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Old 05-16-24, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by sierra_rider
just got back from the last weeknight xc race of the season...all together about 22 miles of riding, including some warm up laps. It was a very fast, "power" course. With the nature of the course and it being the last race, i wanted to go "all in" on this one. I drilled it out of the start, managed to hit 1350 watts on the sprint for the first turn...i didn't really let off the gas at all on the first lap and was able to go solo about 1/2 through the first lap. I kept the pressure on the rest of the race and was able to finish in first with a fairly respectable gap.

Now, hopefully i can fit in another ride this week of decent length and still recover well enough for 70 miles of gravel racing on saturday.
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I managed to get in a 22-miler last night, it felt good. Like someone else said earlier, the wind seemed to self-adjust to be in my face most of the time. I started the ride going west, then south. At that time, it was a southwest wind. Then it was a southeast wind when I finished.

Rest day; I took the eMoped to work. Will go home for lunch and don't want to get sweaty for the afternoon.

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Originally Posted by Sierra_rider
Some more climbing in, 27 miles and 4200' of gain. I didn't want to do a huge day of climbing, so I only did 1 each of "3" and "HC" rated climbs. I did push it pretty hard on the bottom 1/2 of the big climb and managed to set my peak 30 minute power for the season(321 watts.) Also managed to better my time on that particular climb by over 6 minutes(originally set 3 years ago.)

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Sooo tempting to drop everything and spend a whole summer there, if not for two things. Wife wouldn't understand and fact that I wouldn't survive any of these climbs...
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Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX
Sooo tempting to drop everything and spend a whole summer there, if not for two things. Wife wouldn't understand and fact that I wouldn't survive any of these climbs...
Lol, you just gotta have the right gearing...but in all seriousness, even the 34/34 combo on my road bike requires a lot of wattage on this climb. I've got a 31/40 low gear on my gravel bike and that makes virtually all the climbs very manageable. The good news is, that not all the climbing is this extreme. I'd say the majority of the climbs are well under 8% grades, usually more like 6%.

I've lived here all of my life and I still never get tired of the mountains(other than snow sometimes.) It's hard to put words to the feeling, but I guess being in the mountains just puts me into my "happy" place.
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Old 05-17-24, 12:59 PM
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Easy ride for this morning, 21 miles and 2200' of elevation gain. Only noteworthy accomplishment, is that I managed to set one of my lowest power numbers ever(out of 100 recorded runs) on an 800' climb. It was entirely deliberate and I should be feeling good for tomorrow.
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Old 05-18-24, 04:19 AM
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used the trek 6700 slr mtb for a ride on averagely paved road of 20km
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Surprisingly easy 30 miles this morning on newly finished Orbea Terra.

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102.5 miles. Other than some excessive flying protein being annoying, everything else was... excellent [Mr. Burns voice] .
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Well unlike some people that had an "excellent" ride, mine was less than fun. My legs were having none of it today, too much work and not enough bike this week. The humidity was horrible, wind was strong, and I completely did not have enough air in my tires as it felt like I was riding in mud. I normally ride this joint at around 38 psi, when I got home, I checked the pressure and it was 30, I completely misread something this morning when I checked the pressure. I also forgot my mini pump at the house, so it just added to the misery. So I just did a single loop of 22 miles. Then I came home and mowed the yard before the rain moved in, then went inside and did an easy 26 miles on Rouvy, now I am eating some homemade curry vegi's.

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Well unlike some people that had an "excellent" ride, mine was less than fun.
I feel like I know who you're referring to... rsbob. it is rsbob isn't it?

Ive boogered the psi like that many times. It can make for an interesting ride. I cant imagine going two miles let alone 22 miles on it. Eek!
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Originally Posted by Troul
I feel like I know who you're referring to... rsbob. it is rsbob isn't it?

Ive boogered the psi like that many times. It can make for an interesting ride. I cant imagine going two miles let alone 22 miles on it. Eek!
Damn, spot on ID sir. I hate when rsbob has an excellent ride.

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Originally Posted by Troul
I feel like I know who you're referring to... rsbob. it is rsbob isn't it?

Ive boogered the psi like that many times. It can make for an interesting ride. I cant imagine going two miles let alone 22 miles on it. Eek!
Uh, Never met the guy - if it is a guy. Wouldn’t admit it even if I had. And what a stupid name anyway. Must be some kind of idjot
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
Damn, spot on ID sir. I hate when rsbob has an excellent ride.

RSbob, what an ignominious poltroon. Oh wait a minute, that’s another poster! Besides, RSbob only lies. Wouldn’t believe a word he tipes
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69 miles and 4900' of climbing on my XC MTB this morning...it was actually a gravel race, but I took the XC bike to have an excuse for not doing well. I was at the end of a couple of hard riding weeks and I originally didn't want to really do a racing effort. So the plan was take the MTB and just treat it like a supported ride. Well one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was fighting for position going into the first climb of the day.

Luckily for me, the bottom was a mix of big ruts, sand, and cobbles, and I passed a lot of the drop bars in the opening miles of that segment. I eventually got passed back by a lot of them once the climb smoothed out, but I still came out better than I entered. I still thought I didn't have a chance for a high O/A result, but I eventually pushed harder on each consecutive segment. Finally, I was riding as hard as I could on the final segment. I eventually finished 15th O/A in the men's category, out of 325+ participants...not exactly a weak field either. Some gravel guys, a certain Lachlan Morton, even Levi Leipheimer(he's still inanely fast.) The course terrain and timed segments certainly suited my strengths, but still an unexpectedly good result for me.

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Got up to no water... decided to go to the rec for a few bottles of water & then rolled 53 miles. Back to the community center for a wash & back to the dry house.
prohibition on water day that it seems ugh
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Two consecutive days of one hour sessions of Z2. Lots of thunder showers this weekend so headed indoors. Between downpours, power washed the back porch awning yesterday, which sucked. Today was the aggregate patios’ turn. It sucked less, but took a few hours. Built a movable platform for an extremely heavy plantar from this and that I had in the garage. The first attempt was a fail, but got it right the second time around.

Congrats, Sierra for losing control and doing so well on the race, even if it was unintended.
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Call it 23 miles. Almost 90 deg F, but a lot of shade on the trails really helped.

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Rode my first timed Fondo yesterday.

60.5 miles, 4700+' of climbing, all short punchy climbs. Up and down all day.

Had my best 3+ hour power numbers and was able to hit the climbs hard at will.

Was also humbled by the Cat 1+ guys on the ride. I don't experience being around riders of that nature very often, or ever for that matter. But damm - them boys are fast on that type of terrain.
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I had a busy weekend, didn't get any riding in at all
Friday was a long drive to Rockford, IL to see Nate Bargatze. (a really funny comedian; look him up on YouTube if you don't know who he is)
Saturday was a Miata club event; attending vintage races at Road America. (Elkhart Lake, WI)
Yesterday was a bonus day with my daughter; we saw the 40th anniversary screening of the 1st four episodes of The Transformers... on the big screen. They had the original voice actors (the ones who are still alive anyway) re-voice the 1st episode; It was awesome. Then a picnic on the lakefront. Now today, we're forecasted to have T-storms all afternoon and evening, ruining our club ride. It seems like it rains at least 50% of the time in the spring in this part of the country. Mosquitoes will be getting bad soon.
I am enjoying this family/child-rearing time of my life, but I will also appreciate having more time to ride in 6 years or so, when my daughter goes to college.
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Originally Posted by Smaug1
I had a busy weekend, didn't get any riding in at all
Friday was a long drive to Rockford, IL to see Nate Bargatze. (a really funny comedian; look him up on YouTube if you don't know who he is)
Saturday was a Miata club event; attending vintage races at Road America. (Elkhart Lake, WI)
Yesterday was a bonus day with my daughter; we saw the 40th anniversary screening of the 1st four episodes of The Transformers... on the big screen. They had the original voice actors (the ones who are still alive anyway) re-voice the 1st episode; It was awesome. Then a picnic on the lakefront. Now today, we're forecasted to have T-storms all afternoon and evening, ruining our club ride. It seems like it rains at least 50% of the time in the spring in this part of the country. Mosquitoes will be getting bad soon.
I am enjoying this family/child-rearing time of my life, but I will also appreciate having more time to ride in 6 years or so, when my daughter goes to college.
Nate Bargatze's SNL skit about introduction of US Weights and Measures. As someone working in this field, we gathered around and had a great laugh and then immediate reflection on how absurd our system is.

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Today I did my 25-mile ride. Did not make 100 last week due to bad weather.
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Got in 38 and 1K of climbing today inside.
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Rest day yesterday and for today, a fake 10 and 2300' in fake Yosemite. Giving myself an easy week, as the last couple were fairly high effort.
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55 miles (88K <-which sounds more impressive) with 2,300’ (701 meters <-doesn’t sound that impressive) and 3 PRs on an ideal day temperature wise - low 60s. OK, haters - there is some fresh meat for ya.

I usually try to hammer this kind of distance and try for 17 to 18 MPH average and feel wrecked when I finish and for the rest of the night, but then I am old. But, after several rides of Zone 2, which is super easy, I thought, why not keep a more moderate pace and see how I feel during the big climbs and at the end. The answer is, the climbs went really well and at the end I felt fine and could have easily done 20 more. Nothing wrong with taking it to the max to improve VO2 once or twice a week, but not feeling wasted at the end of a 50 mile ride is fantastic. No rest day tomorrow.


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55 miles (88K <-which sounds more impressive) with 2,300’ (701 meters <-doesn’t sound that impressive) and 3 PRs on an ideal day temperature wise - low 60s. OK, haters - there is some fresh meat for ya.

I usually try to hammer this kind of distance and try for 17 to 18 MPH average and feel wrecked when I finish and for the rest of the night, but then I am old. But, after several rides of Zone 2, which is super easy, I thought, why not keep a more moderate pace and see how I feel during the big climbs and at the end. The answer is, the climbs went really well and at the end I felt fine and could have easily done 20 more. Nothing wrong with taking it to the max to improve VO2 once or twice a week, but not feeling wasted at the end of a 50 mile ride is fantastic. No rest day tomorrow.
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