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Old 05-10-24, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Troul
Just curious, were the storms expected? the forecast here has been pretty much flat out wrong & not in a positive way... I may need road tires with wake paddles & a wet suit.
No it was pretty spot on. They been calling for strong storms on Friday mid morning, but we had a set last night about 8, then the really bad stuff this morning, it blew out quicker than expected, but the winds were blowing 25-40 pretty much all day. I just took the dog for a walk and it has calmed down quite a bit since I last posted about an hour ago, so maybe the < 10 will be true.
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Old 05-11-24, 08:08 AM
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32 miles this wet chilly morning, didn't see rain in the forecast overnight.
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Little recovery ride today, 41 miles and only 3000' of climbing. Saw a bunch of cyclists out today, there was dang-near a small peloton pace lining up what we call the "creek" road. Saw even more down in town getting ready to start their ride, which for me is the low spot/turnaround point of my ride...the joys of living on top of the climb.

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Old 05-11-24, 01:31 PM
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Was planning for about 60, wind was pretty heavy, 20 to 25 from the Northeast, but I powered through it. On my way back, with the wind at my back, at mile 49, something jumped up and bit me.



It's a good size cut, but I decided to put in a tube and a $1 bill to see if I could make it home, but after a 1/4 mile, it just seemed really sketchy, so I made the call of shame to my wife.

Once I got home, I still felt good, so I grabbed another bike, and went back out for another 28. This experience sort of puts a big hole in my 1 bike to rule them all theory I had last week, LOL.

So a total of 77.4 miles and a rethink of selling some bikes.
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Old 05-11-24, 03:18 PM
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40-spot vintage ride.
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Old 05-11-24, 03:25 PM
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Today I rode 26 miles completing my 100-mile goal for the week.
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Old 05-11-24, 03:27 PM
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25mi even, MS Coast the Coast short route
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Old 05-11-24, 08:19 PM
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Several different manufacturers. I found mine here for a super price: https://www.aliexpress.us/w/wholesal...468a1c91eaMhBC
I can't tell, is the core removable on those that you bought? I see some that have it, but some that do not specify one way or the other.
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I was cleaning up the bike after the tire cut this evening, and when I was taking off the tire to remove all the tubeless sealant residue, I noticed I have a nice little nick in the rim right near the top of rim edge. I do not think it compromises the rim, but I am going to take it in anyway to have to checked on Monday. I wish I knew what I hit, it sounded like a shot gun when the tire popped. I did not see anything on the road either, but the tire has such a clean cut in it.
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
I can't tell, is the core removable on those that you bought? I see some that have it, but some that do not specify one way or the other.
Couldnít tell you since the bike is at the shop getting climbing gears and a new chain. Will let you know.
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Old 05-12-24, 01:30 PM
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25 miles today. First ride towards 100-mile goal for the week.
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88 miles. didnt get back to the future though.
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Iíve been alternating MTb and road. Mtb usually when I need to stop by the store after the ride. Road the new Checkpoint SL5 I got for gravel, mixed surfaces and with the rack stop offs at the vegetable and fruit and fish stands. Road 27 windy miles. Picked up some tomatoes cucumbers cheese and tuna steaks. Was planning spaghetti but thought the SO deserved better for Motherís Day. So sorry no pictures.
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Old 05-12-24, 10:29 PM
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Short little MTB ride before visiting some family this morning. 10 miles, 1000' of climbing, and it brought me to over 15 hours of rolling time this week.

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Old 05-13-24, 10:10 AM
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36 miles, 1900í climbing. Bested previous PR on 3 mile climb by 40 seconds. Still 2nd fastest per bracket but will never take the KOM. The winner is too damned fast.
Got a KOM for bracket on 2.1 mile segment that Mr Speed-demon didnít ride.

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Old 05-13-24, 11:44 AM
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Saturday: I did the Hungry Bear 100 gravel race. (though I wasn't racing) That was 60 miles, and I added in a few more at the end to round up to the metric century to get my May Gran Fondo in Strava. That was the toughest ride I've ever done. Lots of climbing for this part of the country. Details here: https://www.strava.com/activities/11387948578

Today: just the 4 mile eBike commute, but my battery died halfway to work, so I had to pedal that 60 lb. bike home (half uphill) and got a decent workout anyway.
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Just noticed today I'm down 8 lb. I only started riding a month ago, couple of 20-30 mile rides per week, much greater appetite, yet still down. Hopefully I can shed another 20ish by the end of summer.
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Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX
Just noticed today I'm down 8 lb. I only started riding a month ago, couple of 20-30 mile rides per week, much greater appetite, yet still down. Hopefully I can shed another 20ish by the end of summer.
That is remarkable losing 8 lbs only doing a couple of 20-30 milers per week. You must still have quite the metabolism. Shedding another 20 shouldnít be too hard. What is your age - and resist the urge to eat - or just eat healthy snacks if you must give in.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
That is remarkable losing 8 lbs only doing a couple of 20-30 milers per week. You must still have quite the metabolism. Shedding another 20 shouldnít be too hard. What is your age - and resist the urge to eat - or just eat healthy snacks if you must give in.
must be nice to have that metabolism!
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Originally Posted by Troul
must be nice to have that metabolism!
In my 30s, I could drop 4-5 lbs on a weekend if I was active and didnít eat. Back in those days, I saw eating as an inconvenience so skipped it quite a bit. Rather be hiking or biking than eating. Now, I have 2 lbs to get me down to my semi-idea weight but 5 to get me to an ideal weight for power to weight ratio. Not so easy anymore.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
That is remarkable losing 8 lbs only doing a couple of 20-30 milers per week. You must still have quite the metabolism. Shedding another 20 shouldnít be too hard. What is your age - and resist the urge to eat - or just eat healthy snacks if you must give in.
I'm almost 43. Last time I weighed myself was right after winter holidays, so I bet 8 lb includes a turkey and whatever comes with it. Eating less is definitely a challenge, especially since my wife's cooking is pretty good. I do try to stay away from late night junk foods binges.
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19.6 mile mountain bike ride this afternoon at York River State Park. A cool 79 F. Did not see any Cicadas but heard them. I donít know how to upload a video from my iPhone so trying a could have links to the Video I uploaded to YouTube as a short. Hope it works. Just the sound and panning.



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31 miles and 4500' of climbing.

My favorite local "HC" rated climb was finally free of snow, so I did that today...the climb itself is 10 miles, 3200', and a 6% average gradient. The average doesn't quite tell the whole story, as it's punctuated with a handful of short false flats. Anyway, averaged over 290 watts for the bulk of the climb...I managed to lift the tempo towards the top and average 4.0 w/kg for the last 20 minutes of the climb. Humblebrag...beat my PR by a minute and if I can find another minute(actually doable IMO,) I can overtake a pro CX'er for the #2 spot on Strava. It's seldom done as a segment, despite being a legit road climb, otherwise I'd normally not feature anywhere near the top 10 on a big road climb like this.

Partway down the descent...you can barely see the road ahead on the 2nd away ridge:






Thunderstorms started moving in on the way back up...was hearing thunder in the closing miles of the climb:
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Originally Posted by Sierra_rider
31 miles and 4500' of climbing.

My favorite local "HC" rated climb was finally free of snow, so I did that today...the climb itself is 10 miles, 3200', and a 6% average gradient. The average doesn't quite tell the whole story, as it's punctuated with a handful of short false flats. Anyway, averaged over 290 watts for the bulk of the climb...I managed to lift the tempo towards the top and average 4.0 w/kg for the last 20 minutes of the climb. Humblebrag...beat my PR by a minute and if I can find another minute(actually doable IMO,) I can overtake a pro CX'er for the #2 spot on Strava. It's seldom done as a segment, despite being a legit road climb, otherwise I'd normally not feature anywhere near the top 10 on a big road climb like this.

Partway down the descent...you can barely see the road ahead on the 2nd away ridge:

Thunderstorms started moving in on the way back up...was hearing thunder in the closing miles of the climb:
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Wonderful pics. What a gorgeous area.

Nice power numbers. And to have enough in the tank to kick it up for the last 20 minutes is remarkable. Well done
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Originally Posted by rsbob
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Wonderful pics. What a gorgeous area.

Nice power numbers. And to have enough in the tank to kick it up for the last 20 minutes is remarkable. Well done
Thanks. It's pretty much my back yard for me...I can ride to this particular climb, but driving to the top saves about 40 miles of riding. Starts at the top of the ridge (6600') and drops down to the river at around 3400', once at the bottom, there are some options to add mileage/elevation. During all those hours of uber boring wintertime trainer sessions, I'm just thinking of riding the high country.

I'm really stoked with my power numbers this season...I never thought I'd be able to bump up the wattage in the last 20 minutes of an hour long effort. It's been a process over the last 5 years. Circa 2020ish, I was near my ideal race weight, but didn't have the power that I've had more recently. late 2021-2022 were terrible fitness years for me. 2023's power numbers killed the previous good years by a considerable amount, but I was also 20ish pounds heavier...so I was generally slower on all but the short, explosive climbs. This year, I managed to get below my 2019-20 race weight, yet retain similar or even better power numbers than last year.
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