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Old 08-07-11, 11:21 AM
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Down for a few. Slipped and fell while washing the boat earlier. Landed on my back on a rod holder. Hopefully it will only be for a few days.
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Old 08-07-11, 11:30 AM
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wow, i bet that happened so quick you did know what hit you avmech,hope your ok. Did a 21 mile ride with my wife down to starbucks and had a iced coffee,which i never get and it was great.
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Old 08-07-11, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by BikeWNC
You might want to check your cleat position or saddle height. Too high a saddle or cleats too forward might contribute to achilles issues.
I did a little on-line looking and both of those came up as main reasons for Achilles tendon pain. But, Iím thinking it might be something else because early last summer I had a professional bit fit done and have changed nothing, seat height, cleats, etc, since then. It has only been a problem for a week or so, and Iíve been riding since April.
What Iím thinking is it's my pedal stoke, especially on hills (which Iím climbing more of, since there are a couple of long ones on my commute) and Iíve noticed that I push my heel down pretty far. Iíve got to concentrate on pedaling in circles and not mashing. Mashing=ouch.
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Old 08-07-11, 12:42 PM
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I did a metric century this morning!
Fun club ride with heat, humidity and hills. What more could a guy ask for?
(Note to self: Do not post on the internet that you walked up one hill.)
I replaced my chain and cassette yesterday and am happy to report that I had no trouble shifting into the lowest gear multiple times today.
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Old 08-07-11, 12:53 PM
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No. I did walk though. Yesterday I cleaned my new pets cage out. Didnt know that would take an hour and 20 minutes. Im still sore. My leg wouldnt get over the bar. Gave up and went walking instead. I considering cage washing an exercise now!!!
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Old 08-07-11, 01:59 PM
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I got to the bike path this AM with the wife and broke away from her when we hit the loop. I was looking for my riding buddy, but he didn't show up again today. I was almost to my parking lot to get a PBJ from the truck and start on my last lap when the sky opened up and started the rain was coming down really hard. My wife was waiting at the ranger station for me to get done so I decided to go home after the rain quit. At least I got 40 miles out of this morning's ride while the wife did her 28. I didn't get my 52 but it was a good ride, nonetheless.
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Old 08-07-11, 02:30 PM
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Did some riding around town with the SO, she got tired and wanted to go home, decided to add another ride around "the block", the block in question is about 12km on it's own, it's hot and moist out, and I was on the MTB, it's got gears low enough that she can keep up, but it's a heavy beast, why the AL bike is 7 pound odd heavier then the Cromoly steel one, is beyond me. Had debated about switching bikes when she quit, but didn't want to go back to the garage.... Debating, if I have the funds next year about picking up a cross frame and building a new bike out of the parts I have, going to need to replace a few, but...
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Old 08-07-11, 02:32 PM
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Lovely bride & I did 30 miles this morning. Began the ride on the Cardinal Greenway in Gas City, IN. Heavy fog made for a cooler ride as all of the overhanging foliage was dripping like a water mister. Yesterday's ride plus today's gave us a total of 59 miles for the weekend.
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Old 08-07-11, 03:33 PM
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It was 66 miles for me today, a ride that has it all, farms and vineyards, rivers, forests, climbs, more climbs and fast descents. All of this and cool temps, dry air and no traffic. I never take Oregon for granted, it's pretty close to perfect.
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Old 08-07-11, 05:58 PM
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We got in our longest ride on our new tandem today, 40 miles over varried terrain, with a 11.9 mph avg., that's big improvement for us so far! Our tandem really likes the "open road", LOL, it hates stop and go!
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Old 08-07-11, 06:42 PM
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Got in a 32 mile ride this morning. Was 82 degrees when I started at 8:00am. Was almost 90 when I finished 2 hours later. And don't get me started on the humidity.
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I was going to take the day completely off from bocycling - started with my stretches, planks and bridges - then a 2.5 mile walk - then choir and church - then swimming. However, I made a grocery run - 3.5 miles round trip - this evening.
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Old 08-07-11, 08:29 PM
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45 miles including 34 on a club ride on a slightly hilly course north of Minneapolis. My legs were TIRED from the 80 mile hill-climbing ride in Wisconsin yesterday. I expected the ride today to be a recovery ride, but a couple of my faster riding partners showed up and so the ride was somewhat more energetic than expected. I let them do pretty much all the pulling, though.

I've made lots of progress in my riding since I started in the last 2 years. Tons. But some things still elude me. If I ride hard on a given day, I am just not that strong the next day. I have great respect for those of you who do really long distances and in particular, those who do long distances on successive days. I wonder what it takes to build that stamina?
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Old 08-07-11, 08:30 PM
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MyLilPony and I rode over Teton Pass in Wyoming on Saturday. I can report there is no oxygen at 8,400 feet.

We're back from our ride in Ashland, Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and Washington; rides in Port Orchard WA, Victoria and Vancouver BC, Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and Route of the Hiawatha in Idaho, and a ride through Yellowstone that hit Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

We've got laundry a lot to do, and a zillion photos to edit.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
MyLilPony and I rode over Teton Pass in Wyoming on Saturday. I can report there is no oxygen at 8,400 feet.

We're back from our ride in Ashland, Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and Washington; rides in Port Orchard WA, Victoria and Vancouver BC, Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and Route of the Hiawatha in Idaho, and a ride through Yellowstone that hit Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

We've got laundry a lot to do, and a zillion photos to edit.
Welcome back!! sounds absolutely wonderful.

BTW, the masses are wanting some 50+ jerseys. ARe you game?

Also, we have oxygen here at 8,400 feet. It's just in the more northern latitudes where they have none.
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Old 08-07-11, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox

BTW, the masses are wanting some 50+ jerseys. ARe you game?
I need a few weeks to get my classes under control (school starts next week, and i have a ton to do...), but sure, what's another round?
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Old 08-08-11, 07:08 AM
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Sunday morning ride

I did not ride on Saturday for teh first time in a couple of months. Sunday I did 20.5 miles. It took me 2 hours.
689 for the season.
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Old 08-08-11, 09:35 AM
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I went out this morning for a short ride around the single track trails in a park nearby. I only did about 5 km. total, but the temperature is already too hot here in central Texas. I'm looking forward to September and October, when the temps will be more reasonable.

I'm enjoying the difference between my discount store mountain bike with 26" wheels and my new Specialized 29er. I can get up hills I couldn't make it up before, and it stays in adjustment better.
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Old 08-08-11, 11:34 AM
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No. I did walk though. Yesterday I cleaned my new pets cage out. Didnt know that would take an hour and 20 minutes. Im still sore. My leg wouldnt get over the bar. Gave up and went walking instead. I considering cage washing an exercise now!!!
Must be a very big or very nasty cage...what kind of pet?
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Old 08-08-11, 11:54 AM
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I was out doing some final-week taper-down riding before my 200k this weekend. Did an easy 30 miles with three hills for good measure. A few of the beaches along Lake Michigan have some steep access roads that give you a 15 to 20% for a short length. I'll be doing about 10,000 ft of climbing on Saturday.

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33 very fun miles, met and talked with three other guys over 70 (77, 75 and 70) and had a jolly good time in PERFECT weather. Oh, rejoined Club Tombay - described elsewhere.
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53 miles in the big ring, sunny, a little wind, not bad, 72 to 88 degrees. Just a good all around hammering day.
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Hilly, with a heavy bike only 20 miiles. 90F super high humididty. Almost fog. yuck
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Old 08-08-11, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
I was out doing some final week riding before my 200k this weekend. Did an easy 30 miles with three hills for good measure. A few of the beaches have some steep access roads that give you a 15 to 20% for a short length. I'll be doing about 10,000 ft of climbing on Saturday.
This sounds like it might be the Dairlyland Dare? Good luck with that - it's renowned as a tough ride!
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Old 08-08-11, 06:43 PM
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I've taken most of the last week off from the bike to recover my mojo. I've ridden several hundred fewer miles this year compared to last but upped the intensity by riding a bit faster, longer and riding every hill in my generally flat area. There has been a very noticeable difference in performance with an accompanying toll on the body requiring more rest days. Today was back on the bike for 30 miles in high heat and humidity and the mojo is back. Now I'm looking forward to a fairly long ride later this week but beginning very early in the am.
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