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Your Weekend Ride Reports -- April 30/May1

Old 04-30-16, 07:15 AM
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Your Weekend Ride Reports -- April 30/May1

Tell us about your cycling this weekend! It must be spring-like in the northern hemisphere now, and meanwhile, it has been a relatively warm autumn so far down here. Did you ride long distance or short, with people or solo, near or far? Post pics if you've got them!

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Friday -- Hectic day! Work, university ... and then ... my Citizenship Ceremony! I'm an Australian Citizen now.
We followed that with a celebration dinner, a walk, and a performance at our local concert hall by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and another walk.

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Saturday -- Rowan and I rode 40 km today.

In the morning and early afternoon, it was lovely and warm and sunny with hardly any wind. Then we got ready to go for a ride, the sky became cloudy, the temperature started to drop, and the wind started to blow.

The ride was a bit of a slog on the way out, but some better on the way back.




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Old 04-30-16, 07:35 AM
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I have my grandchildren today, so save for a quick trip on the tandem with my 12 year old grandson, riding today is out. If the weather will let me I'll do my 30 mile loop through NOLA in the morning.
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Old 04-30-16, 04:11 PM
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Congratulations Machka!
Today I did a 27 mile loop, with more hills (at least what passes for hills in S. La) and traffic- both of which I am getting more used to. I've got a final exam next week, so I might not be able to get a ride in tomorrow, but if I do it will be over the 30 mile mark for the first time. Kind of looking forward to that .
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Did a 16 mile loop this morning in the cold. Was a nice ride until half way thru the wind picked up. I was okay with the 40 degrees until the wind started gusting.
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Got in 51 miles this morning. Was a great morning and right as I was pedaling up my street the sky opened up and started raining. Luckily I pulled right into my garage before it really started raining hard. Wiped the bike down and will do it all again tomorrow.
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You guys make a great couple, Machka.

I did 40 miles this afternoon after I got off work. It was just gorgeous out, too. I'm planning the same ride tomorrow after work again.
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Old 05-01-16, 06:42 AM
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Sunday -- We walked to the beach, along the beach, and back for a total of 3.8 km. Fortunately we chose the timing wisely and made it there and back before the next wave of rain came through. It has been raining on and off (mostly on) all day.

And then, I rode 40 min on the trainer ... commercial intervals. By that time the wind was starting to howl, it was raining of course, and the temperature had dropped. The trainer seemed pleasant by comparison. First time I've been on the trainer this year.
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Old 05-01-16, 10:15 AM
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I'm training for a charity ride in 37 days. Saturday was one of our more difficult rides, finding us doing an up and back, and 6 somewhat, sustained climbs of 6% or more. (and I do pretty aggressive efforts on every climb). It started with some rain, something that is rare in San Diego, but there it was. It then cleared up, and never returned.. But the temps didn't really warm up all that much. In any case, I had to say, "shut up legs" a couple of times, especially at the end, when one sustained effort up a 7% grade over almost 2 miles was followed by a 2 mile 5% grade.

Foot issues keep me off the bike today.... At least as of last night, it did. It's a little better this morning, so I might go spinning around the neighborhood today yard sales await, I think!
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I did a short (30k) ride in my area; had a snack and then put my bike on the trainer and completed week 6 of the 12-week FTP training on Zwift.
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Rain seems to be a recurring theme - we got some today, too.

But yesterday was a lovely day, and the ride was a modest distance with a fair bit of climbing (44 miles, 2,700 feet). A teammate lead a ride in the neighborhood over a couple of segments that aren't well-known (to a hilltop in an area you have to be going to get to), so I managed to get a couple of Strava trophies. I paid for my eagerness later, but it was a fairly social ride that worked out nicely.

Today was supposed to be a long-ish training ride for the GFNY (big sportive that happens to go through where I live) later this month, but since solid rain was predicted, that was cancelled. A handful of guys met up anyhow, and I caught them a couple of minutes after they got underway (that shop is about 5 miles away). Rode with them a few miles, but I'd taken the wrong bike (brakes on CF wheels felt VERY weak) and wrong jacket (windbreaker instead of the clear plastic thing, which probably would NOT have been too warm - once my shoe covers, tights and jacket got soaked, I was FREEZING), so I turned around after the first descent while they headed up to Nyack for pie. Of course it stopped raining shortly after I got home, but I'd only joined just to say "hi," and show a little solidarity. Probably spent as much time hanging out at the bike shop by my house afterwards as I did riding.

All in all, a very enjoyable cycling weekend.

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I did about one hour 20 mi ride before church. Two 3x3min intervals at 115%. The plan was 122%, but i could not do it without good breakfast. Next Saturday I am doing century, and i want to break some personal bests! so this is an easy week. Rest and tapering.
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sat: 35mi shop ride.. was a bit faster than expected and had been planning on but oh well.. made sunday hurt more.

Sun: 50mi club ride. poor drafting got me spit out of the front group quicker than i would have liked. linked up with another guy then a bigger group later on and still had a nice ride. rain threatened but we got back dry.
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Had a short 15 mile ride and that was enough. Dealing with neck pain on the ride and the next day is miserable. 6 months of this with no diagnosis just a lot of run around. Figured I would do what I normally would do so making regular rides is what I am going to do. I figure quality of life sucks so maybe doing what I like could make it almost tolerable. Despite the pain and tense upper body it was a nice ride and the new gear I got to try out was better than sitting at home thinking about riding.
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Sunday: Shorter ride today, only 37 miles. Wife hit me up last night with "you should skip your ride tomorrow so we can go to breakfast and then the swap meet." I asked what time would she like to go to breakfast and she around 10 AM so I was up and out by 0630 and rode for about 2 hours. Weather was beautiful and not much traffic to contend with.
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Not quite over my cough but I'm tired of not riding so I went out anyways this weekend. Saturday I did 36 miles to Picnic and Davis Is. Tried to take it easy but still managed to overdo it a bit. Sunday went back to Picnic Is., but just rode through downtown back home for 33 miles. Lots of wrong way cyclist and clueless pedestrians for some reason, but the weather was nice.
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Congratulations Machka!
Thanks! It is kind of exciting ... it's been a 7-year process!
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Thanks! It is kind of exciting ... it's been a 7-year process!
Just curious...is that fairly typical number of years for Australia?

Anyways, went out Monday evening for my usual 30 something miles. Getting hot. About 90 degrees and windy. Not pleasant considering I'm not really back in condition yet.
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Just curious...is that fairly typical number of years for Australia?
It takes several months and a massive amount of paperwork to become a temporary resident here ... I got my temporary residency 4 months after I arrived, for some people, it can take longer.

Then you're on a temporary residency visa for 2 years. At about the 18-month point, there's another massive amount of paperwork that needs doing. That gets submitted and you hope to be granted permanent residency at the 2-year mark. I got mine pretty much 2 years on the day.

Then you've got to be in the country for 4 years as a permanent resident before you can apply for citizenship. After the 4 years have passed, there's another pile of paperwork that needs to be submitted. They tell you processing the application will likely take 3 months, and then it will likely be another 3 months before you can attend a ceremony which is the last step, and a very important official step.

As it happened, we left the country and travelled the world for 7 months in the middle of those 4 years, so I had to wait a bit longer to make up a portion of those 7 months. But after I submitted everything ... the rest of the steps happened surprisingly quickly. It was roughly 2 months between submission and the ceremony.

So all up it was just shy of 7 years. Some might be lucky enough to get it done in about 6.5 years, but 7 is probably fairly typical.
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