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Your Weekend Ride Reports - May 30/31

Old 05-30-15, 01:28 AM
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Your Weekend Ride Reports - May 30/31

Last weekend in May!! Where did you ride this weekend? Tell us all about it! Got pics?

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Saturday - We walked. A lot! We went to Campbell Town for their Campbell Town Show, and parked way out at one end of town then ended up walking clear through to the other end of town and back plus some back and forth in the Showgrounds for a total somewhere in the neighbourhood of 8 km.

The highlight of the show for me was watching the sheep shearing competition! That was impressive!

And then we returned to the town where we're staying and did a quick 5.6 km ride on our Bike Fridays around town.

It is cold and windy here. Really, really windy!! The wind was gusting up over 70 km/h most of the day and had dropped to about 60 km/h when we did our ride. The high for the day was a mere 13C.

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I work this weekend, but I did 100k Thursday and 20k yesterday as a recovery ride.
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Sat: 35mi bike shop ride. big group. pretty good avg.

Sun: hopefully 48-60mi if the weather holds and can go do another group ride. maybe 30-40mi with a friend later on if it is rainy and clears up later on
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Sunday -- Today, we set out for a ride that was supposed to be a reasonable length. It was windy, but not as bad as yesterday so we figured it would be OK. But ... not long after we set out, the clouds rolled in and it started to drizzle a bit. That's OK, we were dressed for drizzle. Then it started to rain harder. Not quite so pleasant, but that's OK, we've ridden in rain before. Then it started to hail.

We turned around at that point, put up our hoods and sprinted for a bank of trees we had come through on the way out. Our clothes were fine to ward off the hailstones, but they were a bit painful bouncing off our faces.

By the time we got back to the van, our feet and legs were soaked, and we were quite cold. Our jackets held up very well.

The temp had actually started at 12C, but dropped to 8C when the hail rolled in, with a "feels like" temp of 3C. Quite chilly!!!

All up ... just a little 11 km.


When we got home, I set up my Giant on the trainer downstairs. Rowan has been busy working on our garage/basement and has created a workout area for us, and it is at the point where I can ride my bicycle inside while watching TV. I put in 45 min doing commercial intervals. I'm hoping to do that more regularly over the next couple weeks ... now that winter seems to have set in.



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Originally Posted by rbk_3
I work this weekend, but I did 100k Thursday and 20k yesterday as a recovery ride.
Good ride!
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Rode 13 miles from Crown Point to Munster on our bike trail. It was about 55F and I was into a 10-12mph headwind the whole time out of the North. It started raining around mile 6, and I thought about packing it in, but figured I was about halfway there. Passed a couple runners and a group of kids hiding under an overpass. Got to my in-laws house soaking wet and ready for a hot shower, luckily my wife had just pulled up with dry clothes.

Did 15 miles on the same path on Friday morning with my wife and son as well. Today is cold and windy so I think we will stay home and "recover".
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Sun: 35mi windy ride with a friend. got enough to make the highest mileage month i've done. 533mi still about 500mi under last years total at the end of May but winter sucked so it will be catch up all year. Didn't thunderstorm on us today so it was all good
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Friday: 65 miles
Saturday: 63 miles
Sunday: 78 miles
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90 miles Saturday. Nearby Rural towns.

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Originally Posted by matchstick
Rode 13 miles from Crown Point to Munster on our bike trail. It was about 55F and I was into a 10-12mph headwind the whole time out of the North. It started raining around mile 6, and I thought about packing it in, but figured I was about halfway there. Passed a couple runners and a group of kids hiding under an overpass. Got to my in-laws house soaking wet and ready for a hot shower, luckily my wife had just pulled up with dry clothes.

Did 15 miles on the same path on Friday morning with my wife and son as well. Today is cold and windy so I think we will stay home and "recover".
Nice trail ... how long is it in total?
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Two big mountain passes this weekend... this is the first time so far this spring we've had warm temperatures and no storms, so I was glad to be out.

Saturday was 3500ft up Berthoud Pass, Sunday was 4000ft up the west side of Trail Ridge Rd in Rocky Mountain National Park.

https://app.strava.com/activities/315169543
https://app.strava.com/activities/315880410

Two much snow and traffic during the weekend to try for the Trail Ridge full monty just yet...

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Originally Posted by Jakedatc
Sun: 35mi windy ride with a friend. got enough to make the highest mileage month i've done. 533mi still about 500mi under last years total at the end of May but winter sucked so it will be catch up all year. Didn't thunderstorm on us today so it was all good
Congrats!!
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I turned 50 a few days ago, so my buddy and I rode a nice mixed-terrain 50 miles. I wasn't great physically- upper chest was really tight for some reason- but he's great company and it was gorgeous pastoral western Oregon scenery and perfect spring weather.
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Originally Posted by Machka
When we got home, I set up my Giant on the trainer downstairs. Rowan has been busy working on our garage/basement and has created a workout area for us, and it is at the point where I can ride my bicycle inside while watching TV. I put in 45 min doing commercial intervals. I'm hoping to do that more regularly over the next couple weeks ... now that winter seems to have set in.
Noooo! The weather here's just getting fun, I headed up Mt Wellington today to test some winter gear.

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Originally Posted by Machka
Nice trail ... how long is it in total?
This trail is about 17 miles one way, but it also connects with a few different trails in the area. I'm familiar with a couple of the main trails but I'm starting to learn how they all intersect. I can get all over the area which I never realized before.
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Originally Posted by raisinberry777
Noooo! The weather here's just getting fun, I headed up Mt Wellington today to test some winter gear.
I had a lot of years of that sort of riding in Canada ... not so keen on it now.

But if it keeps snowing, we might have some decent snowshoeing depth. We've got snowshoes waiting to be used! Maybe Mt Field would be a good place for that ... or Lake St. Clair.


Meanwhile, I did an hour tonight on my trainer.
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Two days as domestique for my wife - I'm happy to do this, I get a lot more rides in, so when she wants to get out and ride, I do everything I can to make her ride successful. This weekend's routes were kinda boring, we rode the Dakota Trail through Lake Minnetonka both days.

Saturday - 30 miles on her road bike & my newest bike (Mondonico). Her Garmin puked and lost all her data. I told her it wasn't a problem, I'd just down load my gpx file and up load it for her. The only difference would be heart rate and I warned her to not look at the heart rate info. She didn't listen to me, she got pissed to see I barely got out of my resting heart rate during the ride (under 107 bpm for 95% of the ride).

Sunday - 50 miles on her flat-bar road bike & me on the Mondonico again. Stopped for a break in the booming metropolis, New Germany, MN. I wish I had a picture of the white tail deer that crossed so close to my wife she could have pet it. A little freaked out to be that close, but it all happened slowly on a climb after we stopped for a road crossing.

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I've been confined to S. Tampa riding this weekend. Saturday was 40 miles around Picnic and Davis Is. and Sunday another 35 miles also in the same area. I'll probably go out again tonight.
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Originally Posted by bikecrate
I've been confined to S. Tampa riding this weekend.
Is there good riding in the S. Tampa area? I'm betting it is, at least, warm.
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Originally Posted by alexaschwanden
Friday: 65 miles
Saturday: 63 miles
Sunday: 78 miles
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Originally Posted by Machka
Is there good riding in the S. Tampa area? I'm betting it is, at least, warm.
Funny you should ask...It's nice enough, but I get a little bored sometimes doing the same routes, since the area is a peninsula there are only so many ways to go that are within my range. This keeps me in S. Tampa most of the time.

Sooooo last night I decided to pack up the bike after work and drove to a local MUP, Upper Tampa Bay Trail. Honestly, it was a tough ride. I got spooked at the first trail head because I was the only person there and some local youths were just hanging out. This MUP has had a rep for some car break ins and assaults. I hopped back into the car and went to the larger more populated parking area down the road. However, it was hot, windy I was on my heavier hybrid and my back was hurting. I finally just gave in and dumped it in the granny gear and did the best I could. Still got in over 30 miles. Not my best day though. Confirmed my usual opinion it is best to save the driving time and just ride out the door.
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Our first pass climbs of the year this Sunday, Cle Elum to Leavenworth: out on Blewett, back on Old Blewett. About 75 miles and 5400'. It was warm, well hot for us, 85°. I got dehydrated on the way back so Stoker had to pedal my butt up the last 1000' or so. We were destroyed, but we did get a 6th place cup for consolation on the last descent. Interestingly, today (Tuesday) Stoker destroyed her previous PRs for squat and single leg press. So I guess no permanent damage.

Our lunch stop in Leavenworth


We were alone at the top of the last pass, so all we have is this photo of me. We emptied our Camelbaks on the way back - wasn't enough.
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Funny you should ask...It's nice enough, but I get a little bored sometimes doing the same routes, since the area is a peninsula there are only so many ways to go that are within my range. This keeps me in S. Tampa most of the time.

Sooooo last night I decided to pack up the bike after work and drove to a local MUP, Upper Tampa Bay Trail. Honestly, it was a tough ride. I got spooked at the first trail head because I was the only person there and some local youths were just hanging out. This MUP has had a rep for some car break ins and assaults. I hopped back into the car and went to the larger more populated parking area down the road. However, it was hot, windy I was on my heavier hybrid and my back was hurting. I finally just gave in and dumped it in the granny gear and did the best I could. Still got in over 30 miles. Not my best day though. Confirmed my usual opinion it is best to save the driving time and just ride out the door.
Sometimes going elsewhere helps you appreciate what you've got.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
90 miles Saturday. Nearby Rural towns.
Did Bailey come with you or was it a solo effort?
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A bit of work to attend to on Saturday.

Sunday, 23 miles, 3200' , fire road & trails, CX bike.

We passed the H.S. mountain bike team doing hill climb time trials- lots of cheering (for their team-mates, but a few kudos for us as well).

My buddy had 40mm tubeless at probably 25 PSI, so he smoked me on the descents, but I made up for it on the final road leg.
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