum boat shelters in the middle of the river. I guess they got washed down river by all the rains. A blue biplane ambled slowly though the sky.

It was getting later, and there were now more people walking along the paths. Seemed like everyone had wires to their ears and many were staring at small screens while they walked. With such a glorious day in progress, I really felt sorry for them. The countryside had the same lighting you see in Italian countryside paintings. Pinnacle Mountain was framed in the distance by trees on each side of path. Thomas Kinkade would have been jealous. There were so many birds. I had been reading a guide to Arkansas birds this morning, so I was enjoying the variety and trying to identify them all. Towhees, Barn Swallows, Cardinals and more.

The road back out was nice, McMansions and rolling fields. I was sorry when I got back to the main street and had to start back up the hill to home.
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<10 miles this evening.
I'm taking a day off work Wednesday and it's supposed to be dry! Shouldn't complain because we've had no floods or tornadoes, just lots of rain.
We have a tandem ride planned for the afternoon.
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30 mile club ride Tuesday. A couple of the fast guys had mercy on the slower group I ride with and hung back with us, towing us most of the way. We finished 3 minutes quicker than last week when I did most of the pulling but I didn't work as hard. I'm really happy with how my climbing is coming along. I'll never be an uphill rocket, but I'm definitely improving. Internet is down at home so I cant upload the Garmin data.
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