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Old 01-28-19, 06:09 PM
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Did 24 miles on the still closed Blue Ridge Parkway with about 2,000 feet up. Beautiful, peaceful ride with the sun shining brightly; back into the deep freeze for a few days after today. Tree crew was out and looks like the lower sections of the BRP will be open after the snow tomorrow melts.
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Old 01-29-19, 03:26 AM
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Not today, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday, 39 miles was a great day, temperatures in the 50s after months of low 40 rides. Saturday was a recovery ride 8 miles, but I rode it a little too hard to really call it a recovery day, but it was short. Sunday, 43 miles, was amazing, temperatures in the mid 60s I had to stop and take all my layers until I was down to shorts and jersey only. It felt so good to ride without all the extra layers. Made such a difference. I could grow to like this bicycling stuff.. First time this year I saw any other riders, and there were lots of them. Temperatures have dropped into the 40s again, might snow by the end of the week. But spring and Summer are coming soon!
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Old 01-29-19, 09:04 PM
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I got in a 16mile lap on each of the Bottecchia & Falcon.
Riding in the sun in Jan near Seattle is a special treat this year.




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Old 01-30-19, 03:32 PM
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45 minutes on the training stand sort of along to a race day dvd. �� I hate the trainer......
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Old 01-31-19, 01:57 PM
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Wednesday, 43 Miles. Started out cold, but near the end of the ride it had warmed up a little. I was riding into the sun and couldn't see the road in the shadows right in front of me. I hit a large rock and a few seconds later my front tire went flat. My first flat in a very long time. Today is a beautiful day, it's 10 warmer.
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Old 02-01-19, 05:02 AM
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spirt willing/flesh weak. errands+ bleepy weather. hoping to make amends on sun/mon/tues on a lil oot vaca.
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Old 02-02-19, 04:16 PM
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We went from 20F earlier this week to upper 60's and 70 by Monday.

Got in 62 minutes on an unbelievably, unseasonably warm, beautiful Winter day.
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Old 02-02-19, 06:04 PM
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First ride in about a week. Mid-40's this afternoon - quite an improvement from zero and below just a few days ago! 7 miles.
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It's been raining pretty hard in Los Angeles since last night and the streets get pretty flooded, so I didn't do my usual early morning ride. It cleared just enough at 2:30 this afternoon to get a good 21 miles ride in. Riding in the rain in L.A. with the traffic can be fairly hazardous to your health.
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Old 02-02-19, 07:55 PM
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I did my Bethany Beach, boardwalk and back home in the snow today, 14 m round trip. It turned into a lovely afternoon for a ride, sunny, mid 30s with a light wind from SW.
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Old 02-02-19, 08:13 PM
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28 miles Saturday afternoon, pleasant, cool, not too windy. Fastest time since before my surgery in November. Finally starting to get over a pesky respiratory inflammation.
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Old 02-02-19, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by MidSouthBiker
We went from 20F earlier this week to upper 60's and 70 by Monday.

Got in 62 minutes on an unbelievably, unseasonably warm, beautiful Winter day.
Originally Posted by JanMM
First ride in about a week. Mid-40's this afternoon - quite an improvement from zero and below just a few days ago! 7 miles.
Weather here in SW FL was cold for us -- mid 40F but has warmed up this week. Got out today for a solo ride, first since my Disney World Marathon on Jan.13th. Legs were like spaghetti instead of tree stumps, butt like jello instead of granite and muscles went AWOL. A very disappointing, i.e. SLOW, 70 miles.
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Old 02-02-19, 09:21 PM
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Just got back from a very pleasant 1 hour 50 min after-dark ride up north, around the mountain, then returning from the south. This is the second long ride with the new seat post, and it's great getting some miles in again instead of being stuck doing laps in the neighborhood. Had the shock of my life though when a big dog appeared out of the dark about two inches from my right leg, barking his head off. I looped back and spent five minutes making the point that he has to share the road.

I really enjoyed the 70F spring weather today, except that it's supposed to be the dead of winter and this isn't the sign of a healthy planet.

@Wildwood that view through the tunnel is the epitome of inviting.

Originally Posted by Wildwood
The dry streak had me out again, this time for a few gravel miles.



Nice to end January with some good saddle time.
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Old 02-02-19, 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted by rseeker
.. that view through the tunnel is the epitome of inviting.
...the reverse view, the path just traveled, has some useful & nice trail/track.

Life is good.
Ride on.
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Old 02-03-19, 12:24 AM
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Sometimes away from home,
you just make-do.
and find your own new fun.
Slightly different muscle angle in the upright position, a bit more like hiking than the drop handlebar position.
Cranked it up to 20mph according to the streetside speed-read-out sign.









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Old 02-03-19, 07:14 AM
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71 miles but super slow. I’m wondering if my pre crash form will ever return????

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Originally Posted by jppe
71 miles but super slow. I’m wondering if my pre crash form will ever return????

I'm wondering if my pre-marathon form will return and that was only 3 weeks ago. This coming Saturday to Sunday is Bike Sebring 12/24 Hours ( Bike Sebring 12/24 ) that I was planning on riding for 3rd time but recently cancelled our room stay.

Cross Florida 1 Day ( https://raceroster.com/events/2019/1...s-florida-ride ) beginning of April with a contingent from LBS and wanted to ride it. Would be my 4th after 3 years of SOLO riding but worrying about it also.

Getting older makes things harder and adding cancer into the mix makes things crappier.
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Old 02-03-19, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy

I'm wondering if my pre-marathon form will return and that was only 3 weeks ago. This coming Saturday to Sunday is Bike Sebring 12/24 Hours ( Bike Sebring 12/24 ) that I was planning on riding for 3rd time but recently cancelled our room stay.

Cross Florida 1 Day ( https://raceroster.com/events/2019/1...s-florida-ride ) beginning of April with a contingent from LBS and wanted to ride it. Would be my 4th after 3 years of SOLO riding but worrying about it also.

Getting older makes things harder and adding cancer into the mix makes things crappier.

I totally agree. Increasing age is tough enough, but when you add in setbacks like ours it seems to make it much more challenging.

Sadly I had ridden myself back into super top form just before I crashed. As you know that kind of conditioning doesnt come without a lot of effort. I just dont know if the motivation is there to push through all that again. Ive been riding and normally Id see some progression over time but if anything it seems to be getting worse???

Like you, for now Im resetting a lot of plans. Registration just opened for one of my favorite hilly mountain rides that will be held in June. This will be the first year I havent signed up for it in a long long time.

My my mindset right is just doing the joy riding.
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First tandem ride of 2019 this afternoon in sunny 60ish weather - stoker in pretty good form following bunion repair in November. 6 miles.
Followed by a solo 9 mile ride on the ti 'bent.
Both rides much more fun than using the recumbent machines at the YMCA.
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37 miles with the local bike club. I actually felt some form returning even on tired legs from yesterday’s long ride.
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27 miles Sunday afternoon. Another windy day, sluggish into headwinds, fast on tailwind segments. Set a new PR on a 2+ mile moderate grade climb. That's always encouraging, even if it is tailwind assisted.

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71 miles but super slow. Im wondering if my pre crash form will ever return????... Increasing age is tough enough, but when you add in setbacks like ours it seems to make it much more challenging.

Sadly I had ridden myself back into super top form just before I crashed. As you know that kind of conditioning doesnt come without a lot of effort. I just dont know if the motivation is there to push through all that again. Ive been riding and normally Id see some progression over time but if anything it seems to be getting worse???


I know the feeling. My conditioning had peaked in March-April 2018. Took a lot of work to get there. Then I was hit by a car in May. During diagnostics to check my neck they found I had thyroid cancer. It was November before I could get surgery. And the broken/dislocated shoulder took longer than I'd expected to heal. The thyroid meds weren't working, my thyroid level is still too low so I'm seeing the endocrinologist tomorrow.

So 2018 was mostly treading water. I spent a lot of time on an indoor trainer. It helped keep me within about 80% of my aerobic conditioning. I'm still able to handle only one or two road rides a week. On paper my Strava times the past couple of weeks have been good, back to where I was last year. But in practice it doesn't feel right -- I'm red-lined in efforts to get back into shape and it's taking longer to recover between workouts. I'm impatient and tend to push when I should be resting.

It'll come back. I just need to be patient. Easier said than done.
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Saturday, 30 mile group road ride in 22F temps:




Sunday, 15 mile road ride with the missus in 45F temps. Enjoying post-ride coffee outdoors:

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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
Saturday, 30 mile group road ride in 22F temps:




Sunday, 15 mile road ride with the missus in 45F temps. Enjoying post-ride coffee outdoors:

The sunshine just makes it SO much better doesn't it?
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Originally Posted by jppe
The sunshine just makes it SO much better doesn't it?
No kidding! On both days: That 22F Saturday ride was actually pretty nice...because the skies were clear and the sun was out. Would rather ride bright sunny 20 than gray overcast 30 any day.

Meanwhile, tomorrow it's supposed to hit 60 here! Crazy...
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Went out this morning in cold,windy, rainy/stormy conditions. It was tough with the head and crosswinds but still a ride:

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On another note.............TIMBER!!!

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