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Old 04-01-05, 09:27 PM
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:) Commuting, touring, racing and WARMTH! :)

1. Yesterday I made the maiden voyage to and from work on my bicycle. The round trip is 70 kms (43 miles), and took me 1:40 there and 1:35 back. Not too bad.

I will have to make a few changes to how I handle commuting though. Wearing a backpack for that length of time gets a little tiring, so I'll put my mini-panniers on the bicycle. I think I'll also leave some stuff at work so I don't have to carry it all back and forth with me.

Oh, and the best part ... I get to keep my bicycle IN MY OFFICE, sitting right beside me!!! Everyone there seems to be really supportive of my cycling, and my office is more than big enough to store a bicycle, so ... there he sat all day.


2. I have also received notice that I've been accepted for a 3 day, 300K tour, on the May long weekend, in the Rocky Mountains - the "Golden Triangle" tour - put on by a local cycletouring club. There will be about 300ish people on the tour, and it is fully supported - something different for me! I'm actually planning to pack a luxury or two, like maybe a blanket and fleece top, because the SAG wagon will carry it!!

It looks like something of a challenging tour - they've provided an elevation chart in the informational package, and there will certainly be some climbing. Good training.


3. The other day I also found out that the local racing club (the one-and-only club in my city) is having an open house on Saturday ... so, I'm planning to drop by and check them out. Maybe I'll be able to ride with them sometimes so I can work on my speed. Who knows, maybe I'll even be able to race a couple times. I'd LOVE to do some TTs this year if possible.


4. And today we hit double digits with sunshine. It was a balmy 14C/57F out there!!! Does that ever make a difference. I felt like I had so much more energy while riding today.

The snow is almost gone, and the weekend is supposed to be nice too ... so maybe, just maybe, spring might be just around the corner!!
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Holy dooly you must be a fit girl.
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Well, I've cycled a few miles in my time.
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Swoon - I've just worked out your average speed. I wouldn't have to steer clear of you on a ride... I'd never even keep up for the first 2 minutes. Well done.
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Originally Posted by HaagenDas
Swoon - I've just worked out your average speed. I wouldn't have to steer clear of you on a ride... I'd never even keep up for the first 2 minutes. Well done.
Well, thanks ... but I've never thought of myself as particularly fast! Speed is something I'm desperately working on.


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Good for you Machka!! Sounds like spring in on the way there, we are just finishing the amazing show of dafodils, with tullips starting to show their stuff. Enjoy the warm time on the road, and the sweet smells of spring!
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Originally Posted by Machka
Well, thanks ... but I've never thought of myself as particularly fast! Speed is something I'm desperately working on.

Machka:

You are doing a lot better than me!

A 21.5 mile trip one-way, for me, would be closer to 2+ hours...on a good day!! With lots of downhills and few uphills, that is!!! (I'm REALLY SLOW...and about 225 lbs... without any cargo! ) Your "power-to-weight" ratio must be a lot better than mine !!

You'd drop me so fast it wouldn't be funny...
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Originally Posted by Machka
BTW - for further info on my cycling background, check my website in my signature line.
I've been to your website several times and have found it extremely informative, fun to read and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

I see that you keep track of your rides on the Big Dogs Endurance Cycling website. I too keep track of my rides there (see Dan Ayers). I've ridden 4 centuries so far this year also. With the good weather we have been having on the weekends, I've ridden one century each of the last four weekends. Do you think that I'll be ready to ride some randonneurs soon?

Good luck with your 300K ride and please let us know how it went.

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Originally Posted by Revenig
I've been to your website several times and have found it extremely informative, fun to read and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

I see that you keep track of your rides on the Big Dogs Endurance Cycling website. I too keep track of my rides there (see Dan Ayers). I've ridden 4 centuries so far this year also. With the good weather we have been having on the weekends, I've ridden one century each of the last four weekends. Do you think that I'll be ready to ride some randonneurs soon?

Good luck with your 300K ride and please let us know how it went.
Thanks!!


Oh yeah, you're ready to start Randonneuring!! The 200K brevet is 125 miles. If you can do four centuries in four weeks, you can do 125 miles. It's not that much further!! ARe there some events in your area? http://www.rusa.org/
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Originally Posted by Machka
Oh yeah, you're ready to start Randonneuring!! The 200K brevet is 125 miles. If you can do four centuries in four weeks, you can do 125 miles. It's not that much further!! ARe there some events in your area? http://www.rusa.org/
Thanks for your encouragement and the link. Yes, the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club sponsers the randonneuring events in my area. This month, they have three populaires and one 200K bevet planned. I'm thinking about riding the 200K they have planned in May. It appears that all their events are rides in the mountains. I have always ridden alone and riding structured events with other riders is something new to me. Do you purchase the medals every time you finish an event?
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