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Old 05-28-24, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SpeedyBlueBiker
Nope. The weather is always so iffy for that event. I will be doing the 65 mile Cycle Chelan ride later in the month, STP two day, only my second time doing that one. Will ride to Longview making Sunday a short 53-56 mile ride. Then I'll ride my 8th or so RAMROD which will be on 4 September this year. It will also be a different course this year. We ride in the opposite direction.
I heard that RAMROD was cancelled, but you are no doubt more of an authority than my source - not the Redmond Cycling Club.

Did RAMROD twice and after each time swore I would never do it again - evidently it took the second time to convince me. BUT, good for you and hats off to you for going for it.

Used to ride the Apple Century out of Wenatchee. Had massive leg cramps with 5 miles to go - that was a drag - but had a good time.

Have done STP in one day twice and in two days once, but that was back in the 80s.

Also have done Flying Wheels in the past and wanted to see if 40 years later I could still do it. It will be a test.
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Originally Posted by Troul
don't muc around skimping on how much sealant is used.
fwiw, I've switched from stans regular notubes sealant to the race & noticed that the barf like chunks actually works wonders if enough of the liquid is present. I've always put a gulp more in the rear & a swig above "recommended" in the front for a few personal reasons & only noticed one downside... which is slightly more cost.

Did 77.5 miles after the initial atmospheric rivers flowed. Got caught in a moiiist 2nd cloud release, but it was kinda ok as the route I would take wasn't feasible & dumped me onto a "packed" dirt path that was gooey mud like substance... rain wasn't effective unfortunately. So now I get to disassemble some sections to get that nasty gritty gunk out.
the city needs to address that problem as it was very slippery & would suction cup anything that would try going thru it... maybe another friendly message will do the trick?.... doubtful.
Good advice. I topped up and over the recommended on my other tires. Time to order another bottle.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
I heard that RAMROD was cancelled, but you are no doubt more of an authority than my source - not the Redmond Cycling Club.

Did RAMROD twice and after each time swore I would never do it again - evidently it took the second time to convince me. BUT, good for you and hats off to you for going for it.

Used to ride the Apple Century out of Wenatchee. Had massive leg cramps with 5 miles to go - that was a drag - but had a good time.

Have done STP in one day twice and in two days once, but that was back in the 80s.

Also have done Flying Wheels in the past and wanted to see if 40 years later I could still do it. It will be a test.
You are correct that it was cancelled. However, the Redmond Cycling Club continued to lobby the Park service to reinstate it. They also had a massive email campaign to flood the Park service with why it should not be scrapped. They must have come to some sort of compromise. That is why the date and route has been changed.
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Representative Kim Schrier to the rescue of RAMROD. That’s pretty awesome.
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Aside from my climb-heavy day on Thursday, last week was mostly a recovery and "reset" week for me. Took a couple of days off the bike for the first time in a while and even went on a camping trip to ride motos with some friends.

I'm back at it this week, did 2x15' intervals @350 watts up the Alpe d'Zwift yesterday for a fake 11 miles and 3500'. Today was a self-paced zone 2 ride in virtual Wyoming, 17 miles and 1700'. I'll be back home on Wednesday, so I'll get some outdoor riding in for the rest of the week.
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My normal weeknight of 30 miles on the local MUP - dead flat, mostly Z2.
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  • Friday: Rain was coming, but I went out and got 17 miles on the gravel bike anyway. Got soaked over the last 5 miles, but it's OK, it wasn't too cold.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/11489662042
  • Saturday: 16 mile eBike ride with my daughter in the morning:
    https://www.strava.com/activities/11496805078
  • Sunday: Nothing, it rained all day and I don't like stationary bikes.
  • Yesterday: Got a family eBike ride in. My wife is SO slow; daughter and I were champing at the bit. She wants to go 20 all the time. It was still 586 calories. Heart rate was 52% in Zone 1 and 35% in Zone 2. I didn't tell them until we were done, but it wound up being 17 miles.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/11511195697
  • This morning: I extended the commute a bit for 2.3 miles instead of 2. I took the gravel bike today to try out the new snap-on fenders and U-lock mount at the front of the top tube. (still rubs the knee a bit; need to give up and put it on the seat tube.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/11524741335/overview
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25 miles on Tuesday.
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Did some of the Trans Pennine Trail today - sadly because of the many inches of rain in blighty lately, it was largely a muddy, puddle ridden bog.

Distance: 20.63 miles.
Moving Time: 1hr, 38min, 38 sec
Moving Avg Spd: 12.5mph
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Rode the Snake River Canon for 28.6 fake miles and 1.2K fake feet today. Legs were felt really good today.
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I'm back home from work, so I got a real outdoor ride in today...31.5 miles and 4400' of gain. Also scored a Strava KOM, only had to hold 355 watts for about 11 minutes to get it. I used this ride to get some FTP intervals in, so that particular segment made a good interval.



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Originally Posted by Sierra_rider
I'm back home from work, so I got a real outdoor ride in today...31.5 miles and 4400' of gain. Also scored a Strava KOM, only had to hold 355 watts for about 11 minutes to get it. I used this ride to get some FTP intervals in, so that particular segment made a good interval.

Only?

Faked it today while it rained - again. 17 miles with 1300’ with a spike to 2,000 Watts (because ZWIFT screwed up). Watched a French murder mystery series on Netflix to keep from going mad.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
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Faked it today while it rained - again. 17 miles with 1300’ with a spike to 2,000 Watts (because ZWIFT screwed up). Watched a French murder mystery series on Netflix to keep from going mad.
I mean 355 is almost what my FTP is according to my recent test. I started the climb cold, so I was just trying to pace a few seconds ahead of the live segment tracker. Those may sound like big numbers, but I get dropped hard by the truly great climbers.

I sometimes forget how many rainy days you PNW guys have...I'm getting into the time of the year that I look forward to a chance of rain. Although those usually come in the form of thunderstorms, which can be a bit worrisome sometimes.
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Originally Posted by Sierra_rider
I mean 355 is almost what my FTP is according to my recent test. I started the climb cold, so I was just trying to pace a few seconds ahead of the live segment tracker. Those may sound like big numbers, but I get dropped hard by the truly great climbers.

I sometimes forget how many rainy days you PNW guys have...I'm getting into the time of the year that I look forward to a chance of rain. Although those usually come in the form of thunderstorms, which can be a bit worrisome sometimes.
Did a fair amount of backpacking in the California high/back country when I lived there and lightning storms are no joke. Talk about feeling vulnerable with no place to hide. Think we had aluminum tent poles back then.
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Unexpected thunderstorms…

29 fake miles including Mt Ventoux.

Ventoux kicks my behind every time.

Cramped up/bonked out at the top.

Headed to the French Alps in 3 weeks - need to work this crap out now.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Did a fair amount of backpacking in the California high/back country when I lived there and lightning storms are no joke. Talk about feeling vulnerable with no place to hide. Think we had aluminum tent poles back then.
A few years back, I got caught out on a MTB ride at 8-9k' up. It was a loop ride and I saw the clouds starting to build up, but I thought I could beat the thunderstorms. I was wrong...temps suddenly dropped 30 degrees, the hail was painful, and I was pretty sure that I was going to get zapped. Set my fastest time back off that mountain though, so not all bad.
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Originally Posted by Sierra_rider
A few years back, I got caught out on a MTB ride at 8-9k' up. It was a loop ride and I saw the clouds starting to build up, but I thought I could beat the thunderstorms. I was wrong...temps suddenly dropped 30 degrees, the hail was painful, and I was pretty sure that I was going to get zapped. Set my fastest time back off that mountain though, so not all bad.
Good for you, or we wouldn’t be typing.

Impending storms or being caught in a downpour can really shave times. I have ‘raced’ many.
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No fake miles for me. If I'm going to do that, I'll hit my Total Gym, (there ARE other muscles in the body that need attention, you know...) but more often just take a rest day.

34.9 miles yesterday:
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  • 18 and change for the club's Wednesday night ride LINK
  • 8 and change home LINK
It felt good to be on the Domane again. The gravel bike handles the cracked pavement better, but is a LOT OF WORK to maintain > 15 mph on it. I put the flat pedals back on it, the U-lock mount and some of those snap on fenders yesterday. Maybe a rear rack in the near future...


From the biergarten last night after the club ride. It's open weeknights now!

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Did a variation of my "easy," not-so-climby loop. Still hit the golden ratio at 50 miles and 5000' elevation gain, but at least it's not one of the usual 125'/mile+ rides.

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Originally Posted by Smaug1
No fake miles for me. If I'm going to do that, I'll hit my Total Gym, (there ARE other muscles in the body that need attention, you know...) but more often just take a rest day.

34.9 miles yesterday:
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  • 18 and change for the club's Wednesday night ride LINK
  • 8 and change home LINK
It felt good to be on the Domane again. The gravel bike handles the cracked pavement better, but is a LOT OF WORK to maintain > 15 mph on it. I put the flat pedals back on it, the U-lock mount and some of those snap on fenders yesterday. Maybe a rear rack in the near future...


From the biergarten last night after the club ride. It's open weeknights now!
Mmmmm...beer. As far as the fake miles, real miles, and gym work, I do all of it. Due to work obligations, it is impossible for me to ride outdoors for 3 days of the week, so I keep a trainer and a spare bike at my job. The 3 day break was killing my fitness goals before I started doing the indoor stuff. Besides the indoor and outdoor riding, I try to lift about 2 days a week. "Try" is the key word...I do not enjoy gym work, but I force myself to do it for the more well-rounded fitness, as well as the increased cycling endurance.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Did a fair amount of backpacking in the California high/back country when I lived there and lightning storms are no joke. Talk about feeling vulnerable with no place to hide. Think we had aluminum tent poles back then.
Yea living in Florida, Lightning is a constant riding partner in the summer months. I remember one day, it was about 6 pm and riding toward downtown the storm just blew up in about 15 mins and we pulled up under a church covered car drop off while we waited for the worst of the storm to pass. It was raining so hard we could not see across the road, then a strike happened right above us on the church steeple and caught it on fire. My ears were ringing for about 15 mins it was so loud. We immediately call the fire dept and luckily the station in that area is about 2 miles away, so minimal damage happened to the roof. Once the lightning moved to the east, we rode back to our start point in a down pour, it was miserable.

Today, I got in 15 miles on a flat route, my legs were having none of it today, I think that was due to being tired as I got 2 hours of sleep last night, too much work is really interrupting my riding desires. I think it time to search for a new job to wind down toward retirement so I can get a job at the bike shop.
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Originally Posted by Jughed
Unexpected thunderstorms…

29 fake miles including Mt Ventoux.

Ventoux kicks my behind every time.

Cramped up/bonked out at the top.

Headed to the French Alps in 3 weeks - need to work this crap out now.
Been a while since I've tried this one on Rouvy. I been riding harder climbing routes this year, and I can really tell the difference on this type of routes where the avg incline is greater than 6 or 7%. I'm going to hit some of these big climbs while I watch some of the tour coverage in July as I am still slow, but not as slow as I was.
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Today I rode 33 miles.
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Did Apperknowle trip again - it's my hill practise route, and has a good view at the end. Half the ride is 190ft/mile of climbing, and those are consecutive miles. I'm sure I'll get faster when I'm no longer 100KG, not including the bike.

Distance: 12.43 miles
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Moving Avg Spd: 11.3mph
Maximum Speed: 44.8mph

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Yesterday: 8.9 miles of commuting on the eBike, then a 17.4 mile ride that started with meeting my wife and stepdaughter for ice cream celebrating her last day of high school.
So 26.3 miles total. Here's a shot looking northeast over Lake Michigan right after sunset:


Legs are a little sore today after consecutive riding days, so I took the eBike into work and home for lunch, then swapped it for my gravel bike coming back to work. Forgot my work badge and wallet at home; had to call a colleague to come let me in. The left crank is hitting the kickstand a bit on the gravel bike now; I'll have to look into that later. Gonna be only about 8 miles today. (recovery day)

I might stop at the grocery store tonight and get a bottle of Willett Pot Still Reserve bourbon from the genie bottle. It's a little spendy at $55/750 mL and a bit too strong for my taste (100 proof), but speaking of taste, it is sublime. What I like about it is that I can put in an ice cube or two, and when it melts, it doesn't taste watered down like 80 proof bourbon sometimes can.

Tomorrow is a full day (Mazda) Miata club ride, but I may join a group on Sunday morning and put in maybe 30-40 on the road bike. I'll take it easy and save my legs for the fast Monday club ride. I need to make up some miles from January and February if I'm gonna hit the 5k goal for this year.
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